RMSF Training Module: Clinical Diagnosis and Treatment for Healthcare Providers (Continuing Education)

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The Rocky Mountain spotted fever (RMSF) module is an interactive clinical education tool with case-based scenarios that provides technical training on RMSF. The module highlights key clinical messages aimed at promoting early clinical recognition and treatment. It is self-directed with knowledge checks, reference materials, and an interactive rash identification tool that allows healthcare providers to compare the rash seen in RMSF to other illnesses.

The module includes the following elements:

  • Core Content: self-directed web-based module reviewing the epidemiology, transmission, clinical signs and symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment of RMSF
  • Rash Comparison Tool: exercise that allows providers to compare the rashes seen in different febrile illnesses
  • Case-based Exercises: scenarios that provide an opportunity to apply knowledge of RMSF to management of patients
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At the conclusion of the session, the participant will be able to:

  1. Describe Rocky Mountain spotted fever epidemiology, vectors, and risk factors
  2. Identify clinical characteristics of Rocky Mountain spotted fever
  3. Explain importance of early clinical diagnosis and recommended Rocky Mountain spotted fever treatment
  4. Describe available laboratory tests for Rocky Mountain spotted fever diagnosis
  5. Explain how to prevent and respond to tick bites
  6. List 3 ways to improve collaborative practice across the public healthcare team

Continuing Education


RENEWAL DATE: May 1, 2021


Instructions for Obtaining Continuing Education (CE)

In order to receive continuing education (CE) for Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever: Clinical Diagnosis and Treatment Module for Healthcare Providers with Continuing Education please visit TCEO and follow these 9 Simple Steps.

To obtain credit you must:

Continuing Education Units

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In support of improving patient care, The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

CME:  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention designates this enduring activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity

CNE:  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention designates this activity for 1 nursing contact hours.

CPE: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention designated this Knowledge-based event for pharmacists to receive 0.1 CEUs in pharmacy education. The Universal Activity Number is JA4008229-0000-21-045-H01-P.

Once credit is claimed, an unofficial statement of credit is immediately available on TCEOnline.  Official credit will be uploaded within 60 days on the NABP/CPE Monitor

CEU:  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is authorized by IACET to offer 0.1 CEU’s for this program.

CECH: Sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a designated provider of continuing education contact hours (CECH) in health education by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. This program is designated for Certified Health Education Specialists (CHES®) and/or Master Certified Health Education Specialists (MCHES®) to receive up to (1) total Category I continuing education contact hours. Maximum advanced level continuing education contact hours available are 0. Continuing Competency credits available are 1. CDC provider number 98614.

AAVSB/RACE:  This program was reviewed and approved by AAVSB RACE program for 1.25 hours of continuing education. Participants should be aware that some boards have limitations on the number of hours accepted in certain categories and/or restrictions on certain methods of delivery of continuing education. Please contact the AAVSB RACE program if you have any comments/concerns regarding this program’s validity or relevancy to the veterinary profession.

For Certified Public Health Professionals (CPH): The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is a pre-approved provider of Certified in Public Health (CPH) recertification credits and is authorized to offer (1) CPH recertification credits for this program.


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