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MEAPA 2024 Annual Conference

Harborside Hotel, Spa & Marina
55 West Street
Bar Harbor, ME 04609

Wednesday, October 2, 2024 at 8:30am ET - Friday, October 4, 2024 at 5:00pm ET
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55 West Street, Bar Harbor, ME 04609

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Lodging

MEAPA has secured discounted accommodations at the following Hotels for October 1st through October 4th. Please register using the links below.
These are available on a first come first served basis.

  • Regency Bar Harbor (approximately 1 mile from conference site)
    • Rooms start at $309/night on our room block.

There are also several nearby hotels, Airbnb’s, motels and camping options available. 

NOTE: Room blocks are filled on a first come first served basis. Book early! LAST Day for room block use is 9/1/24. 

CME Information

This program is not yet approved for CME credit.  Conference organizers plan to apply for 20.5 AAPA Category 1 CME Credits from the AAPA Review Panel.  The total number of approved credits is yet to be determined.

COVID-19 Information

Currently, MEAPA is not requiring documentation of COVID-19 vaccination or requiring the wearing of face masks during our conference events.  Because the safety of our participants is our top priority, we ask that you test if you are ill, if negative please wear a mask, if positive do not attend and notify the conference manager immediately.   Our policies may be updated as new scientific data and public health guidance emerge.


Registration Refund and Cancellation Policy

If you register and are unable to attend the conference, we kindly ask that you notify us so that we may make conference events available to other interested participants. Registration fees for the conference and workshops are fully refundable until 9/1/2024. All refund requests must be received in writing and may be requested by contacting our conference manager at meapa.education@gmail.com.  No refund requests will be processed on/after 9/2/2024.

Event Agenda

MEAPA 2024 Annual Conference

Event Agenda

Wednesday, October 2, 2024 at 8:30am ET - Friday, October 4, 2024 at 5:00pm ET

All times listed in Eastern Time (US & Canada).
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Wednesday, October 2, 2024

  • 7:30am - 9:00am

    Registration Table Open

    Visit our registration table to pick up your name badge and welcome bag. Onsite registration is unfortunately not available, please register prior to 10/2/24.

    NOTE: This year we are not running separate concurrent inpatient/outpatient tracts after hearing feedback from last year. This year we have grouped our inpatient and outpatient focused lectures, which you will see noted on the agenda. Joint sessions are for topics that are widely applicable. Optional Add-on Workshops will run concurrent with lecture offerings.

  • 9:00am - 9:30am

    Welcome

    MEAPA President, Kimberly Caldwell MPAS, PA-C

  • 9:30am - 10:30am

    Obesity Treatment - Thinking with a Phenotypic Lens

    Ainsley Price, MSPA, PA-C Outpatient-1

    At the conclusion of the session, attendees should be able to:
    1) Name the four general phenotypes of obesity.
    2) Recognize how each of the four phenotypes may present in practice.
    3) Match commonly prescribed anti-obesity medicines with the phenotype they may work most effectively with.

  • 10:30am - 11:00am

    Break/ Exhibit Hall Opens

    Menu TBD

  • 11:00am - 12:00pm

    Can You 'Ear Me? A Discussion on Sudden Hearing Loss

    Gillian Croteau, MSPA, PA-C Outpatient-2

    At the conclusion of the session, attendees should be able to:
    1) Define criteria for Sudden Sensorineural Hearing Loss (SSNHL).
    2) Identify patients with potential SSNHL based on history.
    3) Assess patients with potential SSNHL in a non-ENT setting.
    4) Develop treatment plan for SSNHL.

  • 12:00pm - 1:00pm

    Lunch/Exhibit Hall Open

    Menu TBD

    Menu TBD

  • 1:00pm - 2:00pm

    Patient Goals: Knowing Them, Naming Them and Achieving Them in Palliative Care

    Jacqueline Fournier, NP. c. ACHPN; Chelsea Ouellette FNP; Brianne Genschel, BSW Joint Session-1

    At the conclusion of the session, attendees should be able to:
    1) Define what palliative care is.
    2) What are the types of palliative care that can be delivered?
    3) Explore case studies: who qualifies for palliative care services.

