19th Annual CME Meeting and Surgical Update

October 17, 2019 to October 20, 2019

Location:

Wyndham Lake Buena Vista Resort
in the Walt Disney World Resort
1850 Hotel Plaza Boulevard
Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830


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This activity has been reviewed by the AAPA Review Panel and is compliant with AAPA CME Criteria. This activity is designated for 67.50 AAPA Category 1 CME Credits. PAs should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation.

No refunds for any portion of the meeting.

Learn and discuss the latest cutting edge topics of interest to the profession. Clinical issues relevant in the day-to-day practice of the Surgical Physician Assistant will be presented. Come spend three and a half days with your colleagues and share in this educational experience.

The meeting is being held at the Wyndham Lake Buena Vista Resort in the Walt Disney World Resort. Here you’ll discover two distinct lodging options that share resort amenities including our Oasis Aquatic Pool Playground and Disney Character Breakfasts. Plus quick, convenient access across the pedestrian bridge to Disney Springs® Resort Area. And shuttle transportation to all Disney® theme parks.

Wyndham Lake Buena Vista’s 232 lakehouse-themed guest rooms feature amazing views of the surrounding theme parks and Disney Springs® which entices with a dazzling array of dining, shopping, nightlife and entertainment venues for all ages.

PA Poster Presentation

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The intent of the poster presentation is to raise the educational quality and diversity of the AASPA conference while also encouraging participants to enhance skills in professionalism. Additionally, the poster presentation provides opportunities for new PAs to meet with residency and fellowship program participants who have submitted poster presentations.

AASPA members who are PA students, PA residents, and PA fellows may submit a poster presentation application.

If a PA Resident is applying for a poster presentation at the 2019 CME meeting, AASPA will waive the fee for the PA's Residency program to advertise on the AASPA website for 1 year.

Poster Submission Details:

If you have questions regarding the poster presentation, please Contact Us.

 

Preliminary Topics - General

  • Surgical Reimbursement
  • Orthopedic Surgery Update
  • Mass Casualty Trauma Lecture
  • Airway Management
  • NOAC
  • Trauma
  • Robotic Surgery
  • Surgical Radiology
  • Minimally Invasive Thoracic Surgery
  • Enhance Recovery After Surgery
  • New Advances in Pediatric Surgery
  • Metabolic Management (Acid-Base)

 

Preliminary Workshops - Thursday, Friday and Saturday

  • Wound Closure—Basic
  • Wound Closure—Advanced
  • Trauma
  • Airway Management
  • Ultrasound I
  • Ultrasound II
  • Central Line Workshop
  • Radiology Review
  • Leadership Summit Series
  • Student Series

 

Select Workshop Descriptions

Basic Suture (Limit 15)

This workshop will include a didactic portion and a hands-on portion.

Didactic Goals: At the conclusion of this session, the participants will be able to:

  • Define the critical wound healing period. Identify which wounds require primary, secondary, and tertiary intention.
  • Match tissue types to appropriate suture characteristics. Identify sutures by filament type and absorbability. Discuss which sutures require a drain.
  • List the systemic, localized and surgical/mechanical factors that can affect wound healing; and assess a wound for optimal suture selection. Will be familiar with suture classification, and suture selection.

Hands-On Goals: Will gain practice and experience with one hand ties, two hand ties and instrument ties. Will gain confidence holding equipment properly and naming instruments. Will learn basic skills to close wounds effectively.

Advanced Suturing Techniques (Limit 15)

This workshop will include a didactic portion and a hands-on portion.  Participants must have basic surgical skills (must be able to demonstrate instrument ties and two-hand ties prior to signing up for the workshop.

Didactic Goals: At the conclusion of this session, the participants will be able to:

  • Define the critical wound healing period. Identify which wounds require primary, secondary, and tertiary intention.
  • Match tissue types to appropriate suture characteristics. Identify sutures by filament type and absorbability. Discuss which sutures require a drain.
  • List the systemic, localized and surgical/mechanical factors that can affect wound healing; and assess a wound for optimal suture selection.
  • Traumatic and elective suture closure techniques, suture classification, and suture selection. Select sutures based on relevant clinical criteria and match the suture needle to the wound and suture.

