AASPA Webinar Series

The AASPA is looking to add speakers to our monthly webinar panel. Are you interested in providing a webinar on a surgical topic? If so, please contact us!

We are looking for presentations covering content that is of interest to advanced practice providers who work in all areas of surgery as well as those who perform trauma or emergency procedures.

The presentation should be approximately 45-50 minutes in length, and the presenter should be available for an additional 10-15 minutes afterward to allow for questions. The presentation can involve one person or a panel.

If you are interested in providing a webinar, we ask that you fill out this form.

AASPA Call for Webinars Form

Upcoming Webinars

Diagnosis and Treatment of Urologic Post-Operative Complications

Wednesday June 26th, 2024 | 8pm ET / 7pm CT

This webinar program has been reviewed and is approved for a maximum of 1 AAPA Category 1 CME credits by the PA Review Panel. Live attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions and share information.

Presented by Ashley Fiacco, PA-C

Know when to consult the urology team. Learn how to identify and treat the most common post-operative urologic complications, including urinary retention, urinary tract infections and gross hematuria.

Three Learning Objectives of the Presentation:
Review the diagnosis and treatment of post- operative urinary retention.Recognize at risk patients for catheter associated urinary tract infection.Identify appropriate gross hematuria work-up in the post-operative patient.Understand when to seek further urologic consultation.

About Ashley Fiacco, PA-C
Originally from Upstate NY, I attended Boston University for undergrad and attended Arcadia University for PA School. I finally made my way back to Boston! I work at Tufts as a Urology Surgery PA and am very passionate about minimally invasive and oncologic surgery. I am a lover of all things baking, running, aerial yoga, photography and dog-sitting my new puppy niece.

AASPA Member Cost: Free
Non-Member Cost: $50
Non-Member Student Cost: $30

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Past Webinars 

Navigating Advanced Care Planning for the Surgical PA

Thursday, May 2nd, 2024 | 8pm EST / 7pm CST

This webinar program has been reviewed and is approved for a maximum of 1 AAPA Category 1 CME credits by the PA Review Panel. Live attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions and share information.

Tracey Piparo, PA-C has been a Physician Assistant (PA) for over 20 years, graduating from Catholic Medical Centers of NY-Bayley Seton PA Program in 2001. She began her career in Emergency Medicine in central New Jersey, spending nearly 17 years in a level one trauma center where she gathered invaluable knowledge and skills from all of her colleagues. After having her two boys, she transitioned to hospital medicine for a large private group, further expanding and honing her skills and finding a love of Palliative Care. She was a member of the initial cohort of the CSU/Shiley Institute PA Certificate in Palliative and Serious Illness are and now a facilitator for the program. She currently works FT on an inpatient Palliative Care team in NJ and shares knowledge outside of work via social media to support the normalizing of death and dying. She has also spoken nationally to other PAs concerning the importance of advanced care planning and utilizing primary palliative care skills. She hopes to be able to educate people so that they are able to advocate for themselves and loved ones in the face of serious illness.

Tracey has been involved in PA advocacy for over 11 years, holding various positions in the NJ State Society of PAs, including as a past President. She has a passion for legislative involvement while increasing the recognition and advancement of the profession as an integral part of a collaborative healthcare system. She was instrumental in initiating legislation to have PAs be able to complete the POLST in NJ and also during the pandemic was vital to having an executive order signed allowing for PAs to practice unencumbered throughout the state where their services were needed.

She is also currently the outreach chair for PAHPM (PAs in Hospice and Palliative Medicine) and hopes to continue to increase the visibility of PAs in palliative. She lives in Allentown, NJ with her firefighter husband and two growing boys and enjoys family workouts in their garage gym, occasional hikes throughout NJ, visits to the shore, good food and even better wine, as well as a good evening of mindless television.

Tracey grew up in the ED, spent her adolescence as a hospitalist and now enjoys her golden years paracticng Palliative in NJ. She shares knowledge via social media to support the normalizing of death and dying and has spoken nationally to other PAs concerning the importance of advanced care planning and utilizing primary palliative care skills. She hopes to be able to educate people so that they advocate for themselves and loved ones in the face of serious illness.

AASPA Member Cost: Free
Non-Member Cost: $50
Non-Member Student Cost: $30

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Interesting Cases in Cardiothoracic Surgery: Pericardiectomy & Tracheobronchoplasty

Wednesday, November 29, 2023 | 7pm EST / 6pm CST

This webinar program has been reviewed and is approved for a maximum of 1 AAPA Category 1 CME credits by the PA Review Panel. Live attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions and share information.

