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Dr. Davies named to AAP team on COVID-19 procedures

Image with caption: Dele Davies, M.D.

Dele Davies, M.D.

Dele Davies, M.D., senior vice chancellor for academic affairs and professor of pediatrics, has been recruited by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) to serve on a national faculty team that is teaching U.S. pediatricians how to best prepare, protect their practices and staff, as well as treat and interact with patients and their families during the time of COVID-19.

The initiative is called "AAP COVID-19 ECHO: Emergency Readiness & Response," and has been using ECHO (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes) tele-mentoring video conference technology. The curriculum is geared toward pediatric primary care clinicians and is interactive.

"This telementoring program leverages video conferencing technology to connect an expert team of infectious disease and emergency readiness members with those providing care to children and youth during the COVID-19 pandemic," the AAP announced.

In addition to his academic duties, Dr. Davies is an internationally respected specialist in pediatric infectious diseases and community health.

Dr. Davies has served as an expert faculty member on seven of these sessions so far.

"The ECHO model is very effective in that it provides a forum not only for primary care clinicians to learn from specialists, but also to learn from one another. It has been gratifying to contribute to these sessions," Dr. Davies said.

He is a board member of the AAP Council on Disaster Preparedness and Recovery and also chairs the Disaster Medicine Committee of the National Biodefense Science Board, which advises the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services.

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