CME Connections

July 2015


In This Issue...

  1. Adult Obesity Pilot Project
  2. Virtual SAMs Workshop
  3. IAFP Events
  4. Other Events

Online CME

Visit the Education section of the IAFP Webpage to view the latest information!


Adult Obesity Collaborative and Referral Initiative (AOCRI)

Be a part of a community of family physician learners who are interested in improving their skills in obesity and in caring for overweight and obese adults in general.

Participation includes completing five web-based courses about obesity and caring for overweight and obese individuals and communicating back to IAFP on your practices in obesity management. We are also looking to family physicians to help improve this program so gathering your feedback on the pilot is needed!

BONUS: The first 100 physicians to complete the full pilot project will receive a small honorarium of $100 in appreciation of your participation in this important project.

For more information visit the AOCRI webpage

IAFP Virtual SAMs workshop on Depression
Sunday, September 13, 2015 starting at 5pm CST
Fee: $275 (does not include ABFM fees)
Work on the Depression SAMs together as a group from the comfort of your own home or office! Space is limited - register today!

The Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Ohio, and Wisconsin chapters of the American Academy of Family Physicians have partnered together and are excited to announce a virtual self-assessment module (SAM) party centered on depression set for Sunday, September 13 beginning at 5:00pm (typically takes four hours for completion).

This innovative program will use a robust web-based system that will allow family physician learners from across the country the chance to complete a Maintenance of Certification for Family Physicians (MC-FP) SAM while engaging their peers and an expert content leader from a location of their choosing. To participate, all you need is a computer, high speed internet access, registration, and a few pre-function items (outlined in three easy steps below). The day of, participants will use an online polling system to work through SAM questions with our depression expert.  Our main goal is to pass the exam, with an expert speaker offering assistance when questions arise. First, questions will be displayed giving participants approximately 30 seconds to respond (time varies based on speed of participant response). Next, results will be displayed and discussed. Finally, answers will be submitted as a group and individuals will be credited for completion of the knowledge assessment portion of the SAM.

Registration is limited to the first 15 participants and will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis. The cost to attend is $275 for IAFP members. The number of participants for the entire virtual SAM program will not exceed 100. The deadline to register is Monday, August 31, 2015.

Register online today!

Questions? Contact Kate Valentine at [email protected] or 630.427.8000.


IAFP Events

IAFP Lunch and Learn Webinars

The Lunch and Learn schedule is online. Gather your colleagues and grab your lunch! Join IAFP once a month from 12:00-1:00pm CST and earn FREE CME. Don't miss the next two webinars on Family Physicians' role in cardiac health (August 27) and Newborn Hearing Screening (September 24).

Other Events

Current Issues in Sports Medicine: Special Populations
Presented by NorthShore Orthopaedic Institute

Sunday, August 9, 2015, 7:30 a.m. - 2:15 p.m
Lake Forest, IL
Today is the last day to register for this event.

Earn up to 5.5 prescribed credits at this annual sports medicine symposium. Expert panelists will provide insights into effective and evidence-based diagnoses and management approaches related to issues in youth, female, mature, special needs and adaptive sports athletes. For additional information, including how to register, click here.

Questions? Contact Ashley Ray at 312.475.5530 or [email protected].

The Extension for Community Health Outcomes - Chicago (ECHO-Chicago)
ECHO-Chicago is an innovative program created by the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Chicago to bring sub-specialty experts and community-based primary care providers together to engage in case-based learning. Using advanced video conference technologies, providers can gain knowledge without the need for travel and at no cost. Currently the Hepatitis C series takes place every Tuesday or Friday from 8-9 a.m. CME credit by AAFP is approved and available. Providers gain the knowledge needed to test, treat and cure patients with Hepatitis C within their primary care practice. When asked about changes made to practice after attending the ECHO-Series on Hepatitis C, providers said “[I’m] feeling more confident in stratifying Hep C patients who should be treated” and “I am now treating several patients for Hep C and this is something I never would have done in the past.”  To join the Hepatitis C series, please contact Isa Rodriguez ([email protected]) / 773-322-6941) or visit For more information, click here

CO*RE/ASAM ER/LA Opioid REMS: Achieving Safe Use While Improving Patient Care
August 22, 2015, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Edward Hospital, Naperville, IL

The ER/LA Opioid REMS course, presented at no charge through an unrestricted educational grant, provides REMS education following the FDA blueprint with specific reference to those who specialize in addiction medicine. ASAM’s REMS course is CO*RE-branded material, but will also include a special focus on addiction medicine. Participants can earn up to 3 AMA PRA Category 1 CME credit(s)™ upon completion of the course assessment and evaluation.

Click here for more information, including registration form.

Questions? Contact the Illinois Society of Addictive Medicine at 773.558.5993 or [email protected].

Alzheimer's Association, Greater Illinois Chapter's Research Symposium
October 23, 2015, 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Oak Brook, IL

Gain knowledge and insights on Alzheimer's research topics designed to increase awareness and enhance skill sets, with a special focus on translating research into care.

Click here for the event flyer.

For more information, including online registration visit or contact 847.933.2413.


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