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COVID-19 Critical Care Training Forum


The COVID-19 Critical Care Training Forum focuses on teaching critical care topics followed by an open discussion for early career professionals and non-ICU trained healthcare providers. Each episode will include COVID-19 case presentations relevant to the critical care topic followed by healthcare providers speaking about their experiences taking care of COVID-19 patients and their families. 

Objectives:

  • To help in the care of COVID-19 patients by training non-PCC physicians in the assessment and treatment of COVID-19/ viral pneumonia / ARDS. 
  • To help medical practitioners feel less anxious and more confident in caring for COVID-19 patients during the pandemic.
  • To widely share best practices in the care of COVID-19 patients

Target audience:
Non-PCC trained healthcare practitioners of all levels, students, house staff, attendings, physician assistants, nurses, NP, respiratory therapists, etc.

COVID-19 Critical Care Training Co-Chairs:
Laura Crotty Alexander, MD
Nirav Shah, MD
Viren Kaul, MD
Sushma Cribbs, MD

Internal Resident Team:
Ali Ashgar, MD
Alex Cypro, MD
Neal Jones, MD
Mark Rolfsen, MD
Cameron McGuire, MD

ATS Staff:
Lauren Lynch, Liz Guzman, Rebecca Fisch

Questions? Send an email to Lauren Lynch and Liz Guzman


Upcoming Episode

Episode 27 (December 8):

*registration coming soon

Topic: coming soon

Moderator: coming soon

Discussants: coming soon

 

Accreditation Statement

The American Thoracic Society is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Credit Designation Statement

The American Thoracic Society designates this internet live activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Disclosure of Unlabeled Use of a Drug, Product or Device

This educational activity may include discussion of unapproved uses of a drug, product, or device. Please refer to the official prescribing information for each product for discussion of approved indications, contraindications, and warnings.

Instructions to Claim Credit:

To receive CME credit, you must register, attend the webinar and complete the post-activity evaluation. Your certificate will be distributed via email after your attendance and evaluation completion are verified.


Archived Recordings and Resources

Episode 26 (November 17):

Topic: Airway Management in COVID-19

Moderator: Viren Kaul, MD, FACP, Crouse Health

Discussants: Subrat Khanal, MD, PCCM Fellow, Upstate Medical University; June Chae, MD, Mayo Clinic Health Systems; Edrin Gera, RRT, Crouse Health; and Katherine Heller, MD, University of Washington Medical Center

This week’s episode focused on the infection transmission and physiological aspects that make securing an airway challenging in patients who are critically ill with SARS-CoV-2. The panelists shared their expertise and discussed the appropriate pre- and apneic-oxygenation strategies, airway modalities and drugs in the peri-intubation period.  Hosted by Dr. Viren Kaul, MD.

 

Episode 25 (November 10):

Topic: Pulmonary Embolism and COVID-19

Moderator: Laura Crotty Alexander, MD, University of California, San Diego

Discussants: Timothy Morris, MD, UCSD; Daniel Bond, MD, UCSD; Timothy Fernandes, MD, UCSD; Richard Channick, MD, UCLA; and Victor Tapson, MD, Cedars-Sinai

This forum focused on the incidence, pathogenesis and management of patients with thromboses during the COVID-19 pandemic. The forum included case presentations on pulmonary emboli and the management over the duration of the pandemic. Hosted by Tim Morris, MD.

 

Episode 24 (October 27):

Topic: Vaccine Development and mmune Responses in COVID-19

Moderator: Laura E. Crotty Alexander, MD, University of California, San Diego

Discussants: Carolyn Moderbacher, PhD and Sydney Ramirez, MD, Fellow, La Jolla Institute of Allergy and Immunology (LJI)

This week’s forum addresses the differences between immune responses to SARS-CoV-2 and how they impact outcomes in COVID-19. The forum also highlights the implications for ongoing vaccine development. Hosted by Laura Crotty Alexander, MD.

