Activity ID



March 16, 2021

Format Type


CME Credit



CME Provider

Interstate Postgraduate Medical Association


COVID-19 is a global pandemic that has already resulted in hundreds of thousands of infections and thousands of deaths, with many more anticipated. This course is a go-to resource that will be regularly updated with all of the current information put forth by the CDC, WHO, and other leading agencies and covers the basics, personal protective equipment, diagnostics, and other material.

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Educational Objectives

LO 1: Define coronavirus disease 19 (COVID-19); and summarize the pathogenesis from its natural animal reservoir to infecting humans.
LO 2: Summarize the current epidemiology of the COVID-19 pandemic; and explain how the case fatalty rates differ based on country, timeframe, age-group, and presence of comorbidities.
LO 3: Recognize the clinical features and possible complications of COVID-19; and recall the risk factors for severe infection.
LO 4: Define polymerase chain reaction (PCR); and recall the indications for using PCR.
LO 5: Differentiate between PCR and reverse transcriptase PCR (RT-PCR) based on their indications, items needed, and steps.
LO 6: Based on the structure of coronaviruses, recommend the appropriate type of PCR for diagnosing coronavirus disease 19 (COVID-19).
LO 7: Recall the gold-standard investigation for diagnosing coronavirus disease 19 (COVID-19); and explain the cons of this investigation as it relates to its sensitivity.
LO 8: Differentiate between reverse transcriptase polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) and chest computed tomography (CT) based on their sensitivity and specificity.
LO 9: Recall and recognize the possible features of COVID-19 seen on chest X-ray; and summarize the cons of using chest X-ray in COVID-19 diagnosis.
LO 10: Recall and recognize the possible features of COVID-19 seen on chest CT; and compare these findings to other causes of viral pneumonia and non-infectious conditions.
LO 11: Given an N95 mask, demonstrate, in order, the appropriate steps of applying and removing a N95 mask.
LO 12: Summarize what is meant by the phrase "flatten the curve" as it relates to the coronavirus disease 19 (COVID-19) pandemic; and list the measures that can be undertaken to help flatten the curve.
LO 13: Summarize what is meant by the phrase "raise the line" as it relates to the COVID-19 pandemic; and list the measures that can be undertaken to help raise the line.


COVID-19, Coronavirus Disease 19, N95 Mask, Flatten the Curve, Raise the Line


Medical Knowledge, Patient Care & Procedural Skills

CME Credit Type

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit

Practice Setting

Academic Medicine, Inpatient, Outpatient, Physician Executives, Physician Scientists, Rural, Urban, VA/Military

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