COVID-19 OR Management Series: Case Prioritization and Scheduling

Internet Enduring Material sponsored by the Stanford University School of Medicine. Presented by the Anesthesia Informatics and Media Lab at the Stanford University School of Medicine. 

This webinar will discuss factors that impact case prioritization and scheduling, including both disease and patient factors. Topics to include: What? During a pandemic, hospital systems have to be able to adjust the utilization of healthcare resources depending on the severity of impact of the crisis. During the ramp-down phase, as COVID-19 cases increase, healthcare systems have to be able to quickly conserve critical resources by limiting non-emergent, elective procedures. During the ramp-up phase, as the number of cases decrease, mechanisms have to be in place to ramp up surgical volume. Who needs to be involved? Hospital and department leadership. How? Establish classification system for level of urgency for procedures. Closely monitor community spread of COVID-19 and changes in number of infected patients.

Target Audience

Specialties - Anesthesiology

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this activity, participants should be able to:

  • Define a method to classify and prioritize cases during the ramp-down phase of COVID-19
  • Identify the safety requirements, prioritization strategies and monitoring mechanisms required during the ramp-up of elective cases during COVID-19
  • Recognize the safety, staffing and scheduling challenges when addressing case backlog during COVID-19

Additional Information

Stanford University School of Medicine
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Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 0.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit
  • 0.25 Participation
Course opens: 
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The Stanford University School of Medicine adheres to ACCME Criteria, Standards and Policies regarding industry support of continuing medical education. There are no relevant financial relationships with ACCME-defined commercial interests for anyone who was in control of the content of this activity.

Roya Saffary, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor
Stanford University


AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ (0.25 hours), Non-Physician Participation Credit (0.25 hours)


The Stanford University School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Credit Designation

The Stanford University School of Medicine designates this Enduring Material for a maximum of 0.25 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Available Credit

  • 0.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit
  • 0.25 Participation
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