Beyond the Needle
A Physician’s Guide to Increasing COVID-19 Vaccination Rates
Welcome to Beyond the Needle, a podcast for and by physicians. Sit down with our weekly guest primary care clinicians as we tackle the real-world barriers to COVID-19 vaccination uptake and share our experiences with implementation. Together, we’ll uncover practical solutions to help you and your team incorporate the COVID-19 vaccine into your practice and increase vaccination rates amongst your patients.
Working to honor the struggles and traumas of the pandemic, we will empower the primary care clinician to feel confident in implementing COVID-19 vaccinations so that their patients can receive the vaccine within their usual site of care.
Join I-VAC Faculty and primary care clinicians from across the state as they share the highs and lows of their experiences and lessons learned throughout the pandemic.
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Meet the Faculty
Hear these faculty members on our podcast series and learn more about them.
- Mustafa Alavi, MD – family physician, co-site medical director, Erie Evanston/Skokie Family Health Center and IAFP Board of Directors
- Rachel Caskey, MD, MA – Associate Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics, UIC
- Amy Christison, MD – Associate Professor in the Department of Pediatrics, UIC
- Kristin Davis, MD, FAAFP – family physician in Aurora, Illinois
- Corrine Kohler, MD, FAAFP – family physician and IAFP Board of Directors
- Carl Earl Lambert, Jr., MD, FAAFP – Assistant Professor of Family Medicine, Rush University Medical College
- Timothy Ott, DO, FAAFP – family physician, Associate Professor of Family and Community Medicine, Assistant Director of Osteopathic Medicine, SIU Quincy Family Medicine Residency Program, FAAFP President-elect
- Marian R. Sassetti, MD, FAAFP – family physician, Oak Park, Assistant Professor, Department of Family Practice, Rush Medical College, and IAFP 2021 Family Physician of the Year
- Christopher Smyre, MD – family physician, Southern Illinois University School of Medicine with dual appointment to Department of Family and Community Medicine and the Department of Medical Humanities
Christina Wells, MD, FAAFP – Assistant Professor of Clinical Family Medicine, Department of Family Medicine UIC
- Santina Wheat MD, MPH, FAAFP – Program Director, McGaw Northwestern Family Medicine Residency Erie Humboldt Park, Associate Professor of Family and Community Medicine, Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine
EARN CME CREDITS FOR EACH EPISODE!
Listen to our pre-recorded episodes and earn .50 credit for each episode. Take a short post test and evaluation on the Illinois Academy of Family Physicians online education library and earn credits for your time.
The Illinois Academy of Family Physicians (IAFP) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
AMA PRA Category 1 – The Illinois Academy of Family Physicians designates each Online enduring material for a maximum of 0.50 AMA PRA Category 1 credit™
Nurses and nurse Practitioners can submit Certificates of Attendance to their accrediting board to claim credit for participation.
Understand Your Vaccine Practice
Help I-VAC understand your COVID-19 vaccination practices before and after participating in our podcast series.
Assist the I-VAC team and the state of Illinois in meeting your vaccine implementation needs. Complete the readiness survey to help us better understand your current practices and hurdles for implementation. This survey will take approximately five minutes to complete. Three months after completing this survey, you will be asked to complete a follow up evaluation to gauge how your practice has changed and to capture any additional areas you might need assistance with.
I-VAC is a joint effort administered by the Illinois Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (ICAAP), the Extension for Community Health Outcomes (ECHO)-Chicago, and the Illinois Academy of Family Physicians (IAFP). Funding was provided by the Office of Disease Control, through the Illinois Department of Public Health.