 

Episode 23 (October 20):

Topic: Lung Transplantation and COVID-19

Moderator: Christina Chen-Yu Kao, MD, PhD, Baylor College of Medicine

Discussants: Sami Bashour, MD, Fellow, Baylor College of Medicine; Amit Parulekar, MD, MS, MBA, ATSF, Vanderbilt University Medical Center; Ninad Maniar, MD, Fellow, Baylor College of Medicine; and Ramsey Hachem, MD, Washington University

This forum focused on the indications and considerations for lung transplantation in patients with Sars-CoV-2 infection as well as the management of lung transplant recipients with Sars-CoV-2 infection. Cases were presented on the timing and indications for lung transplantation following COVID-19 infection as well as how prior lung transplantation affects the severity and management of COVID-19 infection. Hosted by Christina Chen-Yu Kao, MD, PhD.

 

Episode 22 (October 13):

Topic: How HIV/COVID-19 Synergize: Clinical, Scientific, and Public Health Considerations in Caring for Persons with HIV Amidst Epidemic-on-Pandemic

Moderator: Sushma Cribbs, MD, Emory University School of Medicine

Discussants: Boghuma K. Titanji, MD, MSc, PhD, Fellow; Lauren Collins, MD, MSc; and Caitlin Moran, MD, MSc; Emory University School of Medicine

This forum discussed the clinical characteristics and outcomes of persons with HIV who present with COVID-19 disease. Cases were presented on the clinical course of COVID-19 among persons with HIV and discuss HIV-specific management considerations. The forum also explored future directions of HIV/SARS-CoV-2 scientific research and public health implications of the pandemic on persons with HIV residing in the U.S. Hosted by Sushma Cribbs, MD.

 

Episode 21 (October 6):

Topic: Management of Asthma and ILD During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Moderators: Angela Wang, MD, UCSD and Ni-Cheng Liang, MD, Scripps Health and UCSD

Discussants: Stephanie Christenson, MD, University of California, San Francisco (UCSF); Jisha Joshua, MD, UCSD; Aartik Sarma, MD, UCSF; Joshua Solomon, MD, FCCP, National Jewish Health; and Brinda Desai, MD, UCSD Fellow

This forum discussed the evaluation and management of patients with pre-existing lung diseases during the COVID-19 pandemic. Cases were presented showing how the management of these cases has been affected by the ongoing infectious threat and discuss how the presence of pre-existing lung disease affects the course/outcome of SARS-CoV-2 infection. Hosted by Drs. Ni-Cheng Liang, MD and Angela Wang, MD.


Episode Twenty (September 29):

Topic: Resuscitation in COVID-19

Moderator: Rebecca Sell, MD, UCSD

Discussants: Katherine Berg, MD, Beth Israel Deaconess; Cameron McGuire, MD, UCSD Fellow; and Brinda Desai, MD, UCSD Fellow

The forum kicked off with presentations from Drs. Berg, McGuire and Desai discussing current guidelines and experiences of in-hospital resuscitation of patients with known or suspected COVID-19 infection and cardiac arrest. Hosted by Drs. Laura Crotty Alexander and Rebecca Sell.

 

Episode Nineteen (September 22):

Topic: Post-ICU Care of COVID Patients

Moderator: Amy Bellinghausen, MD, University of California, San Diego (UCSD)

Discussants: Nida Qadir, MD, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA); Kristin Schwab, MD, UCLA; and Brad Butcher, MD, University of Pittsburgh

For this week, Drs. Qadir, Schwab and Butcher discussed post-intensive care syndrome, including the ICU Recovery Clinic experience with seeing patients in person and via telehealth. Hosted by Amy Bellinghausen, MD.

 

Episode Eighteen (September 15):

Topic: Management of post-COVID Symptoms: Experiences from the Center for Post-COVID Care in NYC

Moderator: Isabel Pedraza, MD, Cedars Sinai Medical Center

Discussants: Zijian Chen, MD, Center for Post-COVID Care; Allison Navis, MD, Mount Sinai Hospital; Ossama Samuel, MBBCh, Mount Sinai Hospital; and Jigna Zatakia, DO, Mount Sinai Hospital

This episode highlights the formation of the first COVID-specific clinic in the nation, in the city hit hardest early in the pandemic- NYC. The physicians at Mt. Sinai that helped organize and build up the Center for Post-COVID Care discussed their experiences and the most common and uncommon symptoms they have encountered. Hosted by Isabel Pedraza, MD.

