The Long Haul of Caring for Long COVID in Primary Care Settings - 2023 Family Medicine POP!
The COVID-19 Public Health Emergency has ended, but with ten to twenty percent of those affected suffering from some form of Post-COVID Condition, also known as Long COVID, family physicians are left with the uncomfortable legacy of figuring out how to care for this poorly defined chronic symptom complex. There is an urgent need for better understanding of the many manifestations of this condition, its pathophysiology, clinical management, and emerging best practices and symptom-directed treatments.
This session was recorded on August 25, 2023 as part of 2023 Family Medicine POP! Information is current as of that date.
At the end of this session, learners should be able to:
- Describe the clinical spectrum of Long COVID,
- Identify the main symptom clusters and pathological states associated with Long COVID, and
- List management strategies and symptom-directed therapies that may improve quality of life.
This activity is designed for family medicine physicians, and other primary care team members.
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There is no credit for this activity.
This activity is supported by the California Academy of Family Physicians.
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Christian Ramers, MD, MPH, FIDSA, AAHIVS
Dr. Christian Ramers is the Chief of Population Health and Director of Graduate Medical Education at FHCSD, a large Federally Qualified Health Center system serving nearly 200,000 medically underserved individuals throughout San Diego County. He is board certified in Internal Medicine, Infectious Diseases, and Addiction Medicine, and is particularly interested in HIV, Hepatitis B (HBV), Hepatitis C (HCV), and service of medically underserved, immigrant, and refugee populations. He co-chairs the California Chapter of the American Academy of HIV Medicine and has advocated for HIV/HCV care at the state legislative level. He has served as a consultant for Centers for Disease Control (CDC)-sponsored HIV/HBV/HCV educational projects in Asia and Africa. Since 2018, he has served as the Senior Clinical Advisor for the Clinton Health Access Initiative’s Global Hepatitis Program, working to eliminate HBV and HCV in seven partner countries in Asia and Africa.
Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, Dr. Ramers has taken on a leadership role in policy, laboratory, public health, research, and clinical response. He is a core member of FHCSD’s COVID-19 Response team, delivering biweekly updates to >200 clinicians and staff. At the regional level, he serves on the county laboratory testing and equity task forces and is a site Principal Investigator for the COVID-19 Prevention Network vaccine research group. He is a member of the national IDSA-CDC clinical call escalation volunteer group. Internationally, he facilitates a Spanish-language COVID-19 virtual community of practice for Latin America, and has presented at an international World Health Organization (WHO) AFRO region webinar on SARS-CoV-2 transmission.
Christian Ramers has no financial relationships with ineligible companies to disclose.
The following planners have no financial relationships with ineligible companies to disclose: Anita Charles, Jerri Davis, Laurie Isenberg