AARC Summer Forum 2022

July 26–28, 2022Palm Springs, CA

Day 1 — Tuesday, July 26

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8:00 a.m.–8:40 a.m. | General


State of the Profession

Sheri Tooley, BSRT, RRT, CPFT — AARC President

8:50 a.m.–9:30 a.m. | General | CRCE: 0.66


Using Systematic Reviews and CPGs to Create Evidence-Based Practice

Lynda Goodfellow, Ed.D, RRT, FAARC

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Lynda Goodfellow

This session will discuss the AARC’s progress in the development of Clinical Practice Guidelines. Specific topics include the methodology of systematic reviews, literature review and grading of evidence, and how these reviews can inform education, policy, and protocols in evidence-based practice.

9:35 a.m.–10:15 a.m. | Education | CRCE: 0.66

Feedback Check In: What Do Our Learners Need in the Pandemic Era?

Lauren Driscoll, MHPE, RRT

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Lauren Driscoll

Have you struggled with giving students feedback recently? The transition to hybrid and online learning environments due to the COVID-19 pandemic has changed the manner of students and faculty interactions and how often they occur. It is time to reflect on how new learning environments have affected student feedback. This lecture will discuss the delivery and frequency of student feedback in different learning environments.

9:35 a.m.–10:15 a.m. | Leadership & Management | CRCE: 0.66

RT-Driven Protocols: How and Where Do I Begin?

Amanda Nickel, MSc, RRT

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Amanda Nickel

Evidence-based medicine is becoming the gold standard of health care. In a constantly evolving climate, respiratory therapists must continue to prove their value to the multidisciplinary team. To improve patient safety, decrease health care costs, and improve efficiency, many facilities are looking toward protocols as a solution. Respiratory-driven protocols and pathways have been implemented at institutions throughout the country, but the process can be tedious and resource-intensive.

10:15 a.m.–11:15 a.m.

Exhibits Break

Be sure to take a moment to visit with our exhibitors. They help make this event possible and would love the chance to meet you.

11:15 a.m.–11:55 a.m. | Leadership & Management | CRCE: 0.66

Implementing a Journal Club to Advance Respiratory Care Practice

Julie Jackson, BAS, RRT, RRT-ACCS

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Julie Jackson

Evidence-based practice has been the focus of respiratory care medicine the last couple of decades. Implementation of Journal clubs within a respiratory care department is an effective and efficient means to teach critical appraisal of the literature, remain current with the literature, maintain competence in evidence-based practice and advance the practice of respiratory care. Leaders will learn the value of the implementation and sustainability of a Journal Club.

11:15 a.m.–3:40 p.m. | Education

CoARC Symposium

Engaging the Learner: Effective Teaching/ Learning Strategies Employed During COVID-19

11:15 a.m.–11:55 a.m. | CRCE: 0.66

“Come on Down!”: Gamification in the Classroom

Lindsay Fox, MEd, RRT

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Lindsay Fox

Utilizing gamification in the classroom setting can be an interactive and fun way to engage students and review content.

12:00 p.m.–12:40 p.m. | CRCE: 0.66

Shifting from On-Ground to On-Line: Active Learning Strategies in Online RC Education

Christine Hamilton, DHSc, RRT

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Christine Hamilton

This session will discuss what we learned during the COVID-19 Pandemic. We’ll dive into what works best and should be maintained to further engage students in an online or hybrid environment. The Active Learning Cycle model will be applied to respiratory care education with examples of online activities.

2:15 p.m.–2:55 p.m. | CRCE: 0.66

The Silver Linings of Simulation: An Invaluable Tool During the Pandemic

Georgianna Sergakis, PhD, RRT, FAARC

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Georgiana Sergakis

Respiratory care programs use various forms of simulation to prepare students for clinical practice. Simulation technology was invaluable during the COVID-19 pandemic. Attend this session and learn the role, value, pros and cons, and specific examples of simulation technology used during the COVID-19 pandemic.

