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Current Concepts in Limb Loss Management: Tactics, Touch, Technology and Tomorrow

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Physicians, nurses, physical therapists, occupational therapists, psychologists, social workers and others involved in the care of patients with limb loss may benefit from attendance.


  • Describe the causes of limb amputations and the decision process that dictates the surgical option(s) available.
  • Identify peri- and post-operative pain management strategies to minimize phantom limb pain and maximize functional recovery.
  • Discuss the tactics and technology employed to optimize mobility and activities of daily living with a new prosthetic limb.
  • Implement a documentation process to support and demonstrate medical necessity for all components of a prosthesis.
  • Recognize state-of-the-art advances in the technology of prosthetics that are rapidly becoming available and impacting patient care



14.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)

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

Nurses Using AMA Credit

14.25 hours

Nurses will receive a certificate from Penn State College of Medicine verifying their participation in 14.25 hours of approved continuing medical education. Continuing education activities which are approved by accredited institutions of higher education and that are relevant to patient care or professional nursing meet the requirements of mandatory continuing education for registered nurses in Pennsylvania, as required by the Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing. The Board of Nursing recommends that nurses retain their certificates for a period of at least five years. Additional information is available through the State Board of Nursing.

Physical Therapy

14.25 hours

Lebanon Valley College is a pre-approved provider of continuing education for the Pennsylvania State Board of Physical Therapy. Physical therapists will receive a certificate of attendance for 14.25 contact hours, which may be used toward PA State Licensure requirements.

Patient Safety/Risk

14.25 hours

This program includes 14.25 hours of patient safety/risk management education as required by the Pennsylvania State Board of Medicine.

Social Work

6.75 hours

Penn State is an approved provider as defined by Pa. Code Sections 47.36(a)(3), 48.36(a) (3), and 49.36(a)(3). Social workers, marriage and family therapists, and professional counselors licensed by the state of Pennsylvania can earn 6.75 clock hours of continuing education for completing this course.

American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA)

14.25 hours

Elizabethtown College is an approved provider for the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) and the Pennsylvania State Board of Occupational Therapy Education and Licensure. Occupational therapists will receive a certificate verifying their participation for 14.25 hours of approved continuing education which may be used toward PA State Licensure Continued Competency requirements and NBCOT certification renewal.

American Psychological Association (APA)

Continuing Education credits have been approved for licensed psychologists. Penn State College of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry, is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Penn State College of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry, maintains responsibility for this program and its content. Full attendance at the sessions and evaluation of each individual session attended is required to receive CE credit for psychologists. Partial credit will not be awarded. Late arrivals or early departures will preclude awarding of CE credits.


Thursday, April 5, 2018
7 a.m. – 6 p.m.

  • 7 a.m. | Check In / Continental Breakfast / Exhibits
  • 7:50 a.m. | Welcome
    David Gater Jr, MD, PhD, MS
  • 8 a.m. | Prosthetics in Amputation Rehabilitation: An Update
    Alberto Esquenazi, MD
  • 8:45 a.m. | Limb Amputation – Perspective of a Vascular Surgeon
    Robert G. Atnip, MD, RVT, PRVI
  • 9:30 a.m. | Break / Exhibits
  • 10 a.m. | Care of the Combat Amputee
    Donald Gajewski, MD
  • 10:45 a.m. | Evaluation and Management of the Medical and Functional Issues Following Amputation
    Jeffrey Heckman, DO
  • 11:30 a.m. | Lunch / Exhibits
  • 12:30 p.m. | Justifying K-Level Assignment Using Outcome Measures in Adults with a Unilateral Lower-Limb Amputation
    J. Megan Sions, PhD, DPT, PT
  • 1:15 p.m. | Psychological Functioning and Adaptation Following Limb Loss
    Lisa Eaton, PsyD
  • 2 p.m. | Break / Exhibits
  • 2:15 p.m. | Assessing and Documenting the Medical Necessity of Prostheses
    Brian Kaluf, BSE, CP
  • 3 p.m. | Current Topics in Amputee and Prosthetic Research 
    Jason Kahle, MSMS, CPO, LPO
  • 3:45 p.m. |
      The Role of Vocational Rehabilitation in Working with Amputees

      MaryAnn Benedetti, MS, CRC; Cathy Dishman, BSN, RN;
      Rick Shaffer, CDRS
      Limb Loss – Return to Life and Work

      Chad Caden, BS; Jake Schrom; Logan Summey
  • 6 p.m. | Adjournment

Friday, April 6, 2018
7 a.m. – 3:45 p.m.

