AARC Summer Forum

Friday, July 13, 2012

Plenary Session

7:30 am – 8:25 am
Cheryl A Hoerr MBA RRT FAARC - Chair, AARC Program Committee /Presiding
Patrick J Dunne MEd RRT FAARC
Patrick J Dunne MEd RRT FAARC.

The Transformation of Respiratory Care: More of the Same or a Defining Moment for the Profession?

Patrick J Dunne MEd RRT FAARC , Fullerton CA

Over the past 35 years, there has been no shortage of health care initiatives directed at modernizing a delivery system believed by many to be mired in an anachronistic process lacking relevance in today’s technological era. While well intentioned, most of these initiatives have wound up on the dust pile of history, leaving many jaded perceptions that significant changes in health care are all but impossible. It is therefore fair to ask whether the current calls to redefine the practice of respiratory care are simply more of the same and doomed to the same outcome, or have we finally reached a point where actual changes can take place?

Education Section Membership Meeting

8:35 am – 9:05 am
Joseph Sorbello MEd RRT - Chair, AARC Education Section /Presiding

Updates on issues important to the section will be discussed, with interactive dialogue on how the section chair and the AARC can better serve the Education Section and its members. This is your opportunity to influence the profession and network with your peers. All Summer Forum attendees are invited to attend.

Management Section Membership Meeting

8:35 am – 9:05 am
Bill Cohagen BA RRT FAARC - Chair, AARC Management Section /Presiding

Updates on issues important to the section will be discussed, with interactive dialogue on how the section chair and the AARC can better serve the Management Section and its members. This is your opportunity to influence the profession and network with your peers. All Summer Forum attendees are invited to attend.

Educator Track

9:10 am – 12:15 pm
Joseph Sorbello MEd RRT - Chair, AARC Education Section /Presiding

Taking a Program from Good to Great!

Gary White MEd RRT RPFT
Gary White MEd RRT RPFT
9:10 am – 9:50 am

Re-engaging Your Advisory Committee: From Improving Participation to Understanding Their Role in the Accreditation Process

Gary White MEd RRT RPFT , Spokane WA

The lecture will describe the roles and responsibilities of the advisory committee as they relate to CoARC standards. The presenter will discuss potential solutions to the challenges faced by programs in improving advisory committee involvement and recruiting and retaining valuable advisory committee members.

Stephen P Mikles EdS RRT FAARC
Stephen P Mikles EdS RRT FAARC
9:55 am – 10:35 am

Engaging Graduates and Employers in Program Evaluation

Stephen P Mikles EdS RRT FAARC , Pinellas Park FL

This presentation will describe several methods for increasing the quantity and quality of information gathered from graduate and employer surveys. Attend this lecture and learn how to include these results in the CoARC Annual Report of Current Status.

10:35 am – 10:50 am

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David Bowton MD FCCP FCCM
David Bowton MD FCCP FCCM
10:50 am – 11:30 am

Re-engaging Your Medical Director: From Improving Participation to Understanding His/Her Role in the Accreditation Process

David Bowton MD FCCP FCCM , Salem NC

The presenter will describe the roles and responsibilities of the medical director as they relate to CoARC standards. The lecture will discuss potential solutions to the challenges faced by programs in improving physician interaction and medical director involvement. Attend this presentation and learn new strategies to re-engage your most valued advocate.

Kathy Rye EdD RRT FAARC
Kathy Rye EdD RRT FAARC
11:35 am – 12:15 pm

Models of Successful Inter-Rater Reliability Program

Kathy Rye EdD RRT FAARC , Little Rock AR

This presentation will review several models of inter-rater reliability programs and discuss how key components of each program contributed to their success. Participants will be able to identify common elements of successful inter-rater reliability programs, identify and minimize obstacles to implementation and evaluate their current program for suggested methods of improvement.

