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The 36th Annual Meeting in New Orleans represents our third stand-alone meeting since the APACVS relocated both geographically and chronologically from our colleagues at the STS. We are greatly appreciative of the overwhelming support following this change, as manifested by record attendance at the last two meetings and robust registration for the upcoming meeting. The APACVS continues to offer innovations at our national meeting. This year we have added more hands-on courses including an administrative track designed for PAs in CVT Surgery who work in management and administrative positions.
After a brief hiatus, the 2016 Practice Compensation Survey will go out next month and will continue our long tradition of collecting and sharing data essential in negotiating new salaries or re-negotiating current salaries and benefits. It has been overhauled as part of a Leadership Fellow project and will be available for review in the Fall. The APACVS, the only professional society advocating specifically for PAs in Cardiac, Thoracic and Vascular Surgery, continues to monitor the situation in California regarding Title 22 and will work tirelessly with stakeholders to end this barrier to PA practice, hopefully this year. I had the opportunity to meet with leaders from the STS and AATS this past weekend to reaffirm the APACVS partnership with these important surgical societies and our common goals.
We need your energy and ideas to keep our initiatives relevant and to allow us to provide the best possible service to our members and the specialty. The leadership encourages you to volunteer on an APACVS Committee! Please feel free to reach out to myself or any of the APACVS Board with your feedback, and forward your contributions for CardioVision to the editor.
David Lizotte MPAS, PA-C, FAPACVS
The APACVS is offering six hands-on skills courses with mannequins and simulation to give you practical experience needed to master your surgical skills:
View the 36th Annual Meeting preliminary program and find out more!
- CARDIAC SURGICAL UNIT ADVANCED LIFE SUPPORT COURSE (CSU-ALS)
Thursday, March 2, 0730-1815
Course Chair: Aaron Morton, PA-C, MMSc, ATC, FAPACVS
Course Faculty: Joel Dunning, MD, PhD; Jill Ley, MS, RN, Adrian Levine, MD
- LAB: CVT CRITICAL CARE BEDSIDE PROCEDURAL SKILLS
Thursday, March 2, 0945-1515
Course Chairs: Angela Brown, PA-C
Faculty: Robert F. Carlucci, MPAS, PA-C, FAPACVS; Steven M. Gottesfeld, PA-C; Paul Possenti, PA-C
- ROBOTIC THORACIC FIRST ASSIST COURSE
Friday, March 3, 1500-1800
Off Property Ochsner Medical Center
Transportation to depart from front entrance of hotel at 1430.
Course Chair: Shannon Ranella, PA-C
Faculty: Rishindra M. Reddy, MD, FACS; Brian Pettiford, MD; Joseph Phillips, MD; Jenna Angott, PA-C
- LAB: VASCULAR EXPOSURE AND ANASTOMOSIS SKILLS COURSE
Saturday, March 4, 0700-1230
Course Chairs: Shawn Gage, PA-C; Timothy Stewart, PA-C; Veronica Genoves, PA-C
- FUNDAMENTALS CRITICAL CARE SUPPORT (FCCS)
Saturday, March 4, 0730-1430
Sunday, March 5, 0730-1730
Course Chairs: Aaron Morton, PA-C, MMSc, ATC, FAPACVS; Ryan O'Gowan, PA-C, MBA, FAPACVS, FCCM
- THORACOSCOPIC FIRST ASSISTANT COURSE (TFA)
Sunday, March 5th, 0730-1200
Course Chair: Scott Balderson, PA, FAPACVS
Course Faculty: Shari Meyerson, MD; Mark Berry, MD; Thomas A. D'Amico, MD; Matthew Gaudet, MD; Jeremiah Martin, MD
Annals of Thoracic Surgery
CSU-ALS North America is pleased to announce that the STS Expert Consensus Statement on Resuscitation After Cardiac Surgery has been published on line and will be published in print in the March issue of the Annals of Thoracic Surgery.
To review this important work, please click on the following link: The Society of Thoracic Surgeons Expert Consensus for the Resuscitation of Patients Who Arrest After Cardiac Surgery.
For information on CSU-ALS Provider courses near you or how to bring a course to your hospital, please visit the CSU-ALS website.
American Association for Thoracic Surgery
Join the AATS at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston, Massachusetts, April 29 - May 3, for the AATS Centennial. This internationally recognized, five-day program of state-of-the-art presentations by renowned experts, recognizes the critical importance of team based cardiothoracic care and welcomes all healthcare professionals, including Physician Assistants, Nurses, Surgical Assistants and Perfusionists to be part of this premier continuing medical education event.
The APACVS Cardiac Service Orientation Curriculum: A Manual for Students, Residents & New Staff is the first national curriculum developed to help guide training programs, preceptors and students involved with a Cardiac Surgery Elective Rotation. This premier curriculum is made up of four basic project components, including a daily didactic powerpoint, clinical topic summary sheet, operating room experience guide and small reading assignment, perfect for students, residents or new staff. Don't miss this opportunity to further your career as a Cardiac, Thoracic or Vascular Physician Assistant. Purchase your Cardiac Service Orientation Curriculum today!
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