Childhood Allergic Diseases: Primary Care Update

This program has been designed for primary care providers, including physicians, nurses, physician assistants, pharmacists, and respiratory therapists who participate in the treatment of childhood allergic diseases. A noticeable gap exists between practitioners’ awareness of practice guidelines developed by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI) for the management of asthma in the pediatric patient and the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) for the diagnosis and management of food allergies and the practitioners’ ability to apply the guidelines to clinical practice.

Childhood Allergic Diseases: Primary Care Update Conference Faculty

  • Amy Caulum, MS, RD, CD
    Pediatrics Clinical Nutritionist
    UW Health Pediatric Allergy and Asthma Clinic
  • Sumi Lombardino, RN, MSN
    Nurse Clinician
    UW Health Pediatric Allergy and Asthma Clinic
  • Rhonda Christenson, RN
    Nurse Clinician
    UW Health Pediatric Allergy and Asthma Clinic
  • Mark H. Moss, MD
    Associate Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics
    UW Department of Pediatrics
    Division of Allergy, Immunology & Rheumatology
  • Seth H. Dailey, MD
    Associate Professor of Surgery
    UW Department of Surgery
    Division of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery
    Program Director, Laryngology Fellowship
  • Pam Richardson, RN
    Nurse Clinician
    UW Health Pediatric Allergy and Asthma Clinic
  • James E. Gern, MD
    Professor of Pediatrics
    UW Department of Pediatrics
    Division of Allergy, Immunology & Rheumatology
  • Kathleen K. Shanovich, RN, MSN
    Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
    UW Pediatric Allergy and Asthma Program
  • Theresa W. Guilbert, MD
    Associate Professor of Pediatrics
    UW Department of Pediatrics
    Division of Pulmonology and Sleep Medicine
  • Alex Thomas, MD
    UW Department of Pediatrics
    Division of Allergy, Immunology & Rheumatology
  • Christopher T. Healy, MD
    Clinical Associate Professor
    UW Department of Pediatrics
    Division of Allergy, Immunology & Rheumatology
  • Carol Tolejano, MA, CCC-SLP
    Clinical Speech Pathologist
    UW Department of Surgery
    Voice and Swallowing Center
  • Daniel J. Jackson, MD
    Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
    UW Department of Pediatrics
    Division of Allergy, Immunology & Rheumatology
  • Lori Zinck-Jezwinski, RN, MS, CPNP
    Aldo Leopold School Nurse
    Madison Metropolitan School District
  • Robert F. Lemanske, Jr., MD
    Professor of Pediatrics and Medicine
    UW Department of Pediatrics
    Head, Division of Allergy, Immunology & Rheumatology


2013 Wisconsin Asthma Coalition (WAC) Meeting

The 2013 WAC meeting is being held in partnership with the University of Wisconsin 2013 Childhood Allergic Diseases: Primary Care Update.

The WAC meeting will be held May 9-10 at the Fluno Center in Madison. Keynote address provided by: William Busse, MD, University of Wisconsin Department of Medicine.

Additional Information & Registration

General Information


Fluno Center for Executive Education

601 University Avenue, Madison, Wisconsin 53715

Parking and Directions to the Conference Site

Housing Information

Please call the facility of your choice directly. Be sure to confirm its cancellation policy when you make your reservation, in order to avoid a cancellation charge should your plans change.

Fluno Center for Executive Education
601 University Avenue, Madison, WI
(608) 441-7117 or (877) 77-FLUNO

The special conference rate is $144 Single. Please mention the Childhood Asthma Conference to the hotel staff when making your reservations. Reservations made after March 25, 2013, will not be guaranteed at the special rate.


The conference fee includes all sessions, electronic course materials, lunch and refreshment breaks and a nonrefundable registration fee of $50. Those who cancel on or before May 1, 2013 will receive a full refund except for the $50 registration fee. No refunds will be made for cancellations received after May 1, 2013. A $50 student/resident registration fee is available, which includes lunch (cancellation policy applies). Please contact the cme [at] (CME specialist) to see if you qualify.

Four Easy Ways to Register

  • Online
  • By mail: Return your completed registration form and payment to CME Specialist, Pyle Center Registration, 702 Langdon Street, Madison, WI 53706
  • By phone: (608) 262-1397. Please call and give your billing information or pay by MasterCard, VISA or American Express.
  • By fax: 1-800-741-7416 (In Madison, fax 265-3163.)

Overall Conference Objective

This one-day activity combines didactic and case-based workshops lead by experts in pediatric allergic diseases, providing attendees with practical tools and strategies to improve the application of these practice guidelines to their clinical work.

Course Objectives

At the conclusion of this conference, participants will be able to develop an algorithm for allergic disease care within their clinical practices, based on the following:

  • Review of the pathological features of asthma in childhood
  • Identification of the relationships between asthma and common pediatric allergic conditions including atopic dermatitis, food allergies, drug allergies and urticaria
  • Review of the current NHLBI asthma guidelines
  • Review of the current NIAID food allergy guidelines

Elements of Competence

This CME activity has been designed to change learner knowledge and performance and focuses on the American Board of Medical Specialties areas of patient care and procedural skills, medical knowledge, and practice-based learning and improvement.

