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UPMC Children's Presentations at 2024 AHME

June 21, 2024

The 2024 Association for Hospital Medical Education annual conference – the AHME Institute – was held May 8-10 in Phoenix, Arizona. The annual conference features a blend of presentations from policymakers as well as those who translate these policies into educational programming at the local level to ensure that their training programs are successful, and their graduates are well prepared for the health care environment of the future.

AHMEPresenting at this year’s event from UPMC Children’s were Patti Fluhrer, MA, GME Academic Manager, Pediatric Cardiology, Congenital Cardiac Surgery, and Adult Congenital Heart Disease Fellowships; Melissa Hildebrand, BS, project manager at UPMC; and Lauren Petty, BS, senior compliance administrator at UPMC.

The team’s presentation during the May 9 session, which had more than 200 attendees, was titled: “Setting Boundaries Before Burnout Sets In: The Benefits of Coordinators Establishing Healthy Boundaries.”

The team’s presentation covered the following topics:

  • Defining healthy boundaries and the positive effects of having boundaries at work


  • Understanding how having a lack of boundaries can lead to burnout, stress, and a lack of respect


  • Identifying areas where boundaries need to be established and/or existing boundaries need to be further developed


  • Communicating your boundaries directly with stakeholders to clearly define mutual expectations