  • 1:00pm - 5:30pm

    Wilderness Workshop

    David Kuhns PA-C Emeritus, CCPA-Retired, MPH, DFAAPA Owen Howell PA-C

    --Separate Registration Required--
    At the conclusion of the session, attendees should be able to:
    1) Describe the common minor ailments and injuries that can present in the outdoors, and demonstrate treatment options (I.e. reduction and stabilization of angulated fractures and dislocations, incorporating standard and improvised materials)
    2) Discuss options for the essential medications and supplies that should be part of your medical kit. (Demonstrate the use of an Epi Pen)
    3) Discuss strategies on how to avoid life-threatening environmental emergencies, including hypothermia, heat related emergencies and lightning injuries. (Demonstrate the “hypothermia wrap”.)

  • 2:00pm - 3:00pm

    Your Vote, Your Voice, Your Power: Maine's Legislative Process 101

    Laura Harper Joint Session-2

    At the conclusion of the session, attendees should be able to:
    1) Discuss the importance of advocacy and legislative awareness for PAs.
    2) Describe Maine’s legislative process from creation of a bill to signing into law.
    3) Describe how PAs should be advocates and active participants in the electoral and legislative process.

  • 3:30pm - 4:00pm

    Break/Exhibit Hall Open

    Menu TBD

  • 3:30pm - 4:30pm

    Hip Fractures: From Fall Through Recovery

    Eric Daniels, PA-C, CAQ-OS, ATC Inpatient -1

    At the conclusion of the session, attendees should be able to:
    1) Identify different types of hip fractures and appropriate treatment methods.
    2) Describe the importance of hip fracture morbidity/mortality on the aging population.
    3) Describe what to order for suspected occult hip fractures.
    4) Recognize the length of recovery and its impact on the elderly population.

  • 4:30pm - 5:30pm

    Breathless in Bar Harbor

    Angela Leclerc, MSPA, PA-C Inpatient -2

    At the conclusion of the session, attendees should be able to:
    1) Define hypoxemic and hypercapnic respiratory failure and provide examples of each form of
    respiratory distress.
    2) Identify which groups of patients with respiratory failure may benefit from Non-invasive Positive
    Pressure Ventilation (NIPPV).
    3) Identify common reasons for intubation and mechanical ventilation.
    4) Define the four major variables that can be controlled on the ventilator and how they relate to
    oxygenation and ventilation.

  • 5:30pm - 8:00pm

    Lobster Bake

    Separate Ticket Required.
    Menu TBD, cash bar available.

Thursday, October 3, 2024

  • 6:30am - 7:30am

    Breakfast

    Menu TBD

  • 7:00am - 12:00pm

    ACLS for the Experienced Provider Renewal Workshop

    Chistopher Bates-Withers PA-C

    --Separate Registration Required--
    Must have prior ACLS for the Experienced Provider certification, which has not expired more than 1 year ago.

  • 7:30am - 8:30am

    Rising Rates of Cancer in Young Patients; Implications In A Rural State

    Dr. Lisa Rutstein, MD Inpatient-3

    At the conclusion of the session, attendees should be able to:
    1) Understand causative factors for early age presentation of colorectal cancer
    2) Implications of early age diagnosis for a rural state such as Maine
    3) Recommendations for screening and genetic testing for young patients

  • 8:30am - 9:30am

    Too Slow: Bradycardia, Heart Blocks, and What We Do for Our Patients

    Scott Smith, MSN, APRN-CNP, ACNP-BC, NRP, I/C Inpatient-4

    At the conclusion of the session, attendees should be able to:
    1) Identify the following ECG rhythms: sinus bradycardia, idioventricular
    rhythm/ventricular escape rhythm, junctional escape rhythm, sick sinus
    syndrome, 1 st degree AV block, 2 nd degree AV block Type I (Wenckebach), 2 nd
    degree AV block Type II, and 3 rd degree AV block.
    2) Discuss management of symptomatic and asymptomatic bradycardia.
    3) Analyze a case study and describe correct management of the bradycardic
    patient per AHA Guidelines.