Episode Seventeen (September 8):

Topic: Obstetrics and COVID-19

Moderators: Viren Kaul, MD, Crouse Health/Upstate Medical University and Sheetal Gandotra, MD, University of Alabama at Birmingham

Discussants: John Folk, MD, Crouse Health/Upstate Medical University; Salma Shaker, MD, University of Minnesota; Stephen Lapinsky, MB BCh, Mount Sinai Hospital; and Rohan D'Souza, MD, Mount Sinai Hospital

Dr. Folk kicked off the episode discussing the impact on pregnancy outcomes in mothers infected with COVID-19 followed by Dr. Shaker highlighting general principles of obstetric management during COVID-19. Dr. Lapinsky provided an overview of management of pregnant patients critically ill with COVID-19 and Dr. D’Souza concluded with sharing routine and experimental medications for pregnant patients with COVID-19. Hosted by Drs. Viren Kaul and Sheetal Gandotra. 

 

Episode Sixteen (September 1):

Topic: Cardiac Issues with COVID-19: Acute and Long-term Implications

Moderator: Nirav Shah, MD, University of Maryland School of Medicine

Discussants: Karan Desai, MD, MPH, University of Maryland Medical Center; Anuj Gupta, MD, University of Maryland School of Medicine; and Sammy Zakaria, MD, MPH, Johns Hopkins Medicine

Dr. Desai kicked off the forum with a case presentation followed by Dr. Gupta discussing when its right to do a cardiac catheterization in COVID-19 patients.   Dr. Zakaria shared considerations for ECMO in COVID-19 followed by Dr. Desai who discussed the short- and long-term implications for COVID-19 and myocardial Injury.  Hosted by Nirav Shah, MD.

 

Episode Fifteen (August 25):

Topic: Providing Virtual Critical Care / Tele-ICU in Resource Limited and Cross-Cultural Settings: Challenges and Opportunities for Volunteerism, Education and Patient Care 

Moderator: Laura E. Crotty Alexander, MD (University of California, San Diego)

Discussants: Erica Lin, MD; Jess Mandel, MD; Venktesh Ramnath, MD; Neal Jones, MD; Timothy Morris, MD; and Alison Crisp, MD (University of California, San Diego)

Dr. Lin provided an update on the current landscape of COVID-19 followed by a presentation by Dr. Ramnath on the educational opportunities / aspects of tele-ICU. Dr. Mandel discussed how the UCSD got involved with the TJ Project. Also featured Drs. Jones, Morris and Crisp. Hosted by Laura Crotty Alexander, MD.

 

Episode Fourteen (August 18):

Topic: Updates in Hypoxemia in COVID-19: Best Treatment Strategies for and Pathologic Mechanisms of Hypoxemia in this Novel Disease

Moderator: Laura E. Crotty Alexander, MD (University of California, San Diego)

Discussants: Erica Lin, MD; Amy Bellinghausen Stewart, MD; Cameron McGuire, MD; and Atul Malhotra, MD (University of California, San Diego)

Dr. Lin kicked off the forum with a Covid-19 case presentation followed by Dr. Bellinghausen Stewart sharing best practices in caring for critically ill Covid-19 patients.  Dr. McGuire delivered an update on controversies in Covid-19 care, specifically what therapies have and have not panned out, and Dr. Malhotra discussed mechanisms of underlying hypoxemia in Covid-19 patients. Hosted by Laura Crotty Alexander, MD.

 

Episode Thirteen (July 7):

Topic: Healthcare Provider Wellness During COVID-19: Self-Care is not Selfish

ModeratorSushma Cribbs, MD, MSc, Emory University

Discussants: Rosemary Adamson, MB BS, ATSF, VA Puget Sound Healthcare System & University of Washington, and Ni-Cheng Liang, MD, Coastal Pulmonary Associates & University of California, San Diego

Dr. Adamson and Liang provide an overview of the importance of self care during the time of Covid-19 and share personal and professional accounts.  Hosted by Sushma Cribbs, MD

Episode Twelve (June 30):

Topic: Hypercoagulability in COVID-19

Moderator: Sushma Cribbs, MD, MSc, Emory University

Discussants: Nicole P. Herbst, MD, Pulmonary/CCM Fellow; Sara Auld, MD, MSc; and Cheryl Maier, MD, PhD, Emory University 

Dr. Herbst presented cases and Dr. Auld discussed COVID-associated hypercoagulability. Dr. Maier discussed hyperviscosity in COVID-19. Hosted by Sushma Cribbs, MD. 

