Contemporary Strategies for Treating Invasive Fungal Infections in Immunocompromised Patients - Module 1

ACPE Activity Number:  0204-0000-19-400-H01-P
Activity Date: January 15, 2019
Expiration Date: January 15, 2020
Activity Type: Knowledge 
CE Credits: 1.0 hour
Activity Fee:Free of charge

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Target Audience

This activity was planned to meet the educational needs of physicians, pharmacists, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants caring for patients at risk for invasive fungal infections.

Activity Overview

Morbidity and mortality associated with invasive fungal infections remain high despite the availability of novel antifungals and new therapeutic strategies. This activity will review the emergence of invasive fungal infections in immunocompromised patients. New diagnostic tests and techniques for diagnosing patients with invasive fungal infections will be reviewed as will current treatments for aspergillosis and mucormycosis in immunocompromised patients. The activity will conclude by examining the challenges healthcare providers in the community confront in the diagnosis and treatment of invasive fungal infections in immunocompromised patients. 

As the first of two modules in this series, this activity prepares the learner for Module 2, which explores these challenges using patient cases.

For more information view Module 2

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this activity, participants should be able to

  • Review the emerging epidemiology of invasive fungal infections in immunocompromised patients.
  • Review new diagnostic tests and techniques for diagnosing invasive fungal infections.
  • Discuss current treatments for immunocompromised patients with suspected or confirmed aspergillosis or mucormycosis taking into account pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic parameters.
  • Examine challenges faced by healthcare providers in the community in diagnosing and treating immunocompromised patients with invasive fungal infections, including interprofessional strategies for overcoming them.

Faculty Information

Peggy L. Carver, Pharm.D., FCCP, FIDP
Associate Professor, College of Pharmacy
Clinical Pharmacist, Infectious Diseases
University of Michigan Health System
Ann Arbor, Michigan

Peggy Carver, Pharm.D., FCCP, FIDP is Associate Professor of Pharmacy in the Department of Clinical Sciences at the College of Pharmacy, and Clinical Pharmacist in Infectious Diseases at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

After completing her undergraduate degree in Biology at UCLA, Dr. Carver earned her Doctor of Pharmacy degree and completed a residency at the University of California School of Pharmacy in San Francisco, California, followed by fellowship in Infectious Diseases at Hartford Hospital in Hartford, Connecticut.

Dr. Carver’s research focuses on antifungal therapy, and the role of metal ions in the development of infectious diseases. She has previously served as President of the Society of Infectious Diseases Pharmacists and Chair of the ASHP Specialty Practice Group in Infectious Diseases. She is a recipient of the University of Michigan College of Pharmacy Teaching Excellence Award, the Phi Delta Chi Alumni Advisor Award, and was inducted as a fellow of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP) and the Society of Infectious Diseases Pharmacists (SIDP). She has been an invited presenter at numerous national and international scientific meetings and continuing education conferences.

P.H. Chandrasekar, M.D., F.A.C.P., F.I.D.S.A.
Professor of Medicine
Chief, Division of Infectious Diseases
Professor, Medicine / Infectious Diseases
Wayne State University / Karmanos Cancer Center
Detroit, Michigan

Pranatharthi Chandrasekar, M.D., FACP, FIDSA is Chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases and Section Chief of Infectious Diseases at Karmanos Cancer Center in Detroit, Michigan. He is also Professor of Medicine in the Division of Infectious diseases at Wayne State University.

Dr. Chandrasekar completed his residency in Internal Medicine at the University of Louisville, Kentucky and Fellowship in Infectious Diseases at the Hahnemann University. His major interests have included epidemiology, prevention, diagnosis and management of infections including invasive fungal infections in immunocompromised hosts, particularly those with underlying cancer and those undergoing stem cell transplantation.

Dr. Chandrasekar has published extensively in these fields and has trained many individuals in the United States and overseas. Dr. Chandrasekar serves in the Editorial Board of several journals including the British Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy.



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P.H. Chandrasekar, M.D., F.A.C.P., F.I.D.S.A.

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