10th Annual Focus on Pharmacology Conference

Friday and Saturday, April 12 and 13, 2019

Red Lion Hotel Harrisburg Hershey

4751 Lindle Road
Harrisburg, PA 17111

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The purpose of this conference is to provide pharmacology information in multiple areas, and to promote clinical excellence through improving the quality of care to patients.


The primary audience is nurse practitioners, physician assistants and advanced practice clinicians; however, the program content is relevant to the broader healthcare community.

Guest Lecturer

A headshot of Dr. Margaret FitzgeraldDr. Margaret Fitzgerald, DNP, FNP-BC, NP-C, FAANP, CSP, FAAN, DCC, FNAP

Founder, President and Principal Lecturer with Fitzgerald Health Education Associates, Inc., an international provider of Nurse Practitioner Certification Preparation and ongoing continuing education for health-care providers



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 7.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s). Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

  • April 12, 2019: 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)
  • April 13, 2019: 6.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)

Nurse Practitioners

This program includes a maximum of 7.5 contact hours of pharmacology education as required for certification renewal by the Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). All sessions qualify for pharmacology education credit.

  • April 12, 2019: 1.0 pharmacy education credits
  • April 13, 2019: 6.5 pharmacy education credits

Pennsylvania State Nurses Association (PSNA)

7.5 contact hours awarded

Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Pennsylvania State Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

  • April 12, 2019: 1.0 PSNA Contact Hours
  • April 13, 2019: 6.5 PSNA Contact Hours


Optional session: April 12, 2019

  • 5 p.m. | Light reception
  • 6 p.m. | Presentation – A Reason for Hope: The Promise of Medication-Assisted Therapy for Opioid Use Disorder
    Glenn K. Buchberger, MD

    • Learn how opioid dependence and addiction are different
    • List Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) options for Opioid Use Disorder (OUD)
    • Understand how principles of OUD treatment are similar to those of other chronic diseases

April 13, 2019

  • 7:30 a.m. | Check-In/Continental Breakfast/Visit Exhibitors
  • 7:45 a.m. | View Posters
  • 8 a.m. | Welcome
    Janet Shields, DNP, CRNP, PPCNP-BC
  • 8:15 a.m. | Keynote
    Treatment Guideline Updates: GI, ID, Cardiology, Respiratory and

    Dr. Margaret Fitzgerald, DNP, FNP-BC, NP-C, FAANP, CSP, FAAN, DCC, FNAP

    • Describe select updated clinical guidelines
    • Apply the recommendations of select updated clinical guidelines
  • 9:15 a.m. | Concurrent Session 1
    1A, Pediatric Track: Asthma Update

    Jodie Stabinski, RN, AE-C, MSN, CRNP

    • Review the new asthma medication delivery systems
    • Discuss insurance barriers to asthma therapy
    • Report global changes impacting asthma care
  • 9:15 a.m. | 1B, Acute Care Track: New Oncology Drug Update – mabs, CARTs and ibs
    Jeffrey Sivik, PharmD, BCOP

    • Recognize potential/serious adverse events and recommend potential monitoring strategies for new oncology therapies
    • Develop supportive care therapy plans to prevent/manage toxicities from new oncology therapies
  • 9:15 a.m. | 1C, Primary Care Track: Use of Herbal and Nutritional Medicine for Primary Care Problems
    Eric Doefler, PhD, CRNP

    • Select and recommend herbal medicines for viral upper respiratory infections
    • Describe safe recommendations for herbal medicines for psychiatric
    • Discuss the evidence basis for herbal medicines for common primary care problems
  • 10:15 a.m. | Break/Visit Exhibitors
  • 10:30 a.m. | Concurrent Session 2
    2A, Pediatric Track: Digging Deeper in Your Toolbox: Managing Pain without Opioids

    Deana Deeter MSN, CRNP, CHPPN, CPON, RN-BC

    • Describe elements of a pain history that can be used to guide non-opioid pain management
    • Identify at least three classes of medications that can be used in place of opioids for acute or chronic pain management
    • Discuss non-pharmacologic strategies that can be applied as part of a multimodal approach to managing pain
  • 10:30 a.m. | 2B, Acute Care Track: Contain the Fire: Acute Treatment of Atrial and Ventricular Arrhythmias
    Mario D. Gonzalez, MD

    • Describe the proper use of antiarrhythmic drugs and the potential side effects
    • Differentiate benign versus potential malignant forms of ventricular arrhythmias
    • Discriminate supraventricular from ventricular arrhythmias
  • 10:30 a.m. | 2C, Primary Care Track: Osteoporosis 101
    Dean Campbell, MSN, RN, CRNP

    • Describe how to screen for osteoporosis
    • Identify multiple treatment options
  • 11:30 a.m. | Lunch/Visit Exhibitors
  • 12:30 p.m. | View Posters
  • 12:45 p.m. | Keynote – Dangerous Liaisons: Drug-drug, Drug-nutrient Interactions
    Dr. Margaret Fitzgerald, DNP, FNP-BC, NP-C, FAANP, CSP, FAAN, DCC, FNAP

    • Identify mechanisms of common drug-drug, drug-nutrient interactions
    • Describe commonly encountered and potential hazardous drug-drug, drug-nutrient interactions
    • Develop strategies to avoid the above-mentioned interactions
  • 1:45 p.m. | Break/Visit Exhibitors
  • 2 p.m. | Concurrent Session 3
    3A, Pediatric Track: Common Pediatric Creepy, Crawly things and Current Therapies

