Workshop Descriptions

The PSPA will offer eight hands-on workshops to enhance your educational experience and improve your clinical skills. Participants will earn two Category I credits for each of the eight workshop sessions. Workshops will be filled on a first come first served basis, and have a 10 participant minimum and a 30 participant maximum unless otherwise indicated. Please indicate a first and second choice for each workshop time slot you wish to attend. If both workshops for the time slot are filled or cancelled, your money will be refunded.

Wilderness Medicine
Thursday 10/18/2018  7:00 am – 9:00 am

  • Presented by Lindsey Reed, PA-C
  • Description:
    • Overview on wilderness medicine with  hands-on scenarios with the group involving common injuries/illnesses that occur in an outdoor setting.
  • Learning Objectives:
    After this workshop, the attendee will be able to:

    • Provide an overview of wilderness medicine
    • Identify common medical issues that develop in an outdoor setting
    • Demonstrate triage and treatment for medical conditions in the absence of formal medical treatment facilities
    • Demonstrate how to utilize available resources/improvisation for emergent stabilization and treatment of common injuries/conditions

Basic Laser-Guided EKG Interpretation
Thursday 10/18/2018  7:00 am – 9:00 am

  • Presented by Alan Heckman, PA-C
  • Description:
    • The Laser Guided EKG Workshop is designed to give participant an interactive learning experience while having fun. Through the use of laser pointers and interactive instruction, you are certain to have a good time! We will review the basics of acquiring a proper 12-lead EKG and its interpretation. By the end of this workshop, you will be more confident in your interpretation of EKGs and be able to recognize “badness” in your patients.
  • Learning Objectives:
    After this workshop, the attendee will be able to:

    • Identify and recognize proper lead placement for a 12-lead electrocardiogram
    • Determine abnormalities that require emergency intervention
    • Identify axis deviation, hypertrophy, and lead reversal
    • Identify ischemic changes in a static EKG
    • Discuss conditions and tracings that mimic myocardial infarctions on an EKG

Common Radiologic Diagnoses in ER, Urgent Care, and Primary Care
Thursday 10/18/2018  4:30 pm – 6:30 pm

  • Presented by Lorraine Novinger, PA-C
  • Description:
    • Imaging of the chest, abdomen, and skeletal system is used to confirm diagnoses on many suspected findings in patients. It can be very useful to be able to review the images and feel comfortable identifying anatomical structures and pathological findings. This workshop will develop attendee competence by actively and repeatedly practicing the skills of interpreting the plain film imaging studies commonly used in primary, urgent, emergency, and inpatient care settings.
  • Learning Objectives:
    After this workshop, the attendee will be able to:

    • Practice an organized and detailed approach to viewing plain films of the chest, abdomen, and skeletal system
    • List the indications for ordering plain films using a symptom and evidence based approach
    • Recognize the major diagnostic findings in plain films of the chest, abdomen, and skeletal plain films including the Salter Harris classification system for pediatric films
    • Formulate a diagnosis after review of plain x-ray films

Mastering Sports Med Exam Maneuvers
Thursday 10/18/2018  4:30 pm – 6:30 pm

  • Presented by Gregory Carolan, MD
  • Description:
    • The primary purpose of this session is to provide an interactive, hands-on, clinically relevant approach to examination of common orthopedic complaints with attention to the shoulder and knee. Participants will perform examination maneuvers in small groups through structured clinical case scenarios.
  • Learning Objectives:
    After this workshop, the attendee will be able to:

    • Review relevant anatomy of the affected joints
    • Perform appropriate physical examination and special tests of the affected joint
    • Utilize case-based scenarios to perform case specific appropriate exam

Art of Suturing
Friday 10/19/2018  7:00 am – 9:00 am

  • Presented by Lane Bower, PA-C and Matthew Wetherhold, PA-C
  • Description:
    • This workshop will cover the basics of suturing materials, preparation, and proper techniques for obtaining that perfect closure. A brief overview of the different types of available suture material available and the proper application in various situations will be discussed. There will be plenty of hands-on experience to practice your newly learned basic suturing skills including basic interrupted, continuous, subcutaneous, and mattress technique closures.
  • Learning Objectives:
    After this workshop, the attendee will be able to:

    • Discuss the history/development of suture materials/needles
    • Illustrate the proper use of surgical instruments relating to suturing
    • Demonstrate the performance of a basic interrupted closure and a basic continuous closure on a simple incision
    • Perform an interrupted/continuous subcutaneous closure with buried knots
    • Perform a simple closure using a mattress stitch
    • Perform a compound closure on a jagged incision wound under tension using both interrupted and continuous closure

Joint Injections
Friday 10/19/2018  7:00 am – 9:00 am

  • Presented by Rebecca Harris, PA-C and Jane Arenas, PA-C
  • Description:
    • A significant percentage of primary care office visits involve musculoskeletal complaints; therefore, the ability to provide joint injetions is an invaluable skill.  This workshop will provide a brief review of shoulder anatomy, associated clinical exam, differential diagnoses, and review of injection therapies and benefits.
  • Learning Objectives:
    • Common medications used for joint injections
    • Brief review of shoulder anatomy and clinical exam
    • Common shoulder problems
    • Brief review of indications for aspiration and injection of joints
    • Perform joint aspiration and injections by practicing using shoulder joint models

Recognizing and Responding to Children at Risk:  Child Abuse and Neglect Education
Friday 10/19/2018  4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

  • Presented by Q. Thomas Novinger and Sarah Stiff
  • Description:
    • This workshop explores the legal and clinical aspects of mandated reporting that are uniquely targeted to Primary Care Providers and Hospital Staff. Conducted by a physician and a local Children & Youth worker, this two-hour presentation is approved by the Department of Human Services and the Department of State.
  • Learning Objectives:
    After this workshop, the attendee will be able to:

    • Identify the role of child protection
    • Understand categories of child abuse in the law
    • Recognize potential risks/indicators of child abuse/neglect
    • Describe the role of a mandated reporter
    • Explain the referral process and follow up
    • Identify prevention resources

Advanced EKG Interpretation and Treatment
Friday 10/19/2018  4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

  • Presented by Alan Heckman, PA-C
  • Description:
    • This workshop is designed to advance participants’ knowledge of EKGs by identifying and properly treating various cardiac arrhythmias, wall changes, and ischemic events. This interactive learning experience is intended to build competence in quickly and accurately recognizing serious cardiac conditions and appropriately managing them in the emergent and non-emergent settings, both in- and outpatient.
  • Learning Objectives:
    After this workshop, the attendee will be able to:

    • Accurately and rapidly interpret EKG and cardiac monitor tracings
    • Identify and differentiate the EKG findings from the following types of conditions:
      • Cardiac arrhythmias
      • Cardiac wall changes
      • Myocardial ischemia
    • Initiate appropriate therapy for emergent and non-emergent cardiac conditions

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