Seminar Detail

Pharmacology of Infectious Diseases & Immunizations for Advanced Practice Clinicians
Thursday, December 5, 2019 at 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

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Attend this seminar and learn proper prescribing, patient education and monitoring procedures for a variety of drug regimens used to treat common acute and chronic infectious diseases. Choosing an antibacterial agent can be challenging, given the plethora of drugs available on the market and the emerging trend in bacterial resistance.

You will learn the pharmacology of different classes of antimicrobials used to treat infectious disease states encountered in clinical practice. Discover the spectrums of activity, pharmacokinetic characteristics and parameters for monitoring therapeutic outcomes. Emphasis is placed on the new antimicrobials and advances in evidence-based treatment guidelines. You will leave this seminar better prepared to design appropriate and cost-effective drug regimens for improved therapeutic outcomes.
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  1. Analyze the major classes of antibiotics and their pharmacokinetic characteristics.
  2. Apply current evidenced-based approaches to select appropriate treatment regimens for common infections encountered in clinical practice.
  3. Prescribe antimicrobials based on empiric dosing recommendations.
  4. Plan goals of therapy and parameters for monitoring therapeutic response to antimicrobials.
  5. Recommend specific antimicrobial therapeutic drug monitoring to maximize efficacy and minimize toxicities (e.g., vancomycin and aminoglycosides).
  6. Develop preventative strategies to limit antimicrobial resistance.
  7. Design patient and caregiver education on the proper use of antimicrobials.
  • Antimicrobials
    • Drug classes
    • Pharmacokinetic Properties
      • Concentration-dependent killing
      • Time-dependent killing
      • Post-antibiotic effect
    • Common interactions with other drugs
  • Antibacterial Allergies - Sulfa and Penicillin
    • Define true allergy
    • Sulfonamide antibiotics vs non-antibiotics
    • Penicillin - Cephalosporin cross-sensitivity
  • Bacteria
    • Differentiation
    • Normal flora
    • Common pathogens
  • Antibacterial Resistance - Contributing Factors
    • Trends
    • Mechanisms of resistance
    • Contributing factors
  • Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus - Community versus Hospital Acquired
    • Differentiating between CA- and HA-MRSA
    • Current clinical practice guidelines
    • Pharmacologic management
  • Enterobacteriaceae Resistance
    • Extended Spectrum Beta-Lactamase (ESBL)
      • What are ESBLs
      • Pharmacologic management
    • Carbapenem-Resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE)
      • What are CREs
      • Pharmacologic management
  • Urinary Tract Infections
    • Bacterial Etiology, Signs and Symptoms and Diagnosis
    • Cystitis and pyelonephritis
    • Complicated and uncomplicated
    • UTIs in pregnancy
    • Treatment (IDSA Guideline Treatment Algorithm)
      • Acute
      • Recurrent and relapse
  • Clostridium Difficile Infection
    • Risk factors
    • Pharmacology management
    • Fecal Transplantation
    • Probiotics literature review
  • Community–Acquired Pneumonia
    • Bacterial etiology
    • Diagnosis
    • Typical vs. atypical
    • Treatment (IDSA/ATS Guidelines) and monitoring
      • Outpatient vs. inpatient
      • Empiric treatment
  • Healthcare–Associated Pneumonia
    • Bacterial etiology
    • Treatment (IDSA/ATS Guidelines)
    • Treatment Controversy
  • Upper Respiratory Tract Infections
    • Sinusitis and pharyngitis
      • Etiology (Viral vs. Bacterial)
      • Treatment
    • Bronchitis and Pertussis
      • Etiology (Viral vs. Bacterial)
      • Treatment
  • Skin and Soft Tissue Infections
    • Cellulitis
    • Diabetic foot infections
    • Bacterial etiology
      • Signs & symptoms
      • Treatment (IDSA Guidelines)
    • Osteomyelitis
      • Acute vs. Chronic
      • Oral considerations
  • Strategies to Improve Patient Adherence
    • IMS Model (Information-Motivation-Strategy)
    • Major predictors of poor adherence to medication
  • Antibacterial Resistance – Prevention Strategies
    • Mechanisms for drug resistance
    • 12 steps to prevent antimicrobial resistance (CDC)
    • Antibiotic stewardship
  • Emerging and Reemerging Viral Infections
    • Animals as sources
    • Drivers and ecological factors
    • Modes of transmission
    • Pharmacology management
  • Influenza
    • Clinical features
    • Diagnosis
    • Pharmacology management
  • Immunizations (Adult)
    • Types of Vaccines
    • General recommendations
    • Contraindications & precautions
  • Nurses
  • Advanced Practice Nurses
  • Clinical Nurse Specialists
  • Pharmacists
  • Nurse Practitioners
  • Physician Assistants


