A core benefit for Illinois State Medical Society members is access to our popular webinar series. ISMS members and their staff can sign up for ISMS-sponsored webinars for free. Here is a list of our upcoming courses. Members receive email notifications when course registration opens. If you aren’t receiving notices, contact us to make sure you are added to our education promotion list.


November 12Forecasting COVID-19 in the United States
Noon-1 p.m.
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Since March 2020, Dr. Christopher Murray and his team at the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) have produced weekly forecasts of COVID-19, projecting the future trajectory of infections, hospitalizations and deaths under different scenarios. IHME is the coordinating center for the Global Burden of Disease study, a global collaborative study that quantifies health loss from hundreds of diseases, injuries, and risk factors for 195 countries from 1990 to present. Building on this work, IHME also produces forecasts of a wide range of health outcomes. When the pandemic hit, IHME was able to quickly pivot to producing projections of the pandemic, first for its local hospital system at the University of Washington and now for over 230 locations, updated weekly.

Dr. Murray’s talk will focus on IHME’s forecasts of COVID-19 for the United States, what we have learned over the past 19 months and where we are headed.

Learning Objectives:

At the conclusion of this activity, learners will be able to:

  1. Gain a better understanding of infectious disease modeling
  2. Recognize the major drivers of future projections of the COVID-19 pandemic
  3. Identify some of the key challenges to producing better evidence on population health

About the presenter

Professor Murray’s career has focused on improving health for everyone worldwide by improving health evidence. A physician and health economist, his work has led to the development of a range of new methods and empirical studies to strengthen health measurement, analyze the performance of public health and medical care systems, and assess the cost-effectiveness of health technologies. IHME provides rigorous and comparable measurement of the world’s most important health problems and evaluates the strategies used to address them.

Before founding IHME, Murray served as Executive Director, Evidence and Information for Policy Cluster at the World Health Organization, Director, Harvard Initiative for Global Health and Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies, and Richard Saltonstall Professor of Public Policy at the Harvard School of Public Health. He is an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine (NAM) and 2018 co-recipient of the John Dirks Canada Gairdner Global Health Award.

 

Who can attend:

Registration is limited to ISMS members and their employed staff.

Accreditation:

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 Illinois State Medical Society and ISMIE Mutual Insurance Company. The Illinois State Medical Society is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Credit designation:

The Illinois State Medical Society designates this live activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Disclosure:

There are no relevant financial relationships with ACCME-defined commercial interests for anyone who was in control of the content of this activity.

December 2Confronting Our Next National Health Disaster — Long-Haul COVID-19
Noon-1 p.m.
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Join Dr. Steven Phillips as he provides a presentation on the history, clinical presentation, differential diagnosis and medical management of long-haul COVID-19. Dr. Phillips’ presentation will include a discussion on the similarities of long COVID-19 to earlier chronic post-infection syndromes, and will also offer strategies for navigating the challenges of comprehensive care in the specialty-oriented and disjointed U.S. healthcare system.

Learning Objectives:

At the conclusion of this activity, learners will be able to:

  1. Identify patterns of clinical presentation and diagnostic challenges of long COVID-19
  2. Describe similarities to historical post-infection syndromes and the polarization within the medical community on how best to address debilitating illnesses that may have a somatic or organic origin
  3. Summarize approaches to overcome barriers to effective care posted by the fragmented U.S. healthcare system

About the presenter

Dr. Phillips is an internist, medical epidemiologist, and public health professional who has held leadership positions in global health, pandemic preparedness, and international development spanning private, government, academic and think-tank sectors over a three-decade career. He currently serves as Vice President of Science and Strategy at the COVID Collaborative. He also serves on global and national public health and community-service organization boards, holds two think-tank appointments, and is also an independent consultant in COVID-19 pandemic response, global health strategy, policy and finance.

The COVID Collaborative is a national platform that has brought top experts and institutions in health, education and the economy together with the National Governors Association and other associations representing state and local leaders to take unified action to stop the spread, and safely and sustainably reopen schools, workplaces and other places where Americans gather and to renew our robust economy. Dr. Phillips manages the vaccination education, COVID-19 testing and private sector outreach portfolios of the Collaborative, and is liaison with the scientific advisory board of its National Advisory Council.

Who can attend:

Registration is limited to ISMS members and their employed staff. All others must pay $150 to attend. To pay, please email hpresearch@isms.org for instructions.

Accreditation:

The Illinois State Medical Society is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Credit designation:

The Illinois State Medical Society designates this live activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Disclosure:

There are no relevant financial relationships with ACCME-defined commercial interests for anyone who was in control of the content of this activity.


Look out for these topics later in 2021:

  • 2021 E/M Office or Other Outpatient Services Changes
  • Importance of Vaccines in the Face of COVID-19
  • Liability & Risks in Telehealth
  • Adapting to Virtual Care
  • Planning for a Pandemic: Lessons Learned
  • Health Care Models
  • Retrospective on Illinois’/Federal Response to COVID
  • Long-Term Effects of COVID-19: The Health of Long Haulers
  • Leadership Training

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