Resident education program during the 2017 meeting of Florida Allergy, Asthma & Immunology Society (FAAIS)

The Florida Allergy, Asthma & Immunology Society is proud to announce its 2017 Annual Meeting, held at JW Marriott, Orlando, Florida. The three-day meeting will host practicing allergists from Florida.

Dates: June 30 - July 2, 2017

Location: JW Marriott, 4040 Central Florida Parkway, Orlando, FL 32837

More info:

The resident education program is full with great topics which will be presented by world class speakers. Below is the official email announcement from FAAIS:


Dear FAAIS Members:

The executive board of the FAAIS is pleased to announce the return of our forum for medical residents in training, which will be held this year in lieu of our allied health program. This one day conference coincides with our annual meeting and offers those attending an extensive review of relevant topics in allergy and clinical immunology. For many, this represents the only time in their training to attend a world class forum in their backyard.

Starting with a review of allergy and immunology the resident will be able to better comprehend the concepts presented throughout the conference. The forum will cover the evaluation and management of patients with IgE mediated disorders, anaphylaxis, urticaria, hereditary angioedema, asthma, advances in targeted therapy and much more.

An important part of this educational initiative is dedicated to creating awareness of the vital role allergists play as consultants. In this regard our hope is to elevate the visibility of our field while promoting the expertise of the Florida Allergy Asthma and Immunology Society.

This promises to be a memorable event!


Thomas Lupoli, DO
FAAIS President

Nina Ramirez, MD
Resident Program Director


Jeanne Torbett, CMP, CMMM
Executive Director
Florida Allergy, Asthma & Immunology Society

phone: 904-765-7702
fax: 904-765-7767

4909 Lannie Road, Ste. B
Jacksonville, FL 32218


FAAIS 2017 Resident Program

Friday – June 30

 6:30  –  8:00 pm Pharma Dinner Event (Optional)

Saturday -  July 1

Morning Session

 7:00  –  8:00 am Breakfast in Exhibit Hall
 8:00  –  8:10 am Welcome Comments and Introduction to the Forum - Nina Ramirez, MD
 8:10  –  9:05 am An Overview of Basic Clinical Immunology & Allergy for the Resident
Physician - Vivian Hernandez-Trujillo, MD
 9:05 – 10:00 am Food Allergy, Insect Sting Allergy, Drug Allergy & Anaphylaxis
- Neil Gershman, MD
10:00 – 10:15 am Bathroom Break (Exhibit Hall Closed)
10:15 – 11:15 am Things to Consider When Your Patient Itches or Swells: Hereditary
Angioedema, Urticaria and Angioedema - Thomas Lupoli, DO
Atopic Dermatitis - Bassem Chahine, MD
11:15 – 12:15 pm Approach to the Diagnosis & Management of Primary Immune Deficiency
- Sunil Joshi, MD  
12:15  –  1:15 pm An Approach to the Evaluation & Management of Chronic Cough
- Miguel Lanz, MD
 1:15  –  2:15 pm Lunch in Exhibit Hall

Afternoon Session

 2:15  –  3:15 pm Clinical Pearls & Pitfalls in Allergy Testing & Interpretation
- Dana Wallace, MD
 3:15  –  3:45 pm Break in back of classroom & Prize Drawing
 3:45  –  4:15 pm Conventional Pharmacotherapy for Asthma – Nina Ramirez, MD
 4:15  –  4:45 pm Advances in Targeted Therapy for Asthma – Thomas Casale, MD
 5:30  –  6:30 pm Jewel Showcase Reception - Optional (Families invited)

 6:30  –  8:00 pm Pharma Dinner Event (Optional)

#ACAAI16 Tweetup/informal meeting is on November 12, Saturday, 2:30-3:30 pm, room 2009 - join us!

#ACAAI16 Tweetup/informal meeting will be on November 12, Saturday, 2:30-3:30 pm, room 2009 of the Moscone West Convention Center - join us! Here is a PDF map of the floor plan to help you find room 2009 quickly:

Here is the list of the allergists who may be using Twitter to post updates from the #ACAAI16 meeting. The list is open for edit, please feel free to add your own info.

The list shows the availability of the allergists by date and if they are planning to attend the Tweetup (a meeting of people who use Twitter or are following the tweets). If interested in a real life meeting Tweetup during the #ACAAI16, sign up in the spreadsheet above. This will be the First Annual Tweetup during ACAAI!

Here is the Tweetup info - come meet us for a chat at:

Convention Center, Room 2009 (PDF map) 
November 12, Saturday, 2:30-3:30 pm

This is a free, informal event, no ticket required. Suggested topics: how to tweet? why to tweet? who to follow? research projects using social media, Twitter for patient education, etc.

The hashtag for the meeting is #ACAAI16

The hashtag for the 2016 annual meeting of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI) is #ACAAI16

Type #ACAAI16 in Twitter Search box to find all recent updates from  #ACAAI16:

You can also find info about the #ACAAI16 hashtag on the website of Symplur:

How to use Twitter to post updates from #ACAAI16 meeting

See examples of best practice by  @MatthewBowdish and @DrAnneEllis posted here: (tweets were summarized in a series of blog posts by me). For example, the tweets from 2012 AAAAI meeting reached more than 250,000 people.

I would strongly encourage you to post updates on Twitter from the CME conferences that you are planning to attend in the future. Here is how to do it: Twitter for Physicians: How to use Twitter to keep track of the latest news and scientific meetings, and share information with colleagues and patients.

