AARC Summer Meetings

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American Association for Respiratory Care

Summer Forum

Friday–Sunday, July 17–19
Marriott Marco Island, Florida

Approved for up to 16 hours of continuing education credit (CRCE).

Friday July 17, 2009

Educators Track

8:00 A.M.–11:50 A.M.

Lynda Goodfellow EdD RRT FAARC—Chair, AARC Education Section/Presiding

CoARC Key Program Personnel Symposium

Over the past few years, significant changes have occurred in not only key personnel, but also in the Committee on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC) policy, guidelines, survey instruments, and resource assessment. Additional changes in sponsorship and accreditation standards are on the horizon. CoARC will provide an overview and update on programmatic outcomes, the self-study process, resource assessment, and preparation for site visitation. Additionally, future planning will be discussed and disseminated.

8:00 A.M.–8:50 A.M.

Achieving Credentialing Success

Kathy Rye EdD RRT, Little Rock AR
David Chang EdD RRT, Mobile AL

The purpose of this session is to provide educators with the necessary information to develop strategies and processes that facilitate and enhance programmatic outcomes, focusing primarily on RRT credentialing success.

9:00 A.M.–9:50 A.M.

Preparing the CoARC Self-Study Document

Thomas Smalling PhD RRT RPFT RPSGT FAARC, Bedford TX

This presentation will cover the steps needed for successfully completing the self study process, focusing on the Letter of Review Self Study Report, initial Accreditation Self Study Report and the Continuing Self Study Report. Included is an overview of the timeframe in which each self study is due in the accreditation cycle. Emphasis will be placed on the steps necessary to comply with CoARC accreditation policies and procedures.

10:00 A.M.–10:50 A.M.

Assessing Program Resources

Stephen Mikles EdS RRT FAARC, Clearwater FL

This presentation will provide a comprehensive review of resource assessment as defined in the CoARC standards. The focus of this presentation will be utilitarian in nature, using the surveys and the resource assessment matrix found on the CoARC web site to illustrate how to successfully conduct and document the assessment of program resources.

11:00 A.M.–11:50 A.M.

Preparing for a Site Visit

Jolene Miller MEd RRT, Lafayette IN
Tammy Miller MEd RRT CPFT, Thomasville GA

This presentation focuses on how to prepare for an accreditation site visit; topics will be presented from the perspective of the department chair, dean, and key program faculty. General topics include planning ahead to ensure participation by key individuals, gathering and organizing essential documentation, and preparing your students, faculty, and administrators for the site visit.

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Managers Track

8:30 A.M.–11:30 A.M.

Douglas S Laher MBA RRT—Chair, AARC Management Section/Presiding

Look Who’s Talking

8:30 A.M.–9:15 A.M.

Do You Really Understand What I’m Trying To Say?

Mark D Babic RRT, Cleveland OH

Discusses the importance of good communication: how it can improve relationships between management and employees, how it can enhance the safety and quality of patient care, and how to best use the Joint Commission National Safety Patient Goals on handoff communication.

9:20 A.M.–10:00 A.M.

Accountability Through Communication

Douglas S Laher MBA RRT, Cleveland OH

Presents why people need to be held accountable, different strategies on staff accountability, consequences of not being accountable, and how to conduct a crucial conversation.

Leadership Essentials

10:10 A.M.–10:50 A.M.

The Physiology of Dynamic Leadership: It Starts with the Heart

Douglas S Laher MBA RRT, Cleveland OH

Reviews strategies to build a high performing team, including how to create the right culture, importance of training and development, impact of quality outcomes, and celebrating success.

10:55 A.M.–11:30 A.M.

The 10 Commandments of Effective Leadership

Mark D Babic RRT, Cleveland OH

Understanding the difference between being a manager and being a leader is the heart of this presentation. The importance of looking ahead, finding the right leadership tactics, and sustaining success will be discussed.


11:00 A.M.–2:00 P.M.

Plenary Session

2:00 P.M.–2:30 P.M.

