Severe & Difficult to Treat Asthma:
What to Do When the Basics Fail

Session 4 of the University of Arizona Pediatric Pulmonary Center and El Rio Health Collaborative Series. This free CME activity will help guide health professionals in the care of severe asthma in children and know when to refer to a pediatric pulmonologist.

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Severe & Difficult to Treat Pediatric Asthma

Severe & Difficult to Treat Asthma: What to Do When Basics Fail

Learning Objectives:

  1. Define severe vs. difficult to treat asthma.
  2. Describe when a primary care physician should refer to the pediatric pulmonologist.
  3. Identify when to “go back to the drawing board” to determine if there is an alternative diagnosis for severe asthma.
  4. Accurately diagnose asthma comorbidities and identify the appropriate treatment for each patient.
  5. Describe what a multidisciplinary team does to add to the management of severe asthma.
  6. Identify what biologics are available for asthma and when to use them.

Dr. Lauren Benton, MD
UA College of Medicine Pediatrics
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Earn up to:

1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM

Release/termination dates:

Activity release date: June 2, 2022

Activity termination date: June 2, 2025

Target audience:

This activity is designed for physicians and other healthcare professionals dedicated to the treatment of complex pediatric asthma.


This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Arizona Medical Association (ArMA) through the joint providership with Tucson Hospitals Medical Education Program (THMEP), The Southern Arizona AHEC, and El Rio Health. THMEP is accredited by ArMA to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

THMEP designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

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Financial Disclosure:

None of the planners or speakers for this educational activity have relevant financial relationship(s) with ineligible companies to disclose.

Lauren Benton, MD

Lauren earned her undergraduate degree at Ursinus College in Pennsylvania and went on to complete her MD at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Dr. Benton became a pediatric resident at Banner University Medical Center in Tucson, Arizona in 2016 and went on to become a pediatric pulmonology fellow. She will be a Pediatric pulmonology Attending at Banner University Medical Center starting and she will be co-managing the severe asthma clinic with Dr. Michael Daines in August. She does research that investigates the origins of asthma and how the microbiome is involved in asthma development. In her free time, she enjoys playing board games with friends, sewing, and cooking.