2019 New England Society of Allergy Spring Meeting

March 29, 2019

NESA provides ongoing educational meetings to allow our membership to keep up-to-date with the latest developments in the field of Allergy/Immunology. The Spring Physicians' Meeting is a half-day program designed for physicians and advanced care practitioners, and the Allied Health Practitioner Update is a full-day program designed primarily for nurses, though all health practitioners in A/I are welcome, including physicians. Both meetings are designed to provide continuing education and networking opportunities for health care providers at all levels working in the specialty.

Physicians' Meeting Fees
Member TypeOnline FeeWalk-in Fee
NESA Member - Physicians' Meeting Only$75$125
NESA Member - Allied Health Half Day + Physicians' Meeting$175$225
NESA Member - Allied Health Full Day$140$190
NESA Member - Allied Health  Half Day Only$100$150
Non-NESA Member - Physicians' Meeting Only$125$175
Non-NESA Member - Allied Health Half Day + Physicians' Meeting$225$275
Non-NESA Member - Allied Health Full Day$140$190
Non-NESA Member - Allied Health Half Day Only$100$150

Online registration closes at 5:00 pm Central Time on Friday, March 22. Walk-in registration will open at 7:30 am on Friday, March 29.

Please note that walk-in registrations will incur an additional $50 fee.

Credit claiming will open by noon on Wednesday, April 3, 2019. The credit claiming period will end at 11:59 pm on December 31, 2019. Attempts to claim credit on or after January 1, 2020 will be subject to an administrative fee.

Target Audience

  • Allergy/Immunologists
  • Fellows-in-training and Residents
  • Nurses
  • Nurse Practitioners
  • Physician Assistants
  • Other A/I health care practitioners

Learning Objectives

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

Allied Health Update
  • Identify the major changes in A/I in 2018
  • Discuss the history of and current regulations and challenges related to allergy extracts
  • Identify which therapies and strategies are appropriate for HAE patients
  • Implement appropriate therapies and strategies for HAE patients in the office setting
  • Apply appropriate screening tests to evaluate patients with various types of immunodeficiency
  • Recognize the clinical manifestations of food protein-induced entercolitis syndrome to better diagnose and treat patients with FPIES
  • Identify populations at risk for drug hypersensitivity
  • Summarize the protocols, pre-medications, and outcomes of drug desensitization
  • Implement the techniques used for scratch and intradermal testing for allergy
  • Compare and contrast radioallergosorbent testing (RAST) and skin testing
  • Instruct patients on the appropriate use of medical devices, such as inhalers and epinephrine auto-injectors
  • Instruct parents on the various support systems available to them as parents of children with food allergy

Physicians' Meeting
  • Compare and contrast autoinflammation with autoimmunity and allergic disease
  • Evaluate patients for autoimmunity who present with urticaria, fevers, or immunodeficiency
  • Discuss the pros and cons of oral immunotherapy
  • Recognize the current phenotypes of mast cell activation disorders
  • Evaluate tryptase and KIT mutations in mast cell activation disorders
  • Provide management tools to patients with mast cell activation disorders
Available credit: 
  • 7.00 Attendance
    Attendance credit.
  • 7.00 CE
    CE credit.
  • 7.00 CME
    CME credit.
Course opens: 
Course expires: 
Event starts: 
03/29/2019 - 7:30am
Event ends: 
03/29/2019 - 5:00pm
Allied Health Update
Start TimeEnd TimePresentation TopicFaculty
7:30 AM8:15 AMRegistration Networking Information Tables     
8:15 AM8:30 AMWelcoming and Opening RemarksMichelle Conroy, M.D.
8:30 AM9:30 AMHereditary Angioedema: Overview and Current TreatmentsAleena Banerji, M.D.
9:30 AM10:30 AMHow Allergy Extracts are MadeEllen Dutta, M.D.
10:30 AM10:45 AMBreak and Exhibits 
10:45 AM11:45 AMOverview of Immune DeficienciesFrancisco Bonilla, M.D.
11:45 AM12:45 PMChemotherapy DesensitizationsMariana Castells M.D.
12:45 PM1:45 PMLunch      
1:45 PM2:00 PMAfternoon RemarksMichelle Conroy, M.D.
2:00 PM3:00 PMFood Protein-induced Enterocolitis SyndromeMichelle Conroy, M.D.
3:00 PM4:00 PMReview of Recent Important Articles in Allergy and AsthmaPaul Sklarew MD
4:00 PM5:00 PM

Hands-on Skills Training:

  • Living with Food Allergies
  • Skin Testing
  • Device/Medication Training
5:00 PM Concluding Comments/Evaluation of Afternoon Session     
Physicians' Meeting
Start TimeEnd TimePresentation TopicFaculty
11:45 AM12:55 PMPoster Session and Lunch     
12:55 PM1:00 PMOpening RemarksLisa Bartnikas, M.D.
1:00 PM1:45 PMUpdates in Mast Cell DisordersMariana Castells, M.D. Ph.D.
1:45 PM2:00 PMQuestion and Answer     
2:00 PM2:30 PMBusiness Meeting     
2:30 PM3:00 PMBreak and Exhibits     
3:00 PM3:45 PMPros and Cons of Implementing OIT in Your PracticeWayne Shreffler, M.D. Ph.D.
3:45 PM4:00 PMQuestion and Answer     
4:00 PM4:45 PMFinding Autoinflammation in Your Allergy ClinicJonathan Hausmann, MD
4:45 PM5:00 PMQuestion and Answer     
5:00 PM5:05 PMClosing RemarksLisa Bartnikas, MD
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 the New England Society of Allergy. The AAAAI is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Designation Statement

The American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology designates this live activity for a maximum of 7.00 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 7.00 Contact Hours.

Special Note Regarding Claiming Credit for the 2019 Meeting

Please note that the maximum number of credits offered for this meeting is for those who attend a full day (either the Allied Health Update full day option or the Allied Health Update half day and the Physicians' Meeting). All credits claimed should be based on the individual's actual attendance, in quarter-hour increments.

Credit Claiming Period

Credit claiming for this activity will expire at 11:59 pm on December 31, 2019. Requests to claim credit on or after January 1, 2020 will be subject to an administrative fee.

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Activity-related questions for the Allied Health Update should be directed to Amanda Bogue at amanda@ShorelineAllasth.com.

Activity-related questions for the Physicians' Meeting should be directed to Lisa Henry at nesocietyallergy@gmail.com

Registration and credit claiming questions should be directed to cme@aaaai.org

Available Credit

  • 7.00 Attendance
    Attendance credit.
  • 7.00 CE
    CE credit.
  • 7.00 CME
    CME credit.

Accreditation Period

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