VAPA 2020 Fall CME Conference

Saturday, November 7 to Saturday, November 7, 2020

Sara Nicely, DHEd, PA-C

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I graduated from Jefferson College of Health Sciences in 2002, and received a Master's in Physician Assistant Studies from University of Nebraska Medical Center in 2007. I am currently enrolled in the Doctor of Health Education program at A.T. Still University, and the focus of my dissertation has been on increasing the oral health curriculum provided to the PA students. I am currently an Assistant Professor for the PA program at Jefferson College of Health Sciences, and I work clinically for the Surgical Critical Care Service at Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital. My interest in oral health began when I attended a meeting of the Virginia Oral Health Coalition and learned of the efforts in place to increase access to oral care in the state. These efforts focused on locating appropriate dental care for patients , educating medical providers to appropriately assess and refer patients for oral disease, and developing collaborative relationships between medical and dental providers, educators, insurances providers, and the government.
PA Profession through the Years
November 7, 2020, 7:30 am

Jonathan Baker, PA-C

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Jonathan Baker practices at Laser Surgery Care in New York City. He specializes in managing anal pathology with a focus on HPV and other STIs. He conducts clinical research on NIH-funded clinical trials focused on HPV-related disease. Jonathan is a frequent speaker at national, specialty, and state CME events including the AAPA annual conference. He has been published in various peer-reviewed medical journals including JAAPA. He received the AAPA Paragon Award in Clinical Publishing in 2015. Jonathan is the AAPA Liaison to the GLMA, President-Elect of the New York State Society of PAs (NYSSPA), and a leader of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender PA Caucus (LBGT PA).
Getting to the Bottom of Anorectal Pathology
November 7, 2020, 8:30 am

Lucas Vance, PA-S

Lucas Vance is originally from Roanoke, Virginia. He received his Bachelors of Science in athletic training from Radford University and his Masters of Biology from The Citadel. He worked as an athletic trainer for seven years and also as an Academic Success Coach before attending PA school.
Student Session: Test Anxiety: Recognition, Respect, Resilience (non-CME)
November 7, 2020, 8:30 am

Elyse Watkins, DHSc, PA-C, DFAAPA

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Elyse Watkins, DHSc, PA-C, DFAAPA Elyse Watkins has been a clinically practicing PA since 1993. She earned her PA degree from The George Washington University and was awarded a National Health Service Corps scholarship. She is currently an Associate Professor at the University of Lynchburg's Doctor of Medical Science Program where she teaches Global Health and Evidence-based Medicine, and is visiting faculty at Florida State University's and Elon University's PA programs where she teaches the reproductive medicine/women's health curriculum. She also teaches the women's health module for the University of Lynchburg's PA program. Dr. Watkins was currently named Editor for the Women's Health section in the Journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants. In addition, she speaks at multiple local, state, and national CME conferences on global and women's health issues. Her peer-reviewed publications include articles in the Journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants, a chapter in a women's health textbook, a chapter in a pharmacology book, a book on professional practice issues for PAs, and a book on ob/gyn for clinical learners. She is a member of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the Association of PAs in Ob/Gyn, PAs for Global Health, the North Carolina Academy of PAs where she is President-elect, the Piedmont Association of PAs where she served for several years as vice president, and the American Academy of Physician Assistants where she is a Distinguished Fellow.
Early Pregnancy Loss
November 7, 2020, 10:00 am

Ryan Hagan, PA-C

Eye Spy: Approach to the Red Eye
November 7, 2020, 11:00 am

Keyur Shah, MD

Non-CME Sponsored Symposium, Sponsored by Akcea Therapeutics: Hereditary Transthyretin Amyloidosis/Exhibits Open
November 7, 2020, 12:00 pm

Christina Saldanha, PA-C

Christina Saldanha received a Masters of Physiology from NC State University and a Masters of Physician Assistant Studies from High Point University. Her passion has always been women's and sexual health, both in academia and professional activities. She was a volunteer HIV counselor while she attended NC State. After completing PA studies she went on to work as a gynecologic oncology PA for three years. Her role was multi-factorial and included outpatient surveillance and chemotherapy clinic, inpatient rounding and assisting in the operating room. She was tasked with management of a variety of gynecologic cancers, and that is when cervical cancer prevention advocacy was born. She is currently practicing in family medicine and studying for the Certified Menopause Practitioner exam. She aspires to complete a post-graduate program in Sexual Health Counseling.
Cervical Cancer Prevention
November 7, 2020, 1:30 pm

Adlah Sukkar, MD

Adlah Sukkar, MD is a practicing Adult Pulmonologist in Fairfax, VA. In addition to a busy outpatient practice, she has attended at INOVA Fairfax Hospital for the past 10 years. Dr Sukkar is boarded in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine and completed her training at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore, MD. She was the recipient of a NIH Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award. Current areas of clinical interest include Interstitial Lung Disease and Endobronchial valve placement for advanced COPD.
COVID 19: Current status, clinical guidelines and what is ahead
November 7, 2020, 2:30 pm

Blake Rogers, PA-C

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Student Session: From the books to the bedside, tips for transitioning to clinical practice (non-CME)
November 7, 2020, 2:30 pm

Deepak Talreja, MD

Dr. Talreja is Director of the Catheterization Laboratory and Director of the Coronary Care Unit at Sentara Virginia Beach General Hospital. He is an Assistant Professor at Eastern Virginia Medical School of Medicine and Instructor in Clinical Medicine at the Mayo Clinic. Dr. Talreja is a graduate of the University of Virginia, Vanderbilt University, and the Mayo Clinic.
Sponsored Non-CME session by Esperion: Nexletol and Nexlizet: Oral, non-statin, therapies for LDL-C lowering/Exhibits Open
November 7, 2020, 3:30 pm

Lesley Dorsey, DSc, MPAS, PA-C

Lesley Dorsey is a practicing physician assistant in the U.S. Navy. She is currently serving on the USS John C. Stennis. She is a graduate of the Interservice Physician Assistant Program and was awarded her MPAS from the University of Nebraska in 2016. She graduated in May 2020 with her Doctorate in Physician Assistant Studies from Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences where she did her doctoral research optimizing the use of PrEP.
Increasing PrEP Prescribing in Primary Care
November 7, 2020, 4:00 pm

Marianna Willis, PA-C

Student Session: Finding a Job as a New Graduate is Hard Enough, But Add in a Pandemic? (non-CME)
November 7, 2020, 5:00 pm