COVID-19 & the liver

Course details

Modules (4)

Course Duration:

6 hours

You can start, leave and pick up where you left off at your own pace!

Course Credits:

Up to 6 CME credits

Assessment & Awards:

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About this course

In these four online modules about COVID-19 and the liver, world-renowned experts present the current state of COVID-19 diagnostics, the impact of COVID-19 on the management of liver cirrhosis, transplantation and liver cancer, the effect of COVID-19 on the European viral hepatitis elimination programme as well as the links and potential mechanisms between obesity, metabolic disease or fatty liver disease and COVID-19 severity in these populations.

Benefits for learners

  • Latest evidence-based clinical recommendations
  • Self-paced learning
  • CME from the European Union of Medical Specialists (UEMS)


  • Understand the development of virological markers during the infection and apprehend the modalities of the different available tests
  • Learn about the reliability and limited sensitivity of the tests in asymptomatic patient and understand how to assess risk, identify disease and track the spread of SARS-CoV-2 within the population
  • Understand the impact of chronic liver disease and cirrhosis in patients with COVID-19 infection, the outcomes and how to manage the care for these patients
  • Learn about the challenges encountered for liver cancer surveillance and management during the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Understand how COVID-19 has affected liver transplantation and what are the risks for liver transplant recipients
  • Understand the cascade of care in Europe and what are the barriers to treatment for patient with HCV and the impact on HCV elimination programmes
  • Learn about the prevalence of COVID-19 in people with obesity or fatty liver disease and how the visceral adiposity and systemic inflammation impact COVID-19 severity
  • Understand the mechanisms behind the elevated risk of COVID-19 and the impact of metabolic syndrome
  • Learn about medications that might prevent hospitalization of patient with fatty liver disease and severe COVID-19
  • Hepatologists
  • General practitioners
  • Health care professionals
  • Clinical researchers and scientists

1. Diagnostics of SARS-CoV-2 (1 hour, 1 CME credit, release date: February 2021)

with Prof. Mario Mondelli, Prof. Jean-Michel Pawlotsky & Prof. Jon Deeks

2. Cirrhosis, liver cancer and transplantation (3 hours, 3 CME credits, release date: February 2021)

with Prof. Agustin Albillos, Prof. Massimo A. Iavarone & Dr Gwilym Webb

3. Viral hepatitis elimination (1 hour, 1 CME credit, release date: March 2021)

with Prof. Antonio Craxì, Prof. Mark Thursz, Prof. Loreta Kondili, Dr Sarah Blach & Prof. Jeffrey Lazarus

4. Obesity and fatty liver disease (1 hour, 1 CME credit, release date: March 2021)

with Prof. Sven Francque, Prof. Luca Busetto, Prof. Carolyn Bramante & Prof. Nalu Navarro-Alvarez

  1. In each module, complete the Pre Knowledge Check to determine your current level of understanding. This is not counted as part of your grade for this course.
  2. After completing the Pre Knowledge Check you can access the main activity.
  3. After completing the activity you will unlock the Post Knowledge Check.
  4. Once you pass the Post Knowledge Check you will need to provide feedback on the module in order to unlock your Module Certificate and your CME Credits Certificate.
  5. You can continue by taking another module.

The course is available through desktop and mobile devices on all internet browsers (e.g. Safari, Microsoft Edge, Chrome and Firefox). You can also take this course using the Moodle app, please follow the below instructions if you are running the app for the first time. If you have already access the EASL Campus via the Moodle app, just go to step 5:

  1. Download the free Moodle app from your favourite application store.
  2. Launch the app and under "Your site" enter:
  3. Choose "Log in using your account on: EASL".
  4. Enter the credentials of your MyEASL account. If you do not have an account yet, please create one for free here.
  5. Click on the three dots icon at the bottom right corner of your screen and select "Scan QR Code".
  6. Scan the below QR code to access this course: 
  7. Start the course.

Completing this course will grant you with an EASL "Certificate of Completion" and up to six European CME credits as well as experience points to collect the topic-related and bookworm badges.