Upcoming Webinar: Congenital Syphilis Update for California Emergency Department Clinicians (December 14, 2021)

Posted November 22, 2021

STD Clinical Update Webinar

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Tuesday, December 14, 2021 from 12:00 PM – 1:15 PM (PST)

1.25 CME units at no cost


The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) continues to see dramatic statewide increases in congenital syphilis (CS), a severe yet preventable condition when syphilis is passed from mother to fetus. In California, many infants with CS are born to parents who received care in an emergency department (ED) during pregnancy, suggesting syphilis screening in ED’s may offer an important opportunity to detect syphilis in pregnancy and prevent CS. This webinar features Dr. Rosalyn Plotzker, CDPH public health medical officer and co-author of the CDPH Expanded Syphilis Screening Recommendations for the Prevention of Congenital Syphilis. She will provide a clinical overview of CS prevention and discuss the recommendation to confirm syphilis status for pregnant patients in the ED. In addition, Dr. Kristopher Lyon, Public Health Officer and EMS medical director in Kern County, California and emergency department associate medical director, will present on syphilis screening in EDs from an on-the-ground perspective.

Learning Objectives

  • Describe California’s congenital syphilis epidemiology
  • Discuss the pathophysiology and management of syphilis, including among pregnant patients
  • Explain and apply the CDPH recommendation to confirm syphilis status among pregnant patients receiving care in emergency  departments

Meet the Experts

Dr. Rosalyn Plotzker

Rosalyn Plotzker, MD, MPH

Dr. Rosalyn Plotzker is an Assistant Professor in the UCSF Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics. She completed a Fellowship in Sexually Transmitted Diseases with the CAPTC and the CA Department of Public Health where she now serves as a Public Health Medical Officer in the STD Control Branch.

Dr. Kristopher Lyon

Kristopher Lyon, MD, EMT, FACEP, FAEMS

Dr. Kristopher Lyon is board certified in both emergency medicine and EMS medicine. He is the Public Health Officer and EMS medical director in Kern County, California. Dr. Lyon is a reserve deputy and medical team leader for a law enforcement SWAT team. He works clinically and is the associate medical director in a busy community emergency department.

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