Michael A Gentile RRT FAARC—Chair, AARC Program Committee/Presiding

Creating A Vision: Respiratory Care 2015 and Beyond

Bill Dubbs MEd MHA RRT FAARC, Irving TX

The respiratory care profession is more than 60 years old. Throughout its short history, change and innovation have been the terms that best describe the development of the profession. The respiratory therapist of today barely resembles the clinicians of 60 years ago, and the future role of the RT is clearly open to debate. Medicine is continually changing, with new approaches to disease management emerging almost daily. Third-party payers are challenging payment for iatrogenic injury, manpower issues are affecting all disciplines in medicine, and the non-physician and physician workforce is aging. These factors make us question what the respiratory care profession will look like in the year 2015. To address this issue, the AARC established a task force to envision the RT of the future. The goal was to identify potential new roles and responsibilities of RTs in 2015 and beyond, and to suggest the elements of education, training, and competency-documentation needed to assure safe and effective execution of those roles and responsibilities. The initial findings of the task force were published in the March 2009 issue of the AARC journal RESPIRATORY CARE. Mr. Dubbs will provide summary recommendations resulting from the second conference held April 6–8, 2009, entitled Educating the Future Respiratory Therapist Workforce—Identifying the Options.

Educators Track

2:35 P.M.–6:00 P.M.

Lynda Goodfellow EdD RRT FAARC/Presiding

Bridging the Gap to the Future in RC Education

2:35 P.M.-3:15 P.M.

AS to BS: The Educator’s Perspective

Nancy E Colletti MS RRT CPFT RCIS, Kettering OH

Compares and contrasts the AS degree curriculum versus the BS degree curriculum. Describes the components of a BS degree completion program. Reviews the different educational requirements between respiratory therapists and other allied health professionals. Discusses the implications of degree requirements to state licensure.

3:20 P.M.–3:55 P.M.

Educational Facility and Clinical Affiliate Partnerships

Hope Appelbaum BEd RRT, Kettering OH

Discusses the gap between new graduates’ level of competence and the needs of the medical facilities. Identifies clinical needs for entry-level students versus advanced-level students. Concludes with illustrated examples of school/hospital partnerships to enhance student learning.

A Consortium Approach Using Technology to Provide RC Education in Rural Communities

4:00 P.M.–4:40 P.M.

Development of Consortium Partners: Bringing Colleges and Hospitals Together

Richard N Woodfield MS RRT, Lima OH

Presents the consortium design: implementation, plan and collaborative process. Describes experiences with a project funded by the U.S. Department of Labor, Community Based Job Training Grant. The project design and all products of this grant are available to be shared with attendees.

4:45 P.M.–5:20 P.M.

Bridging the Miles: Using Technology to Connect Learning Communities

Letitia Hatfield MS RRT, Spencerville OH

Addresses how to use technology to bring colleges and communities together. Identifies how technology is being used to engage all learners in both traditional classroom as well as distance cohorts. Describes CoARC’s process of approval and surveillance of such a project.

Education Section Membership Meeting

5:30 P.M.–6:00 P.M.

Lynda Goodfellow EdD RRT FAARC, Atlanta GA/Presiding

Reports from various Education Section Committees/Task Forces will be addressed as well as discussion and dialogue regarding issues related to the section.

Managers Track

2:45 P.M.–6:00 P.M.

Douglas S Laher MBA RRT/Presiding

New Leaders’ Colloquium

2:45 P.M.–3:05 P.M.

Establishing Expectations

Colleen Schabacker BA RRT FAARC, Cookeville TN

Leadership and decision-making approaches vary not only from person to person but arguably better from situation to situation. This lecture will help you understand whether people or units under you need more or less rules. The same applies to expectations. There are employees who operate very effectively within loose supervision and those who require more attention.

3:10 P.M.–3:30 P.M.

Empowering Your Employees

Cheryl Hoerr MBA-HCM RRT FAARC, Rolla MO

Empowerment is a ‘catch-all’ term for many ideas on employee power and responsibility; but as a broad definition, it means giving employees the power to do their job. This presenter will help you define empowerment for your staff.

3:35 P.M.–3:55 P.M.

Consensus Building

Karen Stewart MSc RRT FAARC, Charleston WV

Consensus building is a conflict-resolution process used mainly to settle complex, multiparty disputes. It has become widely used in the environmental and public policy arena in the United States but is useful whenever multiple parties are involved in a complex dispute or conflict. The lecture will explain this process and how it allows various stakeholders to work together to develop a mutually acceptable solution.

4:00 P.M.–4:20 P.M.

