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Dr. Rachel Givelber presents an overview of pulmonary and sleep medicine, reviews key elements of the study design in patient selection criteria, discusses the results, and the significance of the findings.

Educational objectives:

Upon completion of this activity, participants should be able to:

  • Decide which patients with acute pulmonary embolism need an IVC filter
  • Identify the pitfalls of using composite outcomes in clinical trials
  • Better manage patients with severe community acquired pneumonia

Reading Resources:

  1. Gottlieb DJ et al. N Engl J Med 2014;370:2276-2285
  2. Torres, JAMA 2015; 313:677-686
  3. Lee, JAMA 2015; 314:677-686
  4. Mismetti, JAMA 2015; 313:1677-1635


Dr. Givelber has reported no relevant relationships with any entities producing health care goods or services.

Accreditation Statement:

The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Each physician should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. Other health care professionals are awarded (0.1) continuing education units (CEU) which are equivalent to 1 contact hour.

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Release Date: 2/15/2016 | Last Modified On: 5/10/2016 | Expires: 2/15/2017

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