Wednesday, June 5, 2013


I had an awesome experience at AAPA's IMPACT 2013 in Washington, D.C..  Here is a brief summary of my trip:

Saturday May 25
I arrived early in the morning after taking a red eye and met up with two classmates that I was sharing a room with. We headed over to the conference at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, where I checked-in. The first talk we went to was called Rapid Response...The Approach to the Acutely Ill Patient by Paul Szczybor PA-C . This was an interesting talk and a good review of you basics in an emergency situation. It was also nice to see how PAs could play an integral role in the rapid response team (RRT) in a hospital setting. If you want to learn more about PAs and RRTs pleas check out this article (this is not from the conference).

Next we attended the Adolescent Medicine Sports Injury Cases, which was a good review/motivator on common orthopedic problems. This talk was done my Dr. Andrew Gregory who works at Vanderbilt's Orthopedic Department, and was also a member of Men's National Volleyball team. Vanderbilt has an iTunes channel you may want to check out.   This was not from the talk but here is some more pediatric orthopedic problems to check out.

Next we attended PVC Pipes Leaking or Clogged- Clotting Issues and Anemia 101: To Low, No Go which were both presented by Allan Platt PA-C, MMSc. These two talks were a great review for some hematology issues. I also noticed the more interesting the title the more interesting the talk (keep that in mind the next time you attend a conference).  Mr. Platt was also an interesting character and if you every get a chance to here him speak I encourage you to check it out. He is the Academic Coordinator and Board Review Coordinator at Emory University. Here are some great educational resources: EMORY (scroll down when you get to page).

Sunday May 26
It was a beautiful day, so we did not do much conference stuff. We walked all around D.C. checking out different attractions.

Monday May 27
We started the day with talk by Dr. Richard Cantor on Current Drugs of Abuse, which was very informative, shocking, and funny. If you are interested in drug abuse here is a great place to get started: National Institute on Drug Abuse.

We also attended the Emergency Medicine Procedures: An In-depth and Internal View by Jeff W. Hinshaw, MS, PA-C, NREMT-P. This talk was really cool and a bit over my head. Mr. Hinshaw talked about many ways to manage airways and provided several videos. He also provided videos on what it looked like from inside the patient, when you put in various airway devices which was very interesting. I can not find any of the videos he used (so far..) but here are some videos from a quick YouTube search, check them out here.

That night I met up with other classmates at the National Medical Challenge Bowl!  While our team did not win, we all had a lot of fun and it was a great experience. I do want to say congratulations to Stanford team which got into the finals via a wild card. AAPA has not posted a video of the event yet, but when they do I will post it. (You should subscribe to AAPA's YouTube channel if you have not done so already.)

Tuesday May 28
Tuesday started with General Session talk involving Former Senator and Founder of Caring for Military Families: The Elizabeth Dole Foundation, Elizabeth Dole (here is a video clip of her speech), past AAPA President Robert Wooten PA-C (PA Man), and current Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services,  Kathleen Sebelius. AAPA has put together an extensive set of resources of PAs helping veterans, please check it out here.

I attended a few more sessions this day and then at night I was lucky enough to go to the PAramount Evening which is to benefit the Physician Assistant Foundation.  More to come on this night later...

Wednesday May 29
Capitol Hill Day...more to come on this topic later.

Thursday May 30
This was my last day in D.C. and I was able to visit Arlington National Cemetery, which I encourage everyone to do. I would like to say thank you to all that have served this country, gave their lives for this country and a special thank you to their families.

Here are some pictures from my travels