Coaching and Mentoring

Colleen Schabacker BA RRT FAARC

Coaching and mentoring share many similarities. This lecture will outline the common things coaches and mentors do whether the services are offered in a paid (professional) or unpaid (philanthropic) role.

4:25 P.M.–4:55 P.M.

Skill Development


Skill development is critical at all phases of career management. To keep pace with today’s constantly changing work world, you must know your strengths, develop your skills, and seize opportunities to build your portfolio of skills. This lecture will help you develop those skills.

5:00 P.M.–5:20 P.M.

Conflict Resolution

Karen Stewart MSc RRT FAARC

This lecture will help you realize that by resolving conflict successfully, you can solve many of the problems that are brought to the surface, as well as getting benefits that you might not at first expect.

Management Section Membership Meeting

5:25 P.M.–6:00 P.M.

Douglas S Laher MBA RRT, Cleveland OH/Presiding

Discussion and dialogue regarding issues related to the section. Your opportunity to influence the profession. All Summer Forum attendees are invited to attend this session.

Book publishers and AARC Corporate Partners will display their latest products on Friday and Saturday, 11:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M.

Saturday July 18, 2009

Educators Track

7:30 A.M.–11:50 A.M.

Lynda Goodfellow EdD RRT FAARC/Presiding

RC Education Research Paper Presentations

7:30 A.M.–7:55 A.M.

Nancy Weissman PhD RRT Palm Beach FL/Presiding

Presentation of educational research papers. Each presentation will be followed by a discussion period. Complimentary continental breakfast will be provided.

CoARC Open Hearing

8:00 A.M.–8:55 A.M.

Express your views on CoARC’s newly proposed Guidelines and Standards. CoARC members will be available to respond to your concerns.

Special Faculty Lecture Series

9:00 A.M.–9:50 A.M.

Thoughts While Erasing the Blackboard: Personal Reflections on Teaching and Learning

Joseph L Rau PhD RRT FAARC, Atlanta GA

With many of our more experienced and seasoned respiratory care educators approaching the golden years of retirement, the Education Section is pleased to recognize one of its more distinguished, respected, and accomplished retirees with an opportunity to share his/her personal philosophies and experiences on teaching and learning. The lecture is reserved for a retired or retiring colleague possessing a resume of extraordinary accomplishment and contribution to the art and science of respiratory care education. Join us as we pay tribute to one of our own as he shares his wisdom, experiences, expertise, and personal reflections on teaching and learning over a truly illustrious professional career.

Education Issues Not to Be Ignored

10:00 A.M.–10:50 A.M.

A Novel Approach to Addressing Geriatrics in the Curriculum

Helen M Sorenson MA RRT FAARC, San Antonio TX

U.S. Census Bureau data project that by the year 2030 there will be at least 69 million individuals 65 or over. Addressing the health care needs of this population is paramount. Few schools have effectively dealt with this population in their curricula. The presenter will provide a unique and novel approach to addressing this area in the RT curriculum.

11:00 A.M.–11:50 A.M.

Teaching Strategies that Promote Learning

Dennis Wissing PhD RRT AE-C, Shreveport LA

The presentation will address evidenced-based guidelines on how to present classroom material effectively. Guidelines presented will be based on neurobiological principles and will address how the brain learns and what teaching strategies work best. Presentations will include guidelines for effective PowerPoint development and use, maintaining attention in the classroom, and improving long-term memory.

Managers Track

8:30 A.M.–11:55 A.M.

Douglas S Laher MBA RRT/Presiding

Diversity: Are You in a Vegetative State?

8:30 A.M.–9:15 A.M.

Don’t Get Trapped in a Professional Vegetative State

Jackie M Heisler PhD MPH RRT, Greensburg PA

This presentation will review eight important steps for a professional “makeover.” It is time to gain control over your future and realize your potential.

9:20 A.M.–10:05 A.M.

How to Become Culturally and Generationally Competent

Jackie M Heisler PhD MPH RRT

As professionals, it is essential to be aware of our stereotypes and biases. The top 10 cultural and generational barriers people face will be discussed. The presenter will outline strategies to overcome these barriers. Generational myths will also be clarified. It is an obligation to be sensitive to students, patients, and/or colleagues who differ from oneself.

Management Issues Not to be Ignored

10:15 A.M.–11:00 A.M.

