2024 VAPA Summer Conference

Sunday, July 21 to Thursday, July 25, 2024

Becky Hosey

Oh, The Medical Humanity...
July 22, 2024, 9:00 am

Steven Cohen, MPA/HCA, PA-C

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Steven Cohen is a Physician Assistant in Neurosurgery and Trauma at Suburban Hospital/Johns Hopkins Medicine in Bethesda, MD. He has over 40 years of experience in multiple surgical subspecialties, focusing on Neurosurgery throughout most of his career. Steven is a regular speaker a local and national conferences. Today he will be presenting " Trauma and Critical Care Neurosurgery." A Comprehensive Approach to the Patient, Including Diagnostic Evaluation and Treatment.
Trauma and Critical Care Neurosurgery: A Comprehensive Approach to the Patient including Diagnostic Evaluation and Treatment
July 22, 2024, 10:15 am

Marianna Garcia

Cardiology - Structural Heart 101
July 22, 2024, 11:15 am

Ajay Manhapra, MD

"Dr. Ajay Manhapra completed his medical school training at Government Medical College, Thrissur, Kerala in India and completed his internal medicine residency at Henry Ford Hospital, Detroit, MI. He was a practicing hospitalist managing complexly ill patients for over a decade before he made a career transition to addiction medicine and research. After a two-year VA-funded fellowship at Yale University, he started a primary care-based clinic for patients with treatment-resistant chronic pain. The clinic follows https://services.easterassociates.com/conference/speaker/VAPA/17a whole-person approach to help these patients recover their functional life focusing on multimorbidity as the main target of pain treatment. Medical and psychiatric care, treatment of dependence and addiction, and polypharmacy management are combined with the behavioral treatment of pain as the main set of interventions. PTSD is a common comorbidity among veterans with chronic pain and Dr. Manhapra actively manages more than 200 patients with PTSD and comorbid pain. His research is also focused on the interaction of PTSD with pain and addiction.

Dr. Manhapra is currently the Director, of the Advanced Pain Clinic at the Hampton VA Medical Center. He is also a Research Scientist at the VA New England Mental Illness Research, Education, and Clinical Center located at West Haven, CT. Dr. Manhapra also lecturers at Yale School of Medicine for the Department of Psychiatry and is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Psychiatry, Eastern Virginia Medical School, Norfolk, VA.”
Reconceptualizing opioid therapy for the era of opioid crisis - Opioid Session
July 22, 2024, 1:45 pm
Safe and effective initiation and reevaluation of long term opioid therapy - Opioid Session
July 22, 2024, 2:45 pm

Stephanie Peglow

Motivational interviewing and SBIRT treatment and management of substance use disorders - Opioid Session
July 23, 2024, 8:00 am

Michael Cohen

Federal Pharmaceutical Policy Enforcement - HHS Office of Inspector General - Opioid Session
July 23, 2024, 9:00 am

Patrick Neubert

Federal Pharmaceutical Policy Enforcement - HHS Office of Inspector General - Opioid Session
July 23, 2024, 9:00 am

Jennifer Hanner

Hallucinogens and Adulterants (Part 1) - Opioid Session
July 23, 2024, 10:30 am
Hallucinogens and Adulterants (Part 2) - Opioid Session
July 23, 2024, 12:30 pm

David Munter, MD, MBA

David W. Munter, M.D., MBA, FACEP

Dr. Munter's first career was in the United States Navy for 26 years, retiring as a Captain. A few of his accomplishments include founding an Emergency Medicine residency training program (at which 5 different Physicians to the President did their residency) acting as Head of all intern training for the Navy, as Head of Emergency Medicine for the Navy, and in multiple leadership roles.
His second career was as a partner in an Emergency Medicine group in Tidewater, VA for 14 years, during which time he was the Medical Director at two local Emergency Departments.
Now in his third career, he is practicing wound care and Hyperbaric Oxygen therapy.
He has published or edited over 60 textbook chapters and books, was a member of the National Board of Medical Examiners (United States Medical Licensing Exam), is a reviewer for several publications including Annals of Emergency Medicine, has garnered multiple awards and honors, and has spoken all over the world on a variety of topics. He remains to this day “an inquiring skeptic”.
Sometimes I Need to Prescribe Opiates - What Should I Do and How Do I Stay Out of Trouble? - Opioid Session
July 23, 2024, 3:00 pm

Kimberly Sapre, DMSc, PA-C, CAQ-EM, DFAAPA

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Dr. Kimberly Sapre (suh'- pray) is a Medical Consultant in the insurtech industry and has been a PA for 12 years. Before transitioning to nonclinical work, she worked as an Emergency Medicine PA at the only Level 1 trauma center in northern Virginia. Kimberly loves teaching and is a Clinical Instructor at The George Washington University PA program in Washington, DC.

She enjoys volunteering her time to serve the PA profession. She is the Founder and President of the newly formed Virginia Association of Minority PAs, a nonprofit organization dedicated to increasing diversity within the PA profession. She is also the Founder and Chair of the VAPA DEI Committee and represents Virginia on the AAPA DEI Commission. Kimberly is passionate about increasing diverse representation in the PA profession and devotes significant time to mentorship.

