2018 NESA Spring Physicians' Meeting

Westford, MA US
April 6, 2018


Credit claiming will remain open through December 31, 2018. Credit requests on or after January 1, 2019 will be subject to an administrative fee.

Speaker handouts are now available to all attendees and are located after the credit claiming and certificate steps.

NESA provides ongoing educational meetings to allow our membership to keep up to date with the latest developments in the field of Allergy and Immunology. This year's meeting will include the following topics:

  • Early introduction of peanut
  • New approach to evaluation of penicillin allergy
  • Update on AERD

The meeting will also include the annual business meeting and exhibits.

Registration Fees:

Attendee TypeFee
NESA Member$75
Non-NESA Member$125
Resident or Fellow-in-TrainingFREE


Online registration closes on March 30 at 5:30 pm Eastern time. After that, you may still attend the meeting, but must register on site. On-site registration will include an additional $100 late fee. This late fee will not apply to speaking/presenting faculty or trainees.

Group Registration
Please note that ALL attendees must register under their own accounts. If multiple people from one practice wish to make a single payment, each person should select the option to pay with a check (even if the intent is for the practice to pay with a credit card), and ALL attendees must be registered before payment is made.
If paying by check for a group, be sure to include with the check the names and order numbers from the order confirmations for every employee who will be attending
If paying by credit card for a group, contact Gail Radecki at the AAAAI at 414-272-6071 for assistance.

Target Audience

  • Allergist/immunologists
  • Other physicians interested in the field of Allergy/Immunology
  • Fellows-in-training 
  • Allied Health professionals (RNs, Nurse Practitioners, Physician Assistants, etc.) 

Learning Objectives

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

  • Describe how and when to perform oral food challenges with peanut in the hospital setting
  • Describe how and when to introduce peanut as a single dose (one feed) in the hospital setting vs. at home
  • Discuss the wider implications of early introduction of peanuts on healthcare resources and infant food consumption
  • Define the impact of reported penicillin allergy on patients and healthcare systems
  • Compare approaches to the evaluation of penicillin allergy
  • Describe the relevance of cysteinyl leukotrienes in the pathophysiology of aspirin-exacerbated respiratory disease (AERD)
  • Explain the consequences of prostaglandin D2 (PGD2) release during aspirin-induced reactions in AERD
  • Summarize the evidence for the use of currently-available biologics in AERD
Available credit: 
  • 3.00 Attendance
    Attendance credit.
  • 3.00 CE
    CE credit.
Course opens: 
Course expires: 
Event starts: 
04/06/2018 - 10:45am CDT
Event ends: 
04/06/2018 - 4:00pm CDT
11:45am - 12:55pmPoster Session and Lunch 
12:55  - 1:00pmOpening RemarksLisa Bartnikas, MD
1:00 - 1:45pmImplementing LEAP:  Performing Infant Food Challenges and Infant Dietary ConsiderationsCarina Venter, RD PhD
1:45 - 2:00pmQ&A 
2:00 - 2:30pmBusiness Meeting 
2:30 - 3:00pmBreak and Exhibits 
3:00 - 3:45pmA New Approach to the Evaluation of Penicillin AllergyKimberly Blumenthal, MD
3:45 - 4:00pmQ&A 
4:00 - 4:45pmUpdate on Aspirin-Exacerbated Respiratory DiseaseTanya Laidlaw, MD
4:45 - 5:00pmQ&A 
5:00 - 5:05pmClosing RemarksLisa Bartnikas, MD


Westford Regency Inn and Conference Center
219 Littleton Road
Westford, MA 01886
United States

Planning Committee
Lisa Bartnikas, MD
Boston Children's Hospital, Boston, MA
Relevant relationships: None

Ann Beaulieu, RN AE-C
Jordan Scott, MD, Leominster, MA
Relevant relationships: None

Jackie Garrett, MD
Riverbend Medical Group, Feeding Hills, MA
Relevant relationships: None

Mitchell Lester, MD, FAAAAI
Fairfield County Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, Norwalk, CT
Relevant relationships: None

Michael C. Young, MD FAAAAI
South Shore Allergy Asthma Specialists, P.C., South Weymouth, MA
Relevant relationships: None

Lisa Bartnikas, MD
Boston Children's Hospital, Boston, MA
Relevant relationships: None

Kimberly Blumenthal, MD
Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA
Relevant relationships: None

Tanya Laidlaw, MD FAAAAI
Brignam and Women's Hospital, Boston, MA
Relevant relationships: Chiesi (Consultant)

Carina Venter, PhD RD
University of Colorado/Children's Hospital of Colorado, Denver, CO
Relevant relationships: Danone, Mead Johnson, Neslte (speaker); DBV Technologies (advisory board)

Content Reviewers
Stuart Abramson, MD FAAAAI
Shannon Medical Center, San Angelo, TX
Relevant relationships: None

Karen Gregory, DNP APRN-BC RRT AE-C
Oklahoma Allergy and Asthma Clinic, Edmond, OK
Relevant relationships: None

Accreditation Statement
This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of AAAAI and (name of non-accredited provider). The AAAAI is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
CME Designation Statement
The American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology designates this enduring material for a maximum of 3.00 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 3.00 Contact Hours.
Credit Claiming Period
Credit claiming for this activity will expire at 11:59 pm on December 31, 2018. Requests to claim credit on or after January 1, 2019 will be subject to an administrative fee.
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  1. Register for the activity.
  2. Review the CME and Disclosure information.
  3. View pre-meeting information and/or complete the pre-test.
  4. Attend the meeting. Be sure to sign in so your attendance can be recorded.
  5. Return to the online meeting site after the meeting and complete the post-test, if required. You must achieve a score of 70% or higher on post-tests to claim credit.
  6. Complete the activity evaluation.
  7. Claim your credits. Enter only the number of credits earned based on your participation in the activity.
  8. Print or save your certificate.
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Available Credit

  • 3.00 Attendance
    Attendance credit.
  • 3.00 CE
    CE credit.


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