Retention of Good Employees

Roger Berg PhD RRT-NPS, Ridgecrest CA

Retention of good employees is a challenge of many managers, and losing an employee can easily cost the hospital more than $60,000 to replace. A good employee seeks recognition for their work and needs to know they are appreciated. This presentation will discuss programs that will secure good employees for the future.

11:05 A.M.–11:55 A.M.

Shared Governance

Cheryl Hoerr MBA-HCM RRT FAARC, Rolla MO

This presentation will describe a model of Shared Governance that has a proven track record. The delegation of primary responsibility to employees in health care is founded upon the assumption that they are not merely employees but professionals with special training and knowledge, and thus, are distinctly qualified to exercise decision-making authority in their areas of expertise.

Plenary Session

2:00 P.M.–2:30 P.M.

Michael A Gentile RRT FAARC/Presiding

The 2009 AARC Human Resources Study

Bill Dubbs MEd MHA RRT FAARC, Irving TX

The presentation will provide fresh off-the-press results from the 2009 AARC Human Resources Study. It will include data from the respiratory therapist, acute care hospital employers, and educational programs. Demographics and salary information for therapists plus supply-and-demand information from educational programs and acute care hospital employers will be reported.

Earn your CRCE credits, then enjoy the outstanding vacation attractions with your family.

Educator Academy—2.66 hours
Summer Forum—16.0 hours
Ventilation Course—7.0 hours
Pediatrics Course—3.5 hours

Educators Track

2:35 P.M.–6:00 P.M.

Lynda Goodfellow EdD RRT FAARC/Presiding

Lessons Learned in RC Instruction: Mistakes, Successes, and Innovations

A symposium designed to revisit how we teach some of our basic respiratory care concepts. Emphasis will be placed on practical and effective teaching strategies and techniques with multiple examples and illustrations. Come prepared to share some of your effective teaching techniques and strategies.

2:35 P.M.–3:15 P.M.

New Tricks for Old Dogs: Techniques for Enhancing ABG Instruction

William J Malley MS RRT CPFT FAARC, Pittsburgh PA

Following more than 25 years of teaching ABG interpretation and application, repeated common pitfalls have been identified. Special and unique techniques and methods for enhancing effectiveness will be explored and discussed.

3:20 P.M.–3:55 P.M.

EKG: Out of Rhythm, “You’ve Got To Move It, Move It”

Jack D Albert MEd RRT CPFT, Pittsburgh PA

Common problem areas for many students to interpret EKG rhythms will be discussed. Innovative techniques that were developed to assist the learner in these areas will be presented. Those that have worked and a few that didn’t will be offered.

4:00 P.M.–4:40 P.M.

RT Equipment and Laboratory Instruction: Old Equipment, New Ideas

Jackie M Heisler PhD MPH RRT, Pittsburgh PA

This presentation will discuss the curriculum changes made for equipment class and laboratory instruction over a decade. The presenter will address the revisions made to intertwine classroom work and laboratory for maximal results.

4:45 P.M.–5:25 P.M.

Clinical Education: You Have To Learn from Doing It, But It Is Not Pain Free

Jeffrey A Heck MS RRT CPFT, Pittsburgh PA

This presentation will address the importance of teaching and evaluating clinical procedures. The presenter will focus on techniques and methods that have been positive and negative (and humorous) from 30 years of clinical education experience.

5:30 P.M.–6:00 P.M.

Educators Swap Shop


Managers Track

2:45 P.M.–5:00 P.M.

Douglas S Laher MBA RRT/Presiding

Tools the RC Manager Can Use

2:45 P.M.–3:25 P.M.

Defining, Demonstrating, and Communicating the Values of RTs

Garry Kauffman MPA RRT FAARC, Lancaster PA

Characterizes the value of the respiratory therapist in terms of the three dimensions of care: quality, service, and cost; communicates successful outcomes from the peer-reviewed literature and anecdotal evidence; and communicates the need for continued professional growth and development essential to the continued validation of the value of the respiratory therapist.

3:30 P.M.–4:10 P.M.

Preparing Future Respiratory Care Managers

Roger Berg PhD RRT-NPS, Ridgecrest CA

Often excellent respiratory therapists are promoted to management positions without sufficient training or skills to manage a department effectively and efficiently. This presentation will discuss various methods of preparing these therapists to be our future leaders in the management of respiratory care departments.