3:00 p.m.–3:40 p.m. | CRCE: 0.66

Discussion about Teaching and Learning during COVID-19

Lindsay Fox, MEd, RRT
Christine Hamilton, DHSc, RRT
Georgiana Sergakis, PhD, RRT, FAARC

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Lindsay Fox Christine Hamilton Georgiana Sergakis

The panelists will facilitate an interactive discussion to further explore teaching and learning strategies employed during COVID-19.

12:00 p.m.–12:40 p.m. | Leadership & Management | CRCE: 0.66

Value Efficiency: Pivoting our Value Proposition from Busyness to Effectiveness

Garry Kauffman, RRT, MPA, FACHE

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Garry Kauffman

Our profession had its roots in a time where fee-for-service was the primary methodology. The more procedures we performed, the greater the reimbursement for the hospital. As reimbursement changed to a capitated model, our value proposition continued to be seen by many stakeholders as still mired in the “tasks completed” rather than “outcomes achieved” model. The introduction of Value Efficiency in the AARC Safe and Effective Guide and published in Respiratory Care in 2021 was the first step in forging a new value proposition for our profession. This interactive presentation will provide both a reinforcement of the principles of Value Efficiency as well as an interactive session. It will also show how to measure the Value Efficiency of your services and how to engage key stakeholders to integrate this to achieve high-quality and cost-effective respiratory care services.

12:40 p.m.–2:15 p.m.


(on your own)

2:15 p.m.–2:55 p.m. | Leadership & Management | CRCE: 0.66

Productivity Now & Then: Intermountain Healthcare’s Comparison Using the AARC “Guide”

David Eitel, MHA, MSRT, RRT

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David Eitel

Consultants looking only at CPT coded procedures are missing the boat. Join the presenter as he shares the use of a retrospective and concurrent side-by-side analysis of productivity calculation using their organization’s current process with the use of the AARC’s Safe & Effective Staffing Guide. Learn how they convinced executive leaders, hospital administrators, productivity consultants, RT managers and front-line RT staff to participate. Come ready to truly be amazed with the productivity comparison outcomes when standardized time standards/RVUs, interventional volumes in addition to an RT value-proposition scoring grid are incorporated in productivity reporting and analysis. We can save jobs and report value. Come learn how!

3:00 p.m.–3:40 p.m. | Leadership & Management | CRCE: 0.66

Investing in YOU: Professional Development for Leaders

Dana Evans, MHA, RRT, FACHE

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Dana Evans

In order to reach our own career goals, effectively lead our teams, and achieve success, we must invest in our own professional development. This presentation will focus on the importance of conducting an analysis of your strengths, opportunities, and career goals in order to build a personalized professional development plan.

3:45 p.m.–4:25 p.m. | Education | CRCE: 0.66

The Show Must Go On

Randy Case, PhD, RRT, RRT-NPS

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Randy Case

The phrase “the show must go on” is a common show-business term meaning that, regardless of what is happening backstage, there are still waiting patrons expecting a show. This is very applicable to education today. Despite the “unprecedented,” the “challenging,” and the “new normal,” respiratory therapy students still need to grow academically and deserve the best experience we can give them. The show must go on — whether in person, hybrid, or online. This presentation will demonstrate effective teaching strategies utilized by respiratory therapy programs to continue the educational process through the COVID-19 pandemic. Additionally, this presentation will discuss the obstacles and hurdles many respiratory therapy programs across the United States have had to overcome in an effort to maintain the high level of education and training for their students.

3:45 p.m.–4:25 p.m. | Leadership & Management | CRCE: 0.66

The Value of a Respiratory Therapist Professional Development Program

Amanda Nickel, MSc, RRT

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Amanda Nickel

Professional development programs have been widely implemented in many respiratory care departments nationwide. Many of the professional development programs provide a structured process for Respiratory Therapists to advance in their career from novice to expert clinicians. This lecture will discuss how a professional development program can be implemented and demonstrate value to the profession.

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