Isabel L. Virella-Lowell, MD, Associate Professor, Pulmonology and Sleep Medicine, University of Alabama at Birmingham

Speaker Disclosure

Isabel Virella-Lowell, MD

  • Does not intend to discuss any commercial products or services

  • Does not intend to discuss non-FDA approved uses of products/providers of services

  • Does not have a relevant financial relationship with any commercial interests.

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Quality Asthma care involved not only diagnosis and treatment to achieve asthma control, but also long-term regular follow-up care to maintain control. Asthma control focuses on two areas: (1) reducing impairment – the frequency and intensity of symptoms and functional limitations currently or recently experienced in patients; and (2) reducing risk – the likelihood of future asthma attacks, progressive decline in lung function – or in children reducing lung growth, or medication side effects.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this internet enduring material activity participants will be able to:

  • Demonstrate the Initiation of optimal drug therapy based on asthma severity and patient age (Controller vs. Rescue)

  • Restate the goals of asthma management in patients

  • Apply the stepwise approach to managing asthma patients

  • Review the importance of the asthma action plan

Please review the information below and follow the instructions in order to view the training, complete the online evaluation form, and successfully pass the online post-test, which will automatically submit for CME credit(s).

Disclaimer Statement

This Internet Enduring Material activity does not necessarily reflect the views, opinions, policies or procedures of the Alabama Chapter-American Academy of Pediatrics, Children’s of Alabama, or its staff or representatives.  Alabama Child Health Improvement Alliance cannot and does not assume any responsibility for the use, misuse or misapplication of any information.

Designation Statement

Children’s of Alabama designates this enduring material for a maximum of .50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. 

Accreditation Statement 

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of Children’s of Alabama and the Alabama Child Health Improvement Alliance.  Children’s of Alabama is accredited by the Medical Association of the State of Alabama to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Enduring Materials Information

Formats Available: Streaming*

On-Demand Release Date: 11/14/2017

On-Demand Expiration Date: 11/14/2020

Please note that effective July 1, 2011, enduring materials are required to provide an assessment of the learner that measures achievement of the educational purpose and/or objectives of the activity.  Upon completion of this activity, you will be directed to the post-test.  To receive your CME certificate, you must score a minimum of 75% on the test.


All three steps are required:

1.  Video Training: Asthma Treatment and ManagementIsabel L. Virella-Lowell, MD, Associate Professor, Pulmonology and Sleep Medicine, University of Alabama at Birmingham. Video Time: 24.16 min

Click HERE to access the video.  It is recommended that you access the PowerPoint presentation handout HERE to review as you watch the video.  You will be instructed to return here to access the post-test and CME activity evaluation.

2.  Post-Test

To take test, choose physician post-test or non-physician posttest (test is the same but CME certificate is different).  You must click through and complete entire test (75% pass rate) in order for your test results to be submitted for CME credit AND certification.  On the last screen you will see your test score and if passing, will be prompted to download your CME certificate.

3.  Evaluation

Click HERE to take/submit CME activity evaluation.

Asthma Treatment and Management Bibliography

NHLBI Guidelines Asthma Care Quick Reference Guide – Revised in 2012

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute.  Expert Panel Report 3: Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Management of Asthma (EPR-3).