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Penn State Health Trauma Pathways 2018

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Keynote Speaker

USAR Trauma and General Surgery Consultant to the Surgeon General
Vice-Chair for Quality and Patient Safety, Department of Surgery
Chief, Division of Trauma, Acute Care and Critical Care Surgery
Trauma Program Medical Director
Associate Professor of Surgery and Neurosurgery
Penn State College of Medicine


Our conference is designed for health-care professionals involved in trauma care. The presentations will offer a blend of information on both the adult and pediatric patient. All participants should find this a particularly rewarding conference.


Nurses, physicians, surgical technicians, physician assistants, advanced practice, respiratory therapists, social work and all allied health professionals.


At the conclusion of the program, participants should be able to:

  • Explore the continuum of trauma care
  • Identify early interventions and prehospital situations
  • Discuss techniques used in trauma care
  • Focus on long-term follow-up treatment options
  • Connect with the patient experience



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.

Pennsylvania State Nurses Association (PSNA)

6.0 contact hours awarded

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

Social Work

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 6.0 clock hours of continuing education for completing this course.

Trauma Hours

This program qualifies for 5.0 adult trauma hours and 1.0 pediatric trauma hours.


Theodore DeMartini, MD
Assistant Professor
Medical Director of Quality and Safety
Pediatric Critical Care Medicine
Penn State Children’s Hospital
Penn State College of Medicine
Hershey, PA

Joseph A. DePatto, EMT-P, FP-C
PR/Outreach Coordinator
Life Lion Critical Care Transport Service
Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center
Hershey, PA

David R. Gater Jr., MD, PhD, MS
Professor, Chair, Residency Program Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) Fellowship Director
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center
Penn State College of Medicine
Hershey, PA

Gregory Jelliff, RN, BSN, CCRN, PHRN
Emergency Department Manager
Trauma Program Manager
Guthrie Troy Community Hospital
Troy, PA

Lisa LaRock, RN, BSN, CCRN, PHRN
Trauma Program Manager
Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital Trauma Center
Sayre, PA

The Rev. David B. Simmons, DMin, BCC
Director, Department of Pastoral Services
Clinical Support Services
Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center
Hershey, PA

Peter Thomas, DO, FACOS, FACS
Director of the Trauma Program
St. Luke’s University Hospital
Bethlehem, PA

Michelle Von Arx, MS, OT/L
Chief Executive Officer
Penn State Health Rehabilitation Hospital
In Partnership with Select Medical
Hummelstown, PA


7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

  • 7:30 a.m. | Check-In/Continental Breakfast/Exhibits
  • 8 a.m. | Welcome/Opening Remarks
  • 8:15 a.m. | Keynote: From the Battlefront to Bedside: Advances in Trauma Care for the Global War on Terror
    Scott B. Armen, MD, FACS, FCCP, FCCM, COL, MC USAR
  • 9:15 a.m. | Not Just Another Difficult Airway
    Joseph A. DePatto, EMT-P, FP-C
  • 10:15 a.m. | Break/Visit Exhibitors
  • 10:30 a.m. | Three Relevant Topics in Trauma
    • Trauma in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit: The Penn State Experience
      Theodore DeMartini, MD
    • Collaborating to Create a Rural Trauma System
      Lisa L. LaRock, RN, BSN, CCRN, PHRN
    • Level IV Trauma
      Gregory Jelliff, RN, BSN, CCRN, PHRN
  • 11:30 a.m. | Lunch/Visit Exhibitors
  • 12:45 p.m. | The Tourniquet is on… Now What?
    Peter Thomas, DO, FACOS, FACS
  • 1:45 p.m. | Break/Visit Exhibitors
  • 2 p.m. | Case Study Presentation: From Surviving to Thriving
    David R. Gater Jr., MD, PhD, MS and Michelle Von Arx, MS, OT/L
  • 3 p.m. | Post-Traumatic Growth – The Forgotten Side of Trauma
    The Rev. David B. Simmons, DMin, BCC
  • 4 p.m. | Adjournment


Fee is $165, which includes:

  • Cost of instruction
  • All listed meals
  • Online handout materials

Registrations received after Sept. 18, 2018, will incur a $25 late fee.


Cancellations received after Sept. 11, 2018, will be assessed a $25 processing fee.

No refunds will be given after Sept. 15, 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.


This program is a continuing education service of Penn State College of Medicine.

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

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