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NYSSPA 2018 CME Conference

Thursday, October 4, 2018 to Sunday, October 7, 2018
Hilton Albany
Hilton Albany
40 Lodge Street
Albany, NY  12207

Laura Newcomb
Registration is closed
Event registration is required for conference attendance. Promotional materials of any kind are not permitted in the lecture halls or any other designated CME space and must be confined to the exhibit hall. Due to the professional nature of this conference no one under the age 18 will be admitted to the learning areas or exhibit hall.
Activities/Items    (Click the down-arrow to the left of the activity/item to view the details)
NYSSPA Main CME Conference Program
Ultrasound Workshop
Certified Diabetes Educator Workshop
PA Reimbursement & Coding Workshop 1/2 Day
PA Reimbursement & Coding Workshop Full Day
Pre PA Workshop
BLS Update
ACLS Update
Suturing Workshop For The Non Surgeon
Ultrasound Workshop ONLY
Gala Dinner Only
5K Fun Run/Walk




NYSSPA 2018 CME Conference 

Thursday, October 4, 2018

8:00am-4:30pm                                                                                              Governor  C

CDE Tract - Certified Diabetes Educator Workshop – Maria Alonso, PA-C, CDE, Lisa Hodgson, RD, CDN, CDE, Judy Carr, MS, RD, CDN, CDE                                                                

8:00-9:00am                                                                                                   Governor D

PANRE Tract - Psychiatry for the Non-Psychiatrist – Sara Aoun, MS, PA-C          

8:00-9:00am                                                                                                   Governor E    

Hot Topics Tract - Emerging Therapies for Structural Heart Disease – Satish Madiraju, MD, FACC, FSCAI                                                                                     

8:00-8:30am                                                                                                   Governor A

Workshop - Breakfast/Registration - Reimbursement/Coding     

8:30 – 4:30pm                                                                                              Governor A

Workshop – PA Reimbursement/Coding Workshop – Pam D’Apuzzo, CPC, ACS-EM, ACS-MS, CPMA                                                 

9:00am-10:00am                                                                                             Governor D

PANRE Tract – Urology for The Non-Urologist   – Maureen Regan, MBA, PA-C, FACHE                                                                

9:00am-10:00am                                                                                           Governor E

Hot Topics Tract – Shoulder Resurfacing – A Minimally Invasive Alternative to Total Shoulder Replacement – Joseph Zimmerman, MD


Refreshment Break 

10:30am-11:30am                                                                                          Governor D

PANRE Tract – Back To Basics Nephrology– Mary Ellen Dean, MD                                                                    

10:30am-11:30am                                                                                          Governor E

Hot Topic Tract - What to Expect During An Interaction with OPMC – Thomas Gallo, PA-C, JD       

11:30am-12:30pm                                                                                       Governor D

PANRE Tract - Neurology for the Non-Neurologist – Cynthia Zink, PA-C, Valerie Phillips, MS, PA-C                                                                            

11:30am-12:30pm                                                                                       Governor E

Hot Topics Tract - Human Trafficking  - Hiding in Plain Sight – Dr. Hanni Stoklosa, MD, MPH         


Lunch on Your Own

1:30-8:00pm                                                                                                 Governor B

NYSSPA BOD Meeting                                                                              

1:30pm-2:30pm                                                                                            Governor D

PANRE Tract – Bare Bones Orthopedics– Pam Gregory-Fernandez, PA-C                                                                 

1:30pm-2:30pm                                                                                            Governor E

Hot Topic Tract - Update in Neurology: Stroke, Concussion, Brain Tumors – Valerie Philips, MS, PA-C, Cynthia Zink, PA                                                           

2:30pm-3:30pm                                                                                            Governor D 

PANRE Tract – Back to Basics Obstetrics– Elizabeth Salzer, PA-C , MA, NYSAFE, C-EFM                                                                      

2:30-3:30pm                                                                                                 Governor E

Hot Topics Tract - New Frontiers In Interventional Radiology: Prostate Artery Embolization, Bariatric Embolization, and Hepatic Radioembolization – Jason Hoffman, MD              



4:00-5:00pm                                                                                                  Governor D

PANRE Tract – Back to Basics Gynecology– Elizabeth Salzer, PA-C, MA, NYSAFE, C-EFM                                                         

4:00pm-5:00pm                                                                                            Governor E

Hot Topics Tract - Resources for Patients with Low Vision – Cheryl Lawyer                           

5:00-6:00pm                                                                                                 Governor E

Hot Topics Tract - The Multi-Disciplinary PERT: A New Strategy of Care for the Acute PE – Saddam Abisse, MD, FACC

Friday, October 5, 2018


Continental Breakfast 

8:00am-5:00pm                                                                                  Gallery

Exhibitors & Poster Session

8:00am-9:00am                                                                                           Governor A

