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Principals/Techniques of Advanced Wound Closure Workshop-AASPA 2022 Annual CME Meeting Workshop
Saturday, October 15, 2022, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM CDT
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AASPA 2022 Annual CME Meeting Workshop

Principals/Techniques of Advanced Wound Closure

Saturday, October 15th, 2–4:00pm CT

Cost: $250
Space Available: 20 Attendees

Register for the Workshop and Annual Meeting

Course Description

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.

This activity has been reviewed by the AAPA Review Panel and is compliant with AAPA CME Criteria. This activity is designated for 2 AAPA Category 1 CME credits. Approval is valid from 10/15/2022 to 10/15/2023 . PAs should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation. 


Jerry 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.