She lives with her husband in Alexandria, VA, and enjoys reading, hiking, and birdwatching in her free time.
Health Equity: Addressing Weight Bias & Stigma
July 24, 2024, 7:30 am

Michelle Kerr, MPAS, PA-C

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Michelle Kerr has been a Physician Assistant for nearly 30 years, practicing initially in primary care and then expanding to urgent care. She has been at Atrium Health in NC for 13 years, practicing clinically in urgent care, and holding a leadership position within the organization. Michelle serves as an Assistant Specialty Medical Director responsible for 10 of the 30 Atrium Health Urgent Care locations, and as Chief APP (Advanced Practice Provider) for the entire Urgent Care division, advocating and representing over 120 APPs. She actively teaches, updates, and reviews the standard of care practiceses within the Atrium Healthcare system. She serves on several system-wide and interdisciplinary committees and strategy groups.
Michelle continues to serve as adjunct faculty at Rochester Institute of Technology's PA program for over 25 years, still returning yearly to lecture even after moving to NC.
Fever vs. Sepsis in the Pediatric Patient
July 24, 2024, 8:30 am

Andrew Porter

Leadership Certificate Track: Hospital Medicine Leadership Panel
July 24, 2024, 8:30 am

Bobby Cockram

Leadership Certificate Track: Hospital Medicine Leadership Panel
July 24, 2024, 8:30 am

Matthew Bowles

Leadership Certificate Track: Hospital Medicine Leadership Panel
July 24, 2024, 8:30 am

Brad Laymon, PA-C, CPC, CEMC

Experienced Physician Assistant with over 23 years' experience in Urgent Care medicine. I am also a Certified Professional Coder and Certified Evaluation and Management Coder for the past 8 years. I contribute articles/coding challenges to Evidenced Based Urgent Care Medicine, College of Urgent Care Medicine and the Journal of Urgent Care Medicine. I present Coding Excellence to state PA conferences and other organizations. Member of Novant Health's Advanced Practice Providers Leadership team for the past 7 years.
Cracking the Code: Differentiating Level 3 from Level 4 Office Visits
July 24, 2024, 9:30 am

Jennifer Miller, MSPAS, PA-C

Jennifer Waller Miller is a 2005 graduate of Shenandoah University's PA program. She has practiced clinically in Family Medicine and Pediatrics for 18 years, and currently serves as the Director of Clinical Education for Shenandoah University. She continues to practice in Pediatrics at Grace Point Pediatrics in Winchester, VA and is also enrolled in the DMS program at Shenandoah University.

She and her partner, Jeremy, reside with their three children, two dogs, and two cats. Her passions include student success, fitness, and advocating for gun violence prevention. She is currently active in research studying The Impact of Virtual Interviews on PA Programs and Candidates.
Patient Centered Care and the Practicing PA
July 24, 2024, 11:00 am

Courtney Corboy

Burnout and Wellness in the Advanced Practice Clinician
July 24, 2024, 1:00 pm

Laura Tudor

Burnout and Wellness in the Advanced Practice Clinician
July 24, 2024, 1:00 pm

Barbara Morrison, PA-C, RYT-500

Barbara practices internal medicine and has an undergraduate degree in psychology. After 2 decades of working in inner city settings, emergency medicine, famiiy medicine, yoga taught me a way to juggle family, work and multiple moves away from home. Training as a yoga teacher has been a valuable tool for both self care and I am honored to share these practices with others in the hope that we can learn to move through life's challenges with more grace and kindness while staying fit and grounded.
The Art of Breathing
July 24, 2024, 2:00 pm
WORKSHOP: Mindful practice for PAs
July 24, 2024, 3:00 pm

Kim Ford, OT-C lll

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Kim Ford is currently the Orthopedic Technician Team Lead for Carilion Clinic Orthopedics. He has been with the Carilion Health System for 30 years and has been working with the Orthopedic Department for the past 20 years doing casting, splinting, and bracing.

He is currently over all of Carilion's Orthopedic Clinics and works 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. He is also very active in teaching casting and splinting classes for any interested Orthopedic practices.
5 P's of Proper Splinting Technique
July 25, 2024, 8:00 am

Caitlin Johnson Powers

Burnout Prophylaxis
July 25, 2024, 9:00 am

Alicia Quella, PhD, PA-C

Alicia Quella is the Director of Communications and PA Relations at the NCCPA. She has served as a PA educator and has practiced in emergency medicine and primary care. She has served as an epidemiologist during the pandemic and has published research on the PA workforce, global health and issues affecting diversity in PA program admissions. Alicia earned her Masters of PA Studies degree and her doctoral degree in epidemiology from the University of Iowa.
NCCPA Update
July 25, 2024, 10:00 am

Lawrence Herman, PA-C, MPA

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Lawrence Herman, PA-C, MPA, DFAAPA

Lawrence Herman is an Associate Professor and Director of Primary Care Initiatives in the Department of Physician Assistant Studies at New York Institute of Technology, Old Westbury, New York. In addition to his training certification as a PA, he also holds a Master's Degree in public administration, health-care administration, and health-care finance.

He practiced in emergency medicine for nearly a decade where he was Chief PA in a busy New York City Level I trauma system, and subsequently practiced in family medicine and urgent care for the past decade. Most recently, he was medical director for a very large multi-specialty practice with administrative oversight for nearly 200 physicians, PAs and NPs.

He has authored book chapters, numerous articles, and been an invited speaker nationally and internationally. He was honored by the New York State Society of Physician Assistants in as the 2009 Educator of the Year for the State, has received multiple college-wide awards for teaching, scholarship, research and service.
The Transformational Impact of Artificial Intelligence in Healthcare
July 25, 2024, 11:00 am