Implementing Outpatient Therapies to Prevent Progression to Severe COVID-19

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This activity offers 0.75 1B AOA 


Despite the availability of vaccines, SARS-CoV-2 has continued to circulate, reflecting vaccine hesitancy, misinformation, opposition to masking, and new strains of SARS-CoV-2 (e.g., Delta, Omicron, etc.). With the availability of outpatient treatments, primary care clinicians are positioned to prevent the progression of mild and moderate COVID-19 to severe disease and improve outcomes. This activity will examine the clinical data on the outpatient COVID-19 therapies and provides a framework for identifying eligible patients and designing treatment strategies. Case scenarios are included for clinicians to apply data to patients encountered in clinical practice. 


Lokesh Goyal, DO | CHRISTUS Spohn Hospital Corpus Christi - Shoreline, Sound Physicians, Hospitalist

Dr. Lokesh Goyal completed his Bachelor of Science in Computer Science at the University of Mississippi, worked as a software engineer for three years, and then decided to pursue a career in medicine. In 2017, he completed his DO education at Lincoln Memorial University-DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine, Tennessee, and then his Family Medicine residency at The Wright Center for Graduate Medical Education, New Richmond, Ohio, in 2020. He currently works as a hospitalist at CHRISTUS Spohn Hospital Corpus Christi – Shoreline. Dr. Goyal has also published 16 papers and has multiple other articles currently under process for publication in different journals. He is also a reviewer for numerous journals and has reviewed over 100 articles from various journals. For his efforts, he was also granted membership in "Sigma Xi, " a prestigious scientific research honor society.

Dr. Lokesh Goyal also does significant volunteer work and currently volunteers as the "Medical Director" at Mission of Mercy in Corpus Christi, Texas. Dr. Goyal is also very active in the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians (ACOFP) and is currently a member of the "CME Conference Advisory Committee" of ACOFP.  He and other physicians are actively working on implementing education recommendations from the task force on Convention Innovation across all the ACOFP CME events. 

Learning Objectives:
Those participating in this activity will receive information that should allow them to:

  • Describe guideline‐based recommendations for COVID-19 testing
  • Quickly and confidently make a COVID-19 diagnosis based on test results
  • Competently assess treatments and select the treatment option for each patient according to guidelines and recommendations
  • Evaluate data surrounding borderline or clinically difficult COVID-19 cases
  • Improve testing, diagnosis, counseling, and treatment in a clinical setting

Conflict of Interest Disclosures

ACOI requires each planner and presenter to identify all conflicts of interest, and mitigates risk of bias using a series of strategies for relevant conflicts. Unless otherwise noted below, the ACOI, ACOI staff and planners for this activity have no relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies to disclose.

Dr. Goyal, faculty for this activity, has no relevant relationships with ineligible companies to disclose. 

Release & Review Date
This activity is valid between January 31, 2023 and January 31, 2024.

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