Manager Track

9:10 am – 12:15 pm
Bill Cohagen BA RRT FAARC - Chair, AARC Management Section /Presiding

View from the "C SUITE"

John Walton MBA RRT FAARC FACHE
John Walton MBA RRT FAARC FACHE
9:10 am – 9:50 am

The New Health Care System: Where Do We Fit?

John Walton MBA RRT FAARC FACHE , Elk Grove Village IL

With the profound changes underway in health reform, it’s crucial that RT directors understand the new rules that will dictate the organizational health of our hospitals and how we as clinicians and leaders can contribute to success. Using real examples of how health systems are grappling with the Medicare incentives under the Hospital Readmission Reduction Program and Value Based Purchasing, roles for RTs will be examined.

Creating a Culture of Accountability

Cheryl Hoerr MBA RRT CPFT FAARC
Cheryl Hoerr MBA RRT CPFT FAARC
9:55 am – 10:35 am
Cheryl Hoerr MBA RRT CPFT FAARC , Rolla MO

Many have a negative impression of “accountability,” and most think of it as knowing who to blame when things go south. However, good managers and leaders define accountability in a positive way and use it as a framework to develop and coach their employees. This presentation will review several different frameworks for developing an accountable culture within your organization and the positive outcomes that can be achieved in terms of patient safety, employee engagement, and patient satisfaction.

10:35 am – 10:50 am

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Joining the Executive Club: Do You Have What It Takes?

John Walton MBA RRT FAARC FACHE
John Walton MBA RRT FAARC FACHE
10:50 am – 11:30 am
John Walton MBA RRT FAARC FACHE , Elk Grove Village IL

At last year’s Summer Forum, a CEO described his personal journey from staff RT to the executive suite and what it took for him to make the change. This year’s presentation will serve as a sequel with Mr. Walton describing the skills, knowledge, competencies, and achievements that are required for managers to be successful at higher leadership levels culminating at the executive suite.

Leader or Manager: What Am I and Is There a Difference?

Frank Salvatore RRT MBA FAARC
Frank Salvatore RRT MBA FAARC
11:35 am – 12:15 pm
Frank Salvatore RRT MBA FAARC , Middletown NY

While your title may say “manager,” it is likely your boss expects you to be a leader as well. The presenter will define and differentiate the roles, responsibilities, and characteristics for managers and leaders and will provide strategies for developing your style and value as both. Can leaders really be born with the trait, or does it take years of practice to become good at? Attend this lecture to find out!

Educator Track

2:00 pm – 4:20 pm
Joseph Sorbello MEd RRT - Chair, AARC Education Section /Presiding

Fostering Self-directedness in Undergraduate Learners

Shawna Strickland PhD RRT-NPS AE-C FAARC
Shawna Strickland PhD RRT-NPS AE-C FAARC
2:00 pm – 2:40 pm
Shawna Strickland PhD RRT-NPS AE-C FAARC , Columbia MO

The ability of undergraduate students to engage in self-directed learning is relevant to professional education in that it is a requisite for continuous learning after graduation. Fostering self-directedness in an undergraduate respiratory therapy program may provide a framework for future autonomous and self-directed learning as a professional. The participant will be able to define and apply self-directedness and adult learning principles, identify barriers to fostering self-directedness in learning, and develop methods to mentor and foster self-directedness in learning.

Authentic Learning Tasks

Nancy Colletti PhD RRT CPFT
Nancy Colletti PhD RRT CPFT
2:45 pm – 3:25 pm

Designing Authentic Learning Using the APLUS Model

Nancy Colletti PhD RRT CPFT , Kettering OH

This presentation will allow participants to identify and describe authentic learning activities, describe the relationship between authentic learning and critical thinking skills, and describe each of the phases of the APLUS (active, plan, learn, use, show) model. The lecture will identify types of learning tasks, discuss the role of these tasks in respiratory care education, and highlight the use of resources and scaffolds to assist learners acquiring new knowledge.