Breah Paciotti, PA-C, MPH is a Cardiothoracic Surgery Physician Associate (PA-C) who is currently practicing at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, FL.  Breah is primarily in the operating room but is also involved with post-operative care of patients in the intensive care unit.  She has experience with first assisting cardiac surgery cases, endoscopic vein harvesting, and thoracic surgery cases including robotics. Prior to becoming a PA, Breah earned her Bachelor of Science degree as a Biology major and Bachelor of Arts in Spanish language studies at Ursinus College in Collegeville, Pennsylvania.  She then pursued a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  Prior to PA school, she worked as a project manager for patient-centered research at the University of Pennsylvania.  She earned a Master of Physician Assistant studies from Philadelphia University in Philadelphia, PA.  Breah is interested in evidence-based clinical practice and is involved with the education of medical and physician assosicate students as well as research initiatives at the Mayo Clinic.   While working as a full-time PA she also serves as the Chair of the Research and Guidelines Committee nationally of the Association of Physician Assistants in Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery (APACVS).    

AASPA Member Cost: Free
Non-Member Cost: $50
Non-Member Student Cost: $30

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The Benefit and Value of PAs as First Assists in Robotic Surgery

Thursday, November 30, 2023 | 8pm EST / 7pm CST

This webinar program has been reviewed and is approved for a maximum of 1 AAPA Category 1 CME credits by the PA Review Panel. Live attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions and share information.

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Presented by Michael Maglione, MS, PA-C

Michael Maglione, MS, PA-C is a graduate of the Hofstra University PA program.  He started his career at Winthrop University Hospital (now NYU Langone Health – Long Island) in April of 2014 on the Wound Care Service then transferred to general surgery and finally to the dedicated Robotic Surgery PA service in 2015 where he has remained since. Michael has assisted in over 3000robotic cases throughout his career covering 8 different services lines.  In addition to his clinical role Michael serves as the Long Island District Director, Chair of Professional Education and a Delegate to the AAPA HOD for the New York States Society of PAs (NYSSPA) as well as an adjunct professor at Hofstra University PA Program and a surgical site preceptor for PA students at NYU Langone Health – Long Island.

AASPA Member Cost: Free
Non-Member Cost: $50
Non-Member Student Cost: $30

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Extracellular Matrix Use in Surgery

Friday, October 13, 2023 | 12pm EST / 11am CST

This webinar program has been reviewed and is approved for a maximum of 1 AAPA Category 1 CME credits by the PA Review Panel. Live attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions and share information.

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Presented by Jessica Simon, MMS, PA-C

Jessica Simon is a highly accomplished healthcare professional with a background in clinical research and extensive experience in trauma, general, and colorectal surgery. A graduate of Ohio State University and Midwestern University’s Physician Assistant program, Jessica is now a dynamic Medical Science Liaison at Aroa Biosurgery, where she pioneers innovative solutions in surgical wound care.

AASPA Member Cost: Free
Non-Member Cost: $50
Non-Member Student Cost: $30

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What's New in the ICU? Guidelines for Parenteral Nutrition Support in the Critically Ill

Tuesday, October 10, 2023 | 1pm EST / 12pm CST

This webinar program has been reviewed and is approved for a maximum of 1 AAPA Category 1 CME credits by the PA Review Panel. Live attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions and share information.

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Presented by Elisabeth Biggs, MS, PA-C, RD | Medical Science Liaison |Medical Affairs, Parenteral Nutrition

Liz joined Fresenius Kabi USA’s parenteral nutrition division as a Medical Science Liaison in 2023 serving the Midwest and Mountain West regions. Fresenius Kabi is a global healthcare company that specializes in lifesaving medicines and technologies for infusion, transfusion, and clinical nutrition that are used to help care for critically and chronically ill patients.  In her role on the Fresenius Kabi U.S. Medical Affairs team Liz establishes and maintains scientific relationships with academic researchers, physicians, and clinicians; develops and provides educational materials and presentations; and responds to product and pharmaceutical inquiries. 

Liz is a physician assistant and registered dietitian with over 10 years of clinical experience.  Prior to joining Fresenius Kabi, Liz worked as a physician assistant (PA) in the Advocate Aurora Healthcare system in both adult general surgery, and most recently she cared for patients of all ages in emergency medicine.  Before her career as a PA, she spent 3 years as a nutrition support clinician managing enteral and parenteral nutrition in critical care units along with covering general medical floors at the University of Arizona Medical Center (now Banner University Medical Center in Tucson).  

Liz obtained her Bachelor of Science in nutrition and dietetics from the University of Arizona and completed her dietetic internship at the University of California San Francisco Medical Center. She received her Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies from Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science. Liz is a member of the American Society of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (ASPEN) including several state chapters, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, and the American Academy of Physician Associates (AAPA). 

AASPA Member Cost: Free
Non-Member Cost: $50
Non-Member Student Cost: $30

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Nourish to Thrive: Empowering Healthcare Professionals Through Nutrition

Friday, June 23, 2023 | 12:00 - 1:00 pm EST

This webinar program has been reviewed and is approved for a maximum of 1 AAPA Category 1 CME credits by the PA Review Panel. Live attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions and share information.

Presented by Erin Sherer, EDD, MPAS, PA-C, RD

Erin Sherer is a PA based in New York City. Her work experience as a physician assistant includes surgical critical care, emergency medicine, telemedicine, and PA education. In addition to being a PA, she is also a registered dietitian and is passionate about nutrition and fitness. She has been involved with AASPA since 2004.

