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

Parenteral Nutrition for Surgical Patients

Wednesday, August 10, 2022 | 12:00–1:00pm 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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Past Webinars 

Beyond Endurance: How do we define performance and what tools can we use to cultivate the skills necessary to sustain meaningful work as individuals and teammates

Tuesday, May 24, 2022 | 7:00–8:00pm CDT
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 Lilly Zenor, MPAS, PA-C

Lilly works clinically as a PA in trauma surgery and critical care. She graduated from the University of Iowa’s PA program and worked in pulmonary critical care at The University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics prior to moving to Baltimore to join the critical care advanced practice team at The Shock Trauma Center at the University of Maryland. While at Shock Trauma, Lilly worked in both the critical care resuscitation unit and with the lung rescue ECMO team. Since 2019, she has worked at The George Washington University Hospital on both the trauma surgery and ICU teams and is the director of GW’s trauma and critical care advanced practice provider residency program. Through her clinical experiences, Lilly has become increasingly focused on the impact of human factors in medicine. She started practicing yoga as a way to navigate the stressors of working in high acuity environments and now holds a 500Hr certification as a registered yoga instructor with a focus on teaching trauma-informed yoga for healthcare workers and first responders. She partners with Arena Labs as a clinical performance advisor, focusing on supporting the clinician community by using skills and lessons learned from other high-performance human endeavors.

Presented by Kevin Stark, Navy SEAL (Ret.), MBA, MS

Kevin Stark is a 22-year Navy SEAL veteran, endurance athlete, and performance coach. Kevin is passionate about helping others create and walk a path of meaning and excellence through the actualization of purpose and values. As the Director of Coaching for Arena Labs, Kevin leverages his expertise to bring the tools, frameworks, and resources of high-performance cultures to the clinicians serving on the frontlines of healthcare and has developed coaching programs and curriculum to help clinicians flourish despite the pressures of the modern medical environment. 

Prior to joining Arena Labs, Kevin served as a Navy SEAL for 22 years. His most recent role was on a Naval Special Warfare Unit as a team leader in a rapid innovation group. In this role, he led and coordinated the activities of a diverse team of SEALs, explosive ordinance technicians, pilots, engineers, and national-level labs in the experimentation, adaptation, and acquisition of cutting-edge technologies in direct support of national defense priorities. 

As a SEAL, Kevin deployed overseas multiple times in support of US National Defense Strategy, led SEAL training as the senior instructor, managed the US Naval Academy SEAL candidate selection process, and served as team leader in a purpose-built innovation cell. In total, Kevin has either trained, coached, or mentored nearly 10,000 SEAL candidates and US Naval Academy Midshipmen through some of the world’s most demanding selection courses. Two of his fondest adventures were leading a group of Naval Academy students to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro and another group on a multi-day trek to Patagonia. 

At his core, Kevin is passionate about tapping into the inner strength we all possess to turn obstacle into opportunity. Kevin values honor, integrity, determination, respect for others, and believes that reaching our edge is only the beginning of what we are capable of. He has completed expedition length adventure races, rock and alpine climbs, and 100-mile ultramarathons. He received an MBA and an MS (Special Operations) from the Naval Postgraduate School and is a NASM Certified Personal Trainer. 

Most importantly, Kevin is a proud husband and father to three children. As a family, they enjoy learning, seeing new places, spending quality time together, and surviving until the kids’ bedtime. 

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

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Enteral Nutrition for Surgical Patients

Tuesday, April 26, 2022 | 12:00–1:00pm 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.

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

Erin Sherer is the current President of AASPA and a PA currently practicing in New York City. Her work experience as a physician assistant includes surgical critical care, emergency medicine, and PA education. She enjoys all aspects of PA education, including working with students. 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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Nutrition Care in the Surgical Patient

Tuesday, March 15, 2022 | 7:00–8:00pm 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.

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

Erin Sherer is the current President of AASPA and a PA currently practicing in New York City. Her work experience as a physician assistant includes surgical critical care, emergency medicine, and PA education. She enjoys all aspects of PA education, including working with students. 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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Diversity in Healthcare: Why Does It Matter?

Saturday, February 19, 2022 | 10:30–11:30am 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 Kathryn Reed, PA-C

Kathryn Reed works with the University of Pittsburgh’s Physician Assistant Studies Hybrid Program, an almost fully virtual PA program that will welcome its first class in January 2023 pending ARC-PA accreditation. The hybrid program was created to reach people who have barriers to attending a traditional PA program, such as the location in which they live. Currently, Reed and her faculty peers are focused on interviewing applicants, preparing for an accreditation site visit, and planning the curriculum.

