Written and Video Learning Opportunities

Video Learning Opportunities

Medscape Education. The COPD Foundation worked with the Postgraduate Institute for Medicine (PIM) and Medscape in creating a new CME activity to support the implementation of evidence-based recommendations and to facilitate shared decision making between the healthcare team and impacted individuals. This activity is intended for primary care physicians, pulmonologists, allergists & clinical immunologists, pharmacists, and registered nurses. Join Drs. Barbara Yawn and Byron Thomashow for this engaging, case-based activity, Your Guide to Implementing COPD Recommendations.

Reach MD Education. The France Foundation and COPD Foundation are excited to bring you informative CME videos designed to improve healthcare professional understanding of best practices in detecting, diagnosing and treating COPD. This is particularly designed for those working in primary care settings.

Please join Dr. Barbara Yawn, Chief Science Officer of the COPD Foundation, Dr. Byron Thomashow, Chief Medical Officer of the COPD Foundation and Doug Martin, an individual living with COPD, for these CME opportunities. The first video discusses detecting COPD in primary care settings. The second video dives deeper into choosing the right treatment option for each of your COPD patients.

COPD action plan Patients as Partners--Using the My COPD Action Plan for Effective COPD Management

The "My COPD Action Plan" empowers individuals with COPD to be active participants in their COPD management. Enjoy this free webinar intended for both healthcare providers and COPD patients.


Dr. Byron Thomashow is a Professor of Medicine Columbia University Medical Center and an Attending Physician at the New York-Presbyterian Hospital. He is the medical co-director of the Jo-Ann LeBuhn Center for Chest Disease on the Columbia campus and is medical director of the New York-Presbyterian Lung Volume Reduction program. He is one of the founders of the COPD Foundation and the Chairman of the COPD Foundation Board of Directors.

Dr. MeiLan Han is an Associate Professor of Medicine in the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care at the University of Michigan. She is co-chair of the University of Michigan COPD Quality Improvement Committee and co-authored the University of Michigan COPD Guidelines. She serves on the steering committees for several NIH sponsored COPD networks including COPDGene and SPIROMICS. She also serves on the medical and scientific advisory committees for both the COPD Foundation and American Lung Association.

Jane Martin is the Assistant Director of Education for the COPD Foundation. She is a respiratory therapist and teacher with over 35-years’ experience across the continuum of care, including representing respiratory therapy on her hospital’s very first asthma critical pathway, and establishing and leading pulmonary rehabilitation and breathing support group programs. She is the author of over 100 COPD-related articles and two books on living with chronic lung disease.

Caroline Gainer is a 73-year-old retired public school teacher and store manager who was diagnosed with COPD in August of 2013. She is active in the COPD community and the local senior citizen center, as well as in the COPD Foundation’s COPD360social online community. She is widowed and lives with her cat Snowball and her dog Albert.


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