Kevin R. Flahery, MD, MSKevin R. Flaherty, MD, MS
Associate Professor
Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine
University of Michigan Health System
Ann Arbor, Michigan


CME/CE Information

Activity Title Diagnosing IPF: A Dynamic, Interactive, Case-based Discussion
Topic IPF
Target Audience This activity is intended for pulmonologists, primary care physicians, physician assistants and nurse practitioners who work within pulmonology and adult primary care and manage patients with IPF, respiratory therapists, and pharmacists.
Accreditation Type AMA PRA Category 1 Credits
Release Date April 2013
Expiration Date April 30, 2015
Estimated Time to Complete Activity 45 minutes


Upon completion of the activity, participants should be able to:

  • Indicate how to accurately diagnose IPF in conjunction with a multidisciplinary team


Kevin R. Flaherty, MD, MS
Associate Professor
Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine
University of Michigan Health System
Ann Arbor, Michigan


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  3. Complete the CME/CE activity.
  4. Complete the posttest. A score of at least 75% is required to successfully complete this activity. The participant may take the test until successfully passed.
  5. Complete the CME/CE evaluation/attestation form, which provides each participant with the opportunity to comment on how participating in the activity will affect their professional practice, the perception of commercial bias, and whether or not the objectives were met.
  6. Your CME/CE certificate will be available for download.



This activity is sponsored by The France Foundation.



IPF is a chronic progressive disease that is increasing in prevalence. Diagnosis is difficult, beyond the expertise of any one specialty, but has been codified in recent evidence-based guidelines. The understanding of the pathophysiology of IPF has progressed over the past decade, and this knowledge is intertwined with the clinical testing of candidate drugs. Several promising clinical candidates are in phase 3 evaluation and education of health care providers will enable both clinical trial enrollment and appropriate use of emerging medications after FDA approval. International guidelines for the diagnosis and treatment of IPF have been recently published, and provide a valuable resource for providers who manage patients with ILD.


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The following faculty has indicated he has relationships with industry to disclose relative to the content of this CME activity:

  • Kevin R. Flaherty, MD, MS, has received grants/research support from NIH, ImmuneWorks, and InterMune. He has served as a consultant for Boehringer Ingelheim, FibroGen, Genentech, Gilead, GlaxoSmithKline, Ikaria, ImmuneWorks, MedImmune, Novartis, Takeda, and Vertex. He has received honoraria from Boehringer Ingelheim, Forest, GlaxoSmithKline, and Pfizer


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This activity is supported by an educational grant from Boehringer Ingelheim.


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