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COVID-19 Critical Care Training Forum

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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. 

Occurs every Tuesday at 8:00 pm Eastern via Zoom Meeting.

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 Working Group:
Laura Crotty Alexander, MD
Isabel Pedraza, MD
Viren Kaul, MD
Andrew Admon, MD
Christine Bojanowski, MD
Lekshmi Santosh, MD
Sushma Cribbs, MD
Nirav Shah, MD
Matt Drake, MD
Morgan Soffler, MD

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

Questions:
Send an email to Lauren Lynch and Liz Guzman


Archived Recordings and Resources

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.