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COVID-19 resources for DOs and DO students: COVID-19-related burnout, CMS call schedule and more

Learn about the latest tools, news and updates available to help you navigate the global pandemic.

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, the AOA’s top priority remains supporting the needs of DOs and osteopathic medical students.

We have assembled a resource page to help physicians and medical students navigate the global health crisis—whether you are caring for patients as a frontline health care professional or supporting in other ways.

AOA staff members are continuously updating this page as new information becomes available. Here are some of the latest updates.

Upcoming webinar on Aug. 11: Avoid Burnout and Build Resilience

At 7 p.m. CT on Aug. 11, Gaurav Agarwal, MD, assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences and medical education at Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine, will discuss moving beyond the prevention of burnout and instead systemically cultivating satisfaction and connection in ways that promote resilience, wellbeing and joy for all health care team members.

For CME (free for members, $30 for nonmembers), register on AOA Online Learning. To watch for free (with no CME), register on Zoom.

Upcoming webinar on Aug. 12: Practice Security & Staff Safety

Health care safety, security, and risk management expert Steve Wilder will walk you through how to survive any potentially dangerous scenarios that you might encounter in your practice. This training, held at 7 p.m. CT on Aug. 12, will provide you with the ability to better protect yourself, your staff, your patients and your practice.

For CME (free for members, $30 for nonmembers), register on AOA Online Learning. To watch for free (with no CME), register on Zoom.

Upcoming webinar on Aug. 13: Practice Reopening Strategies

This webinar, held at 7 p.m. CT on Aug. 13, will explore some of the policies and procedures which practices should be developing or have in place to comply with state, federal and medical society guidance. It will also explore some of the liability issues which practices might face for failure to comply and steps to assure compliance and minimize risk.

In addition, this presentation will also cover some of the financial challenges practices have faced as a result of COVID-19 and address steps, including telemedicine, that can potentially increase revenue and lower costs.

For CME (free for members, $30 for nonmembers), register on AOA Online Learning. To watch for free (with no CME), register on Zoom.

Upcoming CMS Stakeholder Engagement Calls

There are three scheduled CMS Stakeholder Engagement Calls over the next two weeks. Two (on Tuesdays Aug. 4 and Aug. 11) will be Office Hour Calls, which provide an opportunity for hospitals, health systems, physicians and clinicians to ask questions of agency officials regarding CMS’ temporary actions that empower local hospitals and health care systems.

The other, scheduled for Friday, Aug. 7, will be a Lessons from the Front Lines Call, which are a joint effort between CMS Administrator Seema Verma, FDA Commissioner Stephen Hahn, MD, and the White House Coronavirus Task Force. See the full schedule here.

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