Grand Rounds June 23 : The evolution of COVID-19: Variants, Vaccinations and Anti-Virals

June 23, 2022

Children's Minnesota hosts this one hour pediatric grand rounds presentation featuring Anu Kalaskar, MD, Christina Koutsari, PharmD, PhD, and Joseph Kurland, MPH, CIC.

Target Audience

Healthcare clinicians caring for pediatric patients and their families. 

Learning Objectives

  • Review the current epidemiology of COVID including case numbers, variants and severity of illness
  • Outline the current status of COVID vaccination including recommendations for boosters in the pediatric population and updated vaccination schedules
  • Describe the COVID treatment guidelines for kids for current anti-viral medications including Paxlovid and Remdesivir
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 1.00 ANCC
  • 1.00 Attendance
Course opens: 
Course expires: 
Event starts: 
06/23/2022 - 8:00am CDT
Event ends: 
06/23/2022 - 9:00am CDT


Anu Kalaskar, MD

Dr. Kalaskar is a pediatric infectious disease specialist who has been at Children's MN since November 2010. She graduated from the University Of Utah School Of Medicine in 2004 and subsequently completed pediatric residency and pediatric infectious disease fellowship training at University of Texas - Houston. In addition to providing clinical consultative services in pediatric infectious disease, she is the medical director for the Infectious Disease Department and continues in her role as medical liaison to the infection prevention and control team. Over the past 2 years she has served on the Children's HICS COVID response team and continues to be involved in various aspects of the hospital's COVID response. She lives in St. Paul with her husband and 2 daughters.

Christina Koutsari, PharmD, PhD, BCPS, BCIDP

Christina Koutsari, PharmD, PhD, BCPS, BCIDP is an antimicrobial stewardship/infectious diseases pharmacist on both campuses (Saint Paul and Minneapolis). She is deeply committed to providing excellent care to her patients, optimizing antibiotic use, minimizing toxicity, and improving patient outcomes. She is originally from Greece and had a career as a scientist in cardio metabolic health before becoming a pharmacist. She also held national records in Greece for Olympic style weightlifting and 100 m track-and-field. In her free time, Christina enjoys spending time with her husband and two sons, meeting friends, traveling, exercising, and learning something new every day.


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Accreditation Statement:

In support of improving patient care, Children’s Minnesota is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

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Credit Statement:


Children’s Minnesota designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent to their participation in the activity.


Children's Minnesota designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.0 ANCC nursing contact hour. Nurses should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. 

Pharmacists and Pharmacy Techs will have their attendance reported in the CPE Monitor for ACPE credits provided they have entered their NABP-ePID and birth month and day where indicated when setting up their profile.

This program offers 1.0 contact hours of continuing education.  Most medical professional organizations accept AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.  It is the individual’s responsibility to determine whether an education activity meets the continuing education requirements of their respective licensures and/or professional boards.  Go to your respective organization’s website for more detailed information regarding credit requirements.

Available Credit

  • 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 1.00 ANCC
  • 1.00 Attendance
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