    Penny A. Porter, MSN, CRNP, PPCNP-BC

    • Identify OTC and prescription choices for head lice
    • Recognize current CDC recommendations for school attendance for head and body “infestations of itchy crawly things”
    • Identify myths related to scabies transmission
  • 2 p.m. | 3B, Acute Care Track: Understanding and Treating COPD
    Lisa Domaradzki, MD

    • Explain diagnosis of COPD and PFTs
    • Discuss the treatment of chronic COPD
    • Describe the treatment of acute COPD exacerbations
  • 2 p.m. | 3C, Primary Care Track: Approach to Treating Low Back Pain from Multidisciplinary Approach
    Christine Bruce, MHSA, PA-C and Phillip A. Malloy, DPT, PT

    • Explain the red-flag signs and symptoms of cauda equina syndrome
    • Develop a multidisciplinary approach to treating low back pain
    • Demonstrate stretching techniques that can be used at the patient bedside
  • 3 p.m. | Partnering to Battle Opioid Addiction
    Sarah Kawasaki, MD

    • Differentiate between addiction and dependence
    • Define evidence-based treatment for opioid use disorder
    • Express how to break through stigma-related barriers to get access to evidence-based treatment
  • 4 p.m. | Adjournment


Keynote Presenter

Margaret Fitzgerald, DNP, FNP-BC, NP-C, FAANP, CSP, FAAN, DCC, FNAP
Founder, President and Principal Lecturer
Fitzgerald Health Education Associates, Inc.
Family NP
Greater Lawrence Family Health Center


Christine Bruce, MHSA, PA-C
Associate Professor of Medicine
PA Program Director
Internal Medicine
Penn State Health

Glenn K. Buchberger, MD
Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine, Pediatrics and Psychiatry
Divisions of General Internal Medicine, Academic Pediatrics and Psychiatry
Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center
Pennsylvania Psychiatric Institute

Dean Campbell, MSN, RN, CRNP
Orthopaedic Division
Penn State Health

Hummingbird Program Manager
Penn State Children’s Hospital

Eric Doerfler, PhD, CRNP
Associate Teaching Professor of Nursing
Penn State College of Nursing at Penn State Harrisburg

Lisa Domaradzki, MD
Pulmonary and Critical Care
Penn State Health

Mario D. Gonzalez, MD
Professor of Medicine
Director, Clinical Electrophysiology
Penn State Heart and Vascular Institute
Penn State Health

Sarah Kawasaki, MD
Director, Addictions Services
Pennsylvania Psychiatric Institute
Assistant Professor, Psychiatry and Internal Medicine
Penn State Health

Philip A. Malloy, DPT, PT
Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Hospital

Penny A. Porter, MSN, CRNP, PPCNP-BC
Pediatric Primary Care
Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
All About Children Pediatric Partners

Jeffrey Sivik, PharmD, BCOP
Instructor of Pharmacology
Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, Adult Oncology
Penn State College of Medicine
Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical

Jodie Stabinski, MSN, RN, AE-C, CRNP
Pediatric Pulmonology Nurse Practitioner
Penn State Children’s Hospital

Planning Committee

Janet Shields, DNP, CRNP, PPCNP-BC
Committee Chair
Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
Penn State Children’s Hospital

Katherine Curci, PhD, CRNP, CNM
Assistant Professor, Family and Community Medicine,
Director of Advance Practice
Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center

Kim Kopenhaver Doheny, PhD, CRNP, NNP-BC
Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Neural and Behavioral Sciences
Neonatal Nurse Practitioner
Director of Clinical Research Newborn Medicine
Penn State Health

Carol Forsyth, MSN, CRNP, FNP-BC
Family Nurse Practitioner
Penn State Bone and Joint Institute

Suzanne Frazier, MS, CRNP, CHFN, NP-C
Heart Failure Nurse Practitioner
Heart Failure Disease Management Program
Penn State Heart and Vascular Institute

Robin Kingston, MSN, CRNP, CPNP
Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
Penn State Children’s Hospital

Pam Meinert, PhD, FNP, RN-BC
Liaison, Nursing Education and Professional Development
Penn State Health

Mark Whelchel, DNP, CRNP, ACNP-BC, CCRN
Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
MCS and Heart Transplant
Penn State Heart and Vascular Institute

Bonnie Wilson, MS, CRNP, AGACNP-BC
Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
Penn State Health

Stacy A. Snyder
CME Conference Coordinator
Penn State College of Medicine


Fee includes listed instruction, online handout materials and refreshments.

  • Two-day registration: $225
  • Saturday only: $175
  • Nurse Practitioner or Physician Assistant students, Saturday only: $125

To receive the reduced student rate, call Lori Fitterling at 717-531-6483.

Registrations received after April 11, 2019, will incur a $25 late fee.


Cancellations received after April 4, 2019, will incur a $25 processing fee.

No refunds will be given after April 8, 2019.


A room block has been reserved at Red Lion Hotel Harrisburg Hershey, 4751 Lindle Road, Harrisburg.

Group name: Penn State Focus on Pharmacology

Reservations: Reserve online or call 717-939-7841

Rate: $105

Room block deadline: March 29, 2019

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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