Leading scientists, Prof Salim Abdool Karim and Prof Shabir Madhi, will be heading the SA Medical Association (SAMA) Virtual Conference* programme to be presented this weekend, 21 and 22 August, with the theme “Practising during a pandemic”.

Prof Karim, former COVID Ministerial Advisory Council co-chair appointed recently to the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Science Council, will lead a discussion on lessons learned from COVID 19, while Prof Madhi, Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences and Professor of Vaccinology at the University of the Witwatersrand, will be taking a similar line reflecting on experiences to date and what to expect in the future with an obvious leaning towards vaccination matters.

Also included on the Saturday afternoon opening session will be a talk on the effect of the pandemic on mental health by psychiatrist Prof Christoffel Grobler, of the University of Pretoria, to be followed by University of Cape Town Division of Infectious Diseases head, Prof Marc Mendelson, with an appraisal on the clinical management of COVID-19.

Sunday’s clinical programme will feature presentations on COVID-related inflammatory syndrome in children, telehealth lessons learnt and making private practice feasible during the pandemic, and office-based surgery.

REGISTRATION details can be accessed at https://www.exbo.co.za/REG/dynamic_forms/generated_forms/sama_2021_virtual_register.php