The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Collaboration with DKBmed Presents First 3D Animated Educational Program

NEW YORK, Oct. 2, 2012 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (JHUSOM), in collaboration with the Institute for Johns Hopkins Nursing (IJHN) and DKBmed, LLC, has announced the presentation of Ahead of the Curve: Early Intervention in Cystic Fibrosis, featuring the first-ever three-dimensional animation at any North American CME program. ( The symposia stresses the importance of early initiation of treatment and identification of lung infections in patients with cystic fibrosis (CF) and features expert faculty and 3D case scenarios. The program will be presented as a satellite symposium on October 11, 2012 at The Peabody Hotel in Orlando, Florida, in conjunction with the 26th Annual North American Cystic Fibrosis Conference.


"There is increasing evidence that early initiation of treatment, appropriate selection of medication, and a proactive approach to patient care can positively influence clinical outcomes for patients living with cystic fibrosis," explained Course Director Peter J. Mogayzel, Jr., MD, PhD, Director of the Johns Hopkins Cystic Fibrosis Center. Many clinicians are unfamiliar with optimal strategies for the assessment of early lung disease in CF patients, the importance of early intervention to prevent airway obstruction and chronic airway infections (such as those caused by P. aeruginosa), and strategies for disease modification using modulators of CFTR. "This program was created to close these knowledge and practice gaps," added Dr. Mogayzel.

He will be joined on the panel by expert faculty including Michael P. Boyle, MD, FCCP, Director of the Adult Cystic Fibrosis Program at Johns Hopkins, Stephanie D. Davis, MD, from Indiana University Health, Richard B. Moss, MD, from Stanford University Medical Center, and Donna W. Peeler RN, BSN, and Meghan Ramsay, MS, CRNP, respectively the Pediatric and Adult Clinical Coordinators at The Johns Hopkins Cystic Fibrosis Center.

The program is designed to enhance the knowledge of clinicians caring for patients with CF, including pulmonologists, pediatric pulmonologists, gastroenterologists, infectious disease specialists, endocrinologists, pediatricians, and nurses. Participants will view four case presentation videos (featuring real patients). Each scenario will be highlighted by a customized 3D animation that explains the topic as participants journey into the lungs of four children with cystic fibrosis. After each 3D animation and real-life segment, the faculty will participate in a panel discussion which explains how early intervention in patients with CF can help improve their outcomes.

This program is the second 3D Ahead of the Curve program produced by Johns Hopkins and DKBmed. The first, Ahead of the Curve Cystic Fibrosis: Inside CFTR, was enthusiastically received by more than 260 attendees in June 2012 at the 35th European Cystic Fibrosis Conference in Dublin, Ireland. Participants showed a 30 percent increase in confidence when describing the correlation between CFTR genotype and CF phenotype and a 20 percent increase in their confidence in the importance of genetic testing in adult diagnosis, and most reported planning to change their practice as a result of the information learned. The program is supported by an educational grant from Vertex Pharmaceuticals Inc. This event is not sponsored, managed,or endorsed by the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation,

About the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

The Johns Hopkins Hospital has been ranked #1 in the nation for 21 consecutive years out of the 23 that U.S. News & World Report has held its annual rankings of U.S. hospitals. Johns Hopkins remains the nation's leading medical school recipient of research funds from the National Institutes of Health. In 2012, the Johns Hopkins Office of CME received "Accreditation with Commendation" for six years, the highest ranking issued by the ACCME. In addition, the Alliance for Continuing Medical Education (ACME) has named Hopkins a center for "Best Practices." The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine is an Evidence-based Practice Center (EPC), one of 13 such centers in North America funded in 2002 by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ).

Johns Hopkins takes responsibility for the content, quality, and scientific integrity of this CME activity.

About the Institute for Johns Hopkins Nursing (IJHN)

IJHN was created in 1996 as a partnership between the Johns Hopkins University. Its mission is to share the 3 innovations of Johns Hopkins Nursing in practice, education, and research – locally, nationally, and globally. The Institute for Johns Hopkins Nursing is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation. The Institute for Johns Hopkins Nursing is approved as a provider of continuing education by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners: AANP Provider Number 061216. The Johns Hopkins Hospital is a Magnet Hospital, a distinction awarded for its excellence of nursing practice and organization from the Magnet Recognition Program of the American Nurses Credentialing Center. The Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing is ranked 4th in the nation in nursing in the U.S. News & World Report "America's Best Graduate Schools."

About DKBmed

DKBmed is an integrated, non-accredited, continuing medical education company operated by a team of experienced medical education professionals and featuring the finest faculty in the country. The goal of DKBmed is to provide health care professionals with effective medical education that closes identified knowledge/practice gaps to ensure optimal patient care.

Working with accredited providers, DKBmed develops a range of innovative educational programs and specializes in bringing new adult learning methodologies to the CME landscape. DKBmed was an early adopter of utilizing case scenarios with recorded and live actors, 3D animation, webcasts, podcasts, e-mail, and mobile phone applications for clinicians and patients. These forward-thinking approaches enable users to learn using the latest state-of-the-art techniques and to access educational programs in a manner that is most convenient and appropriate for them.

DKBmed's programs are accessible through the company's web site ( They reach more than 30,000 clinicians specializing in a variety of areas, including neonatology, cystic fibrosis, infectious disease, dermatology, macular degeneration, rheumatoid arthritis, pulmonary disease, nephrology, hematology, transplantation, multiple sclerosis, gout, ulcerative colitis, depression, and pain management.

Media Contact: Dean Beals DKBmed, 646-336-6495,

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