3:25 pm – 3:40 pm

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Economics 101 for Respiratory Care Program Directors

Tom Barnes EdD RRT FAARC
Tom Barnes EdD RRT FAARC
3:40 pm – 4:20 pm
Tom Barnes EdD RRT FAARC , Boston MA

This presentation will examine the current economics of respiratory care programs. It will present data from AARC 2005 & 2009 Human Resource Studies and the 2010 Survey of Respiratory Therapy Program Directors related to enrollments, graduation rates, number of faculty for the average and median program, as well as the range. The method and cost of providing clinical instruction will be discussed in terms of how it impacts program budgets, enrollment capacity, and stability. The impact of small enrollments of 15 to 20 or lower on program stability, faculty salary, and the curriculum offered will be discussed. Finally, an optimal model for enrollment size, number of faculty, and clinical instruction will be presented.

Manager Track

2:00 pm – 4:20 pm
Bill Cohagen BA RRT FAARC - Chair, AARC Management Section /Presiding

What's the Evidence, and How Do We Market Our Services?

Garry Kauffman MPA FACHE RRT FAARC
Garry Kauffman MPA FACHE RRT FAARC
2:00 pm – 2:40 pm
Garry Kauffman MPA FACHE RRT FAARC , Winston Salem NC

We’ve grown as a profession from counting “Treatments Done” to “Value Added”… or have we? Many of us still count what’s “countable” rather than what makes a difference in patient outcomes, satisfaction, and organizational performance. This presentation will examine peer-reviewed evidence as well as anecdotal evidence that document the value of respiratory care in the domains of financial performance, clinical quality outcomes, and patient satisfaction. The speaker will also provide a “cut and paste” plan to market the value of your services to your internal and external customers in a way that they will never question again the value of respiratory care services.

Pulmonary Rehab: a Copy and Paste Program for Success

Mary Hart MS RRT AE-C FAARC
Mary Hart MS RRT AE-C FAARC
2:45 pm – 3:25 pm
Mary Hart MS RRT AE-C FAARC , San Antonio TX

As the number of COPD diagnoses and aging patients increase, pulmonary rehabilitation is a service every hospital should provide. The speaker will describe the benefits of pulmonary rehabilitation, discuss G codes and billing components for both COPD and non-COPD patients, and offer suggestions on how to make PR a program your C-suite can’t say no to. Are you looking to create added value for your department and staff? Would you like to add favorably to the bottom line of your organization? Attend this lecture and find out if a PR program is right for you!

3:25 pm – 3:40 pm

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Get Your Department to the 25th Percentile

Frank Salvatore MBA RRT FAARC
Frank Salvatore MBA RRT FAARC
3:40 pm – 4:20 pm
Frank Salvatore MBA RRT FAARC , Middletown NY

If you’re a manager who hasn’t been compared to “benchmark” and asked to attain that level of performance, you’re either the luckiest person on Earth or you can expect an e-mail about it when you return from this conference. The speaker will guide us in terms of examining whether the data is relevant, provide strategies that you can employ to improve your efficiency, and prepare you to have the conversation with your boss on how to use data.

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Educators & Managers

7:00 am – 7:55 am

BCN: Bagel, Coffee, Networking

You asked and we delivered! In response to suggestions from those who attended previous Summer Forums, we’ve slotted this hour for educators and managers to ask questions of speakers, interact with their peers, and learn from one another. Enjoy a light breakfast and enjoy the company of others who are passionate about the profession.

Plenary Session

8:00 am – 9:30 am
Cheryl A Hoerr MBA RRT FAARC - Chair, AARC Program Committee /Presiding

Agency Updates

Karen J Stewart MS RRT FAARC, AARC President
Michael T Amato MBA, ARCF Chair
Stephen P Mikles EdS RRT FAARC, CoARC President
Kerry E George MEd RRT FAARC, NBRC President

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

Karen J Stewart MS RRT FAARC, AARC President
Karen J Stewart MS RRT FAARC, AARC President
Michael T Amato MBA, ARCF Chair
Michael T Amato MBA, ARCF Chair
Stephen P Mikles EdS RRT FAARC, CoARC President
Stephen P Mikles EdS RRT FAARC, CoARC President
Kerry E George MEd RRT FAARC, NBRC President
Kerry E George MEd RRT FAARC, NBRC President