Hands-On Goals: Will gain experience suturing with different types of materials and in different simulated skin/body cavities. Will be comfortable with one-hand ties, two-hand ties, instrument ties, in deep and superficial settings. Will learn advanced suturing techniques for working in different areas of the body.

Trauma (Limit 15)

At the end of the session participant should be able to discuss:

  • Reasoning behind the trauma survey Airway management in trauma  
  • Basics of the FAST exam
  • Team based approach to trauma scenarios

 

Central Line Placement (Limit 12)

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify key anatomic landmarks for placement of femoral, internal jugular, and subclavian vein central venous lines
  • Perform appropriate sterile technique and the Seldinger method of line placement
  • Explain the indications and contraindications for placement of central venous access
  • Describe the complications of central venous placement for each of the 3 discussed anatomic sites
  • Discuss post line placement management and follow-up based on anatomic site

 

Evaluation & Management of the Acute Airway: A Skills Workshop for Advanced Care Clinicians (Limit 15)

This workshop is designed to introduce the clinician to the concepts of airway management. The content of this workshop will include a PowerPoint didactic component targeted toward a review of airway anatomy, evaluation of potential airway compromise, identification of potential risk factors, basic and advanced airway management interventions and an overview of selected procedural pharmacology routinely used for advanced airway intervention, conscious sedation and rapid sequence induction.

A practical skills workshop will follow to include basic and advanced airway techniques (manual maneuvers, oro/nasopharyngeal placement, bag valve‐mask ventilation, orotracheal intubation using both conventional direct laryngoscopy and video laryngoscopy.

A review of currently accepted adjunctive supraglottic airways will be offered. The workshop will culminate in a session to include retrograde over‐the‐wire endotracheal placement and surgical cricothyrotomy.

Ultrasound (Limited to 12 participants per session, with a waiting list for up to 20 max)

The basic course (for those with little or no experience in performing ultrasound) aims at teaching the Extended FAST (Extended Focused Assessment with Sonography for Trauma) exam, the cardiac exam, as well as components of the abdominal exam, the vascular exam and the soft tissue exam.

This course will involve short lectures followed by lots of hands-on practice!  We will break into small groups and the instructors will perform live demonstrations on models. You will then get a chance to practice scanning on a live model right away.  We are keeping the number of participants small so there is a very favorable instructor/student ratio which will enhance your ability to practice and learn. You will also become familiar with the ultrasound equipment and how to make adjustments to the equipment for enhanced imaging. You will need to complete a series of learning tasks (to be supervised and signed off by the instructor) in order to satisfactorily complete the course.

What you will learn about the Ultrasound Equipment:

  • Learn how to safely connect and remove probes from their ports.
  • Learn how to switch between transducers.  
  • Learn and demonstrate how to store and review images.
  • Demonstrate adjustments to controls ie; gain, depth, frequency in hands- on session.
  • Demonstrate how to properly document an ultrasound study by adding pt. information, and proper landmarks.

You will learn how to examine:

  • Sonographic landmarks and anatomical relationships of the heart, liver, spleen and bladder as they relate to the FAST examination.
  • Potential intra-abdominal and thoracic spaces for free fluid to collect in on the FAST examination.
  • Sonographic images of the heart (subcostal, parasternal long, parasternal short and apical windows).
  • Sonographic images of the gallbladder and kidneys.
  • Life-threatening trauma conditions such as cardiac tamponade, pericardial effusion, gross wall-motion abnormalities, hemo/pneumothorax and intra-abdominal hemorrhage.
  • Sonographic images of veins and arteries to assist in vascular access procedures.
  • Sonographic images of the soft tissue.

 

Student Track

Join us this fall for AASPA's Physician Assistant Student Track! You have embarked on a thrilling journey as you enter the physician assistant profession, so let us help ease the transition to the working world. We will discuss pertinent topics such as:

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

In addition, this year we have added a special surgical preparation section including:

  • An introduction to being a surgical PA and the operating room
  • Basic suturing and knot tying

Bring yourself, bring a fellow classmate, and bring your questions and concerns... talk to real PAs and recently graduated PAs who understand the process of transitioning from the PA-S to the PA-C! A wonderful opportunity to make new connections with PAs from across the nation. Don't miss this opportunity!