VAPA 2017 Fall CME Conference

Speakers
Saturday, November 4 to Sunday, November 5, 2017

Steve Andrews, PA-C

The Acute Hypoxic Patient
Biography
R. Steve Andrews is a Physician Assistant in critical care for Cardiothoracic Surgery at Carilion Clinic. Prior to being a Physician Assistant he was a Registered Respiratory Therapist in the critical care intensive care unit. He is currently serving on the advisory board for Physician Assistant program at Jefferson College of Health Sciences.
November 4, 2017, 10:00 am

Connie Brooks, FNP

The Urgent Care and Primary Care Approach to the Pediatric Fever
Biography
Connie Brooks, FNP graduated from the Family Nurse Practitioner program at UVA in May of 2016. She was accepted into the inaugural Advanced ACP Fellowship in Urgent Care and Rural Health of the same year and began in January 2017. Her nursing background includes 9 years of experience in emergency medicine.
November 4, 2017, 7:30 am

Greg Bull, PA-C

Radiology for the Non-Radiologist
Biography
Bachelor of Science at the College of New Jersey: 2009 Jefferson College of Health Sciences, Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies: 2016 ACP Fellowship in Emergency Medicine: Current
November 4, 2017, 8:30 am

Kim Ford, OT-C lll

My name is Kim Ford and I am currently the Orthopedic Technician Team Lead for Carilion Clinic Orthopedics. I have been with the Carilion Health System for 30 years and have been working with the Orthopedic Departmentfor the past 20 years doing Casting,splinting and bracing. I am currently over all of Carilions Orthopedic Clinics and work with Jefferson College of Health Sciences and their Physician Assistant program providing a casting/splinting beginner course and as as clinical instructor during the students Orthopedic rotation. I am also very active in teaching casting and splinting classes for any interested Orthopedic practices.
Advance Pay Workshop: The 4 P's of Splinting
November 5, 2017, 7:45 am

Jessica Gandhi, PA-C

Mouth to Rectum & A Lot in Between: GI Update
Biography
Jessica Gandhi is a Gastroenterology/Hepatology Physician Assistant that attended Virginia Tech and then further pursued her PA education at Shenandoah University. She is originally from Shenandoah Valley but now resides in Northern Virginia. She is currently a full time PA at Colon, Stomach & Liver Center in Lansdowne, Virginia. She evaluates patients with a multitude of GI/hepatology conditions; however, she is especially intrigued with Hepatitis C and Inflammatory Bowel Disease. Jessica is involved with the Shenandoah University PA program as she stands on the Board of Clinicals and Advisory Board. She has also traveled to Nicaragua on medical mission trips. Jessica is now also our Treasurer of VAPA.
November 4, 2017, 2:00 pm

Christina Gardner, DHSc, PA-C

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The Urgent Care and Primary Care Approach to the Pediatric Fever
Biography
Dr. Christina Gardner is a 2005 graduate of the Jefferson College of Health Sciences' Physician Assistant Program in Roanoke, Virginia. After her graduation Christina started her career at Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital's Emergency Department and still works in the emergency department today. She received her Doctorate of Health Sciences from Nova Southeastern University in 2011 and her MBA from Liberty University in July 2017. Dr. Gardner returned to JCHS as an assistant professor and has taught Clinical Pathophysiology and Clinical Skills IV in the PA department for the past 4 years. She also works clinically as a PA at Carilion's VelocityCare clinics. In 2016 she took on a managerial role within Carilion Clinic and is the Fellowship Director of the Advanced ACP Fellowship in Urgent Care and Rural Health under the department of Family and Community Medicine and is the training coordinator for the VelocityCare advanced care practitioners. In May 2017 Dr. Gardner's article discussing Rocky Mountain spotted fever-induced sepsis was published in the Journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants. Dr. Gardner has been married to her husband, Neil, for 13 years and they have a wonderful son, Gavin, who is 5 years old.
November 4, 2017, 7:30 am

