Beginning Friday, April 3, at 7 p.m. CDT, the Academy will host a weekly series of CME webinars dedicated to topics related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Family physicians are invited to participate in the series, which will be hosted by Nina Ahmad, M.D., a former AAFP Vaccine Science Fellow and CDC epidemic intelligence service officer. Various special guests will be featured in each webinar to address a range of clinical topics and perspectives stemming from this public health crisis.
"The AAFP has developed this CME webinar series to directly respond to member requests as they tackle the COVID-19 crisis in their practices," Ahmad told AAFP News. "Issues around testing, treatment and containment, among others, will be covered in the series, using a mix of evidence-based guidance coupled with the experience of physicians in different practice environments across the U.S. and internationally."
Webinars are scheduled to run 60 minutes, with the first half consisting of a didactic lecture and slide presentation, followed by a 30-minute Q&A session. Attendees can ask questions and receive answers during the event, or they can post questions on the Academy's COVID-19 Rapid Response Member Exchange and have them answered by faculty.
"Interactivity is highly encouraged," Ahmad noted, "and learners will have the ability to put their questions to faculty and get them answered live or online."
Individuals will be eligible to receive up to 1 AAFP Prescribed CME credit for participating, plus up to 2 additional Prescribed credits after completing the Translation to Practice process.
The first webinar, "COVID-19 Overview: Where We Are and Where We Are Going," will feature Laura Jordhen, M.D., a family physician and infectious disease expert who currently practices at United Family Xincheng Hospital in Shanghai. Jordhen will share her firsthand experiences with the COVID-19 pandemic as it developed in Wuhan, China.
The activity is designed to help participants achieve the following learning objectives:
- Describe the natural history and presumed modes of transmission of SARS-CoV-2 infection and COVID-19 disease;
- Explain how comprehensive, systemic public health interventions are needed due to the unique nature of this disease, such as transmission from asymptomatic or minimally symptomatic carriers;
- Describe the infection prevention measures needed to prevent nosocomial spread and strategies for resource-poor locations; and
- Review strategies in which evidence-driven, appropriate infection control can be implemented in your practice.
Future webinars are expected to cover topics such as acute/critical care management, testing for COVID-19, ventilator management and maintaining emotional health during the pandemic.
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