Oct. 4–7, 2017

Indianapolis, IN

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Student Track

Are you an RT student? Are you attending AARC Congress 2017 in Indianapolis this October? Then you will not want to miss the following 12 must-have sessions for RTs in training.

Identified especially for students by AARC Associate Executive Director of Education Shawna Strickland, PhD, RRT-NPS, FAARC, these sessions will be full of essential information to help you navigate your new career, understand important implications and nuances of bedside care, get up to speed on cutting-edge technology that might not even be covered in your RT program, and even cope with the emotions you’re bound to feel the first time one of your patients doesn’t pull through.

So put these sessions on your must-have list and we’ll see you in Indy this October!

Wednesday, Oct. 4 | 11:00 am–12:00 pm | Room TBA

Orientation for First-time Attendees

Thomas Lamphere

Thomas Lamphere BS RRT-ACCS RPFT FAARC, Irving TX

Are you a first-time attendee with unanswered questions about who to see, where to go, and what to expect from your first AARC Congress? If so, then attendance at this presentation is a MUST for you! This presentation provides first-time attendees with an overview of the entire AARC Congress and includes suggestions on how to maximize your time, not only at the educational session but also at the exhibits and peripheral activities as well.

Wednesday, Oct. 4 | 1:30 pm–2:05 pm | Room TBA | Clinical Practice

Breath Sounds: Are We Getting It Right?

Brian Cayko

Brian Cayko BS MBA RRT, Great Falls MT

This session will examine the need for a common pulmonary nomenclature for auscultation of lung sounds. This lecture will include an audio presentation and interactive audience polling using your mobile devices!

Wednesday, Oct. 4 | 4:50 pm–5:25 pm | Room TBA | Management

Finding the Evidence: Separating Science From Fake News

Dean R Hess

Dean R Hess PhD RRT FAARC, Boston MA

What is the best evidence? When do you trust a colleague and when do you need a randomized controlled trial? This lecture will describe an approach to the scientific method to facilitate decision-making based on evidence rather than anecdote.

Thursday, Oct. 5 | 10:30 am–11:30 am | Room TBA

Using Waveforms To Evaluate Asynchrony

David Vines

David Vines MHS RRT FAARC, Chicago IL

Mechanical ventilation waveforms are essential for evaluating asynchrony. This talk will demonstrate the most common kinds of asynchrony and provide examples of each. Ventilator changes to alleviate asynchrony will be discussed.

Thursday, Oct. 5 | 11:10 am–11:45 am | Room TBA

Advanced Ventilator Waveforms

Keith Lamb

Keith D Lamb RRT-ACCS FCCM, Des Moines IA

This lecture will describe ventilator waveforms that require additional maneuvers including pressure volume curves, flow volume curves, and evaluating stress index.

Thursday, Oct. 5 | 11:50 am–12:25 pm | Room TBA

Improving Patient Safety Through Reporting of Adverse Events

Thomas Lamphere

Thomas Lamphere BS RRT-ACCS RPFT FAARC, Sellersville PA

This lecture reviews adverse event reporting and how it relates to health care workers, and specifically, to a respiratory therapist. The reasons practitioners have difficulty in reporting events will be explored and up-to-date state/national statistics will be reviewed.

Thursday, Oct. 5 | 1:45 pm–2:20 pm | Room TBA | Education

The Importance of Cultural Awareness

Crystal Dunlevy

Crystal Dunlevy EdD RRT, Columbus OH

We cannot expect everyone to be culturally competent with every minority group (ethnic and otherwise), but we should all make an effort to be culturally sensitive and aware. This presentation will cover what questions to ask (and how to ask them) in order to make every patient feel like they are being heard and respected with regard to their cultural needs.

Friday, Oct. 6 | 8:00 am–8:45 am | Room TBA

44th Donald F Egan Scientific Memorial Lecture

Sangeeta Mehta

Caring for the Mechanically Ventilated Patient - a Patient-Centered Approach

Sangeeta Mehta MD, Toronto ON

Admission to the ICU and mechanical ventilation are difficult experiences for patients and their family members. The goals of patient care have changed tremendously, and now focus on an awake, comfortable, and interactive patient, who can mobilize and participate in care. Achievement of these goals presents new challenges to ICU clinicians. This presentation will highlight important evidence related to comfort and sedation management, ICU delirium, mobilization, and the patient experience.

