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COVID-19 Physician Education

IAFP webinars
Weekly clinical & practice management education for family physicians and their clinical colleagues. Every Tuesday & Thursday at 8pm CT

Clinical Tuesdays

Tuesday August 4, 2020 @ 8:00 PM CT - Unique Challenges of Caring for Individuals with Memory Loss and their Caregiving During COVID-19

More than 5 million Americans age 65 and older are living with Alzheimer’s dementia in 2020. The recent COVID-19 pandemic can be stressful and frightening for some people, especially seniors struggling with Alzheimer’s and related disorders. There is a lack of awareness among healthcare professionals about the potential risks of being a caregiver to a person with Alzheimer's. Learn about specific tools that will assist a provider to improve identification of caregiver stress in patients and provide education on stress relief. The session will also provide reliable information on how to enhance care for Alzheimer’s patients and families and how COVID-19 impacts dementia caregivers. Specific information on care and support resources for healthcare providers will also be shared.

Victoria L. Braund, MD, FACP, CMD
Director, Division of Geriatrics
NorthShore University Health System
Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine,
University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine

Katherine Lott, DO
Geriatric and Family Medicine Faculty Physician
Comprehensive Care Center
NorthShore University Health System
Clinician Educator, University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine

Melissa Tucker, LPC
Director, Family Services
Alzheimer's Association Illinois Chapter

Register for 8/4


NEW! Tuesday August 18, 2020 @ 8:00 PM CT - Elective Surgeries during COVID-19


   1.  Summarize current data on risk of Covid-19 infection during elective surgery
   2.  Comprehend best practice safety and well-being guidelines (ACS, CMS, etc.)
   3.  Recall guidance on what patients and physicians can expect before, during and after surgery

SUMMARY - With the rapid rate of surgical procedures at both hospitals and ambulatory surgical centers increasing over the past decade – from a reported 48.3 million in 2010 to some 129 million in 2018 – surgery has been seen by many Americans as a solution to pain, injury and disease recurrence and prevention. But in middle of a pandemic, patients are reconsidering. A report issued in May 2020 shows all surgeries declining 20% to 40% year-over-year.

Avoiding surgery can be detrimental to a patient’s health if delayed too long. Family physicians properly guiding a patient through the decision-making process is critical to good health long-term, especially for an aging and more active population in need of joint replacement or broken bone repair – two of the 10 most common surgeries in the U.S.

Keeping the patient’s perspective in mind during this era of Covid-19 is key. Clear, continual, and empathetic communications is needed to calmly convey accurate information. This lecture will help family physicians facilitate a discussion with their patients in need of surgery, giving them details and data a patient desires in making the best treatment decision. Points covered will include –

    *   Risk of contracting Covid-19 during an elective surgery.
  *   Basic safeguards hospitals and surgical centers follow to prevent the spread of Covid-19.
  *   Step-by-step guidance on what patients can expect before, during and after surgery.

 A comprehensive plan, including a decision-making process by orthopedic surgeons at a specialty hospital, is detailed. Family physicians will see how patients and medical professionals are reassured of a safe elective surgery – from algorithms to on-site screenings. By better understanding the proper infection prevention protocols surgeons are following during the Covid-19 pandemic, primary care specialists will be enabled to improve communications with their patients considering elective surgery.


Jason Koh, MD, is an internationally known orthopaedic surgeon specializing in sports medicine with a focus on knee, shoulder, and elbow reconstruction, and cartilage transplantation. He is Chairman of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Director of NorthShore Orthopaedic & Spine Institute at NorthShore University HealthSystem. He also is Board of Directors Endowed Chair of Orthopaedic Surgery at NorthShore and Clinical Associate Professor of Surgery at the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine. Additionally, he serves as a team physician for the Chicago Fire, Major League Soccer.

Dr. Koh earned his medical degree from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and interned at Harvard Medical School/Massachusetts General Hospital. He served his residency at New York Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center and his fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation.

Register for 8/18


Tuesday August 25  @ 8:00 PM CT - Immunization Delays and Catch-ups due to COVID-19

Join Wanda Filer, MD, MBA, Head, Medical Affairs, VaxCare, Orlando, FL, to explore what family physicians can do to catch-up on delays in immunizations due to COVID-19.

VaxCare works with health systems, independent practices and government entities to improve ACIP schedule immunization rates through proprietary tech and innovative business solutions.

Register for 8/25

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Practice Management Thursdays

Thursday August  6, 2020 @ 8:00 PM CT - Family physician leaders in hospitals and health systems during COVID-19, perspectives and plans.

Family physician leaders in hospitals and health systems have been front-line decision makers during COVID-19.  Listen to two FP leaders share their perspectives and plans for COVID-19 for the coming months.

