Infectious Diseases Spring Symposium 2020

Infectious Diseases Spring Symposium 2020
Saturday, April 25, 2020 - 7:30am - 2:00pm

The conference will provide practitioners with the most recent advances and information that will enhance knowledge, skills, and performance in the treatment and diagnosis of selected infectious diseases.

Designed For

Physicians, Nurse Practitioners, Physician Assistants, Pharmacists, Medical Technologists, Public Health Professionals, Fellows, Residents, Students, and Other Interested Healthcare Providers

Jointly Provided By

Creighton University School of Medicine
Department of Medicine
Division of Infectious Diseases
Office of Continuing Education
CHI Health


The Infectious Diseases Spring Symposium will update health professionals regarding infectious diseases so that infections can be better diagnosed, treated, and prevented.


  • List key issues in managing infections in the transplant recipient
  • Describe the extent of West Nile Virus infection in the United States and the current approach to its recognition, diagnosis, and management
  • Describe current approaches to the diagnosis and management of latent tuberculosis, including the role of interferon gamma release assays and newer treatment regimens
  • List adult vaccines where US authorities have recently changed recommendations, including meningococcal, pneumococcal, and tetanus-diphtheria-acellular pertussis vaccines
  • For recently recognized resistant pathogens of special concern (including Candida auris, New Delhi metallo-beta-lactamase producers, and multi-drug resistant Salmonella), state the reason for concern, identify diagnostic methods, and describe the general approach to management
  • Describe selected recent developments in diagnostic microbiology, including multiplex nucleic acid amplification and Clostridioides difficile
  • Describe key characteristics of HPV infection and vaccine as well as promising developments in the field
  • Explain concepts underlying emerging approaches to HIV therapy


7:30 a.m.
Registration, Continental Breakfast and Visit Exhibits

8 a.m.
Welcome and Program Overview

Marvin J. Bittner MD, MSc, FACP, FIDSA, FSHEA

8:05 am.
Transplant Infections Today

Neil Mendoza, MD

8:50 am.
West Nile Virus: Current Situation

John Horne, MD

9:10 a.m.
Latent Tuberculosis: Screening Frequency, Screening Methods, Treatment Approaches, and Infection Prevention. A Panel Discussion on Contemporary Approaches

Renuga Vivekanandan, MD
David Quimby, MD
Chris Graf, RN

9:55 a.m.
Break and Visit Exhibits

10:30 a.m.
Adult Vaccine Update, including Meningococcal, Pneumococcal, and Tetanus-Diphtheria-Acellular Pertussis Vaccines

Marvin J. Bittner MD, MSc, FACP, FIDSA, FSHEA

10:50 a.m.
Candida auris, New Delhi Metallo-beta-lactamase Producers, Multi-Drug Resistant Salmonella and Whatever Comes Next: Resistant Pathogens of Special Concern in 2020

Maureen Tierney, MD

11:35 a.m.
Lunch and Visit Exhibits

12:30 p.m.
Selected Recent Developments in Diagnostic Microbiology, Including Multiplex Nucleic Acid Amplification and Clostridioides difficile

Steve Cavalieri, PhD

12:50 p.m.
Human Papilloma Virus Infection and Its Prevention: Past Developments and Future Prospects

Archana Chatterjee, PhD, MD

1:35 p.m.
Horizons in HIV Therapy

Manasa Velagapudi, MBBS

1:55 p.m.
Closing Announcement

Manasa Velagapudi, MBBS
Course Co-Director

2:00 p.m.
Evaluation and Adjournment


Employees of Creighton University, Omaha VA Medical Center, CHI Health and Children’s Hospital and Medical Center: $15
Other health care providers: $30
Remote video conference: $20

Refund less $10.00 if cancelling by Friday, April 17, 2020.
No refund after Friday, April 17, 2020.

CHI Health Creighton University Medical Center-Bergan Mercy or Online
7710 Mercy Road
Room 11661 A, B, and C
Omaha, NE 68124
United States