  • 9:30am - 10:00am

    Break/Exhibitor Hall Open

    Menu TBD

  • 10:00am - 11:00am

    Pearls for Delivering Age-Friendly Healthcare in Any Practice Setting

    Maria Egger, PA-C Joint Session-3

    At the conclusion of the session, attendees should be able to:
    1) Recognize the unique characteristics of the older adult population that influence healthcare decisions.
    2) Explain the four components of Age-Friendly Healthcare, the 4 Ms.
    3) Illustrate the impact of implicit, explicit, and structural ageism on healthcare disparities for older adults.
    4) Demonstrate practical approaches to delivering age-friendly care in both inpatient and outpatient settings through participant-generated patient cases.

  • 11:00am - 12:00pm

    Pediatric Cardiology: Matters of the Heart

    Don Solimini, PA-C, MHA Joint Session- 4

    At the conclusion of the session, attendees should be able to:
    1) Obtain appropriate history
    2) Conduct appropriate exam
    3) Use general knowledge of cardiovascular physiology to develop differential dx
    4) Use chest xray, echo, angio to complement
    5) Recognize clinical patterns that characterize common pediatric cardiac
    conditions
    6) No, you will not become a pediatric cardiologist after this presentation,
    but should have better understanding for a PC or Peds practice.

  • 12:00pm - 1:00pm

    Lunch/Membership Meeting/Exhibit Hall Open

    Membership vote needed on the following topics: -Change of organization name -Bylaw update adoption

    Menu TBD

  • 1:00pm - 2:00pm

    Update from NCCPA: Focus on the PANRE/PANRE-LA

    Alicia Quella, PhD, PA-C Joint Session -5

    At the conclusion of the session, attendees should be able to:
    1) Describe the options, resources and details on recertification for PAs: focusing on the PANRE and PANRE-LA.
    2) Describe the CAQ program and the new CAQs available for PAs.
    3) Describe the ways PAs contribute to the work of NCCPA.
    4) Update on recent legislation guiding PA Practice, the PA Licensure Compact and title change.
    5) Describe the practice characteristics of Maine PAs.

  • 1:00pm - 5:30pm

    Critical Care Skills Workshop

    TBD

    --Separate Registration Required--
    Hands on skills with Critical Care Point of Care Ultrasound (POCUS), airway management, central line and chest tube insertion.

  • 2:00pm - 3:00pm

    Pediatric Rashes

    Don Solimini, PA-C, MHA Outpatient -3

    At the conclusion of the session, attendees should be able to:
    1) Discuss some common and not so common pediatric dermatologic issues.
    2) Identify by site and clinical presentation rashes you ought not miss.
    3) Describe treatment options for the various conditions.

  • 3:00pm - 3:30pm

    Break/Exhibit Hall Open

    Menu TBD

  • 3:30pm - 4:30pm

    Recognizing and Treating Anxiety Disorders in Primary Care

    Dana Villmore, PhD, PA-C Outpatient -4

    At the conclusion of the session, attendees should be able to:
    1) Recognize the signs and symptoms of anxiety disorders in the primary care setting across the lifespan.
    2) Implement appropriate mental health questionnaires to screen for anxiety disorders and common comorbid conditions in primary care patients.
    3) Utilize appropriate pharmacotherapy for patients with anxiety disorders across the lifespan.
    4) Formulate holistic non-pharmacologic treatment plans for patients with anxiety disorders.

  • 4:30pm - 5:30pm

    Buprenorphine for Management of Chronic Pain

    Ryan Trosper, PA-C Outpatient -5

    At the conclusion of the session, attendees should be able to:
    1) Discuss the pharmacodynamics of buprenorphine
    2) Identify different formulations of buprenorphine utilized for chronic pain management
    3) Review indications, contraindications, adverse effects, dosing, and monitoring of buprenorphine

  • 5:30pm - 8:00pm

    Vendor Reception (non-CME event)

    Menu TBD, Cash Bar

Friday, October 4, 2024

  • 6:30am - 7:30pm

    Breakfast/Exhibit Hall Open

    Menu TBD

  • 7:30am - 8:30am

    Treatment of Obesity in Adults: Weighing In on the Drug Therapy Options

    Sara Hoffman, PA-C Outpatient -6

    At the conclusion of the session, attendees should be able to:
    1) Describe the widespread epidemic of obesity in the U.S. and its adverse health implications.
    2) Define the FDA-approved medications for the treatment of obesity in the U.S. and select the best agent for each individual patient based on key considerations (e.g., contraindications, availability, cost).
    3) Explain each drug category’s mechanism of action, dosing and monitoring, efficacy for weight loss, duration of therapy, adverse effects, and contraindications.

