Live Session AGENDA

Friday, October 9

8:30 – 9:20 am

Discussion of Diagnosis and Treatment of Pericardial Disease

Natasha Smith, M.S., PA-C, MHSA

Discussion of Diagnosis and Treatment of Acute and recurrent pericarditis, pericardial effusion with or without cardiac tamponade, and constrictive pericarditis. Objective 1: General Understanding of Causes and Clinical Manifestations of Pericardial Disease. Objective 2: Comparison of Tamponade and Pericarditis. Objective 3: Treatment of Pericardial Disease including Treatment for Acute/Chronic Pericarditis, Cardiac Tamponade and Pericardial Effusion.

9:30 – 10:20 am

Adventures in Rural Emergency Medicine

Craig Sheerin, MMSc, PA

An overview of the types of pathology commonly seen in the rural setting. Will discuss the challenges that are unique to rural emergency medicine and the creative ways those challenges are met.  Objective 1: Understand the role of Critical Access hospitals in Michigan. Objective 2: Understand the different types of pathology that are unique to the rural setting. Objective 3: Understand why physician assistants that work in the rural setting are not “crazy.”

10:30 – 11:20 am

Medical Problems in Pregnancy

Julia Burkhart, PA-C

Review some of the common medical problems in pregnancy including hypertensive and diabetic disorders. Objective 1: Review Medical Possible Medical Problems in pregnancy. Objective 2: Review prevalence, signs and symptoms, and diagnostic criteria of different disorders. Objective 3: Discuss treatment plans.

11:20 am – 12:00 pm

Virtual Booth Exploration

12:10 – 1:00 pm

MAT-A PA’s Role in the Battle Against the Opioid Epidemic

Sarah Wallace, PA-C

This presentation covers the topic of Medication Assisted Therapy with suboxone and related products and the PA’s role in providing this therapy. The session will inform fellow PA’s and students about this therapy and to address the taboo nature of this therapy, and inspire PA’s to join the fight against the Opiate Epidemic. Objective 1:  Discuss the purpose of MAT, discuss medication options and Discuss the TBCHS approach to MAT with SUD counseling and clinical visits. Objective 2: Expose and address concerns regarding the implementation of MAT into outpatient clinical practice. Objective 3: Address the need for opiate abuse treatment in rural MI and explain how fellow PAs may implement MAT into their own practices.

1:10 – 2:00 pm

Esophageal Emergencies

Sean Mohon

Objective 1: Esophageal Food Bolus Objective 2: Esophageal Varices. Objective 3: Boerhaave’s Syndrome.

2:00 – 2:45 pm

Meet Your Region Rep

Saturday, October 10

8:30 – 9:20 am

Environmental Toxidromes: Rashes, Poisonings, and Envenomations

Robert Ayotte, PA-C/Emergency Botanist

Exploration of natural and managed landscapes may pose health risks in terms of aggravating rashes, toxicity from plant or mushroom ingestion, or envenomation by any number of animals. Children are at particular risk. Join Physician Assistant and Naturalist, Robert Ayotte, for a discussion of common toxic exposures in the Great Lakes Region – and their treatments. Objective 1:  To provide the practitioner insight into the myriad environmentally derived medical conditions that may present to their clinic, and their associated potential treatments. Objective 2: To enjoy learning about nature, and derive confidence over some of these, often puzzling, presentations. Objective 3:  Allying fears and safely approaching natural areas.

9:30 – 10:20 am

COVID-19 and other Selected Topics in Infection Diseases

 Joel Fishbain, MD

Review of important topics in Infectious Disease. Objective 1: Review recent issues related to significant infections such as COVID etc. Objective 2: Review key issues related to diagnostic testing of important infectious diseases. Objective 3: Discuss treatment options in key areas of infectious diseases.

10:30 – 11:20 am

The State of the PA Profession in Michigan and Issues and Answers

We are pleased to have guest speakers at our ‘State of the PA Profession in Michigan & Issues & Answers’ talk. Senator Curt Vanderwall, https://www.senatorcurtvanderwall.com/, who is sponsoring our Senate Bill 826 which eliminates limitations on PA practicing in psychiatry and US Congresswoman Karen Bass (who had practiced as a PA before gaining national attention) https://bass.house.gov/ will present a brief talk for Michigan PAs.

Objectives: 1- Inform Michigan PAs on recent legislative changes. 2- Update PAs on our Current Senate Bill 826 – Improving the practice ability of PAs in Psychiatry. 3- Discussion of future issues nationally and in Michigan.


11:20 am – 12:00 pm

Virtual Booth Exploration

12:10 – 1:00 pm

Womans Breast Health

Amber Murphy, PA-C

Updates on most common breast complaints. Objective 1: Discuss most common breast lumps. Objective 2: Determine work up of breast lumps. Objective 3: Case study approach

1:10 – 2:00 pm

EtOH abuse and tx

Tiffany Lee

Objectives: Participants will be able to:

1. Identify at least one validated screening tool used for alcohol use. 2. Identify risky limits of alcohol use and how to define a “standard drink.” 3. Understand the components of a Brief Negotiated Interview, including the use of the “readiness ruler.”

