School of Medicine Offers Complimentary Video Series: ‘Coronavirus, COVID-19 and the Pandemic’

School of Medicine Offers Complimentary Video Series: ‘Coronavirus, COVID-19 and the Pandemic’

More than a dozen on-demand videos about the novel coronavirus are available, developed in partnership with CHI Health. The “Coronavirus, COVID-19 and the Pandemic” series features experts on all aspects of the pandemic that is occupying so much of our attention now.  

This video series, detailed below, utilizes the breadth of knowledge and experience in the School of Medicine, Creighton University and our Omaha clinical affiliate CHI Health to provide learning opportunities on a range of themes, including virology and vaccine development;  testing issues and treatment; public health and government responses to the disease; the differential social impact of the disease and disease modeling; health system and university crisis management; and the impact of the pandemic on scientific research, health care and the economy.  

The series was developed as a noncredit course opportunity with lecture-based presentations paired with interactive question-and-answer sessions for our medical students. Presenters include Creighton’s provost, deans of the School of Medicine and the Heider College of Business, CHI Health’s CEO, a state senator, state hospital epidemiologist, medical anthropologist and more.  

We invite you to take advantage of this complimentary opportunity to learn about the new world in which we are living.

The Biology of Endemic and Emerging Coronaviruses

Jason Bartz, PhD, professor of medical microbiology and immunology in the School of Medicine, provides an overview of the biology of endemic and emerging coronaviruses, including the life cycle and details about the coronaviruses that infect humans.

The COVID-19 Disease

Featured Speaker Renuga Vivekanandan, MD, is an associate professor and assistant dean for strategy and accreditation at the School of Medicine and an infectious disease physician at CHI Health.

COVID-19 Management: An Intensivist’s Perspective

Adam Highley, MD, assistant professor of medicine at the School of Medicine and pulmonary medicine, critical care physician at CHI Health, discusses the management of a COVID-19 patient and offers insights from an intensivist’s perspective.

Development of SARS CoV-2 Vaccine

Michael Belshan, PhD, professor of medical microbiology and immunology at the School of Medicine, provides an overview of how vaccines are developed and discusses the challenges with developing coronavirus vaccines. 

Public Health Response to COVID-19

Maureen Tierney, MD, MSc, clinical research chair and assistant dean for clinical research and public health at the School of Medicine, presents on public health and its assistance in the management of COVID-19. Tierney previously served as medical director of health care-associated infections and antimicrobial resistance for the Nebraska DHHS.

Laboratory Diagnosis of COVID-19 Infections

Stephen Cavalieri, PhD, professor of pathology at the School of Medicine and director of microbiology at CHI Health, shares the journey of developing lab diagnostic testing and the challenges.

Government Response to the Pandemic

Sue Crawford, PhD, professor of political science at Creighton University and Nebraska state senator, explores nonpharmaceutical interventions (NPI) by government, political dynamics in government decisions, and some of the policy demands that exist.

Mental Health in a Pandemic

Michael Kavan, PhD, professor of family medicine and psychiatry at the School of Medicine and clinical psychologist at CHI Health, discusses mental health in a pandemic, understanding its impact, and healthy ways to cope with life during a pandemic. 

COVID-19 Pandemic: Ethics Issues for Health Care

Kevin FitzGerald, SJ, PhD, PhD, associate professor of medical humanities, examines ethical challenges in health care and poses such questions as “Why do we care about people enough to want to heal them?” and “Does being in a pandemic change how we do health care?”

Infectious Disease Modeling and COVID-19

Venkata “Giri” Andukuri, MD, MPH, assistant professor of medicine at Creighton and a hospital medicine physician at CHI Health, presents on the basic infectious disease model, extensions to the basic model, and how to forecast based on the model.

The Differential Impact of the Pandemic in Society

Laura Heinemann, PhD, associate professor of medical anthropology and chair of Creighton’s Department of Cultural and Social Studies, offers a social science perspective on the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States.

COVID-19 and Universities

Robert “Bo” Dunlay, MD, MBA, professor of medicine and dean, School of Medicine, discusses the functions of a modern university, its response to the coronavirus pandemic, and the complexity of planning for the future.

Transformation in Clinical Care after COVID-19

Scott Shipman, MD, MBA, director of clinical innovations and primary care initiatives, Association of American Medical Colleges, explores what COVID-19 has meant for the health care system and the long-term impact of the pandemic on clinical care delivery.

Impact of the Pandemic on Scientific Discovery and Publication

Thomas Murray, PhD, professor of pharmacology and Creighton University provost, shares observations on scientific discovery and publication of scientific results as tens of thousands of scientists are redeploying to fight the coronavirus in the last several months.

The Impact of the Pandemic on the Economy

Anthony Hendrickson, PhD, professor of business intelligence and analytics and dean of the Heider College of Business, provides an update on the impact on the economy, most-affected industries, how business is responding, and the long-term implications.

Institution Crisis Management

CHI Health CEO Cliff Robertson, MD, shares an overview on how CHI Health has responded to the COVID-19 pandemic, including a timeline, incident command model and some lessons learned.


Media Contact/Resource

Cindy Workman, Director of Public Relations
CWorkman [at] creighton [dot] edu