UPMC Passavant Advanced Practice Provider Council Presents: APP Academy

Sep 30 - Oct 1, 2022

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The 2022 UPMC Passavant Advanced Practice Provider Council APP Academy is sponsored by the Passavant Hospital Foundation. 

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Course Overview:

Intended for Physician Assistants, Nurse Practitioners, Nurse Midwives, and CRNAs clinically practicing in both inpatient and outpatient medicine. This two-day, multidisciplinary interactive course aims to educate APPs on up-to-date treatments and best practice guidelines for a variety of topics, as well as improve interdisciplinary relationships between APPs across local hospitals in order to better serve their patients. The course will aim to enhance both clinical and procedural skills by offering a combination of didactic lectures, hands-on workshops, and interactive panel discussions. The first day will also feature keynote speaker, Dr. James Tew, who will discuss acceptance and commitment therapy for healthcare providers.

Learning Objectives:

- Increase awareness of clinical management of acute and long COVID patient population in both the inpatient and outpatient setting
- Expand clinical knowledge and technical skills for the most common diagnoses that result in patient hospitalization
- Engage in professional development through networking opportunities and effective communication
- Opportunity for direct demonstration, personalized instruction, and extensive hands-on practice in fundamental skills for the APP through simulation labs
- Interdisciplinary, real-time, problem-based learning case study, which will improve abilities to work through differential diagnoses and form work-up and treatment plans

UPMC Course Directors:

Theresa Celender, MPAS, PA-C, FAPACVS
APP Academy Course Director
Passavant APP Council, APP Academy Chair
Thoracic Surgery, UPMC Passavant

Lindsay Busch, MPAS, PA-C
APP Academy Course Co-Director
Passavant APP Council, On-Boarding Co-Chair
Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, UPMC Passavant

Libby Ernharth, MPAS, PA-C
APP Academy Course Co-Director
Passavant APP Council Chair
Infectious Disease, Romano, Pontzer, & Associates
Infectious Disease Specialist

Megan Tomaino, MPAS, PA-C
APP Academy Course Co-Director
Passavant APP Council Vice Chair
Anesthesia, UPMC Passavant

Executive Sponsors:

Alexandrea Bartow, MBA, MSN, ACNP-BC, CSSGB
Senior Manager, Clinical/Quality Documentation
UPMC Wolff Center

Allison Lewis, MBA, MSN, CRNA
Heritage Valley Health System

Course Contact:

Nicole Kaib


This activity is approved for the following credit: ANCC and AAPA Category 1 CME. 
This program has been approved by the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists for Class A CE credits.