  • 7 a.m. | Check In / Continental Breakfast / Exhibits
  • 7:50 a.m. | Welcome
    Everett Hills, MD, MS
  • 8 a.m. | Current Concepts, Challenges and Approach to Peri-Operative Pain Management in Patients Undergoing Amputations
    Sanjib Ahdikary, MD
  • 8:45 a.m. | Phantom Limb Pain: Challenges and Solutions
    Vitaly Gordin, MD
  • 9:30 a.m. | Break / Exhibits
  • 10 a.m. | The Collection and Dissemination of Outcome Measures in Lower Limb Amputee Rehabilitation
    James Campbell, PhD
  • 10:45 a.m. | Prosthetic Issues in the Diabetic and Dysvascular Amputee
    Heikki Uustal, MD
  • 11:30 a.m. | Lunch / Exhibits
  • 12:30 p.m. | Outcomes in Hand Transplantation, Electric Multi-Articulating Hands, and Toe-to-Hand Transfers: How Do We Define Success?
    Diane Atkins, OTR, FISPO
  • 1:15 p.m. | Osseointegration: Direct Skeletal Attachment for Limb Loss and How it Will Change the Management of Amputees
    Danielle Melton, MD
  • 2 p.m. | Break / Exhibits
  • 2:15 p.m. | Building Bionics
    Todd Kuiken, MD, PhD
  • 3 p.m. | Getting a Feel for Advanced Prosthetic Limbs
    Alfred Emondi, PhD
  • 3:45 p.m. | Adjournment


Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center

Sanjib Ahdikary, MD
Associate Professor of Anesthesiology
Director, Regional Anesthesia and Acute Pain
Penn State College of Medicine

Robert G. Atnip, MD, RVT, RPVI
Professor of Surgery and Radiology
Medical Director, Vascular Diagnostic
Laboratory and Penn State Center for Wound Care
Vascular Surgery
Penn State College of Medicine
Penn State Heart and Vascular Institute

Lisa Eaton, PsyD
Assistant Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Clinical Psychologist
Penn State College of Medicine

David Gater Jr, MD, PhD, MS 
PM&R Department Chair
Tenured Professor
Rocco Ortenzio Chair and Program Director Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Penn State College of Medicine

Vitaly Gordin, MD
Professor of Anesthesiology
Director, Pain Medicine Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine
Penn State College of Medicine

Everett Hills, MD, MS
Course Director
Associate Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Orthopaedics
Medical Director, Amputee Program
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Penn State College of Medicine
Penn State Health Rehabilitation Hospital

Rick Shaffer, CDRS
Driver Rehabilitation Specialist
Therapy Services

Faculty Invited

Diane Atkins, OTR, FISPO
Assistant Clinical Professor
Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Baylor College of Medicine
Houston, TX

MaryAnn Benedetti, MS, CRC
Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor II
Office of Vocational Rehabilitation
Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry
Harrisburg, PA

Chad Caden, BS
Chief Master Sergeant
United States Air Force
Yorktown, VA

James Campbell, PhD
Chief Clinical Officer
Hangar Clinic
Austin, TX

Cathy Dishman, BSN, RN
Harrisburg Field Operations
Department of Human Services
Office of Long-Term Living
Bureau of Contract and Provider Management
Harrisburg, PA

Alfred Emondi, PhD
Program Manager
Biological Technologies Office
Arlington, VA

Alberto Esquenazi, MD
Professor and Chair
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Director Amputation Rehabilitation Program
Hamilton, ON

