APPA 3rd Annual Conference: Presented by UPMC Passavant APP Council

Allison Park, PA US
September 30, 2022 to October 1, 2022

This two-day, multidisciplinary interactive course aims to educate APPs on up-to-date treatments and best practice guidelines for a variety of topics, as well as improve interdisciplinary relationships between APPs across local hospitals in order to better serve their patients. The course will aim to enhance both clinical and procedural skills by offering a combination of didactic lectures, hands-on workshops, and interactive panel discussions. The first day will also feature keynote speaker, Dr. James Tew, who will discuss acceptance and commitment therapy for healthcare providers.

Target Audience

Intended for Physician Assistants, Nurse Practitioners, Nurse Midwives, and CRNAs clinically practicing in both inpatient and outpatient medicine.

Learning Objectives

• Increase awareness of clinical management of acute and long COVID patient population in both the inpatient and outpatient setting
• Expand clinical knowledge and technical skills for the most common diagnoses that result in patient hospitalization
• Engage in professional development through networking opportunities and effective communication
• Opportunity for direct demonstration, personalized instruction, and extensive hands-on practice in fundamental skills for the APP through simulation labs
• Interdisciplinary, real-time, problem-based learning case study, which will improve abilities to work through differential diagnoses and form work-up and treatment plans

Additional Information

Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 12.00 AAPA Category I CME
  • 12.00 ANCC
    UPMC Provider Unit is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation
  • 12.00 Attendance
Course opens: 
Course expires: 
Event starts: 
09/30/2022 - 2:30pm EDT
Event ends: 
10/01/2022 - 4:00pm EDT
Cumberland Woods Village
700 Cumberland Woods Drive
Allison Park, PA 15101
United States

Course Faculty:
David Beck EdD, MPAS, PA-C, DFAAPA
Associate Dean for Interprofessional Studies,
School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences
Chair and Associate Professor,
Department of Physician Assistant Studies
Director, Physician Assistant Studies Hybrid Program
Co-Director, Advanced Practice Provider Leadership Certificate Course
University of Pittsburgh

Allison Courtney, CRNA, BSN, MSN
Passavant APP Council
Department of Anesthesia
UPMC Passavant

Carrie Crowder, MPAS, PA-C
Physician Assistant
Department of Neurology
UPMC Shadyside

Jennifer Elliot, MSPA-C
Physician Assistant
UPMC Passavant Wound Healing Services

Mistica Labrasca, MPAS, PA-C
Physician Assistant
UPMC Cosmetic Surgery & Skin Health Center

Brittney Laskey, MPAS, PA-C
Physician Assistant
Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine
UPMC Passavant

Monica Leseman, PA-C
Passavant APP Council
Physician Assistant
Tri-Rivers Musculoskeletal Centers
UPMC Passavant

Joshua Levenson, MD
Director, UPMC Center for Cardio-oncology
Co-Director, Noninvasive Cardiology Shadyside Hospital
Associate Director, Cardiology Fellowship Program
UPMC Shadyside

Keith Lorenz, MHA
Vice President of Operations
UPMC Passavant

Danielle Martrano, MPAS, PA-C
Passavant APP Council
Physician Assistant
Three Rivers Urology
UPMC Passavant

Jennifer Gonzalez McComb, MD, MPH, FACP
Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Medicine
Section Chief Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine,
UPMC Shadyside
UPP Medical Thoracic Associates
UPMC Shadyside

Heidi Mesley, MPAS, PA-C
Physician Assistant
Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
UPMC St. Margaret

Thomas Rice, MD, MS
Director of Sleep Lab
Pulmonary Partners
UPMC Passavant

Michael Risbano, MD, MA
Pulmonary, Allergy, and Critical Care Medicine
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Director, Advanced Cardiopulmonary Exercise
Testing Program
Head, Clinical Operations for Pulmonary Hypertension
UPMC Comprehensive Lung Center

James Tew, MD
Associate Professor of Psychiatry
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Associate Chief of Clinical Services
UPMC Western Psychiatric Hospital

Faculty Disclosure:
All individuals in a position to control the content of this education activity have disclosed all financial relationships with any companies whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, re-selling, or distributing healthcare products used by or on patients. 

All of the relevant financial relationships for the individuals listed below have been mitigated.

Keith Lorenz, MHA
J&J Auris Monarch, consultant

Michael Risbano, MD, MA
Shadyside Foundation, grant/foundation support

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.

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 12.0 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 12.0 AAPA Category 1 CME credits. PAs should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation.  

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

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


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Disclaimer: In-person space is extremely limited and will be on a first come, first serve basis. Due to capacity restrictions, you may receive an email after registration stating that you are unable to attend in-person. You will be refunded and given the option to register virtually and/or be placed on a wait list for in-person. We apologize for the inconvenience. 

Participation by all individuals is encouraged. Advance notification of any special needs will help us provide better service. Please notify us of your needs at least two weeks in advance of the program by emailing

All cancellations must be sent via email, Registration can be cancelled without penalty up until September 16, 2022. After September 16, 2022, cancellation will be subject to a $25.00 administrative fee.

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