Making IT Count - Immunotherapy Education

Virtual Patient: Young Girl with Peanut Allergy

This patient simulation involves a young girl with severe peanut allergy whose parents are interested in a desensitization treatment, like oral immunotherapy (OIT). During the consultation, her parents ask several questions about the administration, safety, efficacy, and effects of peanut/food oral immunotherapy. The findings from food OIT clinical trials will be referenced to answer these questions. 

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:

  • Discuss the current FDA approval status of food OIT treatments
  • Summarize findings from studies regarding administration, duration, safety, efficacy, and cross-reactivity of food OIT
  • Explain how desensitization is measured and how to minimize the risk of a reaction during OIT by avoiding so-called augmentation factors
Available credit: 
  • 0.25 Attendance
    Attendance credit.
  • 0.25 CE
    CE credit.
  • 0.25 CME
    CME credit.
Course opens: 
Course expires: 

Content Authors

Anna Nowak-Wegrzyn, MD FAAAAIAnna H. Nowak-Wegrzyn, MD FAAAAI
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York City, NY 
Relevant Financial Disclosures: DBV, Nutricia: research funding


Mike Tankersley, MD FAAAAI 

 Mike Tankersley, MD FAAAAI 
 University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Memphis, TN
 Relevant Financial Disclosures: None


Content Reviewers
Gloria E. Akan, MD
ENTAA Care, Glen Burnie, MD
Relevant Financial Disclosures: None

Kim E. Mudd, RN MSN CCRP
Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD
Relevant Financial Disclosures: None

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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 0.50 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 0.50 Contact Hours.

Credit Claiming Period 
Credit claiming for this activity will expire at 11:59 pm on August 8, 2020. Requests to claim credit on or after August 8, 2020. will be denied.

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

  1. Register for the activity.
  2. Review the CME and Disclosure information.
  3. Complete all required components.
  4. Complete the post-test. You must achieve a score of 70% or higher on post-tests to claim credit.
  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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Original release date: August 9, 2016. Reviewed by Dr. Chris Calabria, MD FAAAAI and Dr. Tolly Epstein, MD FAAAAI. Valid for credit through August 8, 2020.

Available Credit

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


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