COVID-19 & Hematologic Malignancies: Episode 4 - Effective Management & Patient Experience from Seattle to Chicago

COVID-19 & Hematologic Malignancies: Episode 4 - Effective Management & Patient Experience from Seattle to Chicago

On-Demand Webcast

Joseph R. Mikhael, MD, MEd, FRCPC
Professor, Applied Cancer Research and Drug Discovery 
City of Hope Cancer Center 
Translational Genomics Research Institute   
Phoenix, Arizona


Jessica K. Altman, MD
Director, Acute Leukemia Program
Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center at Northwestern University
Chicago, Illinois 

Michael Angarone, DO
Assistant Professor
Division of Infectious Diseases
Departments of Medicine and Medical Education
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Chicago, Illinois

Yelak Biru
Myeloma Patient and Advocate
International Myeloma Foundation Board Member
Bentonville, AR 

Matthew R. Levine, MD
Associate Professor, Emergency Medicine
Northwestern Medicine
Feinberg School of Medicine  
Chicago, Illinois 

Mary-Beth Percival, MD
Myeloid Malignancies Specialist
University of Washington and Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Seattle, Washington



Provided by North American Center for Continuing Medical Education, LLC, an HMP Company.

For questions regarding this educational activity, please call 609-371-1137 or email

Intended Learners

This activity is intended for clinicians who encounter patients with hematologic malignancies, including hematologists; hematologic, medical, radiation, and surgical oncologists; and other HCPs, such as pathologists, internists/hospitalists, infectious disease specialists, pulmonologists, critical care specialists, medical students, oncology nurses, NPs, PAs, pharmacists, phlebotomists, and clinical laboratory technologists working as part of the multidisciplinary oncology team during the COVID-19 pandemic.


The COVID-19 pandemic has placed an unprecedented burden on both patients and healthcare workers in the United States, and clinicians who must manage the treatment of hematologic malignancies in this crisis are facing numerous unique challenges. Older individuals, as well as those with underlying health conditions, including cancer, are more likely to develop major complications with COVID-19. Healthcare providers for these patients must therefore ensure the continuation of appropriate oncologic care while minimizing the risk of exposure to SARS-CoV-2, the causative virus of COVID-19, or the development of severe complications from COVID-19. Guidance is only just starting to emerge regarding stopping, delaying, or modifying treatment for hematologic malignancies. Further, recommendations regarding the prevention, diagnostic testing, and treatment of COVID-19 are continuously evolving. Thus, in this rapidly changing and uncertain environment, it is vitally important that information is provided to clinicians that will help them continue to deliver essential care to these patients.

This webcast is a roundtable discussion with experts in myeloid disorders, infectious disease, and patient advocacy that aims to fill the gaps surrounding challenges faced by US healthcare practitioners as they manage the treatment of patients with hematologic malignancies in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Learning Objectives

Upon successful completion of this educational activity, participants should be better able to:

  1. Describe the epidemiology, pathology and current treatment strategies of COVID-19  
  2. Develop approaches to limit patient and provider exposure to SARS-CoV-2 while effectively managing hematologic malignancies 
  3. Evaluate current COVID-19 treatment strategies for potential interactions with anticancer agents
  4. Identify, mitigate, and manage current and prospective diagnostic, therapeutic, and monitoring challenges in oncology care due to the reallocation of health resources as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic 

To be eligible for credit, participants must complete the online activity, a post-test assessment, and the evaluation by June 8, 2021. Upon completing the activity, there will be instructions on how to print a certificate or other documentation of credit.

Release Date: June 8, 2020
Expiration Date: June 8, 2021
Estimated Time to Complete: 1.25 hour

There is no fee associated with this activity.

Educational Support

This program was supported through educational grants from Bristol Myers Squibb, Pharmacyclics LLC, an AbbVie Company and Janssen Biotech, Inc., administered by Janssen Scientific Affairs, LLC, Pfizer Inc., and Seattle Genetics. 


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NACCME designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


This enduring, knowledge-based activity (Universal Activity Number JA0006201-0000-20-118-H01-P) has been approved for a maximum of 1.25 contact hours (0.125 CEUs).

The certificate is not the official record of your participation in the activity. The official record of credit will be the information in CPE Monitor system. The deadline to claim credit is 60 days after completion of the course. Following ACPE Policy, NACCME will not be able to report your claimed credit to CPE Monitor after this 60-day period. Eligibility for pharmacy credit is contingent upon the successful completion of a post-test and/or evaluation for each activity or session attended.

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This continuing nursing education activity awards 1.25 contact hours.

Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider #13255 for 1.25 contact hours.


NACCME has been authorized by the American Academy of PAs (AAPA) to award AAPA Category 1 CME credit for activities planned in accordance with the AAPA CME Criteria. This activity is designated for 1.25 AAPA Category 1 credit(s).

PAs should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation.


NACCME, LLC is an independent provider(s) of continuing medical education. NACCME, LLC has no proprietary or financial interest in medical or healthcare products over which the FDA (USA) or EMA (EU) has regulatory authority.

NACCME, LLC assures that all educational materials are reviewed to ensure for the absence of commercial bias, fair balance, scientific objectivity, and levels of evidence. The educational activity will not be influenced by commercial organizations and will not conflict with any other scheduled educational activities.

According to the disclosure policy of NACCME, faculty, editors, managers, and other individuals who are in a position to control content are required to disclose any relevant financial relationships with relevant commercial companies related to this activity. All relevant conflicts of interest that are identified are reviewed for potential conflicts of interest. If a conflict is identified, it is the responsibility of NACCME to initiate a mechanism to resolve the conflict. The existence of these interests or relationships is not viewed as implying bias or decreasing the value of the presentation.

All educational materials are reviewed for fair balance, scientific objectivity of studies reported, and levels of evidence.


In addition to the faculty listed below, Imedex/NACCME planners and staff include: Chris Bolwell, Samantha Conforti, and Griselda Zuccarino-Catania, PhD.

Chris Bolwell discloses that he holds shares of stock of GlaxoSmithKline. GlaxoSmithKline is not supporting this activity, nor does any content relate to their product/service.

Griselda Zuccarino-Catania, PhD discloses that her spouse is employed by Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc.


Joseph Mikhael, MD, MEd, FRCPC has served as a consultant for Amgen, Celgene Corporation, GlaxoSmithKline, Janssen Biotech, Karyopharm, Sanofi, and Takeda.

Jessica K. Altman, MD is on the data safety and monitoring committee for Glycomimetics.

Michael Angarone, DO has served as a speaker for Allergan Pharmaceuticals.

Yelak Biru disclosed no relevant financial relationships with any commercial interests.

Matthew R. Levine, MD disclosed no relevant financial relationships with any commercial interests.

Mary-Beth Percival, MD has received research support from Biosight, Trillium, and Pfizer.

Hardware/Software Requirements

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