Day 1 — Sunday, July 14

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8:00 a.m.–8:20 a.m. | General | Ballroom 1–3

Welcome Address


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Carl Hinkson

Begin your 2024 Summer Forum journey with guidance from AARC President, Carl Hinkson. Whether this is your first Summer Forum or your 15th, attendee or exhibitor, presenter, student or seasoned RT, this opening session will bring you up to speed on your professional organization and guide you to the greatest return on your investment while here at the AARC Summer Forum.

8:30 a.m.–9:30 a.m. | Primrose | Leadership & Management

S.P. “Sam” Giordano, MBA, RRT, FAARC Leadership Lecture Series

Feedback Fusion: Tailoring Communication for Students and Employees

Caitlyn Coppock RRT, RRT-ACCS
Fasil Getachew MBA, RRT, FAARC, DHA
Cheryl Hoerr MBA-HCM, RRT, FAARC
Georgianna Sergakis PhD, RRT, AE-C, FAARC, FNAP

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Caitlyn Coppock Fasil Getachew Cheryl Hoerr Georgianna Sergakis

This panel presentation is a dynamic exploration of effective feedback delivery in educational and professional contexts. Attendees will gain insights into the nuanced differences between students and employees, recognizing the diverse environments they inhabit. Through research-backed methodologies and practical examples, participants will learn adaptable strategies for providing constructive criticism while reinforcing strengths. Emphasizing the importance of fostering open communication and trust, the session aims to cultivate environments where feedback serves as a catalyst for growth and development. Whether refining teaching methods or empowering teams, attendees will leave equipped with practical tools to enhance their feedback communication skills and drive success in diverse settings.

9:40 a.m.–10:20 a.m. | Ballroom 1-3 | Leadership & Management

Leadership Tools to Focus on Feedback and Not Your Emotions


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Katlyn Burr

This presentation will explain the way the brain operates in survival, emotional, and executive states, and challenge leaders to operate in an executive state while giving feedback. The presenter will offer practical tools to utilize to stay in or transition to an executive state, as well as gain trust and give feedback that drives changed results.

9:40 a.m.–10:20 a.m. | Primrose | Education

Supporting Neurodiversity with Students, Staff and Colleagues


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Gabrielle Davis

While discussions surrounding neurodiversity have surged in recent years, it’s essential to recognize that this diverse population has always been present. This session is crafted to acquaint leaders and educators with novel concepts, offering insights that may be unfamiliar. It aims to unveil strategies for dismantling barriers and creating opportunities, ultimately paving the way for students, staff, and colleagues to access success.

10:20 a.m.–11:20 a.m. | Ballroom Lobby | General

Exhibitor Break

11:20 a.m.–12:50 p.m.


Innovations In Teaching

11:20 a.m.–12:00 p.m. | Ballroom 1-3 | Education

Just Let it Flip: Creating a Meaningful Learning Experience

Lakeisha Johnson RRT, RRT-ACCS, RRT-NPS, AE-C, PNAP

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Lakeisha Johnson

A flipped classroom allows students to learn at their own pace and enables educators to foster a more profound learning experience for all learners. Leveraging institutional learning management systems will allow educators to create a blended, flipped learning experience that fosters an active, collaborative learning environment. The presenter will discuss ways to increase student engagement and create a flexible and inclusive learning environment.

12:10 p.m.–12:50 p.m. | Ballroom 1-3 | Education

Learning Together: Engaging Students Through Collaborative Learning

Lauren Driscoll MHPE, RRT, RRT-ACCS, RRT-NPS

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Lauren Driscoll

Collaborative learning actively engages students in their own learning while helping them develop communication skills, increase self-confidence, and prepare for real life clinical situations. This lecture will examine the benefits and considerations of collaborative learning and compare different types of collaborative learning activities for implementation in your classroom.

11:20 a.m.–12:00 p.m. | Primrose | Leadership & Management

Magnetic Mastery: Unveiling the Secrets of Healthcare Executive Presence


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Joel Brown

In the intricate world of healthcare, leadership extends beyond mere authority — it demands a commanding presence that instills trust, inspires confidence, and drives meaningful change. “Magnetic Mastery: Unveiling the Secrets of Healthcare Executive Presence,” is a transformative lecture that demystifies the concept of executive presence, equipping healthcare professionals with the essential tools to enhance their leadership impact.

