AARC Congress 2017 Career Boosters

Congress Career Boosters

AARC Congress 2017 wrapped up in Indianapolis on Oct. 7 and attendees left with a wealth of information. Three AARC members weigh in on the value of that information and how they’re planning to use it to build their careers in the coming year.

Connecting the dots

Dave Burnworth, RRT, has 44 years of experience working in everything from acute care, to extended care facilities, to durable medical equipment. Today he’s a medical practice administrator for both a private group and a statewide university system in Indiana, and as such is interested in learning more about factors that affect that world.

He found it at AARC Congress 2017.

“As a medical practice administrator I was happy to hear some of the topics presented were the same issues we are dealing with in the physician world,” he said. “Pop Health and Predictive Modeling were a couple of the topics I was glad to hear the RT community is participating in.”

He’s already shared some of the slides he brought home with fellow administrators and feels like the information is going to help him “connect the dots” with some of the ongoing initiatives in his organization.

Gathering tools

As an assistant professor and clinical education coordinator for the respiratory care program at Rhodes State College in Lima, OH, Chuck Mulholland, MEd, RRT, was especially impressed with all the technology on display in the Exhibit Hall.

“I did pick up some interesting samples and brochures that may impact my teaching as early as next semester when I teach airway management, intubation, and that sort of thing,” he said. ”I had very interesting discussions with the reps at the different booths in the exhibition hall.”

Mullholland received some great tips on presenting information to his students from the lectures he attended as well, along with invaluable insight into how to deal with new educational technologies, such as Poll Anywhere and showing video clips embedded in PowerPoint presentations.

Focus on population health

Lisa Ziller, BS, RRT, and clinical specialist at Genesis Respiratory Health Services, appreciated the fact that so many Congress lectures focused on how the RTs role is evolving to meet the needs of population health management and CMS guidelines, particularly as they pertain to COPD patients.

“It was great to see how programs have been developed and the new technologies being utilized to ensure our COPD population is appropriately diagnosed, treated, managed, educated, and followed throughout their continuum of health care in each locus of care,” Ziller said.

As someone who works in the long-term care setting, she believes there is a lot of opportunity for RTs in that arena and feels that Congress delivered the information needed to pursue it.

“Being clinically assertive in that role, combined with the application of these new technological products, will pave the road and assist us in generating the necessary outcomes to improve the overall health and quality of life of our COPD population,” Ziller said.