Viruses, Pandemics and COVID-19: What you Need to Know and Why

Saturday, September 26, 2020
9:30 AM - 3:00 PM

LIVE Webinar

Course login opens 30 minutes prior to the start of the program.


Course Details

Course Description

This course is designed to provide healthcare professionals with information on how viruses evolve, infect, transmit and spread through society and how the immune system responds to viruses.

This course will explore the rise of viral pandemics with an emphasis on SARS-CoV-2, the causative agent of COVID-19 disease. Participants will learn the latest evidence-based updates on the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and its implications on both patient care and everyday life.
This update will guide healthcare providers as they continue to navigate through the pandemic.

This course will also feature a panel discussion with front-line medical and dental professionals. Participants will have the opportunity to submit questions for a multidisciplinary panel* of experts in advance or engage in real-time.

Course Objectives
At the completion of the course participants will be able to:

  • Explain how viruses enter the body, establish infection, and are transmitted to others
  • Discuss how the immune system fights viral infections
  • Describe the conditions that enable emerging viruses to enter society and cause pandemics
  • Summarize our current understanding of how SARS-CoV-2 is transmitted and the strategies to prevent or contain spread in society and medical/dental practices
  • Compare potential outcomes of the COVID-19 pandemic on society and practice with or without the development of a successful vaccine


A bonus** asynchronous program given by Carla J. Groh, Ph.D., FAAN will be available to course participants. This bonus program will discuss the psychological impact of COVID-19 and strategies to offset mental distress.

**Offering one additional CDE credit.

Course Faculty

Course Faculty:
David D. Fischer, Ph.D.

Prof. Fischer teaches immunology and nutrition to dental hygiene, undergraduate and graduate dental students. Additional responsibilities include serving as a faculty mentor. Fischer has a B.S. degree in Cellular and Molecular Biology from the University of Michigan, a Ph.D. in Immunology and Microbiology from the Wayne State University School of Medicine and conducted postdoctoral research at the Ohio State University's Agricultural Research and Development Center. He joined the university in 2017.


Current areas of dental research include the roles of human herpesviruses in periodontal disease, antiviral effects of propolis and essential oils and the interplay between nutritional status and the adaptive immune response. Fischer has previously conducted research on influenza and rotavirus vaccines. List of publications: Prof. David Fischer

Carla J. Groh, Ph.D., FAAN
Prof. Groh taught research methods and psychiatric mental health nursing in the DNP program in the McAuley School of Nursing. Prof. Groh earned her PhD from the University of Michigan in 1995 and her MSN from Wayne State University in 1983. Prof. Groh is a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner conducting individual therapy and psychopharmacology at the McAuley Health Center, a community outreach of UDM, on the lower east side of Detroit. Prof Groh is the Project Director for a HRSA grant focused on integrating behavioral health in primary care.

Prof. Groh has focused her research on women's mental health especially vulnerable populations of women. Her most recent research focused on the transition from spousal dementia caregiver to widowhood comparing the experience between urban and rural women. Complete list to published work:
Prof. Carla Groh

Joshua J. Thomson, Ph.D.

Prof. Thomson teaches microbiology and immunology to dental and dental hygiene students and residents, with a specific emphasis on infectious diseases and infection control. Prof. Thomson received his Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of Detroit Mercy in 2009. He received his Ph.D. in Immunology and Microbiology from Wayne State University School of Medicine in 2014. Prof. Thomson is the coordinator for the Summer Undergraduate Research Program at the School of Dentistry. He joined the university in 2014.

His main research focus is directed towards the use of natural compounds and bacteriophage as therapeutics against dental pathogens, as well as defining microbiological characteristics of dental materials. His continued research interests include describing mechanisms of serum resistance in the human bacterial pathogen, Yersinia pestis. Complete list to published works: Prof. Joshua Thomson

*Multidisciplinary Expert Panelists:
  • Nikeyia Davis, MBA-HCM, B.S.N., R.N., C.N.N.
  • David Fischer, Ph.D.
  • Mary Parise, D.D.S.
  • Joshua Thomson, Ph.D.
  • Shannon Wills, Ph.D., PA-C



Course Location

LIVE Webinar:

This webinar will utilize the Zoom platform. Because the course is synchronous, credits awarded are live/in-person.



Tuition and Registration

Dentist/Physician: $75*

*Alumni receive a 10% discount

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Course Credit

CEUs: 5 (Lecture)

Dental Credits:
AGD Subject Code: 010

The University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry designates this activity for 5 lecture units of continuing education credit.


Medical/Nursing Credits:
CME credits are being processes through MATEC. Complete information is pending and will soon be released. Detroit Medical Center is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Ohio Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation. (OBN-001-91) (OH-292, 6/1/2023)

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