March 2021 Newsletter

COVID-19: Treatments and Vaccines

Jennifer Babik, MD, PhD Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases, Associate Program Director, Internal Medicine Residency, University of California, San Francisco, School of Medicine

NOTE: This lecture has also been featured on the “COVID-19: Learn to Vaccinate” section of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) website.

As the COVID-19 pandemic has stretched into 2021, both challenging hurdles and encouraging discoveries continue to unfold. In Year Two of the pandemic, more and more effective treatments and vaccines have come into clearer focus and wider distribution.

As documented new COVID-19 infections and the number of people hospitalized with the deadly, confounding virus decreased by around 60% since the staggering peak in January of 2021, many Americans – including some scientists and health officials and professionals – began to feel more optimistic about the remainder of the year. Read More

Some of these promising recent trends are due to more Americans following long-recommended practices such as aggressive hand-washing, social distancing and mask wearing (or even double mask-wearing ). Some experts have also cited growing “pockets of immunity” from high levels of infection.

Of course, vaccines are also a key component in our nation’s ongoing fight against the ever-shifting, highly contagious COVID-19 virus — especially as it continues to mutate and evolve into new, lesser-understood, even more highly contagious strains.

According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky, around 46 million people, or 14% of the U.S. population, had received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine as of the final week of February, 2021.

There’s so much to still be studied and understood about vaccines and their overall efficacy, efficiency and enduring effects, however. Much like seemingly everything about COVID-19 and our society since it arrived here around a year ago, vaccine knowledge and practices will continue to shift and evolve as the months turn on the 2021 calendar. Join us as we take a closer look at COVID-19 and its treatments and vaccines in March’s AudioDigest newsletter.

 

Featured Lectures: COVID-19

Clinician Well-Being

COVID-19: Lessons Learned During the Pandemic
Elise M. Martin, MD, MS

Listen to this insightful lecture on the many lessons learned during the still-unfolding COVID-19 pandemic, delivered by Elise M. Martin, MD, MS, Associate Medical Director of Infection Prevention and Hospital Epidemiology, University of Pittsburgh Dept. of Medicine. Read More

In her fascinating, approximately 34-minute lecture, Dr. Martin addresses an array of COVID-19-related topics that include:

  • Symptoms of COVID-19
  • Prevalence of asymptomatic disease
  • Course of asymptomatic infection
  • Infection without obvious exposure
  • Diagnostic testing
  • Risk factors for severe disease
  • Prevention/masking
  • Complications
  • More

This illuminating and informative lecture was recorded at Updates in Internal Medicine: Advances Changing Practice, presented virtually Oct. 21-22, 2020 by the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Department of Medicine and Center for Continuing Education in the Health Sciences. It is also included in AudioDigest Internal Medicine, Vol 68, Issue 2, Week of Jan. 14, 2021, and is also eligible for CME accreditation.

 

Featured Meeting: Pediatrics

Pediatrics

Pediatrics

46th Annual Advances in Pediatrics: Hot Topics in Pediatrics in the Era of COVID-19
University of Oklahoma College of Medicine
Virtual Meeting
Friday, April 9, 2021

Due to the evolving COVID-19 pandemic, 46th Annual Advances in Pediatrics is being presented in a virtual format, overseen by the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine, on Friday, April 9, 2021. This one-day course for community Pediatricians is taught by 17 experts, and provides an update on what is currently understood about COVID-19 in the pediatric patient population — both nationally and locally. Each lecture-based, active learning session will include time for questions, and comprehensive syllabus materials are provided as a resource for today’s office practice. The purpose of this educational activity is to improve the care of patients seen in primary care settings by closing common clinical practice gaps, and it combines best practice strategies and education through the use of both case studies and lectures. Read More

Upon completion of this activity, participants will improve their competence and performance by being able to:

  • Describe signs and symptoms that you may see in the pediatric population as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Describe new strategies for treating signs and symptoms in the pediatric population as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Explain 2 strategies you might use to convince patients to get their children vaccinated against SARS-CoV-2.
Take a closer look at the format, focus, benefits and details of the upcoming meeting and register online now. Learn more

 

Upcoming Virtual Meetings:

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to present serious challenges and risks, healthcare professionals and medical societies are taking every precaution available to maximize safety and responsibility. As such, many meetings, conventions and conferences are being held in a safely-distanced and/or virtual fashion. Here are a few of the upcoming virtual meetings.

Pediatrics

Pediatrics
44th Annual Melvin L. Cohen, MD Pediatric Update 2021
Phoenix Children's Hospital
Virtual Meeting
March 8 - 11, 2021

From March 8-11, 2021, Phoenix Children’s Hospital presents the 44th Annual Melvin L. Cohen, MD Pediatric Update 2021. Presented in a virtual format due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s four-day meeting showcases practical clinical updates in a wide range of specialty areas relevant to the general pediatrician. Plenary presentations and interactive seminars will cover pediatric trends in a wide range of topics, including pediatric dermatology, updates in autism, coronavirus vaccines, ADHD and much more. The meeting objective is to provide practical and relevant pediatric knowledge, stimulate thinking and improve patient outcomes. The program will offer AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. To learn more and register to attend, visit the Pediatric Update 2021 website now.

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Pediatrics

Pediatrics
Steven J. Parker Memorial Developmental-Behavioral Pediatric Conference
Boston University
Boston, MA
March 12, 2021

On March 12, 2021, Boston University will present the Steven J. Parker Memorial Developmental-Behavioral Pediatric Conference. Presented in a virtual format due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this focused one-day conference is designed for practicing clinicians who have an interest, passion or emerging expertise in developmental and behavioral pediatrics — and desire to take their knowledge and skill to the next level. The conference will focus on two clinically relevant topics that have greatly impacted care over the last year-plus: COVID-19 and race/equity. The program will offer CME, CNE, AAFP, AAP, NAPNAP and MOC credits. To learn more and register to attend, visit the Conference website now.

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General Medicine
Primary Care
5th Annual Adult Mental Health Update: Strategies for Primary Care
Oregon Health & Science University
Virtual Meeting
March 12, 2021

On March 12, 2021, Oregon Health & Science University will present the 5th Annual Adult Mental Health Update: Strategies for Primary Care. Presented in a virtual format due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this intensive one-day meeting is intended to better equip today’s primary care provider to deliver effective mental health care to their patients. Ideal for family physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, internists and other providers of adult care, the program will offer MOC and AMA PRA Category 1 Credits ™. To learn more and register to attend,

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Digestive Diseases
Digestive Diseases
Women in Digestive Diseases: At the Forefront
University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine
Virtual Meeting
March 13, 2021

On March 13, 2021, University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine will present Women in Digestive Diseases: At the Forefront. Presented in a virtual format due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this intensive and interactive one-day meeting will address the unique challenges faced by female practitioners and patients in the field of digestive diseases. Ideal for career development of women providers in medicine and gastroenterology, the program will offer AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.

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