Morning Lectures

Food Allergies: Assessment, Treatment and Prevention Strategies

Daniel J. Jackson, MD

Learning Objectives

  • Explain the role of history, skin testing and in vitro allergen-specific IgE testing in the diagnosis of IgE mediated food allergy
  • Name the appropriate steps in management of an acute allergic reaction to food
  • Discuss potential future treatment approaches in food allergy

Step Up Plans for Atopic Dermatitis

James E. Gern, MD

Learning Objectives

  • Describe the major processes that contribute to the pathogenesis of atopic dermatitis
  • Outline a treatment protocol for children with atopic dermatitis that has been refractory to treatment

Recent Advances in the Treatment of Childhood Asthma

Robert F. Lemanske, Jr, MD

Learning Objectives

  • Describe three approaches to step-up therapy in childhood asthma
  • Review side effects from inhaled corticosteroids
  • Identify treatment options for children on low doses of inhaled corticosteroids whose asthma is not well controlled

Case Studies in Urticaria

Daniel J. Jackson, MD; Robert F. Lemanske, Jr, MD

Learning Objectives

  • Name the major causes for chronic urticaria in children
  • Describe features in the history and physical examination that are consistent with idiopathic urticaria
  • Formulate a treatment plan for chronic urticaria



1:30 – 2:45 Session 3:00 – 4:15 Session

Workshop A - Eczema: The Itch that Rashes

Rhonda Christenson, RN

Learning Objectives

  • Explain the importance of education to parents, and when appropriate to children, regarding the treatment of atopic dermatitis, with attention to cognitive development of all ages of children and assessment of their health literacy level
  • Identify strategies for gaining cooperation from parents and children for daily atopic dermatitis skin care


Workshop E - Exercise Associated Breathing Problems

Robert F. Lemanske, Jr, MD; Seth H. Dailey, MD; Carol Tolejano, MA, CCC-SLP

Learning Objectives

  • Describe the classic pattern of airflow obstruction that occurs in exercise-induced bronchospasm (EIB) and paradoxical vocal fold movement (PVFM) disorder
  • Review treatment options for EIB and (PVFM) disorder
  • Describe factors that increase the propensity to trigger EIB and (PVFM) disorder


Workshop B - Drug Allergy in Practice: Common Drug Allergy Facts and Cases

Mark H. Moss, MD

Learning Objectives

  • Identify common signs and symptoms of drug allergy
  • Explain the diagnostic options to evaluate drug allergy
  • Apply these skill to examples of allergy cases from clinical practice

Workshop F - Optimal Medication Delivery: Use of Inhalers, Spacers and Nasal Sprays in Children

Sumi Lombardino, RN, BSN; Pam Richardson, RN

Learning Objectives

  • Explain and implement proper techniques and priming, to more effectively deliver the optimal doses of medications, using inhalers, spacers, nasal sprays and sinus rinses.

Workshop C - Asthma Education and Management: From the Struggles of the School Aged Child to the Trials of the Teenager

Alex Thomas, MD; Kathleen Kelly Shanovich, RN, MSN

Learning Objectives

  • Explain the application of asthma education in children including its relation to the stages of cognitive development and the appropriate health literacy level
  • Identify asthma management strategies tailored to the appropriate developmental stage of the child

Workshop G - Food Allergy Management in the School Setting

Christopher Healy, MD; Amy Caulum, MS, RD, CD; Lori Zinck-Jezwinski, RN, MS, CPNP

Learning Objectives

  • Discuss the signs and symptoms of an acute allergic reaction and how to manage it effectively in the school setting
  • Describe interventional strategies that can be used to optimize a safe school environment for the food-allergic child
  • Explain the school's perspective in successfully managing food-allergic children

Workshop D - Spirometry: ABCs of PFTs with Hands-On Case Studies

Theresa Guilbert, MD

Learning Objectives

  • State the indications for obtaining lung function
  • Identify the techniques employed for pediatric lung function 
  • Review the general interpretation of lung function measures
  • Review lung function results and interpretation for selected patient cases

Accreditation Information

Accreditation Statement

The University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Credit Designation Statement

The University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health designates this live activity for a maximum of 6.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Continuing Education Units

University of Wisconsin–Madison, as a member of the University Continuing Education Association (UCEA), authorizes this program for 0.625 continuing education units (CEUs) or 6.25 hours.

American Academy of Family Physicians Continuing Education Credits

Application for CME credit has been filed with the American Academy of Family Physicians. Determination of credit is pending. The AAFP invites comments on any activity that has been approved for AAFP CME credit. Please forward your comments on the quality of this activity to cmecomment [at]

Policy on Faculty and Sponsor Disclosure

It is the policy of the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health that the faculty, authors, planners, and other persons who may influence content of this CME activity disclose all relevant financial relationships with commercial interests in order to allow CME staff to identify and resolve any potential conflicts of interest. Faculty must also disclose any planned discussion of unlabeled/unapproved uses of drugs or devices during their presentation(s). Detailed disclosures will be made in the activity handout materials.

For Further Information

For conference information, please contact the cme [at] (CME Specialist)
E5/417 Clinical Sciences Center, 600 Highland Avenue, Madison, WI 53792
Phone: (608) 263-8542.

The University of Wisconsin provides equal opportunities in employment and programming, including Title IX requirements.

The University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health fully complies with the legal requirements of the ADA and the rules and regulations thereof. Any participant in this educational activity who may need accommodations should notify Barbara Anderson at (608) 263-8542.

Presented in cooperation with University of Wisconsin-Extension.