  • 8:30am - 9:30am

    Dermatology Update 2024: What's New and What you might not remember from PA school

    Sarah Patton, MSHS, PA-C Outpatient -7

    At the conclusion of the session, attendees should be able to:
    1) Recognize the etiology and signs and symptoms of common dermatologic conditions across the lifespan in the primary care setting.
    2) Implement new and old treatment regimens for common dermatologic conditions in the primary care setting.
    3) Determine the appropriate patients for referral to a specialty dermatology office and formulate the best referral plan.

  • 9:30am - 10:00am

    Break/ Exhibit Hall Open

    Menu TBD

  • 10:00am - 11:30am

    Keynote: Lewiston Mass Shooting Event October 25th 2023

    Dr. Timothy Counihan, MD Hannah Stonebreaker, PA-C

    At the conclusion of the session, attendees should be able to:
    1) Provide a review of the hospital emergency response to the Lewiston shooting.
    2) Review mass casualty emergency response procedures.
    3) Explain how to participate in a mass casualty response as medical provider.
    4) Describe the patterns of injury of military style assault rifle injuries.
    5) Recall the initial assessment and resuscitation of penetrating trauma patients. 
    6) Describe the barriers to mental health care in the acute setting.

  • 11:30am - 1:00pm

    UNE Luncheon

    Award and Scholarship Ceremony. Raffle Baskets Give-Away (must be present to win)

    ALL WELCOME!
    Menu TBD

  • 1:00pm - 2:00pm

    A State of Shock! Demystifying The Shock State

    Marc Igdalsky, PA-C Inpatient -5

    At the conclusion of the session, attendees should be able to:
    1) Recognize the clinical presentation of a shock state.
    2) Compare hypovolemic, distributive, obstructive, and cardiogenic shock.
    3) Demonstrate an understanding of the etiology, clinical presentation, diagnosis, and
    management of various shock states.
    4) Interpret pertinent clinical exam findings and data as it relates to the work-up and
    treatment of shock.
    5) Formulate appropriate care plans, including both resuscitative and curative measures,
    targeting shock.

  • 1:00pm - 4:00pm

    Primary Care Skills Workshop

    TBD

    --Separate Registration Required--
    At the conclusion of the session, attendees should be able to:

  • 2:00pm - 3:00pm

    Management of Diverticulitis

    Dr. Timothy Counihan, MD Inpatient -6

    At the conclusion of the session, attendees should be able to:
    1) Describe the pathophysiology and epidemiology of diverticular disease.
    2) Describe how to assess and treat mild diverticulitis.
    3) Recall the grading systems for diverticulitis.
    4) Determine the appropriate assessment and treatment of complex diverticulitis including the role of interventional radiology.
    5) Describe the surgical options for complex diverticulitis.

  • 3:00pm - 4:00pm

    Ways To Effectively Discuss Firearm Safety with Patients in a Non-Partisan Manner

    Michael Smith MS, PA-C, Christopher Bates-Withers, MSPharm, MMS, PA-C, CAQ-HM, CAQ-CVTS, CHSE Inpatient-7

    At the conclusion of the session, attendees should be able to:
    1) Define basic firearm terminology necessary for informed and effective discussion with patients about firearm safety.
    2) Identify potential barriers to therapeutic communication between healthcare providers and patients who own firearms.
    3) Discuss the role of firearms in suicides and ways to limit their use.
    4) Apply principles of harm reduction to reduce mortality and morbidity associated with firearms in families and communities.
    5) Discuss basic functionality of firearms safety devices and provide basic instruction to patients about selection and use of these devices.
    6) Identify the relatively small number of people most likely at increased risk of gun violence and self-harm and ways to effectively reduce their use of firearms.

