Advanced Practice Provider Academy

August 27, 2021 to August 28, 2021

This two-day, multidisciplinary interactive course aims to empower and enable advanced practice providers to develop the knowledge, skills, and competencies to build successful and fulfilling careers both clinically and non-clinically. 

After surveying a group of 200 current advanced practice providers (APPs), the APP Council has carefully reviewed and selected the topics for this two-day course; based solely on the valued input from the current APPs. The course will aim to enhance leadership, clinical, and procedural skills by offering both virtual and in-person didactic and skill building sessions split between the two days of courses. The APP Council appreciates the responses we received from this survey, and hopes that the material covered during these sessions will provide real-world benefits to all APPs as they grow and progress in their careers.

Target Audience

APP Academy is intended for Physician Assistants, Nurse Practitioners and CRNAs currently practicing in a hospital-based setting.  After surveying a group of current advanced practice providers (APPs), the APP Council has carefully reviewed and selected the topics for this two-day course; based solely on the valued input from the current APPs. The course will aim to enhance leadership, clinical, and procedural skills by offering both virtual and in-person didactic and skill building sessions split between the two days of courses. The APP Council appreciates the responses we received from this survey, and hopes that the material covered during these sessions will provide real-world benefits to all APPs as they grow and progress in their careers.

Learning Objectives

•    Expand clinical knowledge and technical skills regarding acute and critical care skills.
•    Increase awareness of clinical management of COVID patient population in the hospital and via telehealth.
•    Engage in professional development opportunities with UPMC leadership and the role of APPs.
•    Enhance existing knowledge and learn new skills that can be further built upon in daily practice.  
•    Opportunity for direct demonstration, personalized instruction, and extensive hands-on practice in fundamental skills for the APP through a full day of simulation labs.
 

Additional Information

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Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 14.25 AAPA Category I CME
    • 1.00 Opioid Education
  • 14.25 ANCC
    UPMC Provider Unit is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation
    • 1.00 Opioid Education
  • 14.25 Attendance
Course opens: 
06/02/2021
Course expires: 
12/31/2021
Event starts: 
08/27/2021 - 8:00am
Event ends: 
08/28/2021 - 5:00pm
Cost:
$1.00

Friday, August 27th, 2021: 
Didactic Sessions 
UPMC Passavant Hospital, WISER Center 

 
0730:  Registration and Refreshments 
 
0800:   Welcome and Introduction 
Alexandrea Bartow, MBA, MSN, ACNP-BC, CSSGB 
 
0820:  The COVID Experience  
Dr. David Rice 
 
0900:  Delivering Patient Care Virtually 
Jesse M. Steffl, MPAS, PA-C 
 
0930:  Break  
 
0940:  Antibiotic Stewardship 
Dr. Nicole Wheeler 
Libby Ernhardt, MPAS, PA-C 
 
1000:  Early Identification of Patients in Crisis: ARDS and Shock 
Lindsay Busch, MPAS, PA-C 
 
1100:  Learning to Identify Clinician Distress: Moral Injury  
Eric Bridenbaugh, MPAS, PA-C, MBA  
 
1130:  Lunch (Katz School of Business Panel Discussion)  
 
1200:  The Business of Healthcare: Passavant Senior Leadership 
Keith Lorenz 
 
1230:  Surgical Prehabilitation 
Dr. Stephen Esper 
 
1330:  Pain Management Amidst an Opioid Crisis*(Opioid Hours) 
Kevin Luong, MPAS, PA-C, MBA 
 
1430:  Difficult Conversations: How to Discuss Code Status 
Ashley Reasey, MPAS, PA-C 
 
1515:  APP Role in Leadership 
Amy L. Haller, MPAS, PA-C, MBA 
 
1600:  Day 1 Closing Address 
Megan Tomaino, MPAS, PA-C 
 
1615:  Adjournment (Optional Socially Distanced Networking Event to follow) 

Saturday, August 28, 2021: 
Hands-On Skills Labs 
Break-Out Sessions 
LOCATIONS (building and room numbers) 

 

0730:    Registration, Networking and Continental Breakfast
0815:    Review of Procedure Stations, Rotation Schedule and COVID Precautions - Alexandrea Bartow, MBA, MSN, ACNP-BC, CSSGB

0825:    Proceed to Stations

0830:    Stations Begin

•    Point-of-Care Ultrasound: Cecelia Ratay, MSN, ACNP-BC 
•    Fundamentals of Radiology: Dr. Joann Kim, Dr. John Bartow & Dr. Aric Berning
•    Cardiology Review: Anita Lachell, MSN, ACNP-BC, CVNP-BC 
•    Suturing and Surgical Instruments: Meghan Ehko, MPAS, PA-C & Theresa Celender, MPAS, PA-C
•    Basic Airway Management: Allison Lewis, MBA, MSN, CRNA
•    Pigtail Catheter and Thoracentesis: Dr. Matthew Gingo
•    VATS Simulator (Preregistration only): Dr. Nicholas Baker

1015-10:30     Break

12:15:        Lunch

13:00:        Stations Continued

14:35-14:50     Break

16:15:        APP Academy Conclusion -Theresa Celender, MPAS, PA-C

16:20:         Adjournment 

WISER at UPMC Passavant

Parking:
If you are a UPMC Passavant employee, park in your assigned lot. All other attendees, please park in the Yellow West parking lot.

