APP Academy

September 11, 2020 to September 12, 2020

This course provides an exciting opportunity for advanced practice providers to obtain and build upon previously established skillsets in preoperative, perioperative and postoperative management of patients with complex diseases of the heart, lungs, esophagus and mediastinum.

Cardiothoracic surgery advanced practice providers encounter a broad range of complex diseases that require a highly specialized skill set; including management of heart failure, coronary artery disease, thoracic cancers, care of the critically ill patient, and much more.

This two-day, interactive course aims to empower and enable advanced practice providers to develop the knowledge, skills, and competencies to build successful and fulfilling careers in cardiothoracic surgery both inside and outside the operating room.

Target Audience

APP Academy is intended for Physician Assistants and Nurse Practitioners currently practicing in surgical specialties, Physician Assistants and Nurse Practitioners interested in transitioning their current practice to a surgical specialty, and any PA or NP students.

Learning Objectives

• Interactive didactic sessions featuring both APPs and physician faculty
• Full day of hands-on training in cardiothoracic surgical techniques and bedside procedure skills
• Fundamentals of robotic thoracic surgery
• Overview of endoscopic vein harvesting
• Essentials of bronchoscopy
• Introduction to ECMO cannulation and management
• Live hands-on ultrasound training

Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 11.00 AAPA Category I CME
  • 11.00 ANCC
    UPMC Provider Unit is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation
  • 11.00 Attendance
Course opens: 
03/03/2020
Course expires: 
10/31/2020
Event starts: 
09/11/2020 - 6:00am
Event ends: 
09/12/2020 - 6:00pm
Cost:
$1.00

Friday, September 11, 2020:
Didactic Sessions­­­
UPMC Presbyterian Hospital, Biomedical Science Tower, BST S120

2:30—3:00pm:               Registration and Refreshments

3:00—3:15pm:               Welcome and Introduction

                                          Alexandrea Bartow, MSN, ACNP-BC, MBA

3:20—3:45pm:                APP Fellowship and Transition to Practice

                                           Theresa Borrelli, MSPA, PA-C

3:45—4:00pm:                Pulmonary Anatomy and Robotic Assisted Surgery           

Matthew Vercauteren, MSPA, PA-C

4:00—4:20pm:                Review of Bronchial Anatomy and Bronchoscopy

                                           Danielle Bajus, ACNP-BC, DNP

4:20—4:40pm:                Break

4:40—5:00pm:                 Introduction to Commonly Used Surgical Instruments and Equipment

                                            Jacqueline Cusick and Robert Lupton

5:20—5:40pm:                 Introduction to Extra Corporal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO)

                                            Jane Guttendorf, ACNP-BC, DNP

5:40—6:00pm:                CABG and Endoscopic Vein Harvesting   

                                           Katie Scollon, MSPA, PA-C

6:00—6:30pm:                Basic Imaging Interpretation

                                           Diane Strollo, MD

6:30—6:50pm:                Applying Point-of-Care Ultrasound into Your Daily Practice

                                           Cecelia Ratay, ACNP-BC, DNP

6:50—7:10pm:                Intraoperative Team Communication
                                           Allison Lewis, MSN, CRNA, MBA

7:10—7:30pm:                Team Based Care Model: APP and Surgeon Collaboration   
Angela Gallagher, MSN, ACNP-BC

7:30pm:                            Day 1 Conclusion
 

Saturday, September 12, 2020:
Hands-On Skills Labs
UPMC Presbyterian Hospital, Biomedical Science Tower, S120
UPMC Center for Advanced Robotic Training Laboratory
UPMC Animal Laboratory

7:00—8:00am:                   Registration, Networking and Continental Breakfast

8:00—8:15am:                   Review of Procedure Stations and Rotation Schedule

8:30am—12:30pm:          Stations

  • Robotic Surgery
  • Point-of-Care Ultrasound
  • ECMO (Procirca)
  • Bronchoscopy
  • Endoscopic Vein Harvesting
  • Suturing and Surgical Instruments
  • Chest Tube and Pigtail Catheter Insertion
  • Cardiac Anatomy Lab
  • Sternotomy and Thoracotomy
  • Endoscopic Piloting

12:30—1:00pm:               Lunch

1:00—4:00pm:                 Stations Continued

4:00pm:                             APP Academy Conclusion

Thomas E. Starzl Biomedical Science Tower
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
United States

Travel

Hotel Accommodations:
Hotel rooms for out of town guests are available on a first-come, first-serve basis at The Oaklander Hotel (5130 Bigelow Blvd, Pittsburgh, PA 15213).  Please mention “UPMC Rate” when reserving your room, to receive the discounted UPMC rate of $209. Valid Thursday, April 30th through Sunday, May 3rd.

Parking:
UPMC APP Academy will provide parking in the UPMC Presbyterian patient garage, located from the entrance on 200 Lothrop Street.  When you arrive, please let parking garage attendant know you are here to attend the UPMC APP Academy.  Parking will be validated for both days of the course.