Leader Tract - Intro to American College of Heathcare Executives: The Path to Healthcare Leadership – Solomon Torres, FACHE

8:00am-4:30pm                                                                                            Governor C

CDE– Certified Diabetes Educator Workshop – Michelle Melchiorre, MS, BC-ADM, AAHIVS, PA-C                                                                              

8:00am – 9:00am                                                                                         Governor D

PANRE Tract – Dizzying Cardiology ( Afib/sycope/Cardiac Imaging/labs) – Steven Giovannone, MD                                  

8:00 – 9:00am                                                                                              Governor E

Hot Topics Tract - LifeStyle Interventions & Compliance: Diabetes and Obesity Mgmt – Ellen Mandel, PA-C, RDN, CDE                                                                                                        

9:00am – 10:00am                                                                                       Governor A

Leader Tract - The PAth to Executive Hospital Leadership: Patient Room to Board Room – Joseph Moscola, PA-C, MBA                                                                                                        

9:00am – 10:00am                                                                                      Governor D

PANRE Tract – Achy Breaky Heart - Congestive Heart Failure/Myocardial Infarction – Shannon North and Gina Pontrelli, PA-C                                      

9:00am – 10:00am                                                                                      Governor E

Hot Topics Tract -Thinking of The Unthinkable: The Ultimate Response To A Mass Casualty Incident– Brandon Godbout, MD                                                                                   

10:00am-10:30am                                                                               Galllery

Break with Exhibitors and Posters

10:30am – 11:30am                                                                                     Governor A

Leader Tract - Trends in Desired Competencies and Credentials for Emerging Health Care Leaders – Brian Nickerson, PhD                                                                                            

10:30am-11:30am                                                                                       Governor D

PANRE Tract – A Systematic Approach to Dysrhythmias– Brandon Godbout, MD                                

10:30am-11:30am                                                                                       Governor E

Hot Topics Tract – Organ Donation 2018 and Beyond - Michael Thibualt, MBA, BSN                                                                                           

11:30am -12:30pm                                                                                      Governor A

Leader Tract - Succeeding at Care Coordination in Emerging Population Health Frameworks – Maria Bassso Lipani, LCSW                                                                                   

11:30am -12:30pm                                                                                      Governor D

PANRE Tract -  Congenital Heart Disease/Valve Disorders – Satish Madiraju, MD, FACC, FSCAI       

11:30am -12:30pm                                                                                      Governor E

Hot Topics Tract - ID Potpourri – Dr. Brian McDermott, DO                                    

12:30pm-2:00pm                                                                                          Hudson Ballroom    

Legislative Lunch - Guest Speaker, New York State Senator Gustavo Rivera                                              

2:00pm-3:00pm                                                                                           Governor B

Educator Tract - Curricular Innovations that Inspires Social Change - Mary Springston, MS. ED, PA-C, Elizabeth Mercer, MSPA                                                                

2:00pm-3:00pm                                                                                           Governor D

PANRE Tract – 1-2 Punch, High BP & High LDL - Hypertension/Hyperlipidemia – Dawn White, DHSc, PA-C                                      

2:00pm-3:00pm                                                                                           Governor E or A

Hot Topics Tract - The State of Healthcare, A NYS Perspective – James Clancy, Sr VP, State Policy – HANYS     

3:00pm-4:00pm                                                                                           Governor B

Educator Tract - Clinical Site Visits: A Reflective Approach to Student Learning and Faculty Teaching - Agnes Compagnone, MS, PA-C                                                           

3:00pm-4:00pm                                                                                           Governor E

Hot Topics Tract - Medical Management of Transgender & Gender Diverse Patients Across the LifeSpan – Diane Bruessow, PA-C                                                

4:00pm-5:00pm                                                                                           Governor B

Educator Tract – Faculty Networking Forum – Susan Cappelmann, MS, MT, PA-C  & Carina Loscalzo, MS, PA-C                                           


4:00pm-5:30pm                                                                                           Governor E

Hot Topics Tract - Autism – Denise Rizzolo, PhD, PA-C, Kelly Porta, PA-C, Amy Roberts, MS, PA-C                             

5:00pm-6:00pm                                                                                           Governor E

Introduction to Hyperbaric Medicine – Scott Gorenstein, MD                                                              

Saturday, October 6, 2018


5K Fun Run –Jennings Landing 1 Quay St, Albany 

7:30am-8:30am                                                                                   Gallery

Continental Breakfast with Exhibitors/Poster Viewing *Hosted by Gilead


Exhibitors & Poster Session

8:00am-8:30am                                                                                           Governor A

Pre PA Tract - Registration – Pre PA Workshop


8:30am-12:00pm                                                                                         Governor A

Pre PA Tract - Pre PA Workshop  – Maureen Regan, MBA, PA-C, Kevin Bolan, PA-C, Nathan Gardner, MS, PA-C, Susan Cappelmann, MS, MT, PA-C, Carina Loscalzo, MS, PA-C                                         