Robert Hadley, PhD, PA-C, DFAAPA

Robert D. Hadley is a faculty member at the Jefferson College of Health Sciences PA Program. He has been involved in PA education since 1997, when he graduated from the Medical University of South Carolina PA program. He has been at JCHS for the past 5 years. Dr. Hadley has practiced in Internal Medicine, Family Medicine and Urgent Care. He currently practices part time in the Carilion Community Care Clinic in addition to his duties at JCHS, where he teaches Clinical Medicine and the application of Evidence-Based Medicine. Dr. Hadley's interest in diabetes stems from his love of pathophysiology, and his years in Internal Medicine at at time when options for treating diabetes were rapidly expanding. In addition to his interests in medicine and PA education, Dr. Hadley has held several positions within national PA organizations, and he enjoys carpentry, computers and web design, and horse training.
High Value Care
Biography
Dr. Hadley has been a PA for 20 years, and in PA education for 20 years. In the middle of a career as an academic research scientist, he switched gears and went to PA school at the Medical University of South Carolina. Since then he has practiced in Internal Medicine, Family Medicine, Occupational Medicine and Urgent Care. Dr. Hadley also has had a longstanding commitment to leadership through committee, council and commission work with AAPA and PAEA, and has delivered numerous lecture topics at state and national levels. He is currently a faculty member at the Jefferson College of Health Sciences PA program in Roanoke. Throughout his PA career Dr. Hadley has been passionate about providing the best quality care in the most efficient and effective way possible. This has been an integral part of both his practice and his teaching. This presentation is the first distillation of those principles into a single formal lecture.
November 4, 2017, 3:30 pm

Randy Howell, DHSc, PA-C

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Carilion Clinic Department of Emergency Medicine- 2012-Present Fellowship Director/Physician Assistant Evaluate, diagnose and treat patients in the Emergency Department. Develop, lead and sustain the fellowship in Emergency Medicine for PAs and NPs. Assistant Professor, Jefferson College of Health Sciences' PA Program-2012-Present Develop and deliver clinical and didactic learning experiences in the classroom and community. Develop and implement a course devoted to critical thinking and clinical integration. Snowshoe Mountain Resort Ski Patrol-2009 Maintain a safe, environment for guests to enjoy their mountain experience. Respond to emergency calls on the mountain and administer prehospital medical care in the field under Outdoor Emergency Care guidelines. Medical Society of Virginia-2012 American Academy of Physician Assistants- 2003 Wilderness Medical Society -2003 Coalition for Outdoor Medicine Physician Assistants -2003 Virginia Academy of Physician Assistants -2002 Physician Assistants in Orthopaedic Surgery -2006 Virginia Orthopaedic Society 2007 Appalachian Center For Wilderness Medicine 2007 Carilion Clinic Operations and Finance Committee 2011-Present Virginia Academy of Physician Assistants: House of Delegates 2011 Virginia Academy of Physician Assistants: Director at Large- 2007, 2009-Pesent Virginia Academy of Physician Assistants: Public Relations Chair- 2008-2009 Appalachian Center for Wilderness Medicine: Board of Directors-2008-Present Jefferson College of Health Sciences: PA Advisory Board -2007- Pre
Tick-Borne Illnesses
November 4, 2017, 1:00 pm
Advance Pay Workshop: Wilderness Medicine Hiking Workshop
November 5, 2017, 8:00 am

Bre Juda, NP

Radiology for the Non-Radiologist
Biography
Bre Juda in the Emergency Medicine Fellowship. She's from Colorado.
November 4, 2017, 8:30 am