12:10 p.m.–12:50 p.m. | Primrose | Leadership & Management

Managing the Multigenerational Workforce

Cheryl Hoerr MBA-HCM, RRT, FAARC

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Cheryl Hoerr

There are now five generations in the workforce and a multitude of new opportunities to pursue education, family, and career growth plans. Savvy managers must develop flexible views on when and where work is done, enhance upward mobility, provide more on-the-job development, and offer more flexible workplace benefits to retain current staff, off-set continuing burnout, and lure new candidates to their organization. This presentation will offer practical information and concrete ways to enhance how we value people with the goal of recruiting, retaining, and enriching therapist work lives.

12:50 p.m.–2:35 p.m. | Superior Terrace | General


Attendee Networking Lunch

2:35 p.m.–4:55 p.m.



2:35 p.m.–3:15 p.m. | Ballroom 1-3 | Education

Competency-Based Assessment: It’s More than Doing “Check-Offs”

Sarah Varekojis PhD, RRT, RRT-ACCS, FAARC, FNAP

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Sarah Varekojis

Respiratory care programs are mandated by CoARC “to prepare graduates with demonstrated competence in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains … .” But what does this mean? What is competency? Does checking students off on elements of a procedure truly satisfy competence? Attend this session and learn the distinct differences in terminology and the true intent and meaning of competency-based education. The session will also address the issue of competence being considered in the development of the new CoARC Standards.

3:25 p.m.–4:05 p.m. | Ballroom 1-3 | Education

2025 CoARC Standards for Entry into Respiratory Care Profession


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Thomas Smalling

The course will provide an update and overview of the proposed 2025 accreditation standards and their implications for programs and the profession. Emphasis will be placed on the new differentiated degree framework and the process/timeline for completing the revision. Time will be allotted for questions and comments from members of the audience.

4:15 p.m.–4:55 p.m. | Ballroom 1-3 | Education

Navigating Accreditation and Best Practices: Insights for Key Personnel

Sarah Varekojis PhD, RRT, RCP, FAARC, FNAP

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Sarah Varekojis

Drawing from expert advice and insights from CoARC board members, attendees will learn strategies for understanding accreditation standards and policies, establishing effective advisory committees, navigating curriculum approval processes, and avoiding common pitfalls. This session will provide guidance for both new and seasoned key personnel.

2:35 p.m.–4:05 p.m.


Financial and Productivity Management in Respiratory Care

2:35 p.m.–3:15 p.m. | Primrose | Leadership & Management

Maximizing Your Financial Acumen

Chery Hoerr, MBA-HCM, RRT, FAARC

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Chery Hoerr

Understanding key financial components is of paramount value for respiratory therapist leaders. This presentation will review basic budgeting tools and common language utilized as a RT leader.

3:25 p.m.–4:05 p.m. | Primrose | Leadership & Management

How Many FTE Do I Really Need?


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Katlyn Burr

The Safe and Effective Staffing Guide (SESG) provides guidelines for time standards for Respiratory Therapist staffing. Often needed and actual number of RTs is misunderstood from the department level to the C suite. This presentation will review how to utilize the AARC SESGs time standards to determine how many full-time employees your department needs in a way that can be validated and shared with executive leadership.

4:15 p.m.–4:55 p.m. | Primrose | Leadership & Management

Navigating Uncharted Territory: Tools for Leading through Uncertainty

Matthew Trojanowski MHA, MS, RRT, CSSBB, FACHE

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Matthew Trojanowski

This presentation will embark on an adventure through uncharted territory. Don't pack your bags just yet; this adventure is not to a location. Instead, we will be navigating how to manage the uncertainty that often accompanies change. Change is inevitable and constant, and this talk is intended to provide you with tools to help lead through periods of uncertainty and achieve desired results. This talk will draw from historical figures that pioneered discoveries, and what their stories can teach us about leading during periods of uncertainty.

7:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m. | Golden Cliff Terrace | General

AARC Welcome Party

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All Summer Forum attendees and exhibitors are invited to attend our annual “Block Party.” This is a time for you to have fun with fellow attendees, enjoy free drinks and food, play games, and win awesome prizes!

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