9:30 am – 9:40 am

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Educator Track

9:40 am – 12:00 noon
Joseph Sorbello MEd RRT - Chair, AARC Education Section

Win-Win Program Development: Doing More with Less

Crystal Dunlevy EdD RRT RCP
Crystal Dunlevy EdD RRT RCP
9:40 am – 10:20 am

Preceptor Training

Crystal Dunlevy EdD RRT RCP , Columbus OH

Although most respiratory therapy programs rely heavily on the preceptor model to provide clinical education, there is currently no standardized training program for clinical preceptors. This presentation will share a standardized clinical preceptor-training program that can be used by RT departments in preparing instructors to deliver effective clinical education and by the RT education program to meet the CoARC requirement regarding inter-rater reliability. Training involves the Clinical PEP (Practices of Effective Preceptors) modules that include short PowerPoint presentations and videos illustrating both effective and ineffective implementation of the topics presented. These modules represent a comprehensive preceptor-training program that could be used nationally to fulfill an important RT education program accreditation requirement.

Sarah Varekojis PhD RRT RCP
Sarah Varekojis PhD RRT RCP
10:25 am – 11:05 am

Peer Teaching

Sarah Varekojis PhD RRT RCP , Columbus OH

Research has shown that peer teaching by pairing first-year and second-year students, is not only an effective method of instruction but also enhances students’ professional and personal development. Peer teaching represents an underutilized, yet highly effective resource for RT laboratory instruction. Implementing a peer teaching respiratory therapy laboratory can offer opportunities for developing leadership skills and for enhancing instruction. It potentially plays an important role in developing professional skills like communication, decision-making, leadership, confidence, respect for the “teacher” and in enhancing understanding and retention of topics for the “learner.” This presentation will provide examples of successful implementation strategies and successful outcomes.

11:05 am – 11:20 am

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Georgianna Sergakis PhD RRT RCP
Georgianna Sergakis PhD RRT RCP
11:20 am – 12:00 noon

Service Learning

Georgianna Sergakis PhD RRT RCP , Columbus OH

Service learning as a teaching and learning strategy is appreciated by RT students and contributes to deeper understanding of the complex social and professional issues in respiratory care. However, the development of a true service learning experience for RT students involves far more than arranging a clinical experience in a community area. For students to truly “make meaning” from the experience, the instructor must carefully engineer this learning experience. Promoting community involvement in this way is mutually beneficial for both student and the community. This presentation will focus on the development and evaluation of service learning. Discussion of course construction, continuous improvement and research endeavors related to the experience will also be explored.

Manager Track

9:40 am – 12:00 noon
Bill Cohagen BA RRT FAARC - Chair, AARC Management Section /Presiding

Performance Improvement: Tools You Can Use!

JB Collins III MBA RRT
JB Collins III MBA RRT
9:40 am – 10:20 am
JB Collins III MBA RRT , Winston Salem NC

At the conclusion of this presentation, participants will understand why they must know and use process improvement as a means to improve patient care and department operations. The presenter will discuss and raise awareness of the purpose and use of key process improvement methods, and share healthcare examples and templates for each method.

Staffing Your Department: How Many?

Richard M Ford RRT FAARC
Richard M Ford RRT FAARC
10:25 am – 11:05 am
Richard M Ford RRT FAARC , San Diego CA

There is no greater challenge than determining the number of staff to ensure the right things get done right. Managers must use tools to determine staffing needs in order to provide safe and quality care and to match resources with work demand that will justify resources needed to hospital administrators. Concepts will include use of the AARC URM with demonstration of tools that can be applied to quantify the demand for services and the number of staff required.

11:05 am – 11:20 am

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Cost Containment in a Change Health Care Environment: Are You Focused on the Right Things?