Anthony Miller, M.Ed., PA-C

Update on PA Education
Biography
Anthony (Tony) Miller is Professor and Director of the Shenandoah University PA Program which he founded in 2001. Tony recently rejoined the SU PA Program after serving as the Chief Policy & Research Officer at the Physician Assistant Education Association (PAEA) in Washington, DC from 2012 - 2016. At PAEA, he was responsible for the Association's research, advocacy, and education/assessment initiatives. He has nearly 40 years of experience in PA education and has held educational leadership positions including associate dean for the School of Allied Health and chair, Department of PA Studies, at the Medical College of Ohio (now University of Toledo); and division head, Health Careers and Natural Sciences, as well as PA program director at Cuyahoga Community College. Tony served as president for the Association of Physician Assistant Programs (APAP, now PAEA) from 1992−93. He is a former member of the American Academy of Physician Assistant's Leadership Advisory Commission, the AAPA Education Council, and served as a trustee for the Physician Assistant Foundation. He has consulted with educational institutions on matters of accreditation and PA program development. A certified PA, he is also a distinguished fellow of the American Academy of Physician Assistants. His professional interests include faculty and leadership development, the role of PAs in the health care workforce (especially as it relates to health care access for disadvantaged populations), and community service. Currently, he is the principal investigator for a national study on critical thinking in PA education. In May 2018, he will lead SU health professions students on Shenandoah University's 12th medical mission trips to Leon, Nicaragua. Tony is a former co-editor of Lange's Q&A for the Physician Assistant, (aka the “yellow book”) now in its seventh edition. He earned his master's degree in education from Cleveland State University and completed doctoral coursework in educational leadership at the University of Toledo.
November 4, 2017, 12:00 pm

Alexandra Nassif, PA-C

The Urgent Care and Primary Care Approach to the Pediatric Fever
Biography
I am a Physician Assistant (PA) currently working for Carilion Clinic in the Advanced ACP Fellowship in Urgent Care and Rural Health in order to expand my training and strengthen my skills. I recently graduated in 2016 from the PA Program at Jefferson College of Health Sciences in Roanoke. Before PA school, I was a certified nurse aide and worked for a local home health company. I worked through my undergraduate career and finished with a B.S. in Biomedical Sciences and a minor in Public Health from Jefferson. I met my husband during our undergraduate studies, and he is a Pharmacy resident at the Salem VA Medical Center. We got married in Roanoke in October 2016. This year, in addition to the fellowship program, I have enrolled in healthcare administration courses at Jefferson to continue my education as a provider. On a side note, I enjoy dance fitness, playing tennis and volleyball as well as spending time with my two rescue dogs.
November 4, 2017, 7:30 am

Caroline Sisson, MMS, PA-C

Sleep Apnea: The Unwanted Bedfellow
Biography
Caroline Sisson received her Master's Degree in Medical Science at Wake Forest School of Medicine in 2013. She has worked clinically in pulmonary and critical care medicine for three years. Currently, she is an assistant professor with her alma mater PA program, where she has her dream job combining her love of medicine and education. An educator at heart, and former high school teacher, her educational interests lie in student driven and experiential learning. An unexpected poet as well, her first poem will be published in the November issue of JAAPA titled “I Have Hair.”
November 4, 2017, 4:30 pm

Dave Sullivan, PA-C, MHS

David J. Sullivan, MHS PA-C Associate Faculty at Jefferson College of Health Sciences Research Assistant at Carilion Clinic Was a Paramedic in NC for 20+ years including time as a training officer, flight paramedic and director of a regional transport service. Graduated from JCHS PA program in 2002 has been working at Carilion Clinic 12 years in Cardiac Surgery and Cardiology departments.
A Big Heart By Any Other Name Is Still Cardiomyopathy
Biography
Was a paramedic in North Carolina from 1983 to 2000. He then attended Jefferson College of Health Sciences and graduated from the PA program in 2002. David worked as a PA with Carilion Clinic Cardiothoracic Surgery from graduation to 2010 then with Carilion Clinic Cardiology until 2017. Is now working part time with Heart of Virginia Cardiology.
November 4, 2017, 11:00 am

Curtis Winiger, DNP

Radiology for the Non-Radiologist
Biography
Curtis Wininger is a doctor of nursing practice and Carilion Clinic Emergency Medicine Fellow.
November 4, 2017, 8:30 am