COVID-19: Update for Clinicians

Watch live: An essential update on COVID-19 for clinicians

Presented by the Institute of Medicine | Book now to watch live on Wednesday 20 May, 5pm

We are delighted to present this live webinar, which is exclusively available to Members and Fellows of RCPI, doctors on RCPI training programmes, doctors on RCPI Professional Competence Schemes.

You must be "in good standing" in order to register for this event, i.e. you must be up to date with your membership and/or Professional Competence fees.

About this week's event

This COVID-19 clinical update, which will be broadcast live as a webinar, is an opportunity to hear updates on treatment of the disease and the use of lung ultrasound.

The event will be chaired by Professor Anthony O'Regan, Dean of the Institute of Medicine at RCPI, and is hosted by Professor Mary Horgan, President of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland.

Speaking this week, we have:

  • Dr Eoghan de Barra, Infectious Diseases Consultant, Beaumont Hospital - Covid-19: Update on treatment
  • Dr Cian McDermott, Emergency Medicine consultant with a special interest in point of care ultrasound (POCUS), Mater Misericordiae University Hospital, and Dr Brian McCullagh, Respiratory Medicine Consultant and General Physician, Mater Misericordiae University Hospital - Lung Ultrasound for Covid-19 - Sounding out a Virus
  • Dr John Davis Coakley, Consultant in Intensive Care Medicine and Anaesthesiology, St James’s Hospital - ICU update

Can't attend? Recordings will be available to watch online afterwards

There are limited places available for the live webinar. If you are unable to book a place, you will be able to watch videos of all of the talks on Panopto, our video sharing platform.

To get access to our full archive of COVID-19 lectures, simply click here 

A link to these online recordings has been shared with all postgraduate medical training bodies in Ireland.

How to join this webinar

First, you must book your place at the webinar on this web page. On the day, you must sign into our virtual learning environment RCPI Brightspace.

On the day of the event, the steps are:

  • Log in to with your username and password (the same credentials used to book this event)
  • Click on the link for RCPI Brightspace
  • In your list of courses you will see COVID-19: Update for Clinicians - 20 May 2020. Click on this.
  • Click on "Join the Live Webinar" - This will launch Zoom, the system we are using for live webinars

Note, the webinar will only become available to watch at 5pm on the day, but we recommend logging in ten minutes ahead of time.

To join this webinar on Zoom you will need a computer (Windows or Apple) or mobile device with internet access and speakers.

If you're joining on a computer

If you're joining the webinar on a computer you can use the Zoom desktop website. You do not need to download the Zoom app - if you see a pop up message about the app, you can dismiss this.

The Zoom website functions best on Google Chrome.

When you click on the link for "Join the Live Webinar" you will see a message asking you to open Zoom. Click on “Open Zoom”.

You will then be asked for your name and email address. Once you’ve entered these details, click on “Join Webinar”.

If you’re joining on a mobile device

If you're watching the webinar on a mobile device you will need to download the Zoom app. To save time on the day, we recommend downloading the app in advance:

Click here for the iOS Zoom app

Click here for the Android Zoom app

When you open the Zoom app click on “Join a Meeting”. You will need to enter the meeting ID number. The ID number for this week's event will be sent to you via email beforehand.

You can find additional help with joining Zoom webinars here

How to submit questions to the panel

Before the event

If you have any questions for our panel please email them to and we will endeavour to have these answered as part of the event. Alternatively, you can submit questions via Twitter @RCPI_news.

During the event

We are now using Zoom to broadcast our live webinars. When you open Zoom to watch the live webinar you will be able to submit questions to the panel during the event.

To submit questions to the panel:

  • Open the Q&A window in Zoom while you are watching the live event
  • Type your question into the Q&A box and click Send
  • Check Send Anonymously if you do not want your name attached to your question in the Q&A

Note, it may not be possible to answer all questions we receive.

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