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24th Annual Challenges in Critical Care

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This annual program is designed to promote the scientific evaluation of methods of care, and to translate current literature into strategies to optimize the care of the critically ill patient.

Overall Objectives

  • Develop a plan to apply knowledge gained to promote quality care of critically ill patients as provided by the multi-professional team.
  • Evaluate evidence-based management strategies in critical care for incorporation into practice.
  • Identify areas for further study, improvement and research.



Penn State College of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Penn State College of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 6.0 AMA PRA Category 1 credit(s). Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC)

Application has been made to the American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC) for continuing education contact hours for respiratory therapists.

The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN)

This activity has been submitted to the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses for approval to award contact hours. The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses is accredited as an approver of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Patient Safety

This program includes 6.0 hours of patient safety/risk management education as required by the Pennsylvania State Board of Medicine.


  • $155 per person
  • $135 for SVAACN members
  • $55 for PASCCM members

Fee includes cost of instruction, all listed meals and online handout materials.

Registrations received after Aug. 15, 2019, will incur a $25 late fee.


Cancellations received after Aug. 9, 2019, will be assessed a $25 processing fee.

No refunds will be made for cancellations that are received after Aug. 13, 2019.

The University reserves the right to cancel or postpone any course or activity because of insufficient enrollment or other unforeseen circumstances.

If a program is canceled or postponed, the University will refund registration fees but cannot be held responsible for any related costs, charges, or expenses, including cancellation/change charges assessed by airlines or travel agencies. Preregistered participants will be notified if a program is filled or canceled.

Keynote Speaker

Heatherlee Bailey, MD, FAAEM, FCCM
Assistant Professor, Emergency Medicine
Durham VA Medical Center
Department of Emergency Medicine
Durham, NC


Barbara Birriel, PhD, ACNP-BC, FCCM
Assistant Research Professor
Interim Director, DNP Program
Penn State College of Nursing
Hershey, PA

Sandralee Blosser, MD, FCCM
Professor of Medicine, Surgery and Anesthesia
Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center
Chief of Intensivist Development
Pittsburgh Critical Care Associates Inc.
Pittsburgh, PA

Christine Burfete, MSN, RN
Clinical Nurse Educator
Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center
Hershey, PA

Joe Camacci, RRT-NPS
Respiratory Clinical Educator
Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center
Hershey, PA

Neuroscience Critical Care Unit
Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center
Hershey, PA

Amanda Holyk, PharmD, BCCCP
Critical Care Clinical Pharmacist
Mount Nittany Medical Center
State College, PA

Lydia Johnson, MS, RN, CCRN
Clinical Education Specialist
UPMC Pinnacle Health System
Harrisburg, PA

Niels Martin, MD, FACS, FCCM
Assistant Professor of Surgery
Section Chief, Surgical Critical Care
Program Director, Traumatology and Surgical Critical Care Fellowship
University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
Philadelphia, PA

Ashley Quintili, PharmD, BCPS
Clinical Specialist – Surgical/Anesthesia ICU
Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center
Hershey, PA

Nicole E. Sunderland, MSN, RN, SCRN, DCRN
Clinical Nurse
Neuroscience Critical Care
Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center
Hershey, PA

Margaret Wojnar, MD, MEd
Professor of Medicine
Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine
Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center
Hershey, PA

Associate Medical Director, Trauma Program
Lancaster General Health/Penn Medicine
Lancaster, PA


Michael Baram, MD
Associate Professor
Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care
Jefferson University
Philadelphia, PA

Neuroscience Critical Care Unit
Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center
Hershey, PA

Scott Bolesta, PharmD, BCPS, FCCM, FCCP
Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice
Nesbitt School of Pharmacy
Wilkes University
Wilkes-Barre, PA

Natalie Chango, MS, CCLS
Senior Certified Child Life Specialist
Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center
Hershey, PA

