External Users' Covid-19 Training: In-Patient 101

Program description

The novel Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, the agent responsible for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), has led to a global public health emergency. The spread of cases is now described as widespread in Arizona. Based on the experience in COVID 19 endemic areas, a 30% surge is expected. In order to staff the surge, it is anticipated that physicians and other providers will be asked to care for hospitalized patients with COVID 19 as well as acutely ill patients.

With rapidly evolving information, the complete clinical spectrum is not yet fully understood, and health care providers may not be familiar with the most recent information related to the clinical course, diagnostic tests, treatment strategies, and inpatient considerations for this infection. There is also a need to educate health care providers on procedures to reduce their exposure as healthcare personnel.

The goal of this activity is to provide healthcare professionals with updated information on COVID-19 epidemiology, infection prevention, testing and diagnosis, and management of patients in inpatient settings. The guide also aims to provide health care providers with resources related to handling PPE to reduce the risk of transmission. Knowing this is an emerging and changing topic, this activity and guide also provide the learner with resources to maintain up-to-date knowledge on the effective diagnosis and management of patients with suspected COVID-19.


  • Priya Radhakrishnan, MD, FACP
    HonorHealth, Academic Affairs, Chief Academic Officer
    Clinical Professor, Internal Medicine, University of Arizona College of Medicine | Phoenix
  • Alison C. Essary, DHSc, MHPE, PA-C
    HonorHealth, Academic Affairs
    Scrivner Family Director, Research, Quality Improvement and Patient Safety (ResQIPS)
  • Debra Schneider, M.Ed, CRC, MLIS
    HonorHealth, Academic Affairs
    Network Manager, Library Services and CME

Target audience

This activity is intended for physicians, advanced practice practitioners and other healthcare professionals especially clinicians transitioning from HonorHealth outpatient and ambulatory services into the inpatient setting.

Learning objectives

By the end of this educational module, the learner will be able to:

  1. Describe the epidemiology of 2019 novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
  2. Discuss the transmission rates for symptomatic patients with 2019 novel coronavirus disease(COVID-19).
  3. Describe the most common clinical presentation for patients with suspected 2019 novelcoronavirus disease (COVID-19).
  4. Outline a differential diagnosis for patients with suspected 2019 novel coronavirus disease(COVID-19).
  5. Develop an evaluation, management and discharge plan for patients with suspected andconfirmed 2019 novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
  6. Describe procedures for PPE donning and duffing to reduce exposure as healthcarepersonnel. (Optional Module)
  7. Identify additional, focused resources to manage patients with 2019 novel coronavirusdisease (COVID-19) in the critical care setting.

Accreditation, disclosures and credit

Acknowledgment: This CME event is not supported by any commercial entity or joint partnership.

Disclosure: Priya Radhakrishnan, MD, discloses that she has received research/grant support from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), and Pfizer. Alison Essary, DHSc, MHPE, PA-C discloses that she has received grant/research support from BCBS Mobilize AZ Grant Program and is a shareholder with Denali. All other members of the planning committee have no relevant financial relationships with a commercial interest to disclose.

Accreditation Statement: This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Arizona Medical Association (ArMA). HonorHealth is accredited by the Arizona Medical Association (ArMA) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Credit Statement: HonorHealth designates this enduring material activity for a maximum of 2 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Release Date: 4/6/2020
Review Date: 
Expiration Date: 4/6/2021


This activity will take approximately 2 hours to complete. To receive credit, participants are required to view the online module and complete the posttest and evaluation. A transcript is available upon request by contacting the HonorHealth CME Office (cme@honorhealth.com).

System requirements: View in Google Chrome 16 or later.

  1. View the online module
  2. Complete the post-test and evaluation form