 

Episode Eleven (June 23):

Topic: Medical Education During COVID-19

Moderator: Viren Kaul, MD, Crouse Health/SUNY Upstate Medical University

Discussants: Amish Shah, MD, PCCM Fellow, SUNY Upstate Medical University; Margaret (Molly) Hayes, MD, ATSF, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center/Harvard Medical School; Lekshmi Santhosh, MD, MEd, University of California, San Francisco; and Sheetal Gandotra, MD, University of Alabama at Birmingham

Dr. Shah provided an overview of how COVID-19 impacted his education and Dr. Hayes highlighted the current changes in the training paradigm. Dr. Santhosh discussed tips for interviewing and Dr. Gandotra shared the impact on international medical graduates. Hosted by Viren Kaul, MD.

 

Episode Ten (June 16):

Topic: Ventilator Sharing and Pulmonary Diseases Considerations and Complications: Before and After COVID-19

Moderator: Christine M. Bojanowski, MD, Tulane University

Discussants: Jeremy R Beitler, MD, MPH, Columbia University; Nicole Lapinel, MD, Louisiana State University Health Science Center; Tim Amass, MD, ScM, University of Colorado; Kieran G. Leong, DO, Critical Care Fellow, University of Maryland; and Jonah S. Kreniske, MD, IM Resident, Tulane University 

Drs. Leong and Kreniske presented COVID-19 cases, Dr. Lapinel discussed COVID-19 in structural and underlying lung diseases. Dr. Amass shared pulmonary consequences in complications in COVID patients and Dr. Beitler provided an overview of ventilation sharing, specific to the New York City experience.  Hosted by Christine M. Bojanowski, MD.

 

Episode Nine (June 9): 

Topic: Radiologic findings, immune responses and current controversies in COVID-19

Moderator: Laura E. Crotty Alexander, MD, UCSD

Discussants: Seth Kligerman, MD, UCSD; Josalyn Cho, MD, University of Iowa; Sydney Ramirez, MD, PhD, UCSD ID Fellow; Erica Lin, MD, UCSD PCC Fellow; and Cameron Mcguire, MD, UCSD PCC Fellow

Dr. Lin presented a COVID-19 case followed by a presentation from Dr. Kligerman on radiologic findings in COVID-19 patients. Dr. McGuire provided an overview of recent updates and controversies in COVID care and Drs. Ramirez and Cho discussed immune responses in COVID patients.  Hosted by Laura Crotty Alexander, MD.

 

Episode Eight (June 2):

Topic: Multi-organ Involvement in COVID-19: Effects on the Heart, Kidneys and Brain and How to Manage Them

Moderator: Laura Crotty Alexander, MD, UCSD

Presenters: Navaz Karanjia, MD, UCSD; Jason Duran, MD, UCSD; Mark Hepokoski, MD, UCSD; Scott Mullaney, MD, UCSD; Alex Cypro, MD, UCSD; and Laura Barnes, MD, UCSD

Drs. Cypro and Duran discussed cardiac complications in COVID-19, Drs. Barnes and Karanjia presented cases with neuro complications and Drs. Hepokoski and Mullaney discuss lung-kidney interactions and kidney dysfunctions in COVID-19 patients. At the start of the episode, the group held a moment of silence for the death of George Floyd.  Hosted by Laura Crotty Alexander, MD.

 

Episode Seven (May 26):

Topic: Healing after COVID-19

Moderator: Andrew J. Admon, MD, MPH, MSc, University of Michigan

Presenters: Elyse LaFond, MD, Cornell University; Jack Iwashyna, MD, PhD, University of Michigan; Carla Sevin, MD, Vanderbilt University; and Annie Johnson, APRN ACNP-BC, Mayo Clinic

Dr. LaFond presented a clinical case and Dr.  Iwashyna shared questions to ask before hospital discharge of a Covid-19 patient.  Dr. Sevin provided insight as to what you should do if you have been asked to see a recovering Covid-19 patient and Dr. Johnson discussed peer support for survivors. Hosted by Andy Admon, MD.