Friday, Oct. 6 | 9:10 am–12:25 pm

Student Symposium for New Professionals

Cheryl Hoerr

9:10 am–9:45 am | Room TBA

Strategic Marketing: Getting That Dream Job


This presentation will provide an explanation of the value of marketing and how you can use key marketing principles to position yourself for your dream job. We will discuss trends in the respiratory field and show how to gather detailed information about the companies you would like to work for. We will also outline techniques to conduct an effective job search, along with a brief overview on how to develop your cover letter and resume and prep for that all-important interview.

Dana Evans

9:50 am–10:25 am | Room 217 D

How To Lose a Job Before You Are Hired

Dana Evans MHA RRT-NPS, Chesterfield MO

You have just landed an interview for your dream job. You are nervous, excited, and really want to impress the hiring leader. Did you know you could lose the job before you even arrive to the interview? The presenter will discuss common mistakes and pitfalls of job seekers, including those that may cost you the position before you are hired.

Crystal Dunlevy

10:30 am–11:05 am | Room 217 D

What It Means To Be a Professional

Crystal Dunlevy EdD RRT, Columbus OH

This presentation will provide an overview of the profession of respiratory care, including its history, evolution, role, and value. Emphasis will be placed on the characteristics and behaviors of a professional and the critical importance of being involved and engaged in the profession and maintaining professional membership.

Bill Galvin

11:10 am–11:45 am | Room 217 D

Acquiring Your Credential: Success on the Therapist Multiple Choice Examination

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

The presentation will address the factors that make for success in the examination process. It will cover preparatory issues and what you will experience onsite, as well as test-taking strategies and techniques. Emphasis will be placed on the new Therapist Multiple-Choice Examination (TMC) implemented by the NBRC in January 2015.

Bill Galvin

11:50 am–12:25 pm | Room 217 D

Acquiring Your Credential: Success on the Clinical Simulation Examination

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

This presentation will serve as a sequel to the previous one and will address the factors that make for success on the Clinical Simulation Examination. It will cover such issues as exam content, structure, and unique strategies for progressing through a branching logic type of exam. It will also highlight recent changes implemented in January 2015.

Friday, Oct. 6 | 1:45 pm–3:00 pm | Room TBA

PRO/CON: Asynchrony — Sedation/Paralysis vs. the Ventilator

David VinesJohn Davies

PRO: David Vines MHS RRT FAARC, Chicago IL
CON: John Davies BS MA RRT FCCP Durham NC

Asynchrony is common in mechanical ventilation and is associated with poor outcome. However, the effect is not causal. Is asynchrony a marker of illness or does asynchrony impact outcomes? Is the answer just to take the patient out of the equation? Early sedation and/or paralysis eliminates the WOB and makes asynchrony irrelevant. Or, is maintenance of spontaneous breathing and diaphragmatic function important to outcomes and matching the ventilator to patient demand to relieve asynchrony the key issue?

Saturday, Oct. 7 | 9:15 am–10:30 am | Room TBA

PRO/CON: Early Mobility in the Ventilated Patient Pays Outcome Dividends

Carl HinksonDaniel Rowley

PRO: Carl Hinkson MS RRT-NPS RRT-ACCS FAARC, Marysville WA
CON: Daniel Rowley MS RRT-NPS RRT-ACCS FAARC Charlottesville VA

Early mobility has been touted as a major advantage in reducing delirium and shortening length of stay. But the implementation is a huge time and financial commitment. Does the most recent literature still support this procedure?

Saturday, Oct. 7 | 11:55 am–12:30 pm | Room TBA

Your Patient is Dying: Exploring Coping Strategies for the Neo-Peds RT

Jennifer Anderson

Jennifer Anderson EdD RRT-NPS, Wichita Falls TX

The death of a patient is emotionally and physically taxing on health care professionals. From a health care team perspective the bedside providers are likely to experience the highest degree of stress. This presentation will explore coping strategies that cannot be taught from a textbook.


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