Acute Care Medicine, Primary Care Medicine
Student registration is now open at a discounted rate. Although content will be most relevant for students in physician assistant programs, other students in health professions programs are also welcome. Skills labs are open to students at a rate of $25, subject to availability.
MEAPA is excited to announce volunteer opportunities for our Fall 2021 CME Conference. Priority for volunteer opportunities will be given to pre-PA and PA students, followed by other health professions and pre-health professions students, and finally all other volunteers. If we have more volunteer applicants than we do openings, volunteers will be chosen by lottery. Entry fees to the conference will be waived for volunteers. At this time, we have volunteer opportunities for the following projects:
Check-In/Registration volunteers will staff our registration tables, hand out badges and ensure that participants sign in for talks at each track to receive continuing education credit. Check in/registration tables will be open on the mornings of 10/6 and 10/7.
Although setup of tables and classrooms will be managed by the resort, we will need volunteers to help set up the equipment our staff will be bringing for the conference, including simulation supplies for labs, displaying raffle baskets, etc. Our greatest need will be on the morning of 10/6 and in the evening of 10/8 after the conference.
3. Ultrasound Lab Models
Our ultrasound lab will allow students the opportunity to scan on live participants for cardiac and abdominal exams. We anticipate having opportunities for 3-4 models for participants to practice ultrasound scans.
Every individual has unique anatomical features that affect the success of ultrasound