Release Date: Thursday, November 19, 2020
Expiration Date: Friday, November 19, 2021

Educational Need
Human papillomavirus (HPV) is the leading cause of cervical cancer and is responsible for other genital, anal, and oropharyngeal cancers in both men and women. The CDC estimates that 80 million Americans are infected with at least one type of HPV, and 14 million are newly infected each year. Nearly three-quarters of new infections occur in individuals between the ages of 15 and 24 years. Fortunately, vaccination against HPV is an effective approach in reducing the burden of HPV infections. Long-term efficacy studies are beginning to reveal significant benefits of vaccination in preventing cervical, vulvar, and vaginal cancer. The 9-valent HPV vaccine has the potential to prevent over 90% of HPV-related cancers, or over 31,000 cases each year.

To maximize the utility of the HPV vaccine, clinicians must be aware of the burden of HPV as well as the benefits of vaccination in order to confidently educate their patients and promote immunization. Patients frequently express hesitancy to vaccination, often based on misconceptions of the vaccine and its safety. Vaccine hesitancy was listed by the World Health Organization as a top 10 threat to global health in 2019. To overcome these barriers, PCPs must be prepared to address patient concerns and reinforce the importance of vaccination against this serious infection. This activity focuses on reviewing the latest population-based data supporting the benefits of the HPV vaccine and offers clinicians strategies to overcome barriers to vaccination through communication and educational techniques.


Target Audience
This activity is designed as a comprehensive approach to address the practice needs of primary care providers, including family physicians, osteopathic physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, and allied healthcare professionals, who are at forefront of caring for adult patients eligible for immunizations and/or at risk for vaccine-preventable diseases.

Learning Objectives
At the conclusion of the educational activity, the learner should be able to:

  • Describe the potential consequences of human papillomavirus (HPV) infection, including genital, anal, and oropharyngeal cancers
  • Evaluate the latest findings on the impact of vaccination in the prevention of HPV-related cancer in men and women
  • Identify strategies to adhere to ACIP HPV vaccination recommendations and overcome barriers by both healthcare providers and patients to vaccinate younger adults

Educational Format

This online presentation builds competence, confidence, and skills in the understanding of how to utilize patient-provider communication and prevention strategies to improve patient health outcomes.
The presentation covers the following topics:

  1. Prevalence of HPV infection across ages and genders
  2. Types and incidence of HPV-related cancers in men and women
  3. Long-term safety and efficacy results of HPV vaccination  
  4. Tactics to adhere to ACIP recommendations
  5. Utilizing a shared clinical decision-making approach to overcome barriers to vaccination


Rachel Caskey, MD, MAPP

Associate Professor of Internal Medicine and Pediatrics

Chief, Division of Academic Internal Medicine and Geriatrics Departments of Internal Medicine and Pediatrics

University of Illinois at Chicago

Chicago, IL





aetghThis activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint providership of Center for Independent Healthcare Education (Center) and Vemco MedEd. Center is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Center designates this Enduring material for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Physician Assistants
AAPA accepts AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ for the PRA from organizations accredited by ACCME.

Nurse Practitioners
Nurse Practitioners will receive certificate of AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ as this is an ACCME accredited program and its accreditation is recognized by Nurse Practitioner boards.

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Method of Participation and Instruction for Credit

  1. Review the entire CME information including target audience, learning objectives, and disclosures.
  2. Review the activity in its entirety.
  3. Complete the Online Post Test, Evaluation, and Credit Application form
  4. Please note that to receive credit you must achieve a score of at least 75%.
  5. Certificate of Credit will be emailed to you within 3 weeks.

Disclosure of Conflicts of Interest

In accordance with policies set forth by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), Center for Independent Healthcare Education requires all faculty members and spouses/significant others with an opportunity to affect the content of a continuing education activity to disclose any relevant financial relationships during the past 12 months with commercial interests. A commercial interest is any entity producing, marketing, reselling or distributing health care goods or services consumed by or used on patients. Relationships with commercial interests and conflicts of interest resulting from those relationships must be revealed to the audience and resolved prior to the activity.


Relevant relationships include roles such as speaker, author, consultant, independent contractor (including research), employee, investor, advisory committee member, board member, review panelist, and investigator. If a potential speaker or author indicates a possible conflict of interest, the conflict will be resolved by choosing another speaker or author for that topical area, or the slides, handouts, and/or monograph will be reviewed and approved by a qualified commercially-disinterested peer.


Dr. Rachel Caskey does not have any relevant financial relationships to disclose.
Dr. Caskey does not discuss off-label uses of products.

No (other) speakers, authors, planners or content reviewers have any relevant financial relationships to disclose.

Content review confirmed that the content was developed in a fair, balanced manner free from commercial bias. Disclosure of a relationship is not intended to suggest or condone commercial bias in any presentation, but it is made to provide participants with information that might be of potential importance to their evaluation of a presentation.


There is no fee to participate in this activity.

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Joint Providership
This activity is jointly provided by Center for Independent Healthcare Education and Vemco MedEd.

Commercial Support
This activity is supported by an educational grant from Merck & Co., Inc.



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