CME Outfitters Announces Live CE Audioconference Series: "Waking Up to the Problem of OSA: Consequences and Improved Recognition" Premieres Tues. October 16

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CME Outfitters announces an upcoming live and interactive neuroscience CME VOICE audio conference series, titled "Waking Up to the Problem of OSA: Consequences and Improved Recognition." Offered as a series of 12 live and interactive audio conferences premiering Tuesday, October 16, 2007, the series focuses on exploring the risks associated with untreated obstructive sleep apnea and examining strategies for improving treatment of this sleep-related breathing disorder.

CME Outfitters, LLC, an independent accredited provider of multidisciplinary medical education programming and related healthcare communications services, is pleased to announce an upcoming live and interactive evidence-based neuroscience CME VOICE audioconference series titled "Waking Up to the Problem of OSA: Consequences and Improved Recognition."

neuroscience CME VOICE is a one-hour, live and interactive, telephone audioconference continuing education (CE) series that showcases the neurosciences' leading voices in research, academia, and clinical practice. Each audioconference's interactivity is enhanced by offering a Q&A segment during which the faculty experts respond to audience comments and questions posed via e-mail, fax, or phone. Instant CE credit is offered to participants who complete a post-test and activity evaluation online at

Offered as a series of 12 live and interactive audioconferences premiering Tuesday, October 16, 2007, the activity focuses on exploring the risks associated with untreated obstructive sleep apnea and examining strategies for improving treatment of this sleep-related breathing disorder. This CE activity will also be available as an archived telephone audio conference, webcast, podcast, and multimedia CD-ROM in November 2007.

There is no fee for participation in this activity, or to obtain a CE certificate; however, registration is required. Three forms of registration are accepted:
Online: Visit the activity details page at and click the Register icon.
Phone: Call 877.CME.PROS (877.263.7767)
Fax: Visit the activity details page at , print and complete the activity details form, and fax to 240.243.1033.

Statement of Need:
Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a sleep-related breathing disorder (SRBD) characterized by partial/ complete airway obstruction resulting in suspended breathing. Classic symptoms during sleep include loud snoring, gasping/choking, and severely fragmented sleep, whereas waking symptoms include excessive sleepiness, cognitive difficulties, and mood swings. Associated risk factors include being male, older age, high BMI, hypertension, family history, and having a large neck circumference and/or a narrowed airway. Untreated OSA is associated with serious societal and personal consequences. The cardinal symptom of OSA is excessive sleepiness, which can interfere with daily activities and heighten the risk of motor vehicle crashes. OSA is associated with numerous medical comorbidities, with the most compelling data exhibiting a link between OSA and hypertension. Prompt recognition and management of OSA is crucial to mitigating the consequences - however, less than 20% of OSA cases are currently diagnosed and treated. New data indicate that women and older people may not present with classic findings; for example, women are less likely to report witnessed apneas, and older people are less likely to be obese. In this live, evidence-based, neuroscienceCME VOICE activity, the experts will explore the risks associated with untreated OSA and present strategies for improving recognition of this SRBD.

Sonia Ancoli-Israel, PhD
Professor of Psychiatry
University of California San Diego
Director, Gillin Laboratory of Sleep and Chronobiology
San Diego Veterans Affairs Healthcare System
San Diego, CA

Barbara A. Phillips, MD, MSPH, FCCP
Professor of Pulmonary, Critical Care, and Sleep Medicine
Department of Medicine, Division of Internal Medicine
University of Kentucky College of Medicine
Lexington, KY

Learning Objectives:
At the end of this CE activity, participants should be able to:

  • Describe risk factors and symptomatology associated with obstructive sleep apnea.
  • Identify consequences of untreated obstructive sleep apnea including increased risk of motor vehicle crashes and increased risk of medical comorbidities, particularly hypertension.
  • Utilize screening tools and strategies to improve recognition of obstructive sleep apnea, particularly in populations that do not present with classic symptoms.

Target Audience:
Physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, nurses, psychologists, social workers, certified case managers, pharmacists, and other healthcare professionals with an interest in mental health.

Commercial Support:
CME Outfitters, LLC, gratefully acknowledges an independent educational grant from Cephalon, Inc., in support of this CE activity.

Credit Information:
CME Credit (Physicians):
CME Outfitters, LLC, is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. CME Outfitters, LLC, designates this educational activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
Note to Physician Assistants: AAPA accepts Category I credit from AOACCME, Prescribed credit from AAFP, and AMA Category I CME credit for the PRA from organizations accredited by ACCME.

CNE Credit (Nurses):
CME Outfitters, LLC, is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the New York State Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

It has been assigned code 6WASUP-PRV-0611. 1.0 contact hours will be awarded upon successful completion.
Note to Nurse Practitioners: The content of this CNE activity pertains to Pharmacology.

CEP Credit (Psychologists):
CME Outfitters is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. CME Outfitters maintains responsibility for this program and its content. (1.0 CE credits)
Note to Addiction Professionals and Professional Counselors: NAADAC and NBCC accept APA and NASW continuing education (CE) credits toward national certification CE requirements. Please check with your state board to determine which type of CE credit is acceptable toward licensure CE requirements.

NASW Credit (Social Workers):
This program was approved by the National Association of Social Workers (provider #886407722) for 1 continuing education contact hour.

CCMC Credit (Certified Case Managers):
This program has been approved for 1 hour by the Commission for Case Manager Certification (CCMC).

CPE Credit (Pharmacists):
CME Outfitters, LLC, is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education. 1.0 contact hours (0.1 CEUs)
Universal Program Number: 376-999-07-013-L01 (live presentation) 376-999-07-013-H01 (recorded programs)

Post-tests, credit request forms, and activity evaluations can be completed online at (click on the Testing/Certification link under the Resources tab - requires free account activation), and participants can print their certificate or statement of credit immediately (70% pass rate required). Otherwise, participants should fully complete and return both the credit request form and activity evaluation located within the course guide for this activity. A certificate or statement of credit will be mailed within 4-6 weeks to all who successfully complete these requirements.

About CME Outfitters:
CME Outfitters develops and distributes live, recorded, print, and web-based educational activities to thousands of clinicians each year and offers expert accreditation services for non-accredited organizations. For a complete catalog of certified activities, please visit , , or call 877.CME.PROS (877.263.7767).

About neuroscienceCME: is the premier web portal serving clinicians, educators, and researchers in the neurosciences. Launched in October 2006, was custom designed to fill an identified gap in online resources for professionals around the world who are practicing in areas related to psychiatry, sleep disorders, addiction and substance abuse, ADHD, and other areas related to brain function. The site's primary mission is to be the professional's central forum for accessing, debating, synthesizing, and implementing the latest findings and best practices in the neurosciences.

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Contact: Jessica Primanzon
CME Outfitters, LLC
240.243.1308 direct
240.243.1033 fax


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