November 5 - Psych Grand Rounds

Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences Grand Rounds 2021-2022

Originally recorded on November 5, 2021 

Dr. Michael Sweat, Professor, MUSC

Tracking the Ups and Downs of the COVID-19 Epidemic 

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Watch on-demand for APA and General CEU Credit

Join us as we host Dr. Michael Sweat, Professor at the Medical University of South Carolina as he reviews the historical evolution of the COVID-19 epidemic. Review will be provided of the key assessment metrics, and mathematical model strategies used to forecast the epidemic's future course. In addition, the presentation will review the social and political forces that have shaped the response to the COVID-19 pandemic, with attention to how these forces have impeded and facilitated epidemic control.

Dr. Michael Sweat is a tenured Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Medical University of South Carolina and Director of the MUSC Center for Global Health. He is Director of the Division of Global and Community Health, and Director of the MUSC Center for Global Health. Dr. Sweat started his career as a scientist at the US CDC in the Center for Infectious Diseases and later worked on global HIV prevention with Family Health International under funding by the US Agency for International Development. Prior to joining MUSC in 2007 he was an Associate Professor and Director of the Social and Behavioral Interventions Program in the Department of International Health in the Bloomberg School of Public Health at The Johns Hopkins University and is Adjunct Professor there now. Dr. Sweat is also an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Bioengineering at Clemson University. Dr. Sweat’s work has primarily focused on infectious disease prevention, and global HIV prevention and care. He has been funded by NIH for his international research for over 25-years and has been principal investigator on a host of NIH-funded studies. He has established a field site for his research in Tanzania and has been working there for over 20-years conducting community-based efficacy trials on HIV prevention and care interventions. Dr. Sweat is also currently the project leader for the MUSC COVID-19 Epidemiology Intelligence Project, which provides regular analyses on the status and trends of the pandemic in areas that MUSC operates in, as well as mathematical modeling and projections of the impact of the pandemic. He recently conducting a community surveillance study of COVID-19 in Charleston.

At the completion of the presentation, attendees will be able to:

1. Describe the trends in the key impact metrics for COVID-19;
2. Demonstrate the relationship between the Effective Reproductive rate (Rt) and the current and projected status of the local COVID-19 epidemic;
3. Distinguish the key factors associated with COVID-19 epidemic that are impeding and facilitating its control.


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