University of California Health has created a video education series to inform and educate health care providers about best practices and the latest research on screening, managing symptoms and making specialty referrals for patients with post-COVID symptoms.
The COVID-19 pandemic has been a mass disabling event that has led to long-term consequences for patients, health care providers and the nation’s system of health care, especially in medically underserved communities.
“In California alone, there may be an estimated 2 million Long COVID patients, and it’s likely that the impact from this condition may increase already existing health inequities,” said University of California Health’s Vice President and Chief Clinical Strategy Officer Anne Foster, M.D., MPH, FACOG. “By educating, equipping and empowering more providers in the battle against the very real impact of Long COVID, we are helping expand access to care for this condition.”
With potentially 1 in 5 COVID-19 patients affected by Long COVID – also known as Post-Acute Sequelae of SARS-CoV-2 Infection (PASC), it is urgent for more providers to keep current on what is known about the condition and its impacts, added Foster.
Sharing academic health system knowledge broadly
The UC education series brings together the knowledge and learnings from 12 academic health professionals across UC’s system, including faculty and clinicians from UC Davis, UCI, UCLA, UC San Diego and UCSF. Delivered online via video, the content is available in individual video lectures or as a no-cost Continuing Medical Education (CME) course.1 State, national and global distribution is underway.
The modules include an overview of PASC/Long COVID, as well as information on the evaluation of the primary care patient with PASC/Long COVID. The specialty areas included in the modules are: pulmonology, neurology, psychiatry/behavioral health, rheumatology, cardiology, pediatrics, preventive and lifestyle/integrative medicine, emergency medicine, and health disparities.
About University of California Health
University of California Health comprises six academic health centers, 20 health professional schools, a Global Health Institute and systemwide services that improve the health of patients and the University’s students, faculty and employees. All of UC’s hospitals are ranked among the best in California and its medical schools and health professional schools are nationally ranked in their respective areas.
1About the Continuing Medical Education course:
The Office of Continuing Medical Education, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
Credit Designation Statement
The Office of Continuing Medical Education, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA designates this enduring material activity for a maximum of *6.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
(*When all 7 modules are completed. Please refer to the credit designation statement for each module’s credit amount.)