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COVID-19: Update on the Current Situation with Michael Ison, MD, MS

In this episode we share a recent Northwestern Medical Grand Rounds presentation called: "COVID-19 An Update on the Current Situation" which was given at Northwestern Medicine on March 17, 2020 by Michael Ison, MD, professor of Medicine in the Division of Infectious Diseases and Professor of Surgery in the Division of Transplant Surgery at Northwestern.


Michael Ison

"If (physicians) are considering commercially available drugs, be very wary of drug-drug interactions. My personal feeling is the kitchen-sink approach is potentially dangerous because you could have toxicity and benefit that you're not going to be able to see and harder-to-tweeze-out efficacy."

—  Michael Ison, MD, MS 

  • Professor of Medicine in the Division of Infectious Diseases
  • Professor of Surgery in the Division of Organ Transplantation
  • Member of the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University
  • Member of the Northwestern University Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute

Episode Notes

Speaking to a group of Northwestern Medicine physicians, Michael Ison, MD, MS, first discusses the virology and epidemiology of COVID-19. Then, he delves into available literature and talks about predictors of patient outcome and strategies to manage patients with the infection as well as prevention strategies.

He highlights a number of different vaccine platforms that are being developed. Ison is chair of the Adaptive COVID-19 clinical trial through the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases' Division of Microbiology and Infectious Diseases. Also highlighted is the compassionate use protocol approved at Northwestern Medicine for patients who are COVID-19 positive and meet certain guidelines.

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Physicians who listen to this podcast may claim continuing medical education credit after listening to an episode of this program.

Target Audience

Academic/Research, Multiple specialties

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this activity, participants will be able to:

  1. Identify the research interests and initiatives of Feinberg faculty.
  2. Discuss new updates in clinical and translational research.
Accreditation Statement

The Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Credit Designation Statement

The Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine designates this Enduring Material for a maximum of 0.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Disclosure Statement

Michael Ison, MD, MS, has disclosed financial relationships with UpToDate and Shionogi. Course director, Robert Rosa, MD, has nothing to disclose. Planning committee member, Erin Spain, has nothing to disclose. Feinberg School of Medicine's CME Leadership and Staff have nothing to disclose: Clara J. Schroedl, MD, Medical Director of CME, Sheryl Corey, Manager of CME, Allison McCollum, Senior Program Coordinator, and Rhea Alexis Banks, Administrative Assistant 2.

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