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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

COVID-19 Critical Care Training Working Group:
Andrew Admon, MD
Christine Bojanowski, MD
Lekshmi Santosh, MD
Isabel Pedraza, MD
Matt Drake, MD
Morgan Soffler, 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

August 18: Click to Register

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, UCSD

Discussants: Erica Lin, MD, UCSD; Amy Bellinghausen Stewart, MD, UCSD; Cameron McGuire, MD, UCSD PCCSM; and Atul Malhotra, MD, UCSD PCCSM

 

Archived Recordings and Resources

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.

 

The American Thoracic Society (ATS) supports the sharing of COVID-19 experiences and recommendations of our members and other clinical and scientific resources in ATS websites, social media and communications. Opinions expressed and resources shared may not have been reviewed by the ATS prior to distribution through ATS channels, or reflect official positions of the ATS, unless it is explicitly noted as a result of official ATS approval. References to specific commercial entities (companies) or products do not reflect review or endorsement by the ATS unless it is explicitly noted as a result of official ATS approval.