Understanding and Addressing the Global Spread of the COVID-19 Infection: A Clinician's Guide

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Release date: February 25, 2020 
Expiration date: February 25, 2021 

The World Health Organization recently declared COVID-19 (Wuhan Coronavirus) as a global health emergency.

This activity will offer clinicians a practical guide with the latest information on prevention, symptoms, diagnosis, and management of COVID-19. Join experts on the COVID-19 infection to learn strategies to deal with this emerging infection.

Click here for a patient resource that you can print out and distribute to answer patients’ FAQ on COVID-19.

Click here for a list of additional questions from clinicians during a live webinar on COVID-19, along with answers from the expert faculty.

Welcome and Introductions
Current Global Status of the COVID-19 Infection
Preventing Coronavirus Transmission
Recognizing, Diagnosing, and Managing COVID-19 Infection
Activity Roundup

This activity is intended for North American-based clinicians.

This program is designed to address ACGME and NAM competencies, including delivering patient-centered care and practicing evidence-based medicine.

At the conclusion of this activity, participants should be able to:

  • Describe the current global status of the COVID-19 infection
  • Form evidence-based strategies for prevention of COVID-19 transmission
  • Recognize the signs and symptoms of COVID-19 infection and perform appropriate diagnostic studies
  • Develop plans to manage patients with COVID-19 infection

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the Potomac Center for Medical Education and Rockpointe. The Potomac Center for Medical Education is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Potomac Center for Medical Education designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the        
extent of their participation in the activity. 

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 Successful completion of this CME activity, which includes participation in the evaluation component, enables the participant to earn up to 1.0 Medical Knowledge MOC points in the American Board of Internal Medicine's (ABIM) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program. Participants will earn MOC points equivalent to the amount of CME credits claimed for the activity. It is the CME activity provider’s responsibility to submit participant completion information to ACCME for the purpose of granting ABIM MOC credit.

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 Paul D. Biddinger, MD, FACEP MGH
 Endowed Chair in Emergency Preparedness
 Director, Center for Disaster Medicine
 Vice Chairman for Emergency Preparedness
 Department of Emergency Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital
 Medical Director for Emergency Preparedness, MGH and Partners Healthcare
 Boston, MA, USA

Paul D. Biddinger, MD, FACEP holds the MGH Endowed Chair in Emergency Preparedness and is the Director of the Center for Disaster Medicine and Vice Chairman for Emergency Preparedness in the Department of Emergency Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) in Boston. He is also the Director for Emergency Preparedness at Partners Healthcare and serves as the Director of the Emergency Preparedness Research, Evaluation, and Practice (EPREP) Program at the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health.

Dr. Biddinger serves as a Special Advisor to the Massachusetts Medical Society’s Committee on Preparedness and as a Medical Officer for the MA-1 Disaster Medical Assistance Team (DMAT) in the National Disaster Medical System (NDMS) in the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

An active researcher in the field of emergency preparedness, Dr. Biddinger has lectured nationally and internationally on topics of preparedness and disaster medicine. He has authored numerous articles and book chapters on multiple topics related to emergency medical services and disaster medicine. He completed his undergraduate study in international relations at Princeton University, attended medical school at Vanderbilt University, and completed residency training in emergency medicine at Harvard.

 Allison McGeer, MSc, MD, FRCPC
 Professor, Dalla Lana School of Public Health
 University of Toronto
 Toronto, Ontario

Allison McGeer, MSc, MD, FRCPC is an adult infectious diseases specialist, a hospital epidemiologist, and a Professor in the Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology and the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto. Dr. McGeer was the Director of Infection Prevention and Control for Sinai Health System in Toronto from 1990-2019. Dr. McGeer was the lead investigator for the Toronto hospital SARS outbreak investigation in 2003, an investigator of the first hospital outbreak of MERs in 2013, and shared the role of World Health Organization Focal Point for infection prevention and control in Liberia from October 2014 to January 2015 during the West African Ebola outbreak. She has also served on Canada’s National Advisory Committee on Immunization and the Infection Control Subcommittee of the Ontario Provincial Infectious Diseases Advisory Committee.

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