WAO TV Social Media Guide for Allergists

Here is WAO TV Social Media Guide for Allergists:

Dr Stukus: How to use Twitter to engage patients

Dr Bowdish: Best practices for Twitter use by allergists

Dr Bowdish: How to use Twitter during a scientific conference: AAAAI, ACAAI, etc.

Dr Ramirez: How allergists can use Facebook for patient education


The impact of social media on a major international emergency medicine conference -- Neill et al. -- Emergency Medicine Journal

PLOS ONE: Tweeting the Meeting: An In-Depth Analysis of Twitter Activity at Kidney Week 2011

Tweeting the Meeting: Investigating Twitter Activity At the 2012 AAAAI Conference - Disclaimer: I am one of the authors.

How to share up to 4 photos in a single Tweet - Great for conference posters - see example

How to Make the Most of A National Scientific Conference

Epinephrine Training Video by Florida Allergy, Asthma & Immunology Society (FAAIS)

Epinephrine Training Video by Florida Allergy, Asthma & Immunology Society (FAAIS):

Behavioral Therapy Helps Athletes Overcome Vocal Cord Dysfunction (VCD)

From National Jewish:

"A new study shows that a novel, nonsurgical approach to treating vocal cord dysfunction (VCD) can help 3 out of 4 adolescent athletes, who did not respond to conventional therapy, breathe better during training and competition. Vocal cord dysfunction (also known as exercise-induced laryngeal obstruction) is a common condition characterized by the throat inexplicably closing during rigorous exercise. It can dramatically increase breathing difficulty, diminish performance and often causes panic in those who experience it.

“It’s terrifying for these patients. Imagine running a race, then being forced to breathe through a straw on your last lap. That’s essentially what it feels like for these athletes,” said Tod Olin, MD, MCSC, principal investigator of the study and director of the Pediatric Exercise Tolerance Center at National Jewish Health in Denver.

Because the symptoms of VCD are similar to asthma, patients are often misdiagnosed and many are prescribed steroids and other medications that simply don’t work. “Ultimately, these athletes often quit their sports out of fear or frustration,” said Dr. Olin. “In some parts of the world, they are treated with surgery.”

In an effort to better treat patients who did not respond to speech therapy, which is considered the first line therapy, Dr. Olin developed a novel approach that involves visual biofeedback, training in specific breathing techniques, and feedback regarding performance psychology. “In addition to the mechanical changes in the throat, almost all of these athletes have thoughts during exercise that are working against them. Therapeutic laryngoscopy during exercise creates and opportunity to address both mechanical issues and performance psychology issues,” said Dr. Olin.

With therapeutic laryngoscopy during exercise, Dr. Olin fits patients with a helmet that has a small camera attached to it. The camera is fed through the patient’s nose and positioned just above the throat. Once the camera is in place, patients then undergo a strenuous workout on a stationary bicycle. With real-time throat images from the camera, they can learn to control their throat’s effect on breathing.

“For many of these athletes, visualization and film review are part of training,” said Dr. Olin. “I think of therapeutic laryngoscopy during exercise as a highly-specialized teaching tool to cure a problem that is very difficult for patient to otherwise conceptualize.”

Dr. Olin teaches breathing techniques to keep the throat open during exercise and teaches patients certain psychological tools to conquer symptoms.

“Most athletes can control their breathing without any trouble while they are in a chair. The challenge for patients with this condition is to control breathing during intense exercise,” said Dr. Olin. “During our sessions, I work with patients while they are pedaling as fast as they can on a bike or while running up to 14 miles an hour on a treadmill. That way they can learn to use these techniques under intense, but real life situations.”

In a recent study published in the journal Pediatric Pulmonology, Dr. Olin tested the approach on 41 adolescent athletes with VCD, who had not responded to other interventions. He found that 75 percent of the patients perceived improvement in breathing during strenuous exercise, and 85 percent called the approach the most important therapy they had undergone to achieve breathing improvement. The approach also represented the first time many of these athletes were made aware of the psychological aspect of their condition.

“The difference has been night and day,” said Tyler Evans, a 24-year old professional triathlete who trains at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Evans was diagnosed with asthma as a young child, and had always assumed his symptoms were asthma-related. “I’ve been on steroids and have carried a rescue inhaler with me to every event I’ve ever attended,” said Evans. “But the problem kept getting worse and worse.”

Desperate for a diagnosis, Evans saw numerous doctors in Colorado, New York and Cleveland, who suggested he suffered from everything from acute asthma attacks to a heart condition. Some suggested he undergo surgery to open his throat more completely, but that would mean weeks of recovery and delays in training.

In August of 2016, Evans made an appointment to see Dr. Olin at National Jewish Health. “He knew it was VCD right away, and immediately started working with me on breathing techniques,” said Evans. “It was almost anticlimactic. Here I thought I was dealing with a career-ending condition, or maybe even something that was life threatening.”

Since working with Dr. Olin, Evans said his times and performances have improved and he is competing at a higher level. “I was just hoping to get a handle on the symptoms,” said Evans, “but ended up being more confident and more efficient in competition than I’ve ever been. It’s made a remarkable difference.”

Severe asthma: “What to do when asthma is not doing well?” (click to enlarge the image).

2017 FAAIS Annual Meeting: June 30-July 2

The dates for the FAAIS Annual Meeting are June 30-July 2. If you would like to stay for our group rate over the fourth of July, reserve your rooms soon as they will have a limited number of rooms available over July 4th at our extraordinary group rate.


Jeanne Torbett, CMP, CMMM
Executive Director
Florida Allergy, Asthma & Immunology Society

phone: 904-765-7702
fax: 904-765-7767

4909 Lannie Road, Ste. B
Jacksonville, FL 32218
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