On-Demand Lectures

A Hospitalist’s Approach to Chest Pain

Stephanie Jalaba, PA-C

This session tackles an approach to the complex chief complaint of chest pain. Through a case-based format, participants will be provided with key clinical pearls to evaluating chest pain, learn more about the approach to patients with suspected cardiac chest pain, and discuss other life-threatening causes of chest pain. Objective 1:  Describe cardiac vs. non-cardiac chest pain. Objective 2: Discuss risk stratification and optimal management of suspected cardiac chest pain. Objective 3: Recognize and appropriately manage other common life-threatening causes of chest pain.

An Urgent Care Case Encounter With an Unusual Sequelae of COVID-19

Charles Regan, PA-C

This lecture focuses on a patient encounter in the urgent care. It starts with the patient’s history of present illness and recent travel history as well as a thorough history, exam, assessment including differential, and management plan. Objective 1: The epidemiology of Covid-19. Objective 2: Recognizing conditions that present as a sequelae rather than a primary condition. Objective 3: Develop a differential and management plan based on patient’s presentation.

Cardiac Rhythm Management Devices – The 2020 Update

Eryn Smith, PA-C

Discussion of the updates to the technology of pacemakers, defibrillators, and cardiac rhythm monitoring devices. Objective 1  Discuss the indications for implantation of a permanent pacemaker, the updates with these devices (such as the leadless pacemaker), as well the risks and benefits of the device. Objective 2: Describe indications for implantation of a cardioverter-defibrillator, the updates with these devices (such as the subcutaneous ICD) as well the risks and benefits of the device. Objective 3: Evaluate ventricular dyssynchrony, and understand the role of biventricular pacing as well as its limitations.

Cases in Anticoagulation and Transfusion

Stephanie Jalaba, PA-C

This case-based, interactive session demystifies the ever-evolving topics of anticoagulation and transfusion medicine. Utilizing an evidence-based approach, we will break down the many factors to be considered when choosing the right anticoagulant for your patient, different options for reversing anticoagulation, the appropriate use of transfusions, and recognizing transfusion reactions. Objective 1:  Describe different options for anticoagulation including the risks, benefits, and reversal options of each. Objective 2: Demonstrate knowledge of the current transfusion guidelines and appropriate transfusion methods. Objective 3: Identify transfusion reactions and discuss appropriate work-up.

CBC Abnormalities – What Not to Miss – Case Based Approach to the CBC

Dental Emergencies

Sara Lolar, PA-C

Dental complaints are a common presentation to ED’s, urgent cares and primary care offices. This session will consider dental anatomy, traumatic and atraumatic presentations that are treatable as an outpatient and do-not-miss dental emergencies. Objective 1: Review dental anatomy. Objective 2: Recognize and treat traumatic and atraumatic dental presentations. Objective 3: Recognize signs and symptoms of life-threatening dental emergencies.

Emotional Intelligence: The Benefits of Connection and Engagement

Maureen Sullivan, Ed.D., PA-C

Professional Development/Leadership. Objective 1: Recognize how to connect and communicate utilizing emotional intelligence skills. Objective 2: Identify the benefits of emotional intelligence in patient care. Objective 3: Interpret and manage your emotions and responses in the clinical environment.

Head to Toe – Pediatric Cases in Urgent Care

Pinal Desai, PA-C

Step by step assessment of the pediatric cases which come into the urgent care setting. Learn how to ask pertinent questions to child and parents, work through the differentials, and legal protection in your documentation. Objective 1:  Medical assessment of clinical presentation, differentials, treatment and follow-up guidelines. It will cover head injury to various systems. Also covers fracture with their treatments as well as procedure management (lacerations, splint/casting, foreign body removal). Objective 2: Must have phrases to document in chart for legal protection. Objective 3: Learn how to communicate with parent and child to first build trust.

Humor in Healthcare

Jim Lile, PharmD

Introduction to humor in healthcare including the benefits and risks of using humor. Objective 1: Describe the different types of humor. Objective 2: Understand your audience’s sense of humor. Objective 3: Differentiate when the use of humor is appropriate and when it is not.

Intro to Financial Planning: The Road to Managing Your Finances

Henry Guzzo, CFP®, CHFC, CLU, REBC

We’ll take a look at some general financial planning concerns. While there’s no such thing as a “one-size-fits-all” financial plan, this overview should assist in thinking about individual needs, especially when significant changes in income are involved. Topics will include, Setting Goals, Emergency Funds, Investments, Tax Planning, Debt Management, Employee Benefit Review, Roth Conversions, Retirement Planning, and Estate Planning. Some of these topics will be more in depth than others, but we want the result to be a general knowledge of financial topics and the ability to make informed decisions. Objective 1:  We will start off by talking briefly about the importance of setting goals. We will then touch on emergency funds and types of insurance. Objective 2: A larger portion of the session will be about Student Loans. We will provide information about loan consolidation, what to look out for when refinancing, and the pros and cons of these decisions. Objective 3: This will also tie in to setting goals and the necessary steps to achieve them.

Management of Acute Coronary Syndrome

Medical Problems in Pregnancy

Julia Burkhardt, PA-C

Review some of the common medical problems in pregnancy including hypertensive and diabetic disorders. Objective 1: Review Medical Possible Medical Problems in pregnancy. Objective 2: Review prevalence, signs and symptoms, and diagnostic criteria of different disorders. Objective 3: Discuss treatment plans.

PA Aware – Understanding Healthcare Fraud and Kickback Schemes

Pre Exposure Prophylaxis (prEPO)

Revisiting Adverse Childhood Experiences – The Roots of Lifelong Well Being

Telemedicine in Earnest – Reimbursement, Patient Safety and Risk Management