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COVID-19 Update and Lessons and COVID-19 in Pregnant and Lactating Women

Total Credits: 1.5 including 1.5 AOA Category 1-A Credit(s)

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Rachel Reimer, PhD |  Aneesa Afroze, MD, MPH, FACP, AAHIVS, CTH |  Paul Volker, MD |  Tom Benzoni, DO |  Kaaren Olesen, DO
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Learning Objectives:

COVID-19 Update and Lessons

  • Discuss some important facts about SARS CoV-2 causing COVID-19 disease
  • Outline the evolution of therapeutics over the course of this Pandemic
  • Discuss importance of preventive strategies including Vaccine
  • Highlight some hospital wide preparedness and response

COVID-19 in Pregnant and Lactating Women

  • Update information about Covid-19 infections in pregnant and lactating women
  • Review vaccination information about Covid-19 in pregnant and lactating women 

The Iowa Osteopathic Medical Association is accredited by the American Osteopathic Association to provide osteopathic continuing medical education for physicians and designates this program for a maximum of 1.5 AOA Category 1-A credits and will report CME and specialty credits commensurate with the extent of the physician's participation in this activity.

Grievance Policy:  The IOMA strives to provide continuing medical education programs to fulfill the needs of the attendees and to meet the AOA Uniform Guidelines and AOA Accreditation Requirements. Comments, questions, or complaints should be put in writing and forwarded to IOMA Executive Director at or IOMA, 6919 Vista Drive, West Des Moines, IA 50266.



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Rachel Reimer, PhD is an Associate Professor and the Chair of the department of public health at Des Moines University. Additionally, she currently serves as the Program Director for both the CEPH-accredited MPH program as well as the CAHME-accredited MHA program. Prior to leading the faculty, staff, and students in the department of public health at DMU, Dr. Reimer served as an assistant professor in the MPH program, and taught courses on social and behavioral sciences, research methods, intervention science, maternal and child health. Dr. Reimer’s public health research has covered a number of topics including healthy eating and exercise among families, HPV vaccination behaviors, racial / ethnic disparities in smoking behavior and beliefs, and more recently examining epigenetic markers among tobacco users.

Dr. Reimer obtained her Bachelor of Scienceat the University of Iowa, and her Master’s and PhDs from Iowa State University in the Department of Psychology.

Dr. Reimer has no actual or potential conflict of interest in relation to this program or presentation.

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Dr. ANEESA AFROZE is an infectious disease consultant at MercyOne since 2008. She is board certified in Infectious Diseases, certified in Travel Health (CTH), and a credentialed HIV Specialist (AAHIVS) by American Academy of HIV Medicine. Her special interests include Antimicrobial Stewardship, Travel and Tropical medicine, Transplant infectious diseases, Infections in immuno-compromised patients, HIV/AIDS, Global Health, and Hospital Epidemiology.

Dr. Afroze has served in various leadership positions andhas been a member of several committees in past years. She is the current President of MercyOne medical staff and serves as Director of Anti-Microbial Stewardship Program. She has spearheaded various quality improvement projects with pharmacists and residents. She is a faculty and mentor to residents at MercyOne and students at Des Moines University (DMU).

Dr. Afroze has no actual or potential conflict of interest in relation to this program or presentation.

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Dr. Volker has been a member of the faculty of Des Moines University since May 2015.  Prior to that he was a member of a small group practice for over 25 years in Boone, Iowa. Dr. Volker provides care for patients of all ages—with an emphasis on older adults—in the DMU family medicine clinic and precepts third- and fourth-year students there. Dr. Volker is a fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians and is also board-certified in Geriatric Medicine.  He has received numerous citations including the Iowa Academy of Family Physicians’ Lifetime Achievement Award in 2015, their Educator of the Year Award in 2019, and the DMU Dean’s Award for Outstanding Advisor/Mentor in 2017.

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Dr. Benzoni has practiced EM since completing medical school in 1983. He spent 4 years with the Public Health Service in the Appalachian Mountains of Eastern Kentucky. There he helped to build a hospital that still functions today. After a stint in New York, he lived, worked and developed a trauma center in Sioux City, where he put DC10s in corn fields. He worked with the state of Iowa in developing Iowa’s trauma system. He has worked with patients in pain for his entire career, working before the opioid epidemic. Dr. Benzoni currently works at a Trauma Center in Des Moines and teaches medical and PA students.

Dr. Benzoni has no actual or potential conflict of interest in relation to this program or presentation.

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Kaaren R. Olesen, D.O. is a graduate of Des Moines University in Des Moines, Iowa.  She completed a rotating internship and OB/GYN residency at Genesys Regional Medical Center in Grand Blanc, Michigan.  She is board certified by the American Board of Osteopathic Obstetrics and Gynecology.

Dr. Olesen joined the medical staff at Broadlawn's Medical Center in October 2019. She is a staff physician in the OB/GYN Department. She is still accepting new patients and referrals.

Dr. Olesen has no actual or potential conflict of interest in relation to this program or presentation.

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