 

Episode Six (May 19):

Topic: COVID-19 Challenges: Palliative Care, Communication, and End-of-Life in a Pandemic

Moderator: Sushma Cribbs, MD, MSCR, ATSF, Emory University

Presenters: Nicole P. Herbst, MD, Pulmonary/CCM Fellow, Emory University; J. Randall Curtis, MD, MPH, University of Washington; Tammie E. Quest, MD, FAAHPM, Emory University; Dina Khateeb, DO, Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, Hospice and Palliative Care Medicine Fellow, Mount Sinai Hospital

Dr. Herbst highlighted challenges faced in providing palliative and end-of-life care to critically ill patients with COVID-19.  Drs. Curtis, Khateeb and Quest identify strategies to address these challenges and answered questions centered around end of life.  Hosted by Sushma Cribbs, MD.

 

Episode Five (May 12):

Topic: Long-term mechanical ventilation of COVID-19 patients - Adjusting vent settings and considering tracheostomy

Moderator: Laura Crotty Alexander, MD, UCSD

Presenters: Shane Crotty, PhD, La Jolla Institute of Allergy and Immunology; Corey Hardin, MD, Massachusetts General Hospital; and Robert Owens, MD, UCSD; Cameron McGuire, MD, 1st year PCCM Fellow, UCSD; Mark Rolfsen, MD; Alex Cypro, MD; Ali Ashgar, MD; Neal Jones, MD; and Alisha Kabadi, MD, IM Residents, UCSD

Drs. Cypro and Rolfsen present cases and discuss controversies in COVID-19 patient care.  Dr. Shane Crotty discusses COVID-19 immunity and Drs. Hardin and Owens talk early versus late tracheostomy.  Hosted by Laura Crotty Alexander, MD

 

Episode Four (May 5):

Topic: Care of the COVID-19 Patient – From Home to the ICU

Moderator: Nirav Shah, MD, University of Maryland School of Medicine

Panelists: Steven Cassady, MD, University of Maryland Medical Center; Sandra Zaeh, MD, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine; Andrea Levine, MD, University of Maryland School of Medicine; Sapna R. Kudchadkar, MD, PhD, FCCM, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

Drs. Cassady and Zaeh present COVID-19 cases from the MICU. Dr. Levine provides an overview of emerging clinical trials and Dr. Kudchadkar shares her first-hand accounts of dealing with COVID-19 as both a patient and an intensivist. Hosted by Nirav Shah, MD.

 

Episode Three (April 28):

Topic: Challenges with sedation in critically ill patients with COVID-19.

Moderator: Viren Kaul, MD, Crouse Health

Panelists: Alice Gallo de Moraes, MD, FACP, Mayo Clinic, Lauren Beck, MD, Upstate Medical University, Prateek Harne, MBBS, Upstate Medical University

Dr. Gallo de Moraes gave an overview of sedation in critically ill patients with COVID-19. Drs. Harne and Beck discussed medication challenges and shortages and provided first-hand experiences with treating COVID-19 patients from a trainee perspective. Hosted by Viren Kaul, MD.

 

Episode Two (April 14):

Topic: Updates on clinical presentation, challenges, and workflow from hard hit areas

Moderator: Laura Crotty Alexander, MD, UCSD

Panelists: Christine Bojanowski, MD, Tulane University, and Jeff Zilberstein, MD, Southside Hospital

Drs. Christine Bojanowski, MD, Tulane University, and Jeff Zilberstein, MD, Southside Hospital discuss updates on clinical presentation, challenges, and workflow from hard hit areas. Includes updates and experiences from University of California, San Diego internal medicine residents. Hosted by Laura Crotty Alexander, MD.

 

Episode One (April 7):

Topic: Best practices pertaining to oxygenation, vent management, and extubation of COVID-19 patients

Moderator: Laura Crotty Alexander, MD, UCSD

Speakers: Judd Landsberg, MD; Atul Malhotra, MD, UCSD

Drs. Judd Landsberg and Atul Malhotra discuss hypoxemia and ventilation best practices in the Covid-19 patient. Includes updates and experiences from University of California, San Diego internal medicine residents. Hosted by Laura Crotty Alexander, MD.

 

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