Focus on Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis: Advancing Approaches to Diagnosis, Prognosis and Treatment

Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) is a specific form of chronic progressive fibrotic lung disease of unknown cause. Early diagnosis is a prerequisite for earlier treatment and, potentially, improved long-term clinical outcomes. Familiarity with novel treatment approaches that hold the promise of slowing disease progression and with the recent guideline recommendations is essential for all clinicians involved in the care of patients with IPF. Individualizing treatment is important in light of potential improved adherence to both drug therapy and health behaviors.


This activity has been designed to meet the educational needs of health care professionals involved in the diagnosis, treatment, or management of patients with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis.


Upon completion of this activity, participants will be better able to do the following:

  1. Implement multidisciplinary clinical and imaging approaches to achieve a more timely and accurate diagnosis of IPF
  2. Develop IPF treatment strategies based on key guideline recommendations and examine the supporting clinical trial data
  3. Describe key elements of an individualized approach to IPF treatment that involves shared decision-making


Fernando J. Martinez, MD, MS (Program Chair)
Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine
Bruce Webster Professor of Medicine
Joan and Sanford I. Weill Department of Medicine
Weill Cornell Medical College
New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center
New York, New York

David J. Lederer, MD, MS
Associate Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology
Interstitial Lung Disease Program
Columbia University Medical Center
New York, New York

Disclosure of Conflicts of Interest

It is the policy of the Elsevier Office of Continuing Medical Education that all faculty, instructors, and planners disclose any real or apparent conflicts of interest relating to the topics of this educational activity. 

The faculty reported the following financial relationships or relationships to products or devices they or their spouse/life partner have with commercial interests related to the content of this CME activity:

FacultyRelationship Identified With:
Fernando J. Martinez, MD, MS

Consultant/Advisor: AstraZeneca, Boehringer Ingelheim GmbH, Genentech, Inc., GlaxoSmithKline LLC, Novartis AG, Pearl Therapeutics, Inc., Protexin, Theravance Biopharma

Grant/Research Support: AstraZeneca, Boehringer Ingelheim GmbH, GlaxoSmithKline LLC

Speakers’ Bureau: Boehringer Ingelheim GmbH, Miller Pharmacal Group, Inc., NACE International, Novartis AG, UpToDate, Inc., WebMD, LLC

David J. Lederer, MD, MS

Consultant/Advisor: FibroGen, Inc., F. Hoffmann-La Roche Ltd, Global Blood Therapeutics, Inc., Sanofi Genzyme, Veracyte, Inc.

Non-faculty: Lyerka Miller, PhD; Sandy Breslow; Alison Kemp; and Bernard M. Abrams, MD, hereby state that neither they nor their spouse/life partner have any financial relationships to products or devices with any commercial interest related to the content of this activity of any amount during the past 12 months.

Financial Support

This activity has been supported by an independent educational grant from Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Provider Information

Jointly provided by the Elsevier Office of Continuing Medical Education and Miller Medical Communications, LLC.

CME Credit (Physicians)

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 the Elsevier Office of Continuing Medical Education and Miller Medical Communications, LLC. The Elsevier Office of Continuing Medical Education is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Elsevier Office of Continuing Medical Education designates this enduring activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


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Disclosure of Unlabeled Use: This educational activity may contain discussion of published and/or investigational uses of agents that are not indicated by the FDA. The Elsevier Office of Continuing Medical Education, Miller Medical Communications, LLC., and Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc. do not recommend the use of any agent outside of the labeled indications.

Disclaimer: Participants have an implied responsibility to use the newly acquired information to enhance patient outcomes and their own professional development. The information presented in this activity is not meant to serve as a guideline for patient management. Any procedures, medications, or other courses of diagnosis or treatment discussed or suggested in this activity should not be used by clinicians without evaluation of their patient’s conditions and possible contraindications on dangers in use, review of any applicable manufacturer’s product information, and comparison with recommendations of other authorities.

Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™
  • 1.00 Non-physician
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Available Credit

  • 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™
  • 1.00 Non-physician
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