Donald Gajewski, MD
COL (ret) US Army
Musculoskeletal Oncologist
Mission Health
Asheville, NC

Jeffrey Heckman, DO
Assistant Professor
Department of Rehabilitation Medicine
University of Washington
Director, Regional Amputation Center
VA Puget Sound Health Care System
Seattle, WA

Jason Kahle, MSMS, CPO, LPO
CEO, OP Solutions
New York, NY

Brian Kaluf, BSE, CP
Biomedical Engineer, Certified Prosthetist
Clinical Outcome and Research Director
Ability Prosthetics and Orthotics, Inc.
Exton, PA

Todd Kuiken, PhD, MD
Director, Center for Bionic Medicine
Shirley Ryan Ability Lab
Northwestern University
Chicago, IL

Danielle Melton, MD
Associate Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Orthopedics
Director of Limb Loss Program TIRR-MH
University of Texas Health
Science Center at Houston
Houston, TX

Jake Schrom
Paralympic Powerlifter
Carlisle, PA

J. Megan Sions, PhD, DPT, PT
Assistant Professor
Department of Physical Therapy
Principal Investigator of Delaware Limb Loss Studies
University of Delaware
Newark, DE

Logan Summey
Founder, Owner, Operator
Rock Mill Industries
Mechanicsburg, PA

Heikki Uustal, MD
Associate Professor
Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
Medical Director, Prosthetic/Orthotic Team
Wound Care and Hyperbaric Oxygen
Certified Physician
Attending Physiatrist
JFK Johnson Rehab Institute
Edison, NJ


Fee includes refreshment breaks, instruction, online handout materials and lunch.

Early Bird, before March 8, 2018
$150 for Health Care Professionals
$25 for Public/Non-Health Care Professionals
FREE for Students

After March 8, 2018
$250 for Health Care Professionals
$50 for Public/Non-Health Care Professionals
FREE for Students

Public/Non-Health Care Professional and Students

No professional credits or certificates will be issued. Students, fax verification of student status to 717-531-5604 or email

Registrations received after April 4, 2018, will incur a $25 late fee.


Cancellations received after March 28, 2018, will incur a $25 processing fee.

No refunds after April 1, 2018.

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.


Accommodations are the responsibility of the program participant. A list of Hershey area lodging is available upon request or online.

Room Block

A block of rooms has been reserved at:

Hershey Lodge
325 University Drive
Hershey, PA 17033

Deadline: March 5, 2018

Reservations: Call 855-729-3108 or visit the hotel website.

Group name: “Physical Medicine and Rehab.”

Rate: $159 standard room block (plus applicable taxes)

Rooms reserved after this date are at regular rates and will be based on availability. We recommend that you make reservations as early as possible.

Join us in Hershey

Hershey is conveniently located in central Pennsylvania, just 90 minutes from Baltimore and Philadelphia, two hours from Washington, DC, and three hours from New York City.


A Continuing Education Service of Penn State College of Medicine, in Partnership with:

Penn State Health Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Penn State Health Rehabilitation Hospital – In Partnership with Select Medical, Elizabethtown College – Department of Occupational Therapy, Lebanon Valley College – Department of Physical Therapy

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.

University Nondiscrimination Policy

This publication is available in alternative media on request. The Pennsylvania State University is committed to the policy that all persons shall have equal access to programs, facilities, admission, and employment without regard to personal characteristics not related to ability, performance, or qualifications as determined by University policy or by state or federal authorities. It is the policy of the University to maintain an academic and work environment free of discrimination, including harassment. The Pennsylvania State University prohibits discrimination and harassment against any person because of age, ancestry, color, disability or handicap, genetic information, national origin, race, religious creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or veteran status and retaliation due to the reporting of discrimination or harassment. Discrimination, harassment, or retaliation against faculty, staff, or students will not be tolerated at The Pennsylvania State University. Direct all inquiries regarding the Nondiscrimination Policy to the Affirmative Action Director, The Pennsylvania State University, 328 Boucke Building, University Park, PA 16802-5901; tel 814-863-0471/TTY. US M.Ed. D6176

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