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The Mimics of Infectious Diseases


An infectious diseases physician discusses the many non-infectious inflammations that may mimic an infectious disease, how to assess the difference and how to diagnose correctly.

Target Audience

This activity is designed for physicians and other health care professionals.

Learning Objectives

By the end of this presentation, participants should be able to:

  • List some of the non-infectious conditions that can present with fever or leukocytosis.
  • Recognize that the patient’s own medications are making them ill.
  • Discuss the “red herrings” that may interfere with clinical decision making.


Register for the enduring material using the enroll link provided below. To be eligible for continuing medical education credits, physicians are required to view the presentation, answer learning assessment questions and complete an evaluation.


Texas Medical Association logoThe Texas A&M Health Science Center (TAMHSC) Coastal Bend Health Education Center (CBHEC) is accredited by the Texas Medical Association to provide continuing medical education for physicians

TAMHSC CBHEC designates this enduring educational activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.  Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


head shot of Carl Vartian

Carl Vartian, MD, MS, FACP, FIDSA, received his MD degree from the State University of New York-Downstate Medical School. He completed an internal medicine residency at Cleveland Metropolitan General Hospital and an infectious disease fellowship

Dr. Vartian holds a Certificate in Medical and Healthcare Management from Rice University, Jones Graduate School of Management and a Master of Science degree in Health Informatics from The University of Texas School of Biomedical Informatics.

Dr. Vartian was in the private practice of infectious diseases for 24 years in Houston before joining HCA in 2008. He serves as the Chief Medical Officer for Bayshore Medical Center and is the Chief Medical Informatics Officer (CMIO) for the HCA Gulf Coast Division based in Houston.


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