USask CME Resources
USask Continuing Medical Education COVID resources are updated and done in collaboration with the SHA here in SK. You can access excellent resources through their website
Information & Updates from Key Sources
For everyone at the CoM, we encourage you to keep abreast of information and updates from key sources:
- Government of Canada website – COVID 19 (all updates including link to travel advice)
- Government of Canada website – travel advice
- Government of Saskatchewan – COVID 19
- University of Saskatchewan Updates (COVID 19) (including student travel cancellations by country)
- COVID-19 Letter to CPSS Members from the Registrar
- CMAJ on COVID-19
CoM COVID-19 information page
The College of Medicine has created an information webpage for the college regarding COVID-19. This webpage is intended to complement the up-to-date information that is already available on USask Updates or the Government of Saskatchewan webpage.
The CoM webpage contains:
- Recent messages for learners, faculty and staff in the College of Medicine
- Messages from Dean Preston Smith
- Event information
- Resources for individuals in the clinical setting
- Resources for faculty and staff
This information can be found at medicine.usask.ca/covid19.php
Other Clinical Resources
ACFP 'Tools for Practice' - Along with regular Tools for Practice, the PEER team will be writing rapid reviews to address COVID-19 topics relevant for primary care. Visit acfp.ca
Choosing Wisely Canada and their partners, such as the Public Health Agency of Canada, are providing evidence-based information about COVID-19
Choosing Wisely Canada COVID-19 recommendations
The CMA’s executive vice-president of physician health and wellness, Dr. Caroline Gérin-Lajoie, has collaborated with the team at the Ottawa Hospital on a video of 10 evidence-based ways to manage stress during times of emergency
In collaboration with the CMA, Pallium is providing heath care professionals with free access to six online palliative care modules in response to the COIVD-19 pandemic. More information
CMAJ on COVID-19: Five things to know about quarantine
Do you know when last the Canadian Quarantine Act was used and what powers it grants the federal health minister? What are the mental health consequences of quarantine and isolation? Read this practice article to find out. PODCAST
College of Family Physicians of Canada: Updated COVID-19 information and resources continue to be posted on the CFPC website. Follow this link to their COVID-19 information page with connections to PHAC, WHO, etc.
Lecturio Resources COVID-19 & Complications/Management
- COVID-19 ARTICLE covering Etiology, Transmission, Epidemiology, Clinical Presentation, Diagnostics, Management and Prevention
- COVID-19 VIDEO COURSE on Etiology, Epidemiology, Diagnosis
- COVID-19 VIDEO COURSE on Complications and Management
NEJM.org has created a special page with a collection of articles and other resources on the Covid-19 outbreak, including clinical reports, HealthMap of the outbreak, management guidelines, and commentary. Visit nejm.org/coronavirus »
NEJM.org has published an article on 'Fair Allocation of Scarce Medical Resources in the Time of COVID-19'. Dr. Ross Upshur, member of UofT Department of Family and Community Medicine is one of the authors.
NEJM Resident 360 is hosting two discussions, "On the Front Lines with Covid-19: What can we learn from each other?" and "Covid-19 Case Reports." Visit NEJM Resident 360 Discussions »
NOSM - COVID-19 Northern Ontario Online Clinical Resources
Osmosis has produced this repository of the free material about COVID-19 that may be helpful to you and all your students. Check out this page. It will be updated regularly.
Osmosis & GIBLIB: Be informed on COVID-19
Osmosis - COVID-19: What You Need to Know as a Health Professional (1 CME) Enroll in the Free Course here
COVID-19 Guidelines are now available for all of Saskatchewan through the Spectrum mobile app, which is free for all to download from the App Store or Google Play. Spectrum is now available throughout Saskatchewan and provides healthcare workers with access to local guidelines based upon local resistance patterns, antimicrobial formulary and dosing information and pathogen information. COVID-19 guidelines have also been updated into Spectrum based upon current evidence and SHA policy. Through the app, you will be able to access information regarding microbiology, transmission, signs and symptoms, infection prevention and control policy, personal protective equipment procedures, testing criteria, self-assessment tools, community testing centre information, specimen collection and laboratory procedures (with links to RRPL laboratory requisitions), clinical management and treatment and real-time global tracking tools. We will be keeping the app updated in real time if local policies change and as new evidence emerges regarding COVID-19.
- For more information, please visit: spectrum.md/saskatoon
- If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out and contact firstname.lastname@example.org
RCPSC - COVID-19 resources for health professionals from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada
- Update on the coronavirus outbreak and impact to the Royal College
- Supporting people working in the COVID-19 response [PDF] (page 15) Source: the UN’s Inter-Agency Standing Committee.
Other messages from the RCPSC regarding MOC Program requirements – these will be waived for 2020
“Our primary aim is to support our members during these challenging times. In recognition of this unprecedented situation, and in alignment with our partners at the College of Family Physicians of Canada, the Royal College will be waiving all Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Program requirements for 2020:
- One year will be added to everyone’s cycle (everyone will now be on a six-year cycle).
- While no credits are required to be submitted this year, any credits submitted will still be counted towards your current (now six-year) cycle. We are waiving the traditional 40-credit minimum requirement for 2020.”
Royal College - View their interactive guide 'Navigating Medical Emergencies: An interactive guide to patient management'
UBC Therapeutics Initiative has provided sources of information on some COVID-19 related topics, that may be useful to those who treat patients and offer medical advice. Click here to view their list of links for emerging evidence and clinical recommendations. They have also posted a 'common sense review' about treating fever and pain with acetaminophen vs. NSAIDs during the COVID-19 pandemic.
UBC Therapeutics Initiative is an excellent source of unbiased, evidence based medication information. Here is a link to a potentially important strategy during COVID-19 on pill splitting which may become an important patient strategy if medications become scarce.