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The Many Faces of MRSA: Recognizing and Treating New At-Risk Populations

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  • CME Released: 10/17/2011
  • Valid for credit through: 10/17/2012
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Target Audience and Goal Statement

This activity is intended for physicians and physician practices involved in primary care and who are Medscape members as well as California Academy of Physicians (CAFP) members. This audience is composed of more than 1 million practitioners: family medicine physicians; pediatricians; and other primary care practitioners, including nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and nurses and advanced practice nurses.

The goal of this activity is to complement, reinforce, and extend the reach of the educational content delivered in the live regional setting; and provide information and guidance to participants in support of achieving the best clinical outcomes in their patients who present with skin and soft-tissue infections.

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

  1. Facilitate accurate diagnosis of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infection in patients with suppurative skin infections
  2. Implement the latest recommendations for treatment of MRSA skin and soft-tissue infections
  3. Identify patients who can be managed with nonpharmacologic vs pharmacologic treatment in the community vs patients who may require surgical consultation and/or hospitalization for severe or complicated infections

Accreditation Statements

    For Physicians

  • This activity has been reviewed and is acceptable for up to 1.0 Prescribed credits by the American Academy of Family Physicians. AAFP accreditation begins November 15, 2011. Term of approval is for one year from this date with option for yearly renewal. When reporting CME credit, AAFP members should report total Prescribed and Elective credit earned for this activity. It is not necessary for members to label credit as evidence-based CME for reporting purposes.

    The California Academy of Family Physicians is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

    The CAFP designates this enduring material 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. Estimated Time to Complete This Activity: 1 hour The California Academy of Family Physicians takes responsibility for the content, quality, and scientific integrity of this CME activity.

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This activity is designed to be completed within the time designated on the title page; physicians should claim only those credits that reflect the time actually spent in the activity. To successfully earn credit, participants must complete the activity online during the valid credit period that is noted on the title page. To receive AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™, you must receive a minimum score of 70% on the post-test.

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The Many Faces of MRSA: Recognizing and Treating New At-Risk Populations


CME Released: 10/17/2011

Valid for credit through: 10/17/2012



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