Cheryl Hoerr MBA RRT CPFT FAARC
Cheryl Hoerr MBA RRT CPFT FAARC
11:20 am – 12:00 noon
Cheryl Hoerr MBA RRT CPFT FAARC , Rolla MO

You’ve heard the phrase ad nauseum: reduce cost but maintain service and outcomes. While staffing and supplies are large line items in the budget, cutting staff is shortsighted and typically a failed strategy. This presentation will outline some of the challenges of cost containment and present a different perspective on cost containment that you can utilize in your hospital.

Educator Track

1:45 pm – 3:55 pm
Joseph Sorbello MEd RRT - Chair, AARC Education Section

Developing Professionalism in the

Tammy Kurszewski MEd RRT
Tammy Kurszewski MEd RRT
1:45 pm – 2:25 pm
Tammy Kurszewski MEd RRT , Wichita Falls TX

Clinical educators face the challenges of developing professionalism in a generation raised with a sense of entitlement. Respiratory care students frequently present with little work experience and no customer service skills. In the professional health care environment, they often struggle to find the recognition they have to come to expect as part of the “trophy generation.” What strategies can educators utilize to bridge the transition into the health care arena? How do we empower future generations of respiratory therapists while also developing their sense of professionalism? The answer to these and other questions will be addressed in this presentation.

Leading Undergraduate and Graduate Research Teams to Publication in a Science Journal

Tom Barnes EdD RRT FAARC
Tom Barnes EdD RRT FAARC
2:30 pm – 3:10 pm
Tom Barnes EdD RRT FAARC , Boston MA

The presentation will use two student research projects, one undergraduate and the other graduate, to explain how student research is organized and brought to fruition. The presentation will describe the faculty leadership and guidance required, what can be expected from students, and how to integrate the research into their normal program of study. Practical information on matters such as how to schedule data collection so that it doesn’t interfere with student schedules, developing the research questions and hypotheses, assigning research responsibilities, and staying on schedule will be discussed. The writing of the research abstract by students will also be covered.

Experiences in Research at the Community College Level

Doug Pursley MEd RRT
Doug Pursley MEd RRT
3:15 pm – 3:55 pm
Doug Pursley MEd RRT , Springfield MO

This presentation will highlight and summarize the presenter’s involvement with research at the community college level over the past six years. The pros and cons of starting and maintaining a research component to a respiratory care program will be discussed. Examples of past student projects will be presented. Do research projects make for better students? Attend this presentation to find out!

Manager Track

1:45 pm – 4:15 pm
Bill Cohagen BA RRT FAARC - Chair, AARC Management Section /Presiding
JB Collins III MBA RRT
JB Collins III MBA RRT.

Performance Improvement Tools: Putting Them Into Practice

1:45 pm – 4:15 pm
JB Collins III MBA RRT , Winston Salem NC

This practice session builds upon the information provided in the earlier didactic session and will involve participants in groups of 6-8 to select an opportunity for improvement, practice each method, report out their work, and obtain direct feedback from the audience. Roll up your sleeves and learn by doing. This presentation is anything but your typical podium-delivered presentation!

Sunday, July 15, 2012

7:30 am – 9:00 am
Cheryl A Hoerr MBA RRT FAARC - Chair, AARC Program Committee /Presiding
Robert C Shaw Jr. PhD RRT FAARC
Robert C Shaw Jr. PhD RRT FAARC.

Jimmy A Young Memorial Lecture

Presented by the National Board for Respiratory Care

Credentialing Evolution Continues

Robert C Shaw Jr. PhD RRT FAARC , NBRC Assistant Executive Director and Psychometrician
Kerry E George MEd RRT FAARC NBRC President

This program will describe in detail ongoing internal research the NBRC has been conducting for several years resulting in significant changes that the NBRC Board has approved and will be implementing to the CRT and RRT multiple choice examinations and the Clinical Simulation Examination in the future.











Educator Track

9:10 am – 11:55 am
Joseph Sorbello MEd RRT - Chair, AARC Education Section /Presiding
Doug Pursley MEd RRT
Doug Pursley MEd RRT.

