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

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Friday, February 14, 2020
1:00 – 2:00 PM EST (12:00 Noon - 1:00 PM CST / 10:00 - 11:00 AM PST)
Program Faculty: Paul D. Biddinger, MD and Allison McGeer, MD, FRCPC

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

The World Health Organization recently declared the COVID-19 Wuhan Corona Virus as a global health emergency.

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

Paul D. Biddinger, MD
Director, Center for Disaster Medicine
Vice Chairman for Emergency Preparedness
Medical Director for Emergency Preparedness
Department of Emergency Medicine
                         Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH)
                         Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine
                         Harvard Medical School
                         Boston, MA

Paul D. Biddinger, MD is the Director of the Center for Disaster Medicine, and is Vice Chairman for Emergency Preparedness in the Department of Emergency Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) in Boston. He is also the Medical Director for Emergency Preparedness at MGH and at Partners Healthcare. He is an Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at Harvard Medical School and a Senior Fellow at the Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health. He serves as a special advisor to the Massachusetts Medical Society’s Committee on Preparedness and serves 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). Dr. Biddinger has served as an investigator on several Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) grants addressing patient care and disaster preparedness. He is an active researcher in the field of emergency preparedness and 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 University.

Allison McGeer, MD, FRCPC
Microbiologist, Infectious Disease Consultant
Mount Sinai Hospital
Toronto, Ontario

Allison McGeer, MD, FRCPC completed an undergraduate and master's degree in biochemistry, then her medical degree at the University of Toronto. She specialized in internal medicine and infectious diseases followed by a fellowship in hospital epidemiology at Yale New Haven Hospital.

She returned to Mount Sinai Hospital in 1989 as a microbiologist and Director of Infection Control. Her major research interests are in the prevention of infection in hospitals and nursing homes, and the use of surveillance to advance the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of infectious diseases. She is the principal investigator of the Toronto Invasive Bacterial Diseases Network and the Ontario Group A Streptococcal Study, two collaborative surveillance networks studying the epidemiology of severe community-acquired infections.

Dr. McGeer is a Professor in the Departments of Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology and Public Health Sciences at the University of Toronto. In addition to her position as Director of Infection Control at Mount Sinai Hospital, Dr. McGeer is an infection control consultant to The Scarborough Hospital and the Baycrest Centre for Geriatric Care. She currently serves on Canada's National Advisory Committee on Immunization and on the infection control subcommittee of the Ontario Provincial Infectious Diseases Advisory Committee, and is a member of several local, provincial, and national pandemic influenza committees. She is an expert reviewer for many research funding agencies, including the Canadian Institute of Health Research and US National Institutes of Health, and has served on the editorial boards of several journals, including the Canadian Medical Association Journal and Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology.

Terry Ann Glauser, MD, MPH
Medical Director
Potomac Center for Medical Education
Rockpointe Corporation
Columbia, MD

Terry Ann Glauser, MD, MPH, Medical Director at the Potomac Center for Medical Education, obtained her medical degree from Jefferson Medical College and was a residency-trained, board-certified Emergency Medicine physician. She served as an Assistant Director of the Emergency Department of a regional burn center, was an instructor in the Department of Surgery, Division of Emergency Medicine, at Jefferson Medical College, and was a Clinical Associate in the Department of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. Subsequently, she completed a Master’s in Public Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She has been involved in continuing medical education since 1995.

This activity is intended for North American-based clinicians.

This program is designed to address ACGME and IOM 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 coronavirus 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.

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Jointly provided by the Potomac Center for Medical Education and Rockpointe

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