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Providing Complex Fetal Care in Central PA

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Hosted by the Penn State Health Complex Fetal Care Center, previously known as the Perinatal Program.


The purpose of this conference is to describe the holistic and comprehensive method for management of fetuses with medical and surgical complications.

Overall Objectives

  • Discuss the evolving management of various fetal anomalies.
  • Review how the Complex Fetal Care Center manages patients in a holistic and patient-centered manner.

Agenda and Objectives

  • 7:45 a.m. | Welcome and Opening Remarks
  • 8 a.m. | Complex Fetal Care Center Overview
    Jaimey Pauli, MD, Director of the Center Maternal Fetal Medicine Services

    • Discuss the role of a complex fetal care center in improving maternal and neonatal outcomes.

    Jennifer Stoner, Clinical Counselor for the CFCC Mental Health Care and Services

    • Explain how the clinical counselor role supports the mental health needs of the patient/families enrolled in the Complex Fetal Care Center.
  • 8:30 a.m. | Cardiac 3D Printing in Clinical Practice
    Robert D. Tunks, MD, MHS, FACC, FASE

    • Describe in general terms the process of how 3D printed cardiac models are created.
    • Discuss some of the congenital heart lesions for which 3D printing has been useful to date.
    • Discuss how 3D modeling improves pre-surgical planning, trainee education, and family counseling.
  • 9:30 a.m. | Break
  • 9:45 a.m. | Cardiac Surgery for Children with Trisomy 18: Dilemmas, Difficult Decisions, and Evolving Management
    Joseph B. Clark, MD

    • Explain the historical perspective of cardiac surgery for patients with trisomy 21.
    • Identify the current evolution of medical and surgical management for patients with trisomy 18.
    • Discuss the Penn State Health Children’s Hospital experience and outcomes caring for patients with trisomy 18.
    • Describe the ethical challenges in the care of patients with life-limiting disease: deciding where to draw the line.
  • 10:45 a.m. | Shared Decision-Making: More Than Meets the Eye
    [Shared Decision Making Definition: “An approach where clinicians and patients share the best available evidence when faced with the task of making decisions, and where patients are supported to consider options, to achieve informed preferences.”]
    Deana Deeter, CRNP, CHPPN, CPON, RN-BC, Hummingbird Program Manager
    Susannah Eckman, MD, Hummingbird Physician
    Michelle Freeman, MD, MEd, Hummingbird Medical Director

    • Describe the spectrum of approaches to medical decisions, including shared decision making.
    • List important elements involved in the shared decision making process.
    • Explain additional skills and considerations that play a role in shared decision making.
  • 11:45 a.m. | Break
  • Noon | Abdominal Wall Defects
    Kathryn Martin, MD

    • Define the difference between gastroschisis and omphalocele.
    • Describe perinatal considerations for gastroschisis and omphalocele including mode and location of delivery.
    • Compare and contrast the long-term outcomes associated with gastroschisis and omphalocele.
  • 1 p.m. | How to Prepare Parents of Infants Needing Transfer to Tertiary Care
    Yuanyi Murray, MD

    • Recognize common prenatal diagnoses that would benefit from prenatal counseling with a multidisciplinary team.
    • Review initial resuscitation steps of infants with commonly diagnosed prenatal diagnoses prior to transfer.
    • Review the range of possible neonatal outcomes for commonly diagnosed prenatal anomalies.
  • 2 p.m. | Faculty Panel Discussion
    • Discuss any questions that the conference participants may identified.
    • Summarize the conference overall goals and objectives.
  • 2:30 p.m. | Closing Remarks and Adjournment



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Penn State College of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 6 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s). Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


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