CME Course

A Conversation with Dr. Michael Saag: COVID-19 – A Look Back and Moving Forward

The early days of the COVID pandemic, testing protocols, and treatment, including vaccine development, is reviewed. Accomplishments made in the face of a global health crisis and what the future may hold is discussed.

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Target Audience

Healthcare providers of all specialties may benefit from the information presented.

Goals and Objectives

Dr. Errington Thompson, professor of surgery at Marshall University’s Joan C. Edward’s School of Medicine, and Dr. Michael Saag, Associate Dean for Global Health in the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s School of Medicine, discuss COVID-19, touching on the early days of the pandemic and testing protocols, as well as treatment, including vaccine development. They also discuss what possibly could have been done differently, as well as the accomplishments made in the face of a global health crisis and what the future may hold. At the conclusion of this activity, the learner should be able to:

  • Recite the brief history of COVID-19 and the US response to the COVID-19 pandemic;
  • Describe the FDA’s current plan for a bivalent vaccine.

Course Information

CME Release Date:  September 26, 2022
Valid for credit through:  September 25, 2023
Course type: Video Course
Estimated time of completion: 30 minutes

Credits Available

Southern Medical Association is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

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Instructions for Participation and Credit

This activity is designed to be completed within the time designated; learners should claim only those credits that reflect the time actually spent in the activity. To successfully earn credit, participants must complete the activity online during the valid credit period noted, following these steps:

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Disclosures of Conflicts of Interest

Southern Medical Association (SMA) requires instructors, planners, managers, and all other individuals who are in a position to control the content of this activity to disclose conflicts of interest (COI) with ineligible entities within the last 24 months of the development of this activity. All identified COIs are thoroughly vetted and mitigated prior to the release of the activity. SMA is committed to providing its learners with high quality activities and related materials that promote improvements or quality in healthcare and not a specific proprietary business interest of a commercial interest.

The following individuals have no relevant financial relationships to disclose.

Special Guests

Michael Saag, MD

Dr. Saag is a Professor Emeritus in Medicine and Infectious Diseases at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He is the former Associate Dean for Global Health in the Heersink School of Medicine and former Director of the UAB Center for AIDS Research. He has served on the Board of Directors of the American Board of Internal Medicine (and as Chair of the Infectious Disease Subspecialty Board), the NIH Office of AIDS Research Advisory Council, is a past President of the HIV Medical Association, immediate past Chair of the IAS-USA Guidelines Panel on Antiretroviral Therapy, and a founding Co-Chair of the AASLD/IDSA/IAS-USA HCV Treatment Guidelines  Dr Saag is Co-Editor of the Sanford Guide for Antimicrobial Therapy and the Sanford HIV Guide and the Sanford Hepatitis Guide. In 2014 he was selected as the Castle-Connelly Physician of the year and was inducted into the Alabama Healthcare Hall of Fame. In 2014, Dr. Saag published a memoir “Positive: One Doctors encounters with Death, Life, and the US Healthcare System.” (http://www.positivethebook.com).

Errington Thompson, MD

Errington C. Thompson, MD, an academic surgeon, is currently a professor of surgery at Marshall University’s Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine and also serves as the Director of Trauma Services. His academic career started at LSU in Shreveport in the mid-’90s. Dr. Thompson is a member of the American College of Surgeons, American Board of Surgery, Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma, the American Association for the Surgery of Trauma, the Society of Critical Care Medicine, and the Southern Medical Association. He is dedicated to teaching, learning and continuing to improve every day. He has written over 50 medical articles and several book chapters. He has presented lectures at local, regional and national meetings. He is active in a number of service projects and initiatives. Currently, Dr. Thompson is focusing on improving resident education and creating an atmosphere of safety for patients. 

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