4:15 P.M.–5:00 P.M.

Opportunities for RC Managers and RTs

Garry Kauffman MPA RRT FAARC

Focuses on analyzing what services/programs may be opportunities for respiratory therapy managers. Starting with an overview of how to analyze opportunities, the presenter will provide an operational outline for programmatic development, how to operationalize a new service/program, and what outcomes metrics are appropriate to demonstrate the value in terms of service, quality, and financial performance.

Educators Swap Shop

5:30 P.M.—6:00 P.M.

The Swap Shop is based on information sharing—peers sharing with peers. Surely you have a form, policy, procedure, etc., of benefit to your peers. Don’t be a freeloader. Bring copies and/or a web site/e-mail address to provide others. Be prepared to provide a brief 2–3 minute overview of its use. If we all bring something, we all learn from each other.

Sunday July 19, 2009

Educators Track

8:30 A.M.–10:50 A.M.

Lynda Goodfellow EdD RRT FAARC/Presiding

Jimmy A Young Memorial Lecture

Presented by the National Board for Respiratory Care

8:30 A.M.–10:00 A.M.

The Anatomy of a Specialty Exam

Sherry Barnhart RRT-NPS FAARC, NBRC President
Brian W Carlin MD FAARC, NBRC Trustee
Robert C Shaw PhD RRT, NBRC Assistant Executive Director

The presentation will describe the NBRC’s 5-step Examination Development process, utilizing the Sleep Disorders Specialty Examination as a specific example.

Agency Updates

10:15 A.M.–10:50 A.M.

The leadership of the AARC, ARCF, CoARC, and NBRC will join the attendees to discuss the latest professional, research, accreditation, and credentialing issues facing respiratory care.

AARC—Timothy R Myers RRT-NPS, President
ARCF—Michael T Amato, Chair
CoARC—Shelley Mishoe PhD RRT FAARC, Chair
NBRC—Sherry Barnhart RRT-NPS FAARC, President

Dr. Fred Helmholz Education Lecture Series

Presented by the Committee on Accreditation for Respiratory Care

Will D Beachey PhD RRT FAARC/Presiding

11:00 A.M.–12:00 noon

Evidence-Based Guidelines and Practice: How Are We Doing in Respiratory Care

Joseph G Sorbello MEd RRT, Syracuse NY

Reviews the historical development of evidence-based guidelines and practice in the health professions, medicine, and nursing. Critically assesses the current medical literature; discusses how the various health professions, medicine, and nursing have implemented them to improve practice; and critically evaluates how the respiratory care profession and respiratory therapists have documented the use of evidence-based guidelines and practice to further advance patient care, education, and research.

Managers Track

8:30 A.M.–11:45 A.M.

Douglas S Laher MBA RRT/Presiding

Reimbursement for RC Services

8:30 A.M.–9:15 A.M.

CPT Coding

Susan Rinaldo-Gallo MEd RRT, Raleigh NC

This presentation will discuss which CPT codes can be used for which procedure and approximately how much reimbursement your hospital will receive for each.

9:20 A.M.–10:00 A.M.

Preparing for the New Reimbursement Changes for Pulmonary Rehabilitation

Susan Rinaldo-Gallo MEd RRT

Congress enacted legislation creating an outpatient pulmonary rehabilitation benefit under the Medicare program. The benefit will be implemented nationwide on January 1, 2010. This presentation will provide details to help with reimbursement and a seamless implementation on that date.

The eRC Department

10:10 A.M.–10:55 A.M.

How To Design an Effective Intra-Departmental Web Site

Nancy A Johnson RRT-NPS, Cleveland OH

By attending this lecture you will be able to identify the purpose for developing an intra-departmental web site and to provide the steps in designing an intranet site. The presenter will define the purpose and goals of an intra-departmental web site, and she will outline the steps needed to develop this site plus address the expected outcomes and future applications.

11:00 A.M.–11:45 A.M.

Computers in Health Care

Nancy A Johnson RRT-NPS

This lecture will discuss how the use of computers in health care can reduce errors, improve patient safety, and enhance the quality of service. This lecture will discuss the evidence.

Meet. Invigorate. Sun and play. The premier respiratory care educational event of the summer joins forces with one of America’s outstanding vacation destinations, the Marriott Marco Island in Florida.

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