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Clinical Skill and Procedure Workshop

PHYSICIAN ASSISTANT CME

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Physician Assistant training places a heavy emphasis on clinical skill mastery and physician teamwork.  Moreover, the expectations of Physician Assistants are becoming greater, and strong skills are becoming even more important for the management of complex patients.  What’s more, because of today’s uncertain world of clinical practice, it is likely that you will be relied upon to provide management and skills you haven’t practiced in years.  As a result, you may even be expected to manage patients like a seasoned professional right out of training.

Are you undeniably prepared to handle whatever condition walks in your door?  Do you know the subtle things to look for that can make the difference between life and death, function and disability?  Our program will significantly arm you with these skills and do it in a way that makes it fun and engaging!  Accordingly, we will provide you with up to date management techniques that should be mastered by every Physician Assistant.

Each two-day class is well organized, filled in advance, and planned to run seamlessly. To start, Didactic morning sessions are open and engaging. Following that, Afternoon procedure sessions match morning topics. In short, everything from suturing techniques, joint aspiration, and central venous catheter insertion is taught live, in person, and in an organized manner to maximize your time and allow you to perfect your technique.

The Procedure Workshop

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Radiology Interpretation

  • Lectures focused on the ENTIRE human body and common fracture patterns
  • How to communicate findings to the orthopedic surgeon
  • What needs emergent, urgent, and delayed treatment
  • CT and MRI interpretation
  • Splint application and management
  • Shoulder, elbow, knee, ankle, and hip reductions
  • In total, 75 topics are covered!

EKG Interpretation

  • Electrical conduction of the heart
  • Identification and treatment of STEMI
  • Posterior MI
  • Common MI Patterns
  • Left Main Disease
  • Electrolyte disturbances and management
  • All Major Dysrhythmias and advanced treatment
  • Understanding of Bundle Branch Blocks and MI
  • Over 20 EKG abnormalities are included!

Pulmonary Disorders and Management

  • Pneumothorax
  • COPD
  • Asthma
  • Current management guidelines
  • Peak Flow application
  • Tracheostomy management
  • 12 pulmonary clinical scenarios and current management guidelines!

Lethal Skin Conditions

  • 7 lethal skin conditions, identification, and treatment
  • Burn identification and management
  • Rash Identification

Practice Improvement Tips

  • How to present cases to attending physicians and specialists
  • What attending physicians and specialists need to know from you
  • Current PQRS and documentation guidelines.
  • Resources to maximize documentation reimbursement and MIPS bonuses

Procedure Workshop

  • Full afternoon suture workshop (all types) including Suture Cam
  • Joint injection and aspiration of knee and shoulder
  • Foreign body/fishhook removal
  • Nail trephination
  • Lumbar Puncture
  • Needle Decompression of Pneumothorax
  • Chest Tube (Thoracostomy) insertion
  • Splinting workshop
  • IUD Insertion and Removal
  • In total, 31 procedures are included in our afternoon sessions!

In order to focus on your individual needs, class sizes are kept to a maximum of 30 participants per class. Coffee, drinks, and lunch are provided.