Using MacGyver Techniques and Simple Modeling to Teach Basic Concepts in Respiratory Care

9:10 am – 9:50 am
Doug Pursley MEd RRT , Springfield MO

This presentation will focus on the use of simple, minimal resource modeling techniques that can be used to help students grasp basic concepts in respiratory care. Models explaining gas laws, pulmonary compliance, and airway resistance will be discussed. Attendees will be given instructions on how to construct a working ventilator out of garden-variety respiratory supplies.

9:50 am – 10:10 am

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Promoting Teamwork and Coordinated Patient Care Through Interprofessional Simulation

Georgianna Sergakis PhD RRT RCP
Georgianna Sergakis PhD RRT RCP
10:10 am – 10:50 am
Georgianna Sergakis PhD RRT RCP , Columbus OH

Health care professionals are required to work together as a team to care for patients. However, traditional pre-professional training methods for nursing and respiratory therapy do not usually involve opportunities for interdisciplinary education. Most RT programs now incorporate high-fidelity clinical simulation as it translates well to the clinical practice. Yet, we seldom train simultaneously with other members of the health care team. This presentation will explore the implementation of interprofessional education in simulated, multifaceted patient scenarios and will describe the multiple positive learning outcomes that result.

Dr. Fred Helmholz Education Lecture Series

Bill Galvin MSEd RRT CPFT AE-C FAARC
Bill Galvin MSEd RRT CPFT AE-C FAARC
Presented by the Committee on Accreditation for Respiratory Care
10:55 am – 11:55 am

Excellence in Respiratory Care Education: Creating an Exemplary RC Program

Bill Galvin MSEd RRT CPFT AE-C FAARC , Gwynedd Valley PA

This presentation will identify and explain the three key variables that shape program design. Mr. Galvin will also share results of select variables from successful programs, briefly identify elements of success, and identify the single key ingredient to program and professional success. What are they you ask? You’ll have to attend to find out.

Manager Track

9:10 am – 11:55 am
Bill Cohagen BA RRT FAARC - Chair, AARC Management Section /Presiding

Disease State Management: Are You Ready?

Mary Hart MS RRT AE-C FAARC
Mary Hart MS RRT AE-C FAARC
9:10 am – 9:50 am
Mary Hart MS RRT AE-C FAARC , San Antonio TX

Hospitals are being held more “accountable” for patient outcomes, LOS, and readmission rates of patients than ever before. The number of chronic patients being admitted to hospitals is on the rise and having a direct financial impact to organizations. RTs must take this “perfect storm of opportunity” to prove their value to their organization. The speaker will discuss chronic disease aspects and how they impact hospitals. The attendee will also be able to identify areas of opportunity for RTs in chronic disease management and explore new roles for the respiratory therapist.

9:50 am – 10:10 am

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You Can't Please Everyone...or Can You? Developing An Effective Educational Plan for Respiratory Care Departments

Shawna Strickland PhD RRT-NPS AE-C FAARC
Shawna Strickland PhD RRT-NPS AE-C FAARC
10:10 am – 10:50 am
Shawna Strickland PhD RRT-NPS AE-C FAARC , Columbia MO

At the end of this presentation, participants will be able to identify pertinent stakeholders affected by RT department education, discuss applicable adult learning principles, and set goals and objectives. The presenter will identify barriers to effective education among stakeholders, identify ways to engage staff, satisfy accreditation, and avoid duplication of efforts.

Be Seen, Not Overlooked - 10 Value Added Ideas

Richard M Ford RRT FAARC
Richard M Ford RRT FAARC
10:55 am – 11:55 am
Richard M Ford RRT FAARC , San Diego CA

RC departments may only represent 2% of a hospital’s workforce, but they play a dominant role by providing care throughout the health care system. RC departments must position their services as being essential to the provision of quality care. So how does one do that? Attend this lecture and identify the Top 10 value added ideas from a seasoned RT manager.