Tuberculosis Education Conference


2018 Tuberculosis Education Conference
Registration Now Open 
March 22, 2018
8:00 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.
The University Club * Pittsburgh, PA

Conference Objectives: 
  • Understand the newest research findings for shorter courses of treatment for TB infection.
  • Describe the current status of US Federally Qualified Health Centers and reasons to collaborate on TB and other public health issues.
  • Explain the current status of TB infection in the US and the need to address this group of individuals to achieve TB elimination in the US.
  • Understand the role of an interpreter in quality cross-cultural communications.
  • Recognize the difference between translating and interpreting.
  • Avoid the pitfalls of giving medical care to patients with cultural expectations different from your own.

Target Audience:

Health care providers involved in diagnosis or management of patients with tuberculosis, including
physicians, nurses, respiratory therapists, infection control practitioners, and public health staff.


Speakers/Presentation Topics:

Moderator:  Bruce A. Bush, MD

8:00 a.m.
Registration and Breakfast

8:30 a.m.
Welcome and Introduction of Guests
Carla Conrad, M.S., RRT- NPS
Executive Director, Breathe Pennsylvania

9:00 a.m.
“The History of Tuberculosis in Western PA”
J. Howison Schroeder, Breathe PA Board Member

9:15 a.m.
Building Relationships with Federally Qualified Health Centers (FHQCs) and Private Clinicians for Improved TB Management”
Edward Zuroweste, MD
TB Medical Consultant, PA Department of Health
Co-Chief Medical Officer, Migrant Clinicians Network

10:30 a.m.
Q & A with Dr. Zuroweste


11:00 a.m.
“Cross-Cultural TB Care”
Laszlo Madaras, MD, MPH, SFHM,
PA Department of Health
Co-Chief Medical Officer Migrant Clinicians Network

12:15 p.m.
Q & A with Dr. Madaras

12:30 p.m.
Closing Remarks/Evaluations – Bruce Bush, MD

12:45 p.m.


Breathe Pennsylvania and the University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing together with the Global Tuberculosis Institute at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, are collaborating to plan this learning activity.  Professional nurses registered, attending and completing the evaluation for this activity may receive a maximum of 3.0 continuing nursing education contact hours. The University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation (PO229).

Respiratory therapists attending the entire conference and completing the evaluation tool will be awarded 3.0 continuing education contact hours by the Continuing Respiratory Care Education (CRCE) system of the American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC).

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and Breathe Pennsylvania. The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 4.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

The Americans with Disabilities Act information:
Participation by all individuals is encouraged. Advance notification of any special needs will help us provide better service. Please notify us of your needs at least two weeks in advance of the program by calling Breathe Pennsylvania at 724.772.1750.

Faculty Disclosure:
All individuals in a position to control the content of this education activity are required to disclose all
relevant financial relationships with any entity producing, marketing, re-selling, or distributing health care goods or services, used on, or consumed by, patients.
The University of Pittsburgh is an affirmative action, equal opportunity institution.


To view presentations from past conferences, please visit:

2017 Tuberculosis Education Conference Part 1
2017 Tuberculosis Education Conference Part 2

2016 Tuberculosis Education Conference Presentations

2015 Tuberculosis Education Conference Presentations

2014 Tuberculosis Education Conference Presentations