6th Annual Current Concepts in SCI Rehabilitation

April 24, 2021

Nearly 18,000 individuals in the U.S. sustain a traumatic Spinal Cord Injury each year. Additionally, while non- traumatic SCI can be difficult to track, it is estimated to be roughly the same amount as traumatic injuries per year. The care of persons with spinal cord injury (SCI) requires an interdisciplinary approach across the continuum of care. Providers should be aware of current evidence and care techniques for both traumatic and non-traumatic spinal cord injury across the continuum from initial injury, medical complications, many phases of rehab, and community reintegration. The 6th annual Current Concepts in Spinal Cord Rehabilitation will introduce and review a variety of topics relevant to persons with SCI. Topics will focus on areas important to all team members, throughout the continuum of care. Current Concepts in Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation will address, through lectures and discussion, the treatments and strategies employed at the UPMC Rehabilitation Institute. Conference goals are in line with the missions of the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and the UPMC Rehabilitation Institute to advance health, expand knowledge, and improve care through research, teaching rehabilitation services, and medical care.

Target Audience

Nurses, physical therapists, occupational therapists, case managers, physiatrists/ physicians, fellows, and residents involved with the acute care and rehabilitation of persons with spinal cord injury are encouraged to attend.

Learning Objectives

1. Attendees will describe current evidence-based practice trends related to specialty populations and specific comorbidities of SCI that are outside of the typical SCI rehabilitation
2. Attendees will identify resources for individuals with SCI to obtain and utilize assistive technology for everyday activities, community reintegration, and rehabilitation activities.
3. Participants will define the roll of various disciplines in care and rehabilitation of the individual with SCI who has acquired a pressure injury.
4. Participants will describe the roll of various team members in coping and mental health for the patient with SCI as well as the prevention of self and team burnout.

Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 0.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
    The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
  • 5.25 ANCC
    UPMC Provider Unit is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation
  • 0.25 Attendance
Course opens: 
01/26/2021
Course expires: 
06/30/2021
Event starts: 
04/24/2021 - 8:00am
Event ends: 
04/24/2021 - 6:00pm
Cost:
$1.00

Program Schedule
7:45—8:00am    Welcome - Amanda Harrington

8:00—9:00am    Self-Care: The antidote to burnout and compassion to fatigue - Amy Skukalek

9:05—10:35am    Pressure Injury Management: Surgery, Sitting Protocols, and So Much More - Dawn Wang; Jessica Berry; Rachel Hibbs

10:40—11:40am    Patient Panel: Assistive Technology Use to Increase Independence in Everyday Life
Moderators: Randy Huzinec; John Coltallero

11:45—12:30pm    Break

12:30—1:30pm    Roundtable Sessions
1. Pain - John Horton
2. Autonomic Dysreflexia and Hypotension: Finding the Delicate Balance - Brian Higdon
3. Community Resources for Individuals with SCI - Matthew Taylor
4. IADL Tips and Tricks with Upper Extremity Impairment: Make Up, Nail Polish, and More - Barbara Zerbee and Danielle Karhut
5. Wheelchair Cushions: What are the options and how to get them covered - Joe Straatman
6. Gone Fishing: An Adaptive Recreation Program - Charlene Subrick

1:35—2:35pm    Interdisciplinary Management of SCI Resulting from Metastatic Disease - Andrew Thurston; Denise Verosky; Amanda Harrington; Joe Everhart; Anna Lewis

2:40—2:55pm    Break

3—4:30pm    Breakout Sessions
1. Wheelchair Skills Training: An introduction to clinical implementation - Rachel Hibbs and Lynn Worobey
2. Bowel and Bladder Management: Equipment, patient and caregiver education, and troubleshooting - Mallory Wolfendale, Amy Katz, and Lonna Perella
Review of the ISNCSCI Exam (Formerly Known as ASIA) — Melissa Michaluk

4:30pm    Adjourn

Live Virtual Conference

Faculty Listing

Course Directors
Amanda Harrington, MD
Assistant Professor, UPMC Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Program Director, SCIM Fellowship, Director of Spinal Cord Injury Services

Rachel Hibbs, DPT, ATP
Research Therapist, University of Pittsburgh Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Physical Therapist UPMC Mercy Rehabilitation Institute

Lynn Worobey, PhD
Assistant Professor, UPMC Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Elizabeth Stanley, DPT
Physical Therapist, CRS, UPMC Mercy Rehabilitation Institute

Lonna Perella, RN, BSN
Spinal Cord Injury Clinician, UPMC Rehabilitation Institute

Presenters
Jessica Berry, MD
Attending Physician, SCI Program, UPMC Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

John Coltellaro, MS
University of Pittsburgh Department of Rehabilitation Science and Technology, Center for Assistive Technology

Amy Duplessis, MOT, OTR/L
Occupational Therapist, CRS, UPMC Mercy Rehabilitation Institute

Joseph Everhart, DPT, NCS
Physical Therapist, CRS, UPMC Mercy Rehabilitation Institute

John Horton, MD
Assistant Professor, UPMC Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Randall Huzinec, PT
Physical Therapist, CRS, UPMC Mercy Rehabilitation Institute

Danielle Karhut, MOT, OTR/L
Occupational Therapist, CRS, UPMC Mercy Rehabilitation Institute

Anna Lewis, MSW
Social Worker, Palliative Care, UPMC Mercy

Melissa Michaluk, DO
Attending Physician, UPMC Susquehanna Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Joseph Straatman, OTD, ATP
University of Pittsburgh Department of Rehabilitation Science and Technology, Center for Assistive Technology

Charlene Subrick, PT
Physical Therapist, CRS, UPMC Mercy Rehabilitation Institute

Matthew Taylor
Membership Director, Transitional Paths to Independent Living

Andrew Thurston, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor, Division of Internal Medicine, Medical Director of Palliative Care, UPMC Mercy

Denise Verosky, MSN, RN
Director of Supportive and Palliative Care, UPMC Mercy

Dawn Wang, MD, MS
Assistant Professor, Plastic Surgery, Chief of Plastic Surgery UPMC St. Margaret's Hospital, 
Co-Director, Center for Nerve Disorders at UPMC

Mallory Wolfendale, MOT, OTR/L    
Occupational Therapist, CRS, UPMC Mercy Rehabilitation Institute

Barbara Zerbee, COTA
Occupational Therapy Assistant, CRS, UPMC Mercy Rehabilitation Institute

Amy Skukalek, MA
UPMC, Psychotherapist Program Manager

Brian Higdon, MD
UPMC SCI Fellow

In support of improving patient care, the University of Pittsburgh 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.

Physician (CME)
The University of Pittsburgh designates this live activity for a maximum of 7.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Nursing (CNE)
The maximum number of hours awarded for this Continuing Nursing Education activity is 7.25 contact hours.

Other Healthcare Professionals
Other health care professionals will receive a certificate of attendance confirming the number of contact hours commensurate with the extent of participation in this activity.

Available Credit

  • 0.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
    The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
  • 5.25 ANCC
    UPMC Provider Unit is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation
  • 0.25 Attendance

Price

Cost:
$1.00
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Instructions to Register
Deadline to register is April 21, 2021
Registering online is the quickest and easiest way to reserve your space at CCEHS conferences.
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Registration Fees
Fee includes: Course credits

Early Registration On or Before March 21 $65

Late Registration After March 21 $75

Student Tuition: $45 Student ID must be presented at conference sign in.

All cancellations must be in writing and sent to Jessa Darwin. Tuition for cancellations postmarked or date stamped on/before April 21, 2021 will be refunded in full. No refunds will be made after April 21, 2021.