American Association for Respiratory Care

AARC Summer Forum


All TracksManager TrackEducator Track

Plenary Session

7:00 am – 9:25 am

Chair, AARC Program Committee/Presiding
Michael T Amato George W Gaebler Kerry E George Kathy   Rye

Agency Updates

7:00 am – 8:20 am

George W Gaebler MSEd RRT FAARC - AARC President
Michael T Amato MBA, ARCF Chair
Kathy Rye EdD RRT FAARC, CoARC President-Elect
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.

Dean R Hess

What’s in the Journal This Month? How Managers and Educators Can Get the Most From Their Journal

8:25 am – 9:25 am

Dean R Hess PhD RRT FAARC, Boston MA

There has been an exponential growth in both the number and quality of papers published in RESPIRATORY CARE over the past 5 years. In 2013, the Journal fully implemented a new website to make the Journal contents more accessible to readers. This presentation will provide a detailed tour of the new website, with suggestions from the editor about how respiratory therapists can optimize their use of all that the Journal has to offer.

9:25 am – 9:40 am


Educator Track

9:40 am – 2:30 pm

Joseph Sorbello MSEd RT RRT
Chair, AARC Education Section/Presiding
David C Shelledy

CoARC Symposium: New Horizons in RC Education

9:40 am – 10:20 am

Advanced Practice Respiratory Therapist Update
David C Shelledy PhD RRT FAARC FASAHP, Chicago IL

The presenter will describe the potential role of an Advanced Practice Respiratory Therapist (APRT) in today’s health care environment. In addition, the presenter will discuss possible educational programs to prepare the APRT and the implications of advanced practice on national credentialing and state licensure.

Kathy   Rye

10:25 am – 11:05 am

Managing Your Clinical Sites
Kathy Rye EdD RRT FAARC, Russellville AR

The quality of a program’s clinical education is considered to be at the heart of any successful respiratory care program. This presentation will address some of the key issues by describing strategies for identifying clinical sites that enhance student experiences. In addition, it will describe various models for precepting students in the clinical setting and discuss ways to maintain positive relationships with the program’s clinical sites.

11:05 am – 11:20 am

Pat   Munzer

11:20 am – 12:00 noon

Degree Ladder: Opportunities for Practitioners
Pat Munzer DHSc RRT FAARC, Topeka KS

The presenter will describe various pathways for graduates of associate’s degree programs to earn baccalaureate and graduate degrees. Various models of articulation agreements that provide opportunities for practitioners to earn additional degrees will also be addressed. Additionally, the presenter will identify potential barriers that may prevent practitioners from earning additional degrees and possible resources to remove such barriers.

12:00 noon – 12:20 pm

Break (Boxed lunch optional)
Allen N Gustin Jr

Update on Revisions to the CoARC Standards for the Profession of Respiratory Care (Working Lunch)

12:20 pm – 1:00 pm

Allen N Gustin Jr MD FCCP, Chicago IL

The presenter will begin with a brief explanation of the process for revision of the CoARC standards. Attendees will then be provided with an overview of the proposed new accreditation standards and their implications for programs and the profession. Emphasis will be placed on the most significant differences between the current and new standards. Strategies for implementing programmatic changes to address compliance with the new standards will also be discussed. Time will be allotted for questions and comments from members of the audience.

Mary K Hart George W Gaebler

A Different Type of Simulation: The Use of Standardized Patients for a Pre-Clinical Experience

1:05 pm – 1:45 pm

Rationale and Implementation of Standardized Patients
DeDe Gardner MSHP RRT FAARC, San Antonio TX
Mary K Hart MS RRT AE-C FAARC, San Antonio TX

Standardized patients are routinely used across the U.S. to prepare physicians for licensure and to evaluate the clinical assessment skills of healthcare professionals. Scripted scenarios are developed and “played” during simulated patient encounters in a mock examination room. This session will explain the rationale, use and experiences associated with respiratory care students utilizing standardized patients in the pre-clinical environment.

1:50 pm – 2:30 pm

Determining Inter-rater Reliability Between Faculty Observers and Outcomes Assessment of the Program

Accreditation standards are now mandating programs to institute measures to assure some form of inter-rater reliability among faculty. Additionally, assessing program outcomes with regard to competency is critical to the success of any program. This session will address the use of a rubric to evaluate respiratory therapy students in pre-clinical experiences with standardized patients. The presenter will also share outcomes data for their three years of experience with this unique process.

Manager Track

9:40 am – 2:25 pm

Bill Cohagen BA RRT FAARC
Chair, AARC Management Section/Presiding
Mary K Hart

New Roles, New Value

9:40 am – 10:20 am

Respiratory Therapists as Asthma Patient Navigators

Transitioning patients from the hospital to home or to an asthma outpatient clinic has always been a challenge for most healthcare organizations. Those “frequent flyers” continue to present to our EDs regardless of how many prescriptions of controller medications are written by physicians! The Asthma Patient Navigator can help identify those high-risk patients and work with them to gain control over their asthma.

10:25 am – 11:05 am

COPD Navigator—Bridging the Gap

COPD exacerbations can be fatal or result in lengthy hospitalizations. We owe it to our patients to help them remain as healthy, active, and happy as possible by teaching them how to better manage their disease. The presenter will discuss how RTs have led the way in COPD management—using Navigators as the experts to transition COPD patients from the hospital to a chronic disease management program.

11:05 am – 11:20 am

Pamela F Cipriano

View from the C-Suite: The Consultants Are Coming: Now What?

11:20 am – 12:00 noon

Pamela F Cipriano PhD RN NEA-BC FAAN, Charlottesville VA

This two-part program, consisting of a lecture followed by an interactive workshop, will provide the attendees with critical information on why consultants are engaged, what goals they are asked to achieve, what information clinical managers must provide, and how clinical managers can not only survive but become recognized by the consultant and their organization as a value-added leader.

12:00 noon – 12:20 pm

Break (Boxed lunch optional)

View from the C-Suite: Consultants Workshop (Working Lunch)

Bill Cohagen BA RRT FAARC and Garry W Kauffman MPA FACHE RRT FAARC /Presiding

12:20 pm – 2:30 pm

Pamela F Cipriano PhD RN NEA-BC FAAN

Based upon the information presented in the morning lecture, this workshop is designed as an interactive session to provide the attendees with information essential to their ability to document and communicate the value of their departmental services and respiratory therapists in a manner that will be accepted by the consultants. Secondly, for RT leaders, this session will be critical to your ability to showcase your value as a clinical leader.