University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Course Directors: 
 
Alexandrea Bartow, MBA, MSN, ACNP-BC, CSSGB  
Director, APP Education and Development  
Clinical Instructor, Cardiothoracic Surgery  
Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery  
UPMC Presbyterian   
  
Theresa Celender, MPAS, PA-C  
Senior Physician Assistant  
Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery  
UPMC Passavant  
  
Allison Lewis, MBA, MSN, CRNA  
Clinical Director Nurse Anesthesia  
Department of Anesthesia  
UPMC Passavant  
  
Megan Tomaino, MPAS, PA-C  
Senior Physician Assistant  
Department of Anesthesia   
UMPC Passavant 

Course Faculty:
Nicholas Baker, MD
Assistant Professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery
UPMC Passavant

John Bartow II, DO
Radia Medical Group
Seattle, WA

Aric Berning, MD, MS
Department of Radiology
UPMC Presbyterian

Eric Bridenbaugh, MPAS, PA-C, MBA
Physician Assistant, Expert
Trauma & Emergency General Surgery UPMC Altoona

Lindsay Busch, MPAS, PA-C
Physician Assistant, Senior
Pulmonary Partners
UPMC Passavant

Meghan Ehko, MPAS, PA-C
Physician Assistant
General Surgery
UPMC Passavant

Libby Ernharth, MPAS, PA-C
Physician Assistant
Romano, Pontzer & Associates, Infectious Disease Specialists

Stephen Esper, MD, MBA
Assistant Professor
Medical Director,
UPMC Centers for Perioperative Care

Francis X. Feld, DNP, LAT, NRP, CRNA
Department of Anesthesia
UPMC Passavant

Matthew Gingo, MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Department of Critical Care Medicine UPMC Passavant

Amy L. Haller, MPAS, PA-C, MBA
Director, UPMC Center for
Advanced Practice Education
Physician Assistant Expert, General Surgery
Co-Director UPMC/PITT APP Leadership Course

Matthew E. Harinstein, MD, MBA, FACC, FASE, FASNC
Senior Vice President, COO, Associate CMO,
UPMC International
Vice President Medical Affairs/CMO,
UPMC McKeesport
Assistant Professor of Medicine,
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
UPMC Heart and Vascular Institute

Joann Kim, MD
Pulmonary Critical Care Medicine
President, Medical Executive Committee
UPMC Passavant

Anita Lachell, MSN, CRNP, CVNP-BC
Heart and Vascular Institute/Electrophysiology
UPMC Presbyterian

Keith Lorenz
Vice President, Operations
UPMC Passavant

Hoa Kevin Luong PA-C, MBA
Physician Assistant, Supervisor
Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine
Division of Chronic Pain
UPMC Mercy

Cecelia Ratay, MSN, ACNP-BC
Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
Department of Critical Care Medicine
UPMC Presbyterian

Ashley Reasey, MPAS, PA-C
Physician Assistant, Senior
Palliative Care
UPMC Passavant

David Rice, MD
Pulmonary Critical Care Medicine
Director of Critical Care
UPMC Passavant

Nicole Wheeler, MD
Romano, Pontzer & Associates, Infectious Disease Specialists
Chair of Infection Prevention
UPMC Passavant

Faculty Disclosure:
No members of the planning committee, speakers, presenters, authors, content reviewers and/or anyone else in a position to control the content of this education activity have relevant financial relationships with any entity producing, marketing, re-selling, or distributing health care goods or services, used on, or consumed by, patients to disclose.

CME Accreditation and Designation statement
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.

NURSING (CNE)
The maximum number of hours awarded for this Continuing Nursing Education activity is 14.25 contact hours. 

PHYSICIAN ASSISTANT (AAPA) 
The University of Pittsburgh has been authorized by the American Academy of PAs (AAPA) to award AAPA Category 1 CME credit for activities planned in accordance with AAPA CME Criteria. This activity is designated for 14.25 AAPA Category 1 CME credits. PAs should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation. 

OTHER HEALTH CARE 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.

Other Credits Awarded:
This program has been approved by the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists for 14 Class A CE credits. A certificate will be issued upon completion of the Learner Assessment and Program Evaluation.
Those attending the didactic session will receive credit for 1 hour of Opioid Training. A certificate will be emailed to participants upon completion of the post-course assessment.

Available Credit

  • 14.25 AAPA Category I CME
    • 1.00 Opioid Education
  • 14.25 ANCC
    UPMC Provider Unit is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation
    • 1.00 Opioid Education
  • 14.25 Attendance

Price

Cost:
$1.00
Please login or register to take this course.

We are at max capacity for the live in-person sessions, you can only register for the Virtual Didactic Session ONLY on August 27th. 

Registration Information: 

Registration fee includes: 
•    AAPA, AANA and ANCC credit  
•    Breakfast and lunch for in-person course days
•    Opioid training hours  
•    Didactic materials provided 
•    UPMC gift 
•    Networking opportunities 
  
Registration can be canceled without penalty up until August 9, 2021. After August 9, 2021, cancellation will be subject to a $25.00 administrative fee.