• Special Session on Monkeypox Now Available for AAFP Members

    Town Hall, More Resources Coming Soon

    August 5, 2022, 9:00 a.m. News Staff — As the number of monkeypox cases in the United States continues to rise, family physicians are understandably concerned about the outbreak and the disease’s effects on their patients. FPs need to have the latest information on clinical recognition of the virus, vaccines and treatment options, infection control, and more so they can provide optimal patient care — and the Academy is here to help.

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    AAFP Senior Vice President for Education, Inclusiveness and Physician Well-Being Margot Savoy, M.D., M.P.H., has recorded a 15-minute presentation, “Emerging Infections Update: Monkeypox Virus,” for family physicians. The video, available on the Academy’s Monkeypox webpage, addresses a number of issues related to the outbreak, including

    • an overview of monkeypox virus and an update on the outbreak in the United States and elsewhere;
    • an outline on the clinical course of monkeypox virus infection; and
    • diagnosis and management of monkeypox virus infection, including prevention and isolation strategies.

    The presentation also contains links to resources from the AAFP, the CDC and other organizations.

    After viewing the presentation, learners will be able to

    1. describe the current prevalence of monkeypox virus infection in the United States;
    2. identify patients who may be infected;
    3. name at least one specific prevention strategy to reduce the risk of transmission; and
    4. review and locate additional information about the virus’s clinical course, treatment and prevention.

    Members who view the session are eligible to earn 0.25 AAFP Prescribed CME credits.

    More Offerings

    Savoy’s video is the first in a planned series of educational sessions on monkeypox from the Academy.

    On Aug. 9 at 7 p.m. CT, AAFP President Sterling Ransone, M.D., will join Julie Wood, M.D., M.P.H., the Academy’s senior vice president for research, science and health of the public, and Jonathan Temte, M.D., Ph.D., M.S., in a virtual town hall on monkeypox that will allow members to claim up to 1.0 AAFP Prescribed CME credits. Temte, a past chair of the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices who currently serves on the agency’s Board of Scientific Counselors, previously participated in a Q&A on monkeypox with AAFP News in July.

    The Academy will also offer a live session on monkeypox at this year’s FMX in Washington, D.C., which will be available for viewing after the conference on FMX On Demand.

    Be sure to visit the AAFP’s Monkeypox webpage for the latest resources, news and information on the outbreak.