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Managing MRSA in the Community Practice Setting

  • Authors: George A. Pankey, MD
  • CME/CE Released: 7/29/2009
  • Valid for credit through: 7/29/2010
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Target Audience and Goal Statement

This activity is intended for primarily for primary care physicians providers and other clinicians, and secondarily for infectious disease specialists, who care for patients at risk for or with Staphylococcal skin infections.

The goal of this activity is to address the unmet educational needs of clinicians who care for patients with Staphylococcal skin infections in order to optimize outcomes for patients with MRSA, as well as address related public health concerns.

Upon completion of this activity, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe the epidemiology and impact of MRSA in the community practice setting.
  2. Evaluate and delineate strategies for selecting available and emerging antibiotic options for treating MRSA.


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  • George A. Pankey, MD

    Clinical Professor of Medicine, Tulane University School of Medicine, New Orleans, Louisiana; Director, Infectious Disease Research, Ochsner Clinic Foundation, New Orleans, Louisiana


    Disclosure: George A. Pankey, MD, has disclosed the following relevant financial relationships:
    Served as an advisor or consultant for: Optimer Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Editor and Nurse Planner

  • Susan L. Smith, MN, PhD

    Scientific Director, MedscapeCME


    Susan L. Smith, MN, PhD, has disclosed no relevant financial relationships.


  • Lauren Ero, MS

    Director, Continuing Medical Education, National Foundation for Infectious Diseases, Bethesda, Maryland


    Disclosure: Lauren Ero, MS, has disclosed no relevant financial relationships.

  • Susan J. Rehm, MD

    Medical Director, National Foundation for Infectious Diseases, Bethesda, Maryland; Vice Chair, Department of Infectious Disease, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, Ohio


    Disclosure: Susan J. Rehm, MD, has disclosed the following relevant financial relationships:
    Received grants for clinical research from: Cubist Pharmaceuticals
    Served as an advisor or consultant for: Cubist Pharmaceuticals; Pfizer Inc.
    Served as a speaker or member of a speaker’s bureau for: Cubist Pharmaceuticals; Roche Laboratories Inc.

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Managing MRSA in the Community Practice Setting

Authors: George A. Pankey, MDFaculty and Disclosures

CME/CE Released: 7/29/2009

Valid for credit through: 7/29/2010


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