8:30am-9:30am                                                                                           Governor B

Student Tract - Contract Negotiation/Interview Skills – David Jackson, DHSc, PA-C, DFAAPA

8:30am-9:30am                                                                                           Governor D

PANRE Tract – Top Down Gastroenterology GERD/Barrett's Esophagus – William Gusten, MD

8:30am-10:30am                                                                                         Governor E

Hot Topics Tract -  Conflict Resolution Skills for Healthcare Providers - 

Steven Goodstein RN, MS

9:30am-12:00pm                                                                                         Governor C

Workshop - BLS Update Workshop -  Mike McEvoy PhD,RN,CCRN,NRP

9:30am-10:30am                                                                                         Governor B

Student Tract -  Cover Letter/Resume/CV Writing – Brian Glick, MS, PA-C, DFAAPA

9:30 AM - 10:30 AM                                                                                    Governor D

PANRE Tract – Bottom UP Gastroenterology - Diarrhea/Constipation/Ulcerative Colitis/Chrohn's  - Zachary Feinberg, MD


Break with Exhibitors & Poster Viewing                                           Gallery

11:00am-12:00pm                                                                                       Governor B

Student Tract -  How to Survive PA School Q&A -  Kaitlyn Fiorini, PA-C, Gina Abdulahad, PA-C

11:00am-12:00pm                                                                                       Governor D

PANRE Tract – Dermatology for The Non-Dermatologist -  Danielle Johnston PA-C

11:00am-12:00pm                                                                                       Governor E

Hot Topics Tract -  Uncommon Treatment for Common Illnesses - Patrick Bafuma PA-C

12:00pm- 1:30pm                                                                                        Hudson Ballroom

Membership Luncheon

1:30pm-2:00pm                                                                                           Governor AB

Medical Jeopardy Registration

1:30pm-2:30pm                                                                                           Governor E

Hot Topics Tract - Clearing Up Atopic Dermatitis: Identification, Assessment and Treatment – Denise Rizzolo, PhD, PA-C

1:30pm-5:30pm                                                                                          Governor C

Workshop - ACLS Update Workshop - Mike McEvoy PhD,RN,CCRN,NRP, 

2:00 PM - 6:00 PM                                                                                       Governor AB

Medical Jeopardy – David Jackson, DHSc, PA-C, DFAAPA

2:30pm-3:30pm                                                                                            Governor D

PANRE Tract - Hematology Fundamentals  -  Katherine Kunstel MMSc, PA-C

2:30pm-3:30pm                                                                                            Governor E

Hot Topics Tract -To Clear on Not To Clear: A Guide to The Pre-Op Evaluation - Thea Dalfino, MD, SFHM

3:30pm-4:00pm                                                                                  Gallery

Break with Exhibitors and Poster Viewing

4:00pm-5:00pm                                                                                            Governor D

PANRE Tract – Primary Care ENT -  Robert Engle, MD

4:00pm-5:00pm                                                                                            Governor E

Hot Topics Tract - Fecal Transplant Use in C. Difficite- Mark Metwally, MD


Cocktail Hour

8:00pm-12:00am                                                                                         Hudson Ballroom

Clara Vanderbilt 51stAnniversary Gala Dinner

Sunday October 7, 2018

8:30am-11:30am                                                                                         Governor C

Workshop - Suturing for The Non Surgeon – Anthony Mifsud, PA-C, DFAAPA

8:30am-9:30am                                                                                            Governor D

Sugar, Sugar…and HgbA1C! (PANRE) - Diabetes Mellitus - Dawn White DHs, PA-C, Clinical Assistant Professor, Clarkson University PA Program

8:30am-9:30am                                                                                            Governor E

Ultrasound Guided Fluid Management  - Patrick Bafuma, PA-C

9:30am-10:30am                                                                                         Governor D

PANRE Tract - Thyroid, Parathyroid, Adrenal & Pituitary Disorders -Mirela Bruza-Augatis, MS, PA-C

9:30am-10:30am                                                                                         Governor E

Hot Topics Tract - Optimal Team Practice - Maureen Regan, MBA, PA-C, FACHE

11:00am-1:00pm                                                                                         Governor E

Workshop - Ultrasound Workshop - Patrick Bafuma, PA-C

10:30am-11:30am                                                                                       Governor D

PANRE Tract – Newborns-College Pediatric Review – Cheryl Glick, PA-C, DFAAPA

11:30am-12:30pm                                                                                       Governor D

PANRE Tract - Out of Sight - Ophthamology Review–Gregory Pinto, MD




This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and Policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint providership of Albany Medical College and The New York State Society of Physician Assistants. Albany Medical College is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. 


The Albany Medical College designates this Enduring Material activity for a maximum of 29.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

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