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Activity Title: Infection Prevention & Control in the Wake of COVID-19

Release Date: March 16, 2021

Estimated Time to Complete Activity: 70 minutes

Statement of Need:

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted  challenges and opportunities for infection control practices at healthcare facilities around the globe. In this moderated discussion, infection prevention and control experts  describe how they responded to the pandemic and what they did to quickly adapt existing healthcare protocols. Speakers will describe how these approaches and the lessons learned from the COVID-19 pandemic can help us better prepare for future outbreaks


Professor Gonzalo Martin Llorens Bearman
Gonzalo Bearman is Chair of the Division of Infectious Diseases. He is a graduate of Colgate University (BA), SUNY at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences (MD) and Columbia University (MPH). Dr. Bearman is Board Certified in Internal Medicine, Infectious Diseases, and General Preventive Medicine and Public Health.

Professor Ziad A. Memish
Ziad Memish is currently senior consultant in infectious diseases and Director of research & Innovation Center at King Saud Medical City, Ministry of Health. Professor at the College of Medicine in Alfaisal University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia; and Adjunct Professor in the Hubert Department of Global Health, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University, Georgia, USA. Professor Memish is Board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine, the American Board of Infectious Diseases as well as a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians (Canada, Edinburgh and London) and the American College of Physicians. 

Professor Michael Stevens
Mike Stevens, MD, MPH, is a Professor of Internal Medicine in the Division of Infectious Diseases at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) in Richmond, VA. He is Director of the Antimicrobial Stewardship Program, an Associate Hospital Epidemiologist, Director of the health system's Travel & Tropical Medicine clinic and the Associate Chair for the Division of Infectious Diseases.  He has been an editor on ISID’s Guide to Infection Control in the Healthcare Setting since 2013.

Professor Victor Rosenthal
Dr. Rosenthal is specialist in Internal Medicine and in ID. He is certified on Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology. He was a fellow of ID at University of Wisconsin. He finished post graduate course of the Program of Clinical Effectiveness of Harvard University.

Dr. Michelle Doll
Michelle Doll, MD, MPH is an Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) where she is also an Associate Hospital Epidemiologist for the Hospital Infection Prevention Program. She is board certified in Internal Medicine and Infectious Disease. 

Professor Shaheen Mehtar
MBBS, FRCPath (Eng), FCPath (SAfrica), MD (Lon)
Shaheen Mehtar is Professor(retired) at the Unit for Infection Prevention and Control (UIPC), Division of Global Health, Faculty of Health Sciences, Stellenbosch University, South Africa. She trained in the United Kingdom in Medical Microbiology, Infectious Disease and Community Health. Following a post as Deputy Director of Public Health in the South Cape Karoo region, she moved to Tygerberg Hospital and Stellenbosch University where she established the Unit of Infection Prevention and Control in 2004. 

Professor Folasade Tolulope Ogunsola
Folasade Ogunsola is a Professor of Clinical Microbiology at the College of Medicine University of Lagos, Nigeria. She was a founding member of the Nigerian Society for Infection Control in 1998 and has assisted in setting up infection control programs in institutions in the country. She was the Chair of the Infection Control Committee and of the Antibiotic policy committee of the Lagos University Teaching Hospital. 

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Upon completion of this module, participants should be able to::

  • Discuss how the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted both challenges and opportunities for infection control practices at healthcare facilities around the globe
  • Discuss how infection prevention and control experts responded to the pandemic and what they did to quickly adapt existing healthcare protocols 
  • Describe how these approaches and the lessons learned from the COVID-19 pandemic can help us better prepare for future outbreaks.

The target audience for this module is physicians, nurses, public health officials, researchers, immunization officers, and other health professionals.

ISID Guide to Infection Control in the Healthcare Setting (open access):

Infection Control Africa Network (ICAN):

International Nosocomial Infection Control Consortium (INICC):

World Health Organization: Infection Prevention and Control Resources:

US CDC: Infection Control Guidance for Healthcare Professionals about Coronavirus (COVID-19).

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In accordance with the EACCME Standards for Commercial Support, the International Society for Infectious Diseases (ISID) requires that individuals in a position to control the content of an educational activity disclose all relevant financial relationships with any commercial interest. ISID  resolves all conflicts of interest to ensure independence, objectivity, balance, and scientific rigor in all our educational programs. Furthermore, ISID seeks to verify that all scientific research referred to, reported, or used in a CME/CE activity conforms to the generally accepted standards of experimental design, data collection, and analysis. ISID is committed to providing learners with high-quality CME/CE activities that promote improvements in health care and not those of a commercial interest.

Activity Staff Disclosures:

The planners, reviewers, editors, staff, or other members at the International Society for Infectious Diseases who control content have no relevant financial relationships to disclose. 

ISID Knowledge Exchange and E-Learning Platform Organizing Committee members are listed here along with Committee members’ disclosure forms. 

Faculty Disclosures:

Prof. Gonzalo Bearman, Prof. Sade Ogunsola, Prof. Ziad Memish, Prof. Shaheen Mehta, Prof. Victor Rosenthal, and Dr. Michael Stevens have no potential conflicts of interest in relation to this program/presentation.

Dr. Michelle Doll:
Receipt of grants/research support: Molnlycke Healthcare

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