Sunday, July 15

Board Review
John Bielinski, Jr., MS, PA-C  •  8:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
This program, by John Bielinski, Jr, PA-C, is an 8-hour, “smart study” approach to help give you the confidence and knowledge you need to pass your certification exam. You’ll learn how to use a technique called “selective negligence” to focus on high yield topics when studying for the PANCE/PANRE. We utilize the technique by diving into the top 4 topics of the boards which make up 48% of the exam content (as provided by the NCCPA). The breakdown is as follows: Cardiology – 16%, Pulmonary – 12%, Gastrointestinal – 10%, Musculoskeletal – 10%. You’ll learn how to conquer these board review topics by implementing our “active engagement learning” system!

Slit Lamp
Jim Gordon, PA  •  8:00 – 10:30 a.m.
At the conclusion of this workshop, the participants will be able to understand the basic eye examination, and review some common pathology and common findings in the emergency setting. Each attendee will be given individual slit lamp examination training.

MSK Ultrasound
Karen McGuigan, RMSK, ARNP  •  8:00 – 11:00 a.m.
GAPA has partnered with SonoSite, and would like to invite you to join us for a workshop dedicated to understanding and improving diagnostic ultrasound skills. This course is designed for the novice wishing to focus on diagnostic, rather than guided injection ultrasound techniques.

Diagnostic ultrasound is noninvasive and offers real-time imaging, allowing for examinations of structures at rest and in motion. This ability to capture the movement of musculoskeletal components differentiates it from other imaging modalities and can permit more accurate diagnoses.  Other advantages for your patient include its portability, which allows for point-of-care application and interpretation.

Through hands-on practice sessions and question-and-answer opportunities with onsite experts, you’ll learn how the integration of point-of-care ultrasound into your practice can benefit you and your patients.

Crash Course in Clinical Skills
Jim Gordon, PA  •  11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Learn new clinical skills with an explanation/demonstration workshop. Literally from head to toe, this workshop will cover a multitude of skills necessary for treating conditions encountered in the acute care setting. Skills such as fish hook removal, ring removal, body piercing/jewelry removal, abscess/felon/paronychia drainage, central line placement, chest tube placement, lumbar puncture, and various nerve blocks will be covered in lecture. Equipment will be available to have hands-on practice of other skills (should time allow) but emphasis will be given to the skills most often requested in the past. Individual instruction will be provided and everyone will have the opportunity to practice on life-like models. Pearls and techniques of various clinical skills will be discussed.

Tony Fullard, PhD  •  12:00 – 5:00 p.m.
This course is a review for those with a current ACLS course card. This workshop will cover the skills and didactic information necessary to treat a cardiac arrest patient. Participants will review various clinical applications.

Joint Injections
Mary Vacala, PA-C, ATC, MSPAS, DFAAPA  •  2:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Many practitioners have never been taught basic joint injection and aspiration techniques. Although basic musculoskeletal anatomy has been taught, hands-on application of the anatomy in aspirating and injecting joints has been limited with few opportunities to demonstrate hands-on skills. At the conclusion, participants will feel confident with their skills in aspiration and joint injections.

Chest X-rays
Christy Wilson, PA-C, MPAS, DFAAPA  •  2:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Everything you always wanted to know about a CXR, but were afraid to ask! This hands-on workshop will provide you with the tools necessary for interpreting CXRs in a primary care setting. Review radiographic images along with a brief case study, and expand knowledge of reviewing CXRs and making the appropriate diagnosis.

Suturing & Wound Techniques
Jim Gordon, PA  •  3:00 – 6:00 p.m.
At the conclusion of this workshop, the participants will be able to: Evaluate wounds/lacerations/conditions presented in the patient, prescribe appropriate treatment, procedure and/or medications; provide patient education appropriate for the individual patient and condition, and arrange follow-up as needed. These techniques will be practiced in class. Dermabond will be discussed and demonstrated.

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