Reed is also the vice chair for equity, inclusion, and community engagement, a formal role with the University of Pittsburgh’s Department of Physician Assistant Studies. She says it’s important that roles like this be legitimized with titles and appropriate pay, as well as a workload that’s incorporated into providers’ existing job responsibilities.

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

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Gender-Affirming Facial Surgery

Wednesday, September 22, 2021 | 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.

Presented by Kayla McLaughlin, PA
Kayla McLaughlin is a physician assistant in Los Angeles, California. She received her MPAS from Chatham University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where she received the Outstanding Service Award and served as Diversity Representative for the Pennsylvania Society of Physician Assistants. She began her career as an HIV research clinician at the Los Angeles LGBT Center, and later transitioned to the Transgender Health Program. In 2017 Kayla joined the Gender-Affirming Surgery Team at Kaiser Permanente, West Los Angeles. In this role, she provides gender-inclusive peri-operative management for patients undergoing gender-affirming genital reconstruction and gender-affirming facial surgeries.


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

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How to Go from Neurosurgery PA to Neurosurgery Patient in 6 Minutes

Wednesday, August 18, 2021 | 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.

Presented by Kendra Clark, PA-C, MPAS
Originally from Southern California, Kendra Clark received her Bachelor of Science degree from Brigham Young University with additional post graduate clinical training from U.C.L.A. Kendra began her career 25 years ago in Clinical Psychology and worked for 15 years for Aetna and Intermountain Healthcare providing mental health services as a clinician, researcher, and lecturer for Pfizer Pharmaceuticals.
In 2005, Kendra received her master’s degree in physician assistant studies from the University of Utah and is a nationally board-certified Physician Assistant.
Kendra has 30 years of clinical experience and continues her passion by lecturing, mentoring and educating peer clinicians as well as volunteering with The Special Olympics™ and American Red Cross™.  Kendra serves as Adjunct Faculty in the Physician Assistant program at Midwestern University in Glendale, AZ.
Kendra is one of four Physician Assistants appointed in May, 2019 by Governor Doug Ducey to serve on the Arizona Medical Board, representing over 1,600 Physician Assistants in the state of Arizona.
Kendra clinical sub-specialty includes orthopedic spine and neurosurgery. Kendra is currently certified to practice as a Physician Assistant in Arizona and is a certified surgical first assist with the National Surgical Assistant Association.
Kendra is a certified laser technician and laser clinical trainer (Diode, IPL, RF, MP2) as well as an advanced aesthetic injector from the International Association of Physicians in Aesthetic Medicine, specializing in BOTOX™ and aesthetic dermal fillers. Further, Kendra is a national spokesperson and lecturer for iS (Innovative Skincare™) Clinical Clinical Education Series. Topics include: Facial Aesthetics, Clinical Dermatology, and Beginner and Advanced Neurotoxin/Dermal Filler Injection Principles and Techniques.
Kendra has presented at the North American Spine Society (NASS) Annual Conference, lecturing on cervical trauma and post-trauma clinical management and has served on the medical team for the Ironman World Championship™ in Kona, Hawaii.

Kendra is a devoted advocate for those with special needs and disabilities. In 2018, authored How to improve interactions with special needs patients for NCCPA and published by Doximity and NCCPA offering suggestions for clinicians in an effort to provide quality care to those with disabilities. Kendra is a regular volunteer for Stanford Medicine Abilities Coalition (SMAC) with Stanford Medicine, Highlands Church special needs ministry, StarzAZ and is remains active with advocacy groups nationwide.
Kendra is a member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants, Arizona Academy of Physician Assistants, Association of Neurosurgical Physician Assistants, North American Spine Society, American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery,International Association of Physicians in Aesthetic Medicine, and a member of the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine. Current certifications include Basic Adult and Advanced Adult and Pediatric Life Support, Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), NCCPA, CLT, CFA, and State of Arizona Real Estate license.
Kendra is married and is the mother of four adult children, a proud “Nana” 4 grandbabies and a dog mom to Scarlet, a German Shepherd. Kendra is an avid cyclist, enjoys hiking the McDowell Sonoran Preserve, and playing the piano.

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 Heine BSc, MMS, PA-C, RYT
Michelle Dellene Heine PA-C is a passionate surgical physician assistant striving to bring excellence to all of her patients. She has experience in trauma neurosurgery, aesthetics, general surgery and robotics. She strives to deliver high quality care, enthusiasm and optimism, especially in the OR. She studied Microbiology & Cell Science at the University of Florida and obtained her Masters of Medical Science in PA Studies from Nova Southeastern University.  Fun fact; during the COVID-19 pandemic she became a registered yoga teacher and lifestyle coach as her quarantine hobby!  She enjoys furthering her education in both eastern and western healing modalities on top of raising a three year old daughter and planning her wedding. 

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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