• Emerging Infections Update: Monkeypox Virus

    In the United States, the first monkeypox case in the current outbreak was identified on May 18, 2022. Since that time, more than 7,100 cases of monkeypox virus infection* have been reported across 48 states, Puerto Rico and Washington, D.C. – a figure that may be substantially lower than the actual number of cases given limited access to testing and knowledge gaps with regard to clinical diagnosis.

    To address the concerns of family physicians, who are likely to be among the first health care professionals in the country to care for patients with monkeypox, the Academy is providing members with guidance and a status update on the outbreak in the U.S. Listen to a presentation by AAFP Senior Vice President of Education, Inclusiveness and Physician Well-Being Margot Savoy, MD, MPH, as she covers a variety of topics including diagnosis, treatment options, infection prevention strategies and more.

    * As of Aug. 5, 2022. View the latest number of cases.

    Watch this free 15-minute video and earn .25 CME credits.


    Margot Savoy, MD, MPH, FAAFP, FABC, CPE, CMQ, FAAPL is Senior Vice President of Education, Inclusiveness and Physician Well-Being for the American Academy of Family Physicians, Associate Professor of Family & Community Medicine and Urban Bioethics at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine, and Associate Professor (adj) at the Maurice Kornberg School of Dentistry at Temple University. Dr. Savoy oversees the AAFP education portfolio from medical school through continuing medical education, the accreditation system, journal media and the Center for Diversity & Health Equity. She also is the lead for Physician Health First, the AAFP’s physician well-being program.

    Dr. Savoy graduated from the University of Maryland School of Medicine in 2002, completed Family Medicine Residency Program at the Crozer-Keystone Family Medicine Residency Program (Springfield, PA) in 2005 and graduated from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill Gillings School of Global Public Health in 2008 with a Masters degree in Public Health in Public Health Leadership with a focus on Public Health Practice. She is certified by the American Board of Family Medicine, the Certifying Commission in Medical Management, the American Board of Medical Quality and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians, American Association of Physician Leaders and the Advisory Board Company. 

    Emerging Infections Update Title Slide


    Learning Objectives

    At the end of this activity, you will be able to:

    • Describe the current prevalence of monkeypox virus infection in the United States
    • Identify patients who may be infected with monkeypox virus
    • Name at least one specific prevention strategy to reduce risk of monkeypox virus transmission
    • Review and locate additional information about monkeypox virus clinical course, treatment and prevention

    CME Credit Statement

    The AAFP has reviewed Emerging Infections Update: Monkeypox Virus and deemed it acceptable for up to .25 Enduring AAFP Prescribed credits. Term of Approval is from 8/05/2022 to 8/05/2024. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

    The AAFP is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

    The American Academy of Family Physicians designates this Internet activity enduring material for a maximum of .25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

    CME activities approved for AAFP credit are recognized by the AOA as equivalent to AOA Category 2 credit.