Addressing the Syphilis Epidemic at the Front Line: Screening for Syphilis in a High-Risk Emergency Department Population

November 16, 2022 | 11:00AM - 12:00PM PT

Syphilis continues to be a major public health concern in California, aggravated by the public health challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.  Emergency departments (EDs) represent an important setting to test and treat patients who are not seen in traditional outpatient clinical settings. The UC Davis emergency department has been screening high risk patients for syphilis since 2018. In this webinar, we will share best practices and recent results from this initiative.

Webinar attendees will be able to:

  • Describe populations at risk for syphilis in California
  • Discuss screening recommendations for syphilis
  • Share best practices for screening and management of syphilis

November 16, 2022: 11 a.m.- noon (PT)

Larissa May, MD, MSPH, MSHS
Professor of Emergency Medicine and Director of Emergency Department Antibiotic Stewardship
University of California-Davis

Dr. Larissa May is Professor of Emergency Medicine and Director of Emergency Department Antibiotic Stewardship at the University of California-Davis. She is a national expert in antibiotic stewardship in the emergency department (ED). Dr. May received her M.D., her MSPH in Public Health Microbiology and Emerging Infectious Diseases, and her MSHS in Clinical and Translational Research from The George Washington University. Dr. May’s research interests center on clinical infectious disease epidemiology and management, with a particular focus on the application of rapid molecular diagnostic assays, behavioral economics and clinical guidelines to improve antibiotic stewardship in the Emergency Department. 

Dr. May has served as an investigator on multiple federally-funded and industry-funded trials evaluating antimicrobial stewardship strategies in the ED. She has published over 50 peer-reviewed articles in her field. She has also served on numerous committees and task forces focused on antibiotic stewardship, emergency preparedness, and infectious diseases surveillance for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and professional organizations including the Infectious Diseases Society of America and the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America.

One complimentary CE unit will be provided to dues-paying member hospitals of the Hospital Quality Institute, CHPSO Patient Safety Organization, the California Hospital Association or the regional hospital associations in CA.

HQI is an approved continuing education (CE) provider by the California Board of Registered Nursing and will provide CHPSO members an opportunity to earn CEs. Provider Number CEP16793 for 1.0 contact hour.