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NYSSPA 2017 CME Conference 
NYSSPA Celebrates 50 Years of PA: Healthcare Delivery, Advocacy, and Leadership

Thursday, October 12, 2017

NYSSPA Committee Meetings 



BCLS/ACLS Recertification Workshop - David Lau, PA-C, DFAAPA,  Austin Epstein, MS, PA-C   *Additional Registration Fee Required

10:00 am – 2:00 pm Basic Cardiac Life Support 

12:00 pm – 6:00 pm Advanced Cardiac Life Support 

10:00 am – 6:00 pm BCLS/ACLS 

1:00pm - 5:30pm 

Buprenorphine Waiver Training:  Half and Half – Caroline Rath, MPH, PA-C - Moderator


Practical Tips for Bone Marrow Biopsies and Lumbar Punctures – Jeremy Heinrich, PA-C, DFAAPA and John Katsetos, PA-C *Additional Registration Fee Required


Friday, October 13,  2017


Continental Breakfast with Exhibitors & Posters                                  


Welcome and Orientation

Tracy Jackson, MA, PA-C, NYSSPA President                                              


General Session Keynote  - Gail Curtis, MPAS, PA-C, DFAAPA

AAPA President & Chair of the Board                                                 

10:15-10:30am Break with Exhibitors & Posters


Plastic Surgery Suturing for the Non-Plastics PA - Eden Reis, PA-C & Jennifer Oliver, PA-C


Track 1: A Public Health Approach to The Opiod Crisis: How PA's Can Make a Difference

 – Caroline Rath, MPH, PA-C

Track 2: Renal & Other Related Toxic/Metabolic Emergencies – Michael Hu, PA-C

Track 3: Is Clinical Education for Me? - Danielle Varney, MPAS, PA-C


Track 1: Historical Clues, Physical Signs, Lab Diagnosis and Treatment of Anogenital and Systemic STDs – Speaker TBD

Track 2: Thinking of the Unthinkable: The Ultimate Response to a Mass Casualty Incident - Brandon Godbout, MD

Track 3: Per Diem or Regular Employment, What is Right for Me? - David Jackson, MPAS, DHSC, PA-C


Lunch on Your Own                                

2:00 – 3:00pm

Track 1: Breast and Ovarian Cancer Preventation: Risk Stratification and Management in Young Women – Speaker TBD

Track 2: Novel Therapies for Mitral Regurutation - Michael Querijero, PA-C

Track 3: Improving Your Prognosis - Tom Gallo, JD, PA

3:00 – 4:00pm 

Track 1: Zika Virus: What You Need to Know – Nina Ahmad, MD and Amanda Stolz, MSPH

Track 2: Acute Abdomen - Adrian Llewellyn, MPAS, PA-C

Track 3: Substance Abuse in Health Care Providers – James Follette, MD, MSPH, DABA, DABAM, FASAM               

4:00 – 5:00pm

Track 1: COPD: GOLD Update - Bethany Dunn, PA-C

Track 2: Pediatric Emergencies: A Primer for the Frontline Practitioner – Alyssa Quinlan, PA-C

Track 3: Building 50 Years of Innovation in PA Education: What’s Next? – William Kohlhepp, DHS, PA-C


Alumni Reception                                                      


50th Anniversary Gala Dinner

Saturday, October 14, 2017                     


Continental Breakfast 


Orientation & Updates, Special Recognition                                


General Session: Legislative Update

State of PA Practice in New York State - David Jackson, MPAS, DHSC, PA-C

9:15 -9:30am



Track 4: Use of Empathy to Increase Efficiency and Patient/Provider Satisfaction -  James Bell, MPAS, PA-C

Track 5: Taking a Sexual History and Behavioral Risk Assessment – Speaker TBD

Track 1: The Drama & Trauma of Pediatric Sports Medicine - Shelby Edwards, DHSc, PA-C

Track 2: Pediatric Sepsis: The Good, The Bad, The Future - Ed Conway, Jr, MS, MD                  


Track 4: Interactive Learning in the PA Curriculum - Louise Lee, EdD, MHA, PA-C, Stacey Singer-Leshinsky, M.S., PA-C 

Track 5: Post- Exposure Prophylaxis - Lorraine Sanassi, PA-C, DHSc

Track 1: Jazzy Cases of Tick-borne Illnesses, Mary Flanagan-Kundle, MS, PA-C

Track 2: Emergent Evaluation of Dizziness - Norman McCulloch, PA-C
Track 3: Update from NCCPA - It's Not Just About PANRE - Dawn Morton Rias, EdD, PA-C




Track 4: Foundational Concepts of Debriefing - Gregory Welsh, MS, PA-C

Track 5: Ventilators in the Critically Ill: A Simplistic Approach to a Complicated Issue - Frank Acevedo, MS, PA-C

Track 1: Recognition & Management of Geriatric Depression - Shinu Kuriakose, DHSc,  PA-C

Track 2: Breast Surgery - Elizabeth Horowitz, MS, MPH, PA-C                             


Membership Luncheon 


Track 4: Faculty Forum: Survival Tips for PA Educators - Susan Cappelmann, MS, PA-C & Carina Loscalzo, MS, PA-C

Track 5: The Benign Pelvis - Heather Isola, PA-C

Track 1: Diabetes Management: Beyond Metformin - Audrey Smith, MS, PA-C, DFAAPA

Track 2: Orthopedic Emergencies – Jeena Kokura, PA-C, MA              




Track 5: Pressure Injury Care for the Primary Care Provider - Lou Kaplan, PA-C, CWS, WCC

Track 1: Red Flags or Late Bloomer: Autism Spectrum Disorder - Denise Rizzolo, PhD, PA-C

Track 2: Vasoactive Medications & Shock – Matt Lazar, PA-C and Revathi Nair, PA-C

Track 3: Pearls to Pass the PANRE: Test Taking Strategies – Dwayne Williams, PA-C


Dinner on Your Own


Medical Jeopardy – David Jackson, DHSc, PA-C, DFAAPA


Post Medical Jeopardy Reception

Sunday, October 15, 2017


Track 1: Arm Your Aging Patient's with Fall Prevention Tips & Tools - Pam Gregory-Fernandes, MS, PA-C

Track 2: Transgender Surgery, Lee Zhao, MD, MS




Track 1: Hypertensive Disorders in Pregnancy - Elyse Watkins, DHSc, PA-C, DFAAPA

Track 2: Prostate Cancer in 2017: An Update on Screening and Treatment Options for the Newly Diagnosed and Recurrent Prostate Cancer Patient - Anthony Corcoran, MD, FACS


Track 1: The Identification & Treatment of Cardiac Arrythmias - Stacey Singer-Leshinsky, M.S., PA-C

Track 2: Bariatric Surgery – Eva Schneider, PA-C, MBA             

12:15-12:30 pm

Closing Remarks

Track 1 PC/IM
Track 2 Surgery/ICU/EM
Track 3 Professionalism
Track 4 Educator
Track 5 Back To Basics

Continuing Medical Education (CME) Credits - Category 1
The New York State Society of Physician Assistants utilizes the ACCME standards for programs of the AAPA (American Academy of Physician Assistants) in order to provide CME to participants.
NYSSPA takes responsibility for the content, quality and scientific integrity of the CME Activity. This program is approved for 27.5 hours of AAPA Category I CME credit from the Physician Assistant Review Panel. 
Each PA should claim only those hours of credit that he/she actually spent in the educational activity. This program is planned in accordance with AAPA’s CME Standards for Live Programs and for commercial support of Live Programs.

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