I am a nurse practitioner, and I value the strong support I have from my patient care team, including physicians, respiratory therapists, advance practice providers, and nurses. I am so excited that CHEST has modeled their education to mirror the team environment that I work in every day. CHEST 2015 followed this inclusive approach to education, and it was such a valuable experience for me.
Are you part of the chest medicine patient care team? Here are my top 5 reasons you should consider attending:
1. Interdisciplinary Sessions.
Within the interdisciplinary sessions, speakers will represent each role and present from their perspective, so your group can collectively experience practical, relevant updates. Sessions include:
- An Integrated Approach to the Management of Acute Hypoxemic Respiratory Failure: Presentation to Rehabilitation
- Bridging the Gap: ICU to Home Transition in Patients With Overlapping Respiratory Failure and Sleep-Disordered Breathing
- Preventing COPD-Related Rehospitalizations: Bridging the Gap
- Lung Cancer: 2016 Update in Staging and Management
- Mechanical Ventilation: Leveraging Modern Technology to Maximize Patient-Ventilator Interactions
- Managing the Patient with Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension: A Customized Approach
- Interstitial Lung Disease: 2016 Update in Diagnosis and Management
2. FCCP Designation and Convocation.
I am also proud to say that last year I was one of the first nonphysician Fellows of the American College of Chest Physicians (FCCP) to be inducted. The Fellow designation is now more inclusive, encouraging all health-care professionals who demonstrate excellence in chest medicine to apply. I am excited to attend convocation at CHEST 2016 and see more advance practice providers receive this designation. Find more information on the FCCP designation.
3. Postgraduate Courses.
There will also be postgraduate courses that the whole patient care team can benefit from:
- ICU Management: An Interactive Course for ICU Directors and Their Critical Care Team
- Pulmonary Medicine 2016: Year in Review and Clinical Update
- Sleep Medicine 2016: Year in Review and Clinical Update
4. NetWork and Trainee Mixer. Did you know that CHEST recently created the Interprofessional Team NetWork? This NetWork will have representatives available at the NetWork and Trainee mixer during CHEST 2016. The mixer will provide a space to mix and mingle and also find out about volunteer opportunities within CHEST.
5. Continuing Education Credits.
Registered nursing credit will be available. The American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) accepts certificates of participation for PAs for education at CHEST 2016. PAs may receive a maximum of 36.25 Category I credits for completing this activity. And, an application will be submitted to the American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC) for continuing education contact hours for respiratory therapists. Check back at our CME/CE Credit and MOC Points webpage for updates and more information.
Rita Williams, NP-C, PA, FCCP has worked in pulmonary medicine for 7 years. The last 5 years she has been working in a multidisciplinary group practicing pulmonary, critical care, and sleep medicine. She coordinated the development of the group’s successful COPD program to reduce 30-day hospital readmission rates. This was a perfect example of the importance and impact of a multidisciplinary team approach to providing excellent quality care that can improve patient outcomes. She is interested in smoking/vaping cessation and prevention and would love to start a program in the elementary, middle, and high schools in her community so children never start smoking and can educate and encourage their parents who do smoke/vape to quit.
She has also worked in adult internal medicine/primary care, hematology, and oncology as an hospitalist and as the didactic coordinator and clinical instructor for 6 years at the Stanford University Primary Care Associate Program in Palo Alto, CA. She is a graduate of the Stanford University Primary Care Associate Program at Stanford University in Palo Alto, CA, and the San Francisco State University Adult Nurse Practitioner Master in Nursing Program in San Francisco, CA. Prior to her career as a nurse practitioner and physician assistant, she worked more than 20 years as a registered nurse in surgical intensive care and postanesthesia care.