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COVID-19: Lessons From the Front Lines in New York

Total Credits: 2 including 2 AOA Category 1-A Credit

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NYSOMS |  AOA Category 1-A Credit |  Coronavirus |  COVID-19
Gerard A. Baltazar |  Lawrence Northorn |  Hallie Swibel
2 Hours 09 Minutes
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From a hospital perspective, 



1. Summarize unique challenges and perspectives of critical care specialists during the New York surge of COVID-19.

2. Illustrate how understanding of COVID-19 and responses evolved in real time on the front lines.

3. Appraise opportunities for the use of osteopathic principles and practice for COVID-19 patients who require hospitalization. 


From primary care perspective,



1. Discuss long and short term effects the pandemic will have on managing patients & primary care practice.

2. Consider emotional and physical health consequences patients will experience.

3. Adapting treatment protocols to meet the needs of patients as healthcare continues to evolve.


From telemedicine perspective,



1. Differentiate types of virtual visits.

2. Explain documentation requirements and regulatory changes.

3. Effective strategies for implementing virtual visits in a physician practice. 



Gerard A. Baltazar Related seminars and products: 1

D.O., Clinical Assistant Professor, NYU Long Island School of Medicine

NYU Winthrop Hospital

Dr. Gerard Baltazar, DO FACOS FACS is a trauma and intensive care surgeon at NYU Langone Health. Dr. Baltazar obtained his undergraduate degree in biology and fine art from Georgetown University and his doctorate from Touro University California. His postgraduate training focused on underserved urban communities in New York City and Newark, New Jersey. Before joining NYU, Dr. Baltazar was the Director of Surgical Critical Care at a safety-net hospital in the Bronx.


Since his neighborhood in New Rochelle became an American pandemic epicenter, Dr. Baltazar has treated and performed research for critically-ill COVID patients. By sharing his experience from the frontline, Dr. Baltazar aims to encourage understanding and positivity in the wake of tragedy.

Lawrence Northorn Related seminars and products: 1

D.O., Assistant Professor, NYIT College of Osteopathic Medicine

Dr. Lawrence Northorn graduated with his undergraduate degree from Hofstra University in 1999, he then received his Doctorate in Osteopathic Medicine degree in 2003 from NYCOM. Dr. Northorn completed his residency at Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center and is a board-certified family physician and a fellow of the American College of osteopathic family physicians. He is the president and owner of a Family medicine practice in East Islip NY. He is a district physician for the Central Islip and Great River fire departments. He’s a police surgeon for the New York State fraternal order of police and the New York State Troopers PBA.


He is an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at the NYIT College of osteopathic medicine. Dr. Northorn has been a long time board member of the New York State Osteopathic Medical Society and currently serves as our president.


Hallie Swibel Related seminars and products: 1

D.O., Medical Director, Academic Healthcare Centers and Director of Sports Medicine, New York Institute of Technology

Dr. Hallie Zwibel specializes in family practice. He is the team physician for NYIT, the director of its Center for Sports Medicine, and one of the institution's experts in eSports medicine. Dr. Zwibel earned his bachelor's degree from Binghamton University in 2007. He received his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree from NYIT College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2011 and completed his residency in family practice at North Shore-LIJ Plainview Hospital in 2014. During his residency, Dr. Zwibel completed the Training in Policy Studies and Physician Leadership Institute fellowships. Most recently, in 2018, Dr. Zwibel earned a Master’s in Public Health from the University at Albany-SUNY.

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