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7th Annual Comprehensive Wound Care Symposium: A Practical Approach to Implementing the Latest Strategies

September 12, 2020

Wound Care Symposium 2020

This year’s program will now be a virtual online conference. 

Please click on the Register button in the right-hand navigation to be directed to the CCEHS website for additional information, including full conference agenda.

Intent and Objectives

The goal of this symposium is to provide a comprehensive overview on the treatment of wound care-related issues and innovations in the field.

Upon completion of this course, participants should be able to:

  • Understand the link of bioburden to wound chronicity
  • Understand treatment protocols for osteomyelitis
  • Examine the role that venous reflux disease has in lower extremity wounds
  • Differentiate between dermatitis, vasculitis, and rashes
  • Identify new International Wound Guidelines for Diabetic Foot (IWGDF)
  • Compare and contrast various wound dressing choices
  • Review new clinical guidelines for pressure injuries
  • Identify nutrition interventions that optimize wound healing

 Conference Highlights

  • Latest updates on biofilms and osteomyelitis
  • Focus on dermatological complications, vascular disease complexities, and the diabetic foot
  • New clinical guidelines for pressure injuries
  • Simplifying wound dressings
  • Nutritional considerations in wound care

Course Directors

J. Peter Rubin, MD, MBA, FACS
Director, UPMC Wound Healing Services
UPMC Endowed Professor and Chair of Plastic Surgery
Member, Steering Committee for the NIH/NIDDK Diabetic Foot Ulcer Research Consortium

Elizabeth Shumaker, MSN, RN
Sr. Director of Operations, UPMC Wound Healing Services

Planning Committee

Brian Connor, BA, MA
Edward I. Harrison, MBA
Lori O’Shea, BSN, RN, WOCN
Susan Rolniak St. John, MSN, CRNP
Patsy Simon, BS, RN, CCRC, CCRA, ACRP-PM
Cecelia Zamarripa, MSN, RN, CWON, PhDc 

Who Should Attend

This course is intended for physicians, nurses, physical therapists, podiatrists, advanced practice providers, and all clinicians involved in wound healing or wound care issues. Course material will benefit both novice and experienced clinicians.

Continuing Education Credit

In support of improving patient care, the University of Pittsburgh is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the health care team.

Physician (CME)

The University of Pittsburgh designates this live activity for a maximum of 6.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Nursing (CNE)
The maximum number of hours awarded for this Continuing Nursing Education activity is 6.0 contact hours.

Other Health Care Professionals
Other health care professionals will receive a certificate of attendance confirming the number of contact hours commensurate with the extent of participation in this activity.

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the standards and requirements for approval of providers of continuing education in podiatric medicine through a joint provider agreement between UPMC Mercy and UPMC Wound Healing Services. UPMC Mercy is approved by the Council on Podiatric Medical Education as a provider of continuing education in podiatric medicine. UPMC Mercy has approved this activity for a maximum of 6.0 continuing education contact hours.

Presented By

UPMC Wound Healing Services
UPMC Mercy and the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine 
Center for Continuing Education in the Health Sciences
UPMC Wound Research Alliance
The McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine 

More Information

To learn more about this conference, please contact Brian Connor at For more information on the UPMC Wound Research Alliance (WRA), please contact Patsy Simon at