AASPA Member Cost: Free
Non-Member Cost: $50
Non-Member Student Cost: $30

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 OR Etiquette for Students

No CME has been approved for this webinar.

Presented by Michelle Dellene MMS, PA-C, RYT
Michelle Dellene, PA-C is a Neurosurgical Physician Associate who is dedicated to delivering high quality care to her patients and highly valuable education to her students. With experience in trauma neurosurgery, aesthetics, general surgery, and robotics; Michelle Dellene PA-C has a unique background as a surgical PA. She was awarded a Bachelor of Science Degree in Microbiology & Cell Science from the University of Florida in 2013 and a Master of Medical Science Degree from Nova Southeastern University in 2016. During the COVID-19 pandemic she realized the need of healthcare provider healing and became a registered yoga teacher and lifestyle coach. While working as full-time PA and serving as President Elect of AASPA, Michelle also serves the healthcare population as an entrepreneur on the mission to Heal the Healers by delivering 1:1 coaching and private yoga sessions; bridging the gap between Eastern & Western Medicine. 

AASPA Member Cost: Free

Non Member Cost: $30

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Pre-PA Info & Coaching Seminar

Learn why PAs are in demand & rapidly growing!
Hear priceless tips to survive the admissions process.
CNN, Forbes & the US Department of Labor list the PAs as one of the fastest growing/highest paid careers for the future. 
This event was hosted by AASPA and given by Surgical PAs, PA school faculty, & admissions experts!
Learn from the experts: become a PA!

Gerald Simons, PA-C
Gerald Simons (Jerry) has been involved in AASPA since he was in PA school.  He was involved in the negotiations with the American College of Surgeons allowing PAs to become affiliate members as well as take ATLS and receive a certificate of completion (in the past, PAs took ATLS and were given a letter of attendance).  He developed the very successful Pre-PA program and spearheaded the development of AASPAs winter conferences in January, which focused on POCUS training.  He currently and Assistant Professor at Stony Brook University and teaches the AASPA fall suturing courses. After decades of in-hospital surgical PA practice, he has transitioned to private practice where he maintains an interest in the gut microbiome, hyperbaric medicine, and challenging wound care cases.

Stephanie Hull, EdS, MMS, PA-C
Stephanie Hull, EdS, MMS, PA-C has been a PA for over 18 years. Her clinical background includes emergency medicine, hospital medicine, and cardiac electrophysiology. She is the founding Program Director for the LMU-Knoxville PA Program in Knoxville, TN, which provides expanded training in surgical sciences to better prepare graduates for entry into surgical and hospital-based practice. She is a Doctor of Medical Science candidate and her research interests include the efficacy of on-boarding methods for new graduates and leadership pathways for PAs in health systems. In her free time, she enjoys hiking the trails of east Tennessee with her husband and sweet dog, Moxie.
Stephanie will present, “Phamacological Management of Abnormal Clotting and Bleeding”. Upon completion of this session participants should be able to explain the mechanisms of abnormal clotting and bleeding and discuss the use of antiplatelet, anticoagulant and fibrinolytic agents in these settings.

 

Margaret Holland, PA-C
Margaret Holland is a graduate of the George Washington University Physician Assistant Program. She currently practices as a surgical PA in Northern Virginia, in the specialty area of cardiothoracic and vascular surgery. She has a special interest in pediatric congenital cardiac surgery and dreams of one day doing mission work in this field. In addition to being a PA, she is also a registered nurse and has experience as a teacher and academic tutor. She is passionate about working with AASPA's students and PAs, and desires to see them fulfill their dreams in healthcare. She has been involved with AASPA since 2015.

AASPA Member Cost: Free

Non Member Cost: $30

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AASPA's Physician Assistant Student Track Webinar

We are thrilled to provide this special student opportunity for students to learn about "Adventures to PA-land: The Journey from PA-S to PA-C". We will discuss pertinent topics such as:

  • The PANCE
  • Licensure
  • Job Applications
  • Transition to the PA-C

Join from the comfort of your home and learn from real PAs and recently graduated PAs who understand the process of transitioning from the PA-S to the PA-C! In addition, we have an added special surgical preparation section including:

  • An introduction to being a surgical PA and the operating room

Presented by Margaret Holland, MPAS, PA-C
Margaret Holland is a graduate of the George Washington University Physician Assistant Program and has been involved with AASPA since 2015. She currently practices as a surgical PA at Boston Children's Hospital in Massachusetts, in the specialty area of pediatric congenital cardiac surgery. Prior to this, she spent several years in the Northern Virginia area working in adult cardiothoracic and vascular surgery. In addition to being a PA, she is also a registered nurse and has experience as a teacher and academic tutor. She is passionate about working with AASPA's students and PAs, and desires to see them fulfill their dreams in healthcare. As Director of Education since 2017, she has taught workshops and the Pre-PA/PA Student track for several years as well as being involved with CME development and the publication of AASPA's periodical Sutureline.

AASPA Member Cost: Free
Non Member Student Cost: $30

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