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25th Annual Challenges in Critical Care: A Multidisciplinary Approach

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PA Chapter of the Society of Critical Care Medicine (PASCCM) and Susquehanna Valley A Chapter of AACN (SVAACN)

Pennsylvania Society of Critical Care Medicine's logo is a triangle with a keystone, a caduceus and the group's name.

The Susquehanna Valley A Chapter of AACN logo includes the name, and a heart with multiple colors and a stethoscope on it.


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.


Physicians, Advanced Practice Clinicians, Nurses, Respiratory Therapists, Pharmacists, Dietitians and Health Care Professionals involved in critical care may benefit from attendance.

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 in critical care for further study, improvement, and research.


  • 8:30 a.m. | Welcome/Opening Remarks
    Niels Martin, MD, FACS, FCCM
    Erika Smeltz, BSN, RN, ONC
  • 8:40 a.m. | Keynote: Travel Safety for Medical Professionals
    Lewis J. Kaplan, MD, FACS, FCCP, FCCM
  • 9:30 a.m. | State of the Art: From CPR to eCPR (ECMO)
    Heatherlee Bailey, MD, FAAEM, FCCM
  • 10:10 a.m. | The Diagnosis and Treatment of Sepsis and Septic Shock
    Michael R. Pinsky, MD, MCCM
  • 10:50 a.m. | Break/Visit Virtual Exhibits
  • 11:05 a.m. | Less is More in the ICU
    Greg S. Martin, MD, MSc
  • 11:45 a.m. | Break/Visit Virtual Exhibitors
  • 12:30 p.m. | First Annual Philip Drinker Society Lecture ARDS beyond 6 ml/kg: A Multidisciplinary Approach
    Michael Baram, MD
    John Madara, MD
  • 1:10 p.m. | Capnography: Reducing the Risk of Respiratory Compromise and Current and Emerging Indications for End-Tidal CO2 Monitoring
    John J. Gallagher, DNP, RN, CCNS, CCRN-K, RRT, FCCM
  • 1:50 p.m. | Break/Visit Virtual Exhibitors
  • 2:05 p.m. | Closing Plenary: The Future of Critical Care
    Greg S. Martin, MD, MSc
  • 2:45 p.m. | Closing Remarks/Adjournment
  • 2:55 p.m. | PASCCM Business Meeting


Barbara Birriel, PhD, ACNP-BC, FCCM
Assistant Research Professor
Penn State College of Nursing

Sandralee Blosser, MD, FCCM
Chief of Intensivist Development
Pittsburgh Critical Care Associates Inc.

Program Director, Critical Care Advanced Practice Provider Fellowship
Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center

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

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

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

Navitha Ramesh, MD, FCCP
Attending Physician
UPMC Pinnacle

Erika Smeltz, BSN, RN, ONC
Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health

Dana Stauffer, MS, RRT-NPS, LSSBB
Director of Respiratory Care
Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center

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

Associate Medical Director, Trauma Program
Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health


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

Michael Baram, MD
Professor of Medicine
Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care
Thomas Jefferson University Hospital

John J. Gallagher, DNP, RN, CCNS, CCRN-K, RRT, FCCM
Professor, University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing
Clinical Nurse Specialist/Trauma Program Advisor
Trauma and Surgical Critical Care
Penn Presbyterian Medical Center

Lewis J. Kaplan, MD, FACS, FCCP, FCCM
Professor of Surgery
Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania
Department of Surgery
Division of Traumatology, Surgical Critical Care and Emergency Surgery
Immediate Past-President, Society of Critical Care Medicine

John Madara, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor
Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care
Abington Hospital-Jefferson Health

Greg S. Martin, MD, MSc
Professor of Medicine
Executive Associate Division Director, Research Director Emory Critical Care Center, Critical Care Chair Grady Memorial Hospital
Pulmonary, Allergy, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine
Emory University School of Medicine
President, Society of Critical Care Medicine

Michael R. Pinsky, MD, MCCM
Professor of Critical Care Medicine
University of Pittsburgh



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 5.25 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)

This program has been approved for a maximum of 5.0 contact hours Continuing Respiratory Care Education (CRCE) credit by the American Association for Respiratory Care, 9425 North MacArthur Blvd Suite 100 Irving TX 75063. Course #185596000.

The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN)

This continuing nursing education individual activity, file 23768, was approved for 5.33 contact hours.

This nursing continuing professional development activity was approved by the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Patient Safety

This program includes 5.25 hours of patient safety/risk management education as required by the Pennsylvania State Board of Medicine.

Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE)

Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education.

This knowledge-based activity has been assigned the Universal Activity Number of 0322-9999-21-010-L01-P. It has been approved for 5.25 contact hours (0.52 CEUs) of continuing pharmacy education credit in states that recognize ACPE providers. The attendee list will be uploaded into CPE Monitor approximately one week after completion of the program. Statements of credit indicated in contact hours and CEUs will be available through CPE Monitor. Successful completion includes signing in at registration with personal NABP number and date of birth, attending the entire session for which credit is claimed, and completing the activity evaluation. Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center complies with the Accreditation Standards for Continuing Education.


$55 per person
$35 for SVAACN members
No fee for PASCCM members

To receive a reduced member fee, please provide SCCM or SVAACN membership number at the time of registration.

Fee includes cost of instruction and online handout materials.

Payment is required at the time of registration. If you have any questions or concerns please email us at

Registrations received after Thursday, August 19, 2021, will incur a $25 late fee.

Cancellations received after Friday, August 13, 2021, will be assessed a $25 processing fee.

No refunds will be made for cancellations that are received after Monday, August 16, 2021.


A completed evaluation is required in order to receive a certificate for attending this activity. Please complete and submit the evaluation within the specified time frame.


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