COURSE DIRECTORS:
Alexandrea Bartow, MSN, ACNP-BC, MBA
Director, Advanced Practice Provider Education and Development
UPMC Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery

Matthew Vercauteren, MPAS, PA-C
Thoracic Robotic Course Lead
UPMC Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery

Angela Gallagher, MSN, ACNP-BC
Clinical Administrator
UPMC Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery

INVITED SPEAKERS and PROCTORS:
Danielle Bajus, DNP, CRNP
Advanced Practice Provider Supervisor
UPMC Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery

Theresa Borrelli, MSPA, PA-C
Physician Assistant, Senior
UPMC Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery

Patrick J. Coppler, PA-C
Physician Assistant
Department of Emergency Medicine
Post Cardiac Arrest Service

Jaqueline Cusick
Lead Surgical Technician
Cardiac Surgery, Trauma Surgery, and Transplant
UPMC Presbyterian Hospital

Carmen Henderson, MSN, ACNP-BC
Nurse Practitioner, Expert
UPMC Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery

Allison Lewis, MSN, CRNA, MBA
Clinical Director, UPMC Passavant
UPMC Department of Anesthesiology

Robert Lupton
Lead Surgical Technician
Thoracic Surgery, Trauma Surgery, and Lung Transplant
UPMC Presbyterian Hospital

Kimberly Martino, PA-C
Physician Assistant, Senior
Interventional Radiology
UPMC Department of Radiology

Jane Guttendorf, RN, ACNP-BC, DNP
Coordinator, University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing AGACNP Program
Nurse Practitioner, Senior
UPMC Department of Critical Care Medicine

Cecelia Ratay, DNP, CRNP
Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
UPMC Department of Critical Care Medicine

Katie Scollon, PA-C
Manager, HVI Surgical
UPMC Heart and Vascular Institute

Diane Strollo, MD
Associate Professor or Cardiothoracic Surgery
UPMC Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery

COURSE FACULTY CONSULTANTS:
James D. Luketich, MD, FACS
Henry T. Bahnson Professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery
Chairman, Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery
Chief, Division of General Thoracic and Foregut Surgery
UPMC Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery

Pablo G. Sanchez, MD, PhD, FACS
Vice Chairman, Benign Lung Diseases
Surgical Director, Lung Transplantation and ECMO
Director, Lung Transplant Research
Director, Ex Vivo Lung Perfusion (EVLP) Program
UPMC Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery

Inderpal S. Sarkaria, MD, FACS
Vice Chairman, Clinical Affairs
Director, Thoracic Robotics
Co-Director, Esophageal and Lung Surgery Institute
UPMC Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery

Christopher Sciortino, MD, PhD, FACS
Assistant Professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery
Surgical Director, Advanced Heart Failure
UPMC Heart and Vascular Institute

Ibrahim Sultan, MD, FACS
Assistant Professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery
Associate Director, Center for Thoracic Aortic Disease
Co-Director, Center for Transcatheter Aortic Valve Therapies
UPMC Heart and Vascular Institute
Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery

Continuing Medical Education Credit:

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 10.75 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 10.75 AAPA Category 1 CME credits. PAs should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation. 

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

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

Price

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

The face-to-face course is now full. To accommodate those that wish to attend the didactic session for CME credit, please register for the FREE virtual session.  A link to the live course will be provided, and a chat feature will be available to support audience participation.
 

Didactic Session Agenda

3:00—3:20pm: Welcome and Introduction - Alexandrea Bartow, MSN, ACNP-BC, MBA

3:20—3:40pm: Review of Bronchial Anatomy and Bronchoscopy - Danielle Bajus, ACNP-BC, DNP

3:40—4:10pm: Pulmonary Anatomy and Robotic Assisted Surgery - Matthew Vercauteren, MSPA, PA-C 

4:10—4:30pm: CABG and Endoscopic Vein Harvesting - Erica DiFrangia, MPAS, PA-C

4:30—5:00pm: Introduction to Extra Corporal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO) - Jane Guttendorf, ACNP-BC, DNP

5:00—5:20pm: Break

5:20—5:40pm: APP Fellowship and Transition to Practice - Theresa Borrelli, MSPA, PA-C

5:40—6:10pm: Basic Imaging Interpretation - Diane Strollo, MD

6:10—6:30pm: Applying Point-of-Care Ultrasound into Your Daily Practice - Cecelia Ratay, ACNP-BC, DNP

6:30—6:50pm: Perioperative Collaboration: Multidisciplinary Contributions to   Effective Communication - Allison Lewis, MSN, CRNA, MBA

6:50—7:10pm: Team Based Care Model: APP and Surgeon Collaboration - Angela Gallagher, MSN, ACNP-BC

7:10-7:30pm: Questions, Discussion, Networking

7:30pm  Conclusion of Live Virtual Session


The face-to-face course registration can be cancelled without penalty up until September 7, 2020.  After September 7, 2020; cancellation will be subject to a $25.00 administrative fee.