Angela Dizon, MD, MSN, MBA-HCM, BSN, RN, NP-C, is a physician, advanced care practitioner and a registered nurse, with more than two decades of experience in clinical practice. Angelica currently serves as the director of clinical services in one of the leading home healthcare agencies in Maryland. She has extensive past experiences both in the acute care and long-term care settings as well. Her diverse experiences provide her with unique perspectives on the importance of an in-depth understanding of pharmacology. As a clinician, she sees complicated patient cases that often go beyond a simple infectious disease presentation. The care she delivers can be complicated by current and past medical histories, which requires keen insights to determine the medications and treatments that are going to support the patients healing. Angelica enjoys sharing her expertise and excels at putting complex topics in to a plain English approach. As such, she is a sought-after presenter, sharing her vast knowledge with experienced interdisciplinary audiences across the country.


Financial: Angelica F. Dizon is a faculty member for Radians College. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Nonfinancial: Angelica F. Dizon has no relevant nonfinancial relationships to disclose.
Credits listed below are for full attendance at the live event only. After attendance has been verified, pre-registered attendees will receive an email from PESI Customer Service with the subject line, “Evaluation and Certificate” within one week. This email will contain a link to complete the seminar evaluation and allow attendees to print, email or download a certificate of completion if in full attendance. For those in partial attendance (arrived late or left early), a letter of attendance is available through that link and an adjusted certificate of completion reflecting partial credit will be issued within 30 days (if your board allows). Please see “live seminar schedule” for full attendance start and end times. NOTE: Boards do not allow credit for breaks or lunch.

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Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, and Clinical Nurse Specialists
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PESI, Inc. is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. Nurses in full attendance will earn 6.3 contact hours. Partial contact hours will be awarded for partial attendance.

Pharmacology Nurse Practitioners
This program offers 380 instructional minutes of pharmacology content which is designed to qualify for 6.3 contact hours toward your pharmacology requirement to receive credit. It is your responsibility to submit your certificate of successful completion and a copy of the seminar brochure to your licensing board.

PESI, Inc. is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education. Successful completion of this Knowledge-based activity qualifies for 6.3 contact hours. ACPE Universal Program Number: 0289-0000-17-010-L01-P. Full attendance is required. No partial contact hours will be awarded for partial attendance. Please note: Pharmacists are required to complete a program evaluation/post-test within two weeks of attending the live event if they would like their participation submitted to ACPE. A valid NABP e-Profile ID and Birthdate (mm/dd) will be required for reporting. Don’t have your e-Profile ID yet? Visit the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP) website and complete your e-profile at in order to obtain your NABP e-Profile ID.

Physician Assistants
AAPA accepts certificates of participation for educational activities certified for AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ from organizations accredited by ACCME such as PESI. Physician assistants may receive a maximum of 6.0 hours for completing this program.

PESI, Inc. is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. PESI, Inc. designates this live activity for a maximum of 6.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.

Other Professions
This activity qualifies for 380 minutes of instructional content as required by many national, state and local licensing boards and professional organizations. Save your course outline and certificate of completion, and contact your own board or organization for specific requirements.

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