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UTHSC To Host Third Coronavirus Online Symposium

UTHSC will host its third Online Coronavirus Symposium September 15. It will focus on clinical care from a nursing and pharmacist perspective.

The University of Tennessee Health Science Center will host its third Online Coronavirus Symposium September 15 from 11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. CDT.

The “Coronavirus Symposium – Clinical Care” is free and open to health care practitioners and the public via Zoom. The event is sponsored by the UTHSC Colleges of Nursing and Pharmacy. It is part of the university’s ongoing efforts to share essential coronavirus information and resources with the Mid-South community.

“As our community continues to struggle with COVID-19, we felt it critical to provide training for health care professionals to better serve these patients,” said Wendy Likes, PhD, DNSc, APRN-BC, FAANP, dean of the College of Nursing at UTHSC. “UTHSC has taken a leading role in our community in fighting the pandemic and informing the community and other health care professions. Now that we know more about the virus, we feel it important to educate health care providers on how a COVID patient might present and what the treatment and course of COVID-19 looks like. We are pleased to partner with the College of Pharmacy to provide pertinent information with a focus on nurses and pharmacists.”

“Pharmacists and nurses play such vital roles on the health care team as they care for patients,” said Marie Chisholm-Burns, PharmD, MPH, MBA, FCCP, FASHP, FAST, dean of the College of Pharmacy at UTHSC.  “Practitioners are front-line essential workers in their communities, and they interact daily with many people. We hope this symposium serves as a great resource for them as they care for their patients during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Together we are better, and our collective resources will facilitate greater understanding, resilience, and compassionate care.”


The agenda for the event is as follows:



Wendy Likes, PhD, DNSc, APRN-BC, FAANP

Dean of the College of Nursing

 Marie Chisholm-Burns, PharmD, MPH, MBA, FCCP FASHP, FAST

Dean of the College of Pharmacy



Presentation of COVID-19 in the Primary Care Setting

Laura Reed, DNP, FNP

Assistant Professor, College of Nursing

Advanced Practice Registered Nurse, UT Family Medicine, Saint Francis


Presentation of COVID-19 in the Acute Care Setting

Carla Kirkland, MSN, ACNP-BC, FNP-BC, ENP-BC

Advanced Practice Registered Nurse

Saint Francis Hospital, Emergency Medicine



Identifying the Presence and Spread of COVID-19:

Screening, Testing, and Contact Tracing

Jenny Johnson, PhD

College of Pharmacy



Low Acuity Disease Progression

And High Acuity Disease Progression

Janet Mulroy, DNP, ACNP, CCNS, CCRN

Advanced Practice Registered Nurse

Threlkeld, Threlkeld, and Omer Infectious Disease Associates



Current and Future Treatments for COVID-19

Mike Veve, PharmD, MPH

Assistant Professor, College of Pharmacy



High Flow O2 and Mechanical Ventilation

Donna Lynch-Smith, DNP, ACNP-BC, APN, NE-BC, CNL

Associate Professor, College of Nursing



Community Response and Recommendations

Alisa Haushalter, DNP, RN, PHNA-BC

Associate Professor, College of Nursing

Director, Shelby County Health Department



Question and Answer Panel 

 James Wheeler, PharmD, assistant professor in the Department of Clinical Pharmacy and Translational Science and director of Continuing Professional Development for the UTHSC College of Pharmacy, and Crystal Walker, PhD, DNP, FNP-C, assistant professor in the College of Nursing, will take media questions after the symposium.

The symposium will be livestreamed via Zoom and registration is required. For registration information, to livestream the symposium, and to view the full recording after the event, visit the event website.