Pathology of COVID-19 - Webinar
Tue, 23 Jun 2020

Online Virtual Learning - June 23, 2020, 1200-1400 EDT

Session 1, 1200-1300 - Pathology of COVID-19
Michael Pollanen BSc, MD, PhD, FRCPath, DMJ, FRCPC, Chief Forensic Pathologist for Ontario

Session 2, 1300-1400 - What’s Next – Can We Predict? Perspectives from the Death Investigation System
Reuven R Jhirad, MD, PMH, CCFP, FCFP, Deputy Chief Coroner for the Province of Ontario

Join us for two back to back 60-minute webinars (45 minutes of content & 15 minutes for Q & A) in the safety of your office.

At the end of session 1, with Dr. Michael Pollanen, participants will be able to:

  • Review the pathology of COVID-19 at autopsy.
  • Discuss the cause of death in cases with detected SARS-CoV-2.
  • Review autopsy precautions for COVID-19.
At the end of Session 2, with Dr. Reuven R Jhirad,participants will be able to:
  • Describe the use of death investigation generated data and perspectives to understand the Covid-19 pandemic and its impact
  • Describe the short and long term covid-19 impacts divided into the following categories: Political, Social & Medical/Scientific

Target audience: Pathologists, Residents, Medical Students, Pathologists' Assistants, Laboratory Scientists.

CanMEDS Roles: Medical Expert (the integrating role), Collaborator, Leader, Health Advocate, Scholar

Host: Catherine Ross, MD, FRCPC.Associate Professor, Pathology and Molecular Medicine Division: Anatomical Pathology, McMaster Faculty of Health Sciences


  • Session 1 "Pathology of COVID-19" - Michael Pollanen, BSc, MD, PhD, FRCPath, DMJ, FRCPC
  • Session 2 "Covid-19: What’s Next – Can We Predict? Perspectives from the Death Investigation System" - Reuven R Jhirad, MD, PMH, CCFP, FCFP

Accreditation: This event is an Accredited Group Learning Activity (Section 1) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification Program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and approved by the Canadian Association of Pathologists. You may claim a maximum of 2.0 hours (credits are automatically calculated).

Through an agreement between the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and the American Medical Association, physicians may convert Royal College MOC credits to AMA PRA Category 1 Credits. Information on the process to convert Royal College MOC credit to AMA credit can be found at Live educational activities recognized by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada as Accredited Group.

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Michael S. Pollanen is the Chief Forensic Pathologist for Ontario, Canada and a Professor and Vice-Chair (Innovation) of LaboratoryMedicine and Pathobiology at the University of Toronto. He graduated from the University of Toronto with an MD (1999) and PhD (1995) and completed his residency in 2003. His duties include supervising and directing the Ontario Forensic Pathology Service (7000 autopsies/year), conducting autopsy (>2500 autopsies conducted to date), testifying in court (>250 court testimonies to date), and directing academic activities in forensic pathology at the University of Toronto. Professor Pollanen's main educational focus is training forensic pathologists and strengthening forensic capacity in the Global South. He has been involved in case work or training missions in: Algeria, Bermuda, Cambodia, East Timor, Egypt, Haiti, Iraq, Jamaica, Kazakhstan, Palestine, Thailand, and Uzbekistan. His current research interest is Nodding Syndrome in Uganda. He has published over 100 papers in peer-reviewed journals. Professor Pollanen is a member of the forensic advisory board of the International Committee of the Red Cross and is a Past President of the International Association of Forensic Science (2015-17). He is a Founder of Forensic Pathology in the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. He is also a Deputy Chief Coroner in Ontario.

Reuven Jhirad MD MPH CCFP FCFP
Deputy Chief Coroner for the Province of Ontario, Office of the Chief Coroner/Ontario Forensic Pathology Service. Adjunct Professor Dalla Lana School of Public Health University of Toronto. Prior to becoming Deputy Chief Coroner, Dr. Jhirad has been an investigating coroner in Ontario since June 2004 in the Halton and Peel regions and has presided over several inquests. In addition to his work as both investigating and inquest coroner, Dr. Jhirad has also worked as a Family Physician in Burlington, Ontario, Emergency Physician at Wellesley/St. Michael’s Hospital and Occupational Health Medical Officer for Health Canada in Toronto. Ontario. He has also been a Lecturer for the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Toronto. Dr. Jhirad is a graduate at the University of Toronto’s School of Medicine, is certified in Family and Community Medicine, and completed the requirements for a Masters of Public Health at the University of Liverpool, England.
The COVID-19 webinar series is complimentary participation for our members thanks, in part, to affinity funding from the Canadian Medical Association, MD Management and Scotiabank. Please be sure to tweet about this amazing support! #physician @Financial_MD #affinity #support #COVID19 @CMA_Docs @scotiabank. During a time when we are all facing economic uncertainty, it is reassuring to know that we have support from our affinity partners; Scotiabank, MD Financial Management, and the CMA remain ardent to assist the medical community affected by the pandemic.