Making IT Count - Immunotherapy Education

Virtual Patient: Needs Rapid IT Buildup

This patient simulation involves a 33-year-old female whose allergy symptoms in the spring and fall significantly affect her. She is a busy professional who travels a lot, so she is seeking an immunotherapy treatment option that requires fewer clinic visits than traditional immunotherapy treatment. You will be required to discuss cluster and rush immunotherapy as treatment options, then adjust her treatment as her symptoms change.  

Making IT Count is funded through an educational grant from Merck & Co., Inc.

Target Audience

  • Allergist/Immunologists
  • Fellows-in-Training 
  • Allied Health providers 

Learning Objectives

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

  • Elect the best long-term treatment for this patient’s allergy symptoms
  • Discuss risks, benefits, and logistics of cluster/rush buildup schedules
  • Be familiar with pre-medication options for cluster/rush buildup schedules
  • Treat asthma in a virtual patient receiving immunotherapy and be familiar with the issues involved in administering immunotherapy to an asthmatic
Available credit: 
  • 0.25 Attendance
    Attendance credit.
  • 0.25 CE
    CE credit.
  • 0.25 CME
    CME credit.
Course opens: 
Course expires: 

Chris Calabria, MD FAAAAI

 Chris Calabria, MD FAAAAI
 Dilley Allergy and Asthma, San Antonio, TX 
 Relevant Financial Relationships: None


Tolly Epstein, MD FAAAAI

 Tolly Goldberg Epstein, MD FAAAAI
University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH
 Relevant Financial Relationships: None

CME Committee Reviewers
Stuart L. Abramson, MD FAAAAI
Shannon Medical Center, San Angelo, TX
Relevant Financial Relationships: None

Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD
Relevant Financial Relationships: None

Kristin Sokol, MD
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Division of Allergy and Inflammation
Relevant Financial Relationships: None


Accreditation Statement
The American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (AAAAI) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Designation Statement
The American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology designates this enduring material for a maximum of 0.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

CE Designation Statement
The American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, & Immunology (AAAAI) is a Provider, approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider #10704, for up to 0.25 Contact Hours.

Medium and Method of Physician Participation 
Follow these steps to complete the activity:

  1. Register for the activity.
  2. Review the CME Info and Disclosure information.
  3. Complete all required components.
  4. Complete the Commitment to Change form.
  5. Complete the activity evaluation.
  6. Claim your credits. Enter only the number of credits earned based on your participation in the activity.
  7. Print or save your certificate.

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Release Date
Original release date: August 19, 2016. Reviewed by Christopher Calabria, MD FAAAAI and Tolly Epstein, MD FAAAAI on October 13, 2018. Valid for credit through August 18, 2020.

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Available Credit

  • 0.25 Attendance
    Attendance credit.
  • 0.25 CE
    CE credit.
  • 0.25 CME
    CME credit.


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