Release Date: Wednesday, December 15, 2021      Expiration Date: Thursday, December 15, 2022

Educational Overview

HPV is the leading cause of cervical cancer and is responsible for a large percentage of 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. Vaccination is highly effective and has the potential to prevent over 90% of HPV-related cancers, or over 31,000 cases each year. However, barriers to vaccination have severely impeded efforts to fully protect eligible patients. In addition to vaccine hesitancy, the COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in a substantial drop in primary care visits for adolescents and young adults. This has limited the number of opportunities to educate patients and caregivers about the risks of HPV infection and the benefits of vaccination. To overcome barriers to vaccinate, primary care providers must take a proactive approach to communicate with patients so they can make an informed decision about immunization. This activity will review the current burden of HPV-related cancers, assess the latest clinical evidence linking HPV vaccination with cancer prevention, and discuss effective communication strategies to ensure that patients and/or caregivers understand the value of vaccination.



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

  • Describe the burden of human papillomavirus (HPV) infection in causing anogenital and oropharyngeal cancers in men and women
  • Appraise the latest clinical evidence demonstrating the impact of HPV vaccination on the incidence of HPV-related cancers
  • Apply communication techniques to address and overcome barriers by healthcare providers and patients on HPV vaccination


This activity is designed as a comprehensive approach to address the practice needs of primary care providers, including primary care 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.



This online presentation builds competence, confidence, and skills in the understanding of how to utilize patient-provider communication and therapeutic approaches to improve patient health outcomes while reducing disease burden.

The presentation covers the following topics:  

  • Prevalence of HPV infection across ages and genders
  • Types and incidence of HPV-related cancers in men and women
  • Long-term safety and efficacy results of HPV vaccination
  • Tactics to adhere to ACIP guideline recommendations
  • Utilizing a shared decision-making approach to overcome barriers to vaccination


Rachel Caskey, MD, MAPP
Chief, Division of Academic Internal Medicine and Geriatric
Departments of Internal Medicine and Pediatrics
University of Illinois at Chicago
Chicago, IL




This 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/CPE 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 70%.
  5. Certificate of Credit will be emailed to you within 4 weeks. 


Disclosure of Financial Relationships with Ineligible Companies

Center for Independent Healthcare Education and Vemco MedEd fully comply with the Standards for Integrity and Independence in Accredited Continuing Education in development of CME/CPE activities. We require the full disclosure of financial relationships with ineligible companies from all individuals in a position to influence the content of a certified activity, in any amount occurring within the past 24 months.


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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