American Association for Respiratory Care

Pre-Summer Forum Programs


National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC)


9:00 am – 3:00 pm

NBRC- Sponsored Item Writing Workshop

The National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC) will sponsor a free 6-hour item writing workshop that is designed to assist the attendee to develop his/her skills in effective and high-quality multiple-choice item writing. There is no preregistration for this workshop. The number of attendees is limited to a first-come first-serve basis while on-site. Following this workshop, you may choose to serve as an item writer for future NBRC credentialing examinations. Hone your item-writing skills and enhance your program’s test bank. Aid your credentialing organization in developing effective and high-quality credentialing examinations.


Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC)


12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Meet the Commission

CoARC Board members and Executive Office Staff will address the following accreditation issues:

  • Recent changes to CoARC policies, procedures, and documentation involving the referee process
  • Accreditation requirements and recommended improvements of the program
  • Communicating appropriately and effectively with the program referee and Executive Office Staff
  • Update on the Accreditation Standards revision process.
Prior registration for this session is strongly encouraged. To register, please contact Shelley Christensen at at CoARC by July 1. Specific programmatic questions (e.g., reaccreditation timeline, program action letters, status of recent actions or requests, etc.) should be directed to the CoARC Executive Office. CoARC strongly encourages attendees to submit questions, which will be addressed at the session by one of the commissioners. There will also be an opportunity to ask questions at the event. Please pre-submit any question that you would like to be addressed to Shelley Christensen at


American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC)


1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Clinical Preceptor and Inter-Rater Reliability Workshop: Clinical PEP (Practices of Effective Preceptors)
Bill F Galvin MSEd RRT CPFT AE-C FAARC/Presiding

Pre-registration required. Deadline: Friday, June 21, or when course is full. Approved for 2.50 hours of continuing education credits (CRCE). You must attend the entire course to receive CRCE credit; no partial credit will be awarded.

Target Audience: Program directors, directors of clinical education, department managers, and hospital-based educators

This program will be of great interest to educators and managers alike! Newly developed CoARC guidelines specify that programs must develop and implement processes that ensure consistency and reduce variability among individuals who perform clinical evaluations. This requirement has created a need for innovative and creative approaches to assure the attainment of inter-rater reliability within the pre-clinical and clinical components of RT programs. Alternately, respiratory departments and clinical staff also benefit when their clinical educators are well-versed in adult learning principles and are able to give effective, meaningful feedback that allows therapists to improve their clinical performance. This 4-hour interactive workshop will begin with an overview of a Clinical PEP (Practices of Effective Preceptors) Program and will take you step-by-step through the development and implementation of the program. You’ll leave with the background and skills to help your clinical preceptors and educators be the best they can be for the benefit of your students, employees and newly hired therapists.

Crystal L Dunlevy 

1:00 pm – 1:10 pm

Program Overview
Crystal L Dunlevy EdD RRT RCP Columbus OH

This opening session will provide an overview and orientation to the history and evolution of the Clinical PEP (Practices of Effective Preceptors) Program.


1:15 pm – 1:55 pm

Centering on the Learner
Crystal L Dunlevy EdD RRT RCP Columbus OH

This interactive session will describe the general principles of adult learning. It will emphasize adapting clinical education to meeting the learning needs of your students, staff and newly-hired therapists. Additionally, it will discuss the most effective ways to motivate the student learner.

Georgianna G Sergakis 

2:00 pm – 2:40 pm

Practices of Effective Preceptors
Georgianna G Sergakis PhD RRT RCP Columbus OH

This interactive presentation will review the essential elements needed to balance that fine line between being a nurturing, supportive facilitator and a veteran clinical expert. It will address effective mentoring practices and creation of an empathetic learning environment to support the development of the preceptee.


2:40 pm – 2:55 pm

Sarah L Varekojis 

2:55 pm – 3:35 pm

Evaluation and Feedback
Sarah L Varekojis PhD RRT RCP

Consistently, one of the areas preceptors report difficulty with is evaluating a student or staff member’s performance and providing feedback. While many tools exist for evaluating clinical skills, evaluating professional attributes can be challenging. This final session will address the challenge of providing feedback to students and staff, and will highlight strategies that will benefit all preceptors trying to develop both the art and science of respiratory care.


3:40 pm – 4:00 pm

Questions, Answers, Comments
Crystal L Dunlevy EdD RRT RCP
Georgianna G Sergakis PhD RRT RCP
Sarah L Varekojis PhD RRT RCP

The workshop will conclude with a question and answer session as well as an opportunity to share experiences in clinical preceptor training and inter-rater reliability.


American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC)


5:00 pm – 6:30 pm

Welcome Reception

Stressed from a long day of travel? Apprehensive that it's your first Summer Forum and you aren't sure what to expect? Or perhaps you're just anxious to reconnect with old friends? Regardless, you'll want to be sure not to miss the AARC Summer Forum Welcome Reception. Enjoy beverages and light snacks as you network with colleagues from around the country and mingle with AARC Corporate Partners. Interact with executives from the AARC, CoARC and the NBRC. There's no better way to kick off 3 days of learning than by attending this opening event. Attendance is limited to registered attendees only.