11th Annual Pennsylvania Sleep Society Conference

This program happened in the past, and no dates are currently scheduled.

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This program is a continuing education service of Penn State College of Medicine, jointly provided by PA Sleep Society.


The purpose of this meeting is to provide increased awareness and knowledge of sleep medicine, including sleep education, research and clinical practice.


  • Discuss the basic anatomy and physiology of the upper airway and relationship to sleep apnea mechanism and treatment.
  • Review insomnia in the asthmatic patient.
  • Outline the role of sleep apnea in general health and special medical conditions.
  • Describe the role of the sleep laboratory and testing in the pediatric population.
  • Identify the impact of diversity on sleep disorders.



This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of Penn State College of Medicine and the Pennsylvania Sleep Society. Penn State College of Medicine is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Penn State College of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 7 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s). Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

American Association of Sleep Technologists (AAST)

This program has been approved for 7 AAST Continuing Education Credits (CECs) by the American Association of Sleep Technologists 2510 North Frontage Road, Darien, IL 60561.
(Program # A30782)

American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC)

This program has been approved for a maximum of 7.00  contact hours Continuing Respiratory Care Education (CRCE) credit by the American Association for Respiratory Care, 9425 N. MacArthur Blvd. Suite 100 Irving TX 75063.  Course #180924000


Accommodations are the responsibility of the program participant. For your convenience, a room block has been reserved at the conference hotel.

Reserve online here or call 800-780-7234.

  • Group name: Pennsylvania Sleep Society
  • Code: 4U2FG1X2

Rate is $119.95 per night.

Room block registration deadline is March 13, 2019. Rooms reserved after this date are at regular rates and will be based on availability. Conference organizers recommend you make reservations as early as possible.


Fee includes membership to PA Sleep Society, cost of instruction, all listed meals and online presentation materials.

Full fee is:

  • $150 – Doctoral-level participants
  • $100 – All other health care professionals (includes sleep technologists, respiratory therapists, nurses, medical assistants, students/trainees, etc.)Registrations received after April 5, 2019, will incur a $25 late fee. No refunds will be given after April 2, 2019.


Cancellations received later than March 29, 2019, will incur a $25 processing fee.

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.


Several talks have particular sleep technologist themes, which is indicated in this agenda.

  • 7 a.m. | Registration, continental breakfast, visit exhibits
  • 8 a.m. | Welcome and orientation
    Rochelle Goldberg, MD, FCCP, FAASM, DABSM
  • 8:10 a.m. | Session 1: Sleep in Special Populations – 30 minutes per lecture
    • Sleep in Women
      Rochelle Goldberg, MD, FCCP, FAASM, DABSM
      Associate Professor
      Department of Medicine
      Sidney Kimmel Medical College
      Thomas Jefferson University
      Director, Sleep Medicine Services Main Line Health
      Medical Director Paoli Hospital Sleep Center
      Philadelphia, PA
    • Sleep and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
      Anne Marie Morse, DO
      Assistant Professor
      Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine
      Geisinger Medical Center
      Janet Weis Children’s Hospital
      Danville, PA
    • Things That Go Bump in the Night: Sleep-Related Seizures and Parasomnias (sleep technologist theme)
      Robert C. Stowe, MD
      Pediatric Sleep Medicine Fellow
      University of Pennsylvania
      Perelman School of Medicine
      Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
      Philadelphia, PA
  • 9:40 a.m. | Break and visit exhibits
  • 10 a.m. | Session 2: The Nirav P. Patel Keynote Address – Stakeholder Engagement to Improve Sleep Health
    Girardin Jean-Louis, PhD
    Professor of Population Health and Psychiatry
    New York University School of Medicine
    New York, NY
  • 11 a.m. | Session 3: Sleep in the Lab – 30 minutes per lecture
    • Positive Airway Pressure Therapy: Basic Principles (sleep technologist theme)
      Matthew Anastasi, BS RST RPSGT
      CEO, Limina Sleep Consulting, LLC
      Pittsburgh, PA
    • Sleep Studies and PAP Adherence in Children with Developmental Disabilities (sleep technologist theme)
      Ignacio E. Tapia, MD, MS
      Sleep Center, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
      Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
      University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine
      Philadelphia, PA
      and Michelle Ward, RPSGT
  • Noon | Lunch and visit exhibits
  • 1 p.m. | Session 4: Apnea and Beyond Apnea – 30 minutes per lecture
    • Lifestyle and Sleep Quality
      Thomas Rice, MD, MS
      UPMC Passavant
      Pittsburgh, PA
    • Dental Sleep Medicine
      Eric A. Paster, DMD, FAGD, PC
      The Royersford Dentist
      Royersford, PA
    • MATRx in the Sleep Lab
      Michael Montanye, MA, RST, RPSGT
      Clinical Coordinator
      Paoli Hospital Sleep Medicine Services
      Main Line Health
    • Impact of Insomnia on Co-morbid Asthma
      Faith Luyster, PhD
      Assistant Professor
      School of Nursing,
      University of Pittsburgh
      Pittsburgh, PA
  • 3 p.m. | Break and visit exhibits
  • 3:15 p.m. | Session 5: Fellows Corner – 30 minutes per lecture
    • Acromegaly and Sleep Apnea
      Swetha Nemargommula, MD
      Sleep Medicine Fellow
      Thomas Jefferson University Hospital
      Philadelphia, PA
      and Rachna Vijay Patel, MD
    • COPD-OSA Overlap Syndrome
      Jennifer Y. So, MD
      Sleep Medicine Fellow
      Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
      Philadelphia, PA
    • Rhythms and Mood: Delayed Sleep-Wake Phase Disorder and Psychiatric

      Jessica Oehlke, MD
      Sleep Medicine Fellow
      University of Pennsylvania
      Philadelphia, PA
  • 4:45 p.m. | Evaluation and Adjournment (sleep technologist theme)

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