Sanjeeb Khatua, MD, MBA, MPH, FAAFP | EVP, Chief Physician Executive | President, Edward Health Ventures, Edward-Elmhurst Health
Kevin Most, DO, MBA, Vice president, Medical Affairs, Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital
Moderator:  Donald Lurye, MD, MMM, CPE, president, Apollo Advisors; IAFP past president

Register for 8/6

NEW! Thursday August 13, 2020 @ 7:00 PM CT-  Fiscal Wellness in a post COVID-19 world


Are you faced with challenges paying your student loans?  Did you know that interest rates are at record lows?  You can consolidate your loans and save plenty over time. 


Do you need loans for your practice?  To bridge the gaps between payment cycles of insurers?  To invest in new equipment, upgrades, or infrastructure?


HealthCare Associates Credit Union (HACU) is an IAFP Health Partner.  Credit unions are not-for-profit organizations with rates that are usually lower than a bank.  And HACU focuses on health care workers and has been doing so for 40+ years!


Bring your questions and your ideas to this interactive session with HACU financial professionals.

Register for 8/13

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IAFP Online Enduring Materials
To complete these courses, please login to cme.iafp.com. Your username for this site is unique and is NOT your IAFP or AAFP login.  If this is your first time visiting our education website, you will need to register and create a (free!) account.  

Post-Hospitalization of patients with COVID-19
Presented by Lauren Oshman, MD, MPH & Curtis Weiss, MD, MS

Recorded on May 12, 2020

Telemedicine and Business Continuity
Presented by Ellen Brull, MD & Lucy Zielinski
Recorded on May 7, 2020

The Collaborative Care Model: Increasing Access to Behavioral Health
Presented by James G MacKenzie DO, Neha V. Gupta, MD & Shannon Goebel Paul
Recorded on May 5, 2020

Telehealth and Business Continuity
Presented by Gregory E. Smith, MD and moderated by Daniel Marino
Recorded April 30, 2020

Three Effective Coping Strategies in Crisis
Presented by Raymond A. Kane MSW, LCPC and Lucy Zielinski, Lumina Health Partners, is a practice management consultant, specializing in solo/small group practices.  Ms. Zielinski has worked with IAFP for 15+ years to aid practices.
Recorded on April 28, 2020

Home Care & COVID-19
Presented by Thomas Cornwell, MD, Senior Medical Director at Village Medical at Home
Recorded on April 21, 2020

Improving Telehealth in your Practice
Presented by Jim Cunnar, MD & Lucy Zielinski of Lumina Health Partners
Recorded on April 16th2020

Telehealth - How to Start or Improve Services
Farah Turk, MD, a family physician in solo practice teams up with Lucy Zielinski to present how to start or improve telehealth services in their practice, implement coding for telehealth whether by telephone, video or email and help access list of health plans' telehealth rules and advisories.
Recorded on April 9th, 2020

Acute Respiratory Infection with special guest appearance by super-villain SARS-CoV-2
Bruce Barrett, MD, PhD, MS, family physician at University of Wisconsin, will presents the latest research findings on screening, diagnosing, and treating COVID-19.  
Recorded on April 7, 2020


Other Education

Special ECHO-Chicago sessions - COVID-19 in Adult Populations with Case Presentations
Wednesday, May 27th, 5:30-6:30 PM CST
Join the The University of Chicago Medicine for a didactic led by infectious disease specialists, Drs. Jennifer Pisano and Stephen Schrantz, and geriatrician Dr. Kate Thompson, followed by case presentations. Participants are invited to present a patient case for discussion with the expert panel.
Registration is required. Please register here.

AAFP COVID-19 CME Webinar Series

AAFP Pandemic Self-Study Package: COVID-19

AAFP Town Hall webinars on demand

Essential Evidence Plus online - Coronavirus SARS-CoV1 infection (SARS) & Coronavirus SARS-CoV2 infection (COVID-19)

Texas Academy of Family Physicians’ Business Continuity Webinars

JAMA Network YouTube - Coronavirus (COVID-19) Q&As series

Society of Critical Care Medicine COVID Resources for the Non-ICU Clinician

Pri-Med Coronavirus (COVID-19) CME and Resources

ECHO-Chicago COVID-19 Resources 

COVID-19 OB / Neonatal resources    

Indiana University Project ECHO CME 

National Institutes of Health Coronavirus Center

Stanford University CME Center on COVID-19

The Minnesota Academy of Family Physicians is partnering with CHI St. Gabriel’s Health Project ECHO, the Minnesota Department of Human Services and Stratis Health to host a free weekly virtual education on COVID-19 in Minnesota.  Tuesdays & Thursdays, 12:15-1:30 pm Central

Other COVID-19 Resources

Coronavirus (COVID-19)Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Resources for Homeless SheltersCOVID-19 ASL VideosCenters for Medicare & Medicaid Services: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Partner ToolkitFEMA: Coronavirus Rumor Prevention ControlHealth Equity InitiativeIllinois Department of Human RightsNational LGBT Cancer Network: Coronavirus InformationNational Network to End Domestic ViolenceWorld Health Organization