  • 4:00pm - 4:15pm

    Closing

    Kimberly Caldwell MPAS, PA-C MEAPA President

Exhibit

Non-Profit Exhibitor
Early Bird Discount Until 7/2/2024
$450.00   $400.00

Exhibitor (for-profit entities)
Early Bird Discount Until 7/2/2024
$1,900.00   $1,550.00

Additional Exhibitor Representative Badge

For Exhibitors with more than 2 representatives in attendance. 

$150.00

Register For This Event

MEAPA Member: Full Conference
Early Bird Discount Until 7/2/2024

For active members of MEAPA, full conference lecture attendee ticket, this price does not include workshops.
All meals/break snacks outlined in the agenda are included in the cost of this registration, with the exception of the Lobster Bake, which requires its own ticket.

$560.00   $510.00

Non-Member Full Conference
Early Bird Discount Until 7/2/2024

For non-members of MEAPA, full conference lecture attendee ticket, this price does not include workshops.
NOTE: The pricing of this ticket option is equal to the cost of annual membership and full conference registration. Please consider becoming a member prior to registering. 
All meals/break snacks outlined in the agenda are included in the cost of this registration, with the exception of the Lobster Bake, which requires its own ticket.

$700.00   $650.00

MEAPA Member: 2-Day Conference Attendance
Early Bird Discount Until 7/2/2024

For active members of MEAPA, 2-day conference lecture attendee ticket, this price does not include workshops.
All meals/break snacks outlined in the agenda during the 2 days of attendance are included in the cost of this registration, with the exception of the Lobster Bake, which requires it's own ticket. The days attended are at the discretion of the ticket holder.

$360.00   $320.00

Non-Member 2-Day Attendance
Early Bird Discount Until 7/2/2024

For non-members of MEAPA, 2-Day conference lecture attendance ticket, this price does not include workshops.
NOTE: The pricing of this ticket option is nearly equal to the cost of annual membership and membership registration. Please consider becoming a member prior to registering. 
All meals/break snacks outlined in the agenda during the 2 days of attendance are included in the cost of this registration, with the exception of the Lobster Bake, which requires it's own ticket. The days attended are at the discretion of the ticket holder. 

$455.00   $425.00

MEAPA Member: 1-Day Attendance
Early Bird Discount Until 7/2/2024

For active members of MEAPA, 1-day conference lecture attendee ticket, this price does not include workshops.
All meals/break snacks outlined in the agenda during the day of attendance are included in the cost of this registration, with the exception of the Lobster Bake, which requires it's own ticket. The day attended is at the discretion of the ticket holder.

$200.00   $185.00

Non-Member: 1-Day Attendance
Early Bird Discount Until 7/2/2024

For non-members of MEAPA, 1-Day conference lecture attendance ticket, this price does not include workshops.
NOTE: The pricing of this ticket option is nearly equal to the cost of annual membership and membership registration. Please consider becoming a member prior to registering. 
All meals/break snacks outlined in the agenda during the day of attendance are included in the cost of this registration, with the exception of the Lobster Bake, which requires it's own ticket. The day attended is at the discretion of the ticket holder. 

$245.00   $230.00

Student Attendance

For PA students currently enrolled in an ARC-PA accredited PA School.
All meals/break snacks outlined in the agenda are included in the cost of this registration, with the exception of the Lobster Bake, which requires its own ticket.

$75.00

Lobster Bake

Lobster bake with 1 lobster, corn on the cobb and other fixins. More details to be added soon.

$85.00

Workshop: ACLS for the Experienced Provider Renewal Course

Note this workshop runs concurrent to didactic lectures.

$250.00

Workshop: Critical Care Skills

Didactic instruction and hands on experience with techniques for airway management, POCUS for Critical Care, central line and chest tube insertion. 

$225.00

Workshop: Primary Care Skills
$150.00

Workshop: Wilderness Medicine Tools and Techiques
$225.00

Lobster Bake Guest Ticket
$85.00