The Schedule

Day 1 Morning Skills Session

Cardiac Disorders

EKG interpretation

Acute MI/STEMI and management

STEMI Mimics

Common Dysrhythmias

Electrolyte Disorders and EKG Findings

Bundle Branch Blocks

Pulmonary Disorders

Basics of Airway Assessment

Asthma

COPD

Pneumothorax

Pulmonary Embolims

Applying Well’s Criteria and PERC Rule

D-Dimer Use

Tracheostomy Replacement

Overview of Radiograph Interpretation

How to Choose the Right Study

Chest, Shoulder, and Clavicle

Abdominal Pain and KUB Interpretation

Radiographic Signs of Major Diseases

Radiographic Signs of High Impact Injuries

Foreign Body Management

Day 1 Afternoon Procedure Session

Suture Clinic

Introduction to Proper Technique

Surgeon’s Knot

Simple Interrupted

Simple Running

Vertical Mattress

Horizontal Mattress

Subcutaneous/Multiple Layer Closures

Staples

Wound Assessment

Billing and Documentation

Local Injections and Nerve Blocks

Procedure Clinic

Needle Decompression

Chest Tube Insertion

Shoulder Injection and Aspiration

Trigger Point Injection

Nail Trephination

Nail Removal

Foreign Body and Fish Hook Removal

Punch Biopsy

Day 2 Morning Skills Session

Cervical Spine Radiology

Long Board and Collar Removal

NEXUS Criteria

Canadian C-Spine Rule

Unstable Cervical Fractures

Mechanisms of Common Cervical Fractures

Cervical Immobilization

Ordering the Correct Imaging

Reading Cervical Images

Thoracic and Lumbar Spine Radiology

Patterns of Spinal Fractures

Interpreting Thoracic and Lumbar Images

Cauda Equina Syndrome

Epidural Abscess Identification/Treatment

Low Back Pain and Management

Reg Flags for Back Pain and Management

Upper Extremity Radiology

How to Communicate Orthopedic Injuries

Identifying Common Fracture Patterns

Common Reduction Techniques

Amputations

When to Consult Orthopedics

When to Consider Emergency Transfer

Pelvis and Lower Extremity Radiology

Identifying Common Fracture Patterns

Reductions

Consultations

Management of Sprains and Strains

When to Consult Orthopedics

Day 2 Afternoon Procedure Session

Skin and Soft Tissue Conditions

Emergent Rash Identification

Cellulitis

Abscess Incision and Drainage

DVT Identification and Decision Rules

Burn Care and Referral Criteria

What Not to Send Home

Procedure Clinic

Lumbar Puncture

IUD Insertion and Removal

Patella Reduction

Ankle Reduction

Upper and Lower Extremity Splinting

Intraosseous Access Insertion

Central Venous Catheter Insertion

Our program is two days in length from 8am – 5pm on Friday and Saturday. In addition, every student will receive the same exposure and hands-on training in an organized round-robin fashion. Additional after-hour time with procedure simulators may be available after the first day session has ended.

The Certification

In addition to earning continuing education credits, we offer a Physician Assistant program certification option.  If you choose to take our test and score high enough, you will receive a certificate and a Letter of Recommendation from our Medical Director to share with prospective employers and subsequently credentialing boards.  Anyone who has tried to get their first job can without a doubt validate how important a letter like this can be to supplement your credentials and help verify your abilities. If you have been looking to stand out from your competition, look no further.  Put another way – our medical director believes that our program will help your clinical skills so much, that he literally put his name on your success!  This is another bonus included in your program registration package!

The Total CME Package!

How does this course compare to others?

Unlike other Physician Assistant courses that last several days, have more students, and are cumulatively more expensive, our courses allow for intensive training on key topics, with one-on-one education in a small group setting.  You can’t beat our combination of lecture material and hands-on procedure experience.  Further, our locations and guaranteed rates are the the most affordable around.  There are no hidden fees, and no add-on costs – our Physician Assistant lectures and procedures are all rolled into one well-organized two-day experience!

Our program price includes:

    • Small group format with individual attention from our Physician and Physician Assistant expert clinical staff
    • Tote bag, Sim Vivo Suture Kit with sutures and instruments ($99 value)
    • Online Tutorial Videos
    • Live lectures and access to all material through the PPE Clinical Toolkit (One year membership included  – $99 value)
    • Unlimited simulator access to members
    • Discounts on future programs
    • Certification Examination and Letter of Reference signed by our medical director
    • No add-on fees for additional material.  What you see here is what you get, all for one low price!
    • Great rates at the hotels where we hold our programs!
    • Additional CME opportunities*

Also, don’t forget – your time is also your money.  Not to mention, extra hotel nights and time away from work or home has an additional cost!  Why spend several days in a classroom when you can get it all done in two?

*Additional CME is based on approval by the AAPA, and will be offered through our Clinical Toolkit.  Certification is an option included in the program and is based on mastery of procedural skills and a validated 50-question written exam based on our program material.  Regular additions will be made to our resources content.
Provider Practice Essentials does not have a dedicated brand, corporation, contracted agreement, or preference of one specific medical equipment manufacturer over another. As a result, you will get hands on training with multiple different brands and types of equipment that you will likely use in the clinical setting where you will work.  We do, however, value our close relationships with the designers, inventors, and vendors of the best medical simulation equipment available.