Joanna Hart, MD, MSHP
Assistant Professor
Division of Pulmonary, Allergy, and Critical Care
Palliative and Advanced Illness Research Center
Center for Health Incentives and Behavioral Economics
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA

Herbert Patrick, MD, MSEE
Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
Intensivist, Jefferson Health-Northeast
Philadelphia, PA

Amit Prasad, MD
Assistant Professor
Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine
Division of Critical Care
Heart and Vascular Intensivist
Adult ECMO Specialist
Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center
Hershey, PA

Anthony Y. Tsai, MD
Assistant Professor of Surgery and Pediatrics
Penn State College of Medicine
Hershey, PA

Agenda and Session Objectives

  • 7 a.m. | Check-In/Posters/Exhibits
  • 7:45 a.m. | Welcome – SVACCN Representative
  • 8 a.m. | Defining the Boundaries of Patient- and Family-Centered Care in the ICU
    Heatherlee Bailey, MD, FAAEM, FCCM
  • 9 a.m. | Break/Exhibits/Posters
  • 9:30 a.m. | 1A Concurrent Session
    Cardiogenic Shock and Mechanical Circulatory Support
    Amit Prasad, MD

    • Recognize signs and symptoms of cardiogenic shock, indications for VA ECMO placement and other mechanical circulatory support devices available.

    1B Concurrent Session
    Child Presence in the Adult ICU
    Mary Jane Bijelic, MSN, CRNP, AGACNP-BC, CCRN, SCRN
    Natalie Chango, MS, CCLS

    • Describe and discuss a child’s needs based on age group when at the bedside in the ICU.
  • 10:30 a.m. | Break/Exhibits/Posters
  • 10:45 a.m. | 2A Concurrent Session
    ICU Implications for the Management of Unusual Intoxicants and Poisons
    Heatherlee Bailey, MD, FAAEM, FCCM

    2B Concurrent Session
    Case Presentations
    Presenters TBD

  • 11:45 a.m. | Lunch/Exhibits/Posters
  • 12:45 p.m. | SVACCN Awards Ceremony
  • 1 p.m. | 3A Concurrent Session
    What We Know About Withdrawal in the ICU
    Scott Bolesta, PharmD, BCPS, FCCM, FCCP

    • Describe the epidemiology, risk factors and treatment for withdrawal in the critically ill.

    3B Concurrent Session
    Post-Intensive-Care Syndrome: What We All Should Think About
    Michael Baram, MD

    • Recognize Post-ICU Syndrome and the need for a multidisciplinary team.
  • 2 p.m. | Break/Exhibits/Posters
  • 2:15 p.m. | 4A Concurrent Session
    ICU Ventilator Graphics – Translating Hieroglyphics to Clinical Data
    Herbert Patrick, MD, MSEE

    • Describe pressure measurement with inspiratory hold for low tidal volume ventilation.

    4B Concurrent Session
    The Future of 3D Printing
    Anthony Y. Tsai, MD

  • 3:15 p.m. | Move back to General Session
  • 3:20 p.m. | Closing Plenary
    Nudges, Irrationality and Choice Architecture: Decision Science in Critical Care
    Joanna Hart, MD, MSHP
  • 4:20 p.m. | PASCCM Awards for Case Study and Scientific Poster
  • 4:30 p.m. | Closing Remarks/Adjournment
  • 4:45 p.m. | PASCCM Business Meeting

Access (ADA)

Penn State encourages persons with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. If you anticipate needing any type of special accommodation or have questions about the physical access provided, please contact Continuing Education at least one week in advance of your participation or visit.


Content and speakers for all programs are subject to change. Registrants will be notified of any significant updates.

Disclosure and Conflict of Interest (COI and educational balance)

It is our policy to ensure balance, independence, objectivity, and scientific rigor in all of our educational programs. Faculty and course directors have disclosed relevant financial relationships with commercial companies, and Penn State has a process in place to resolve any conflict of interest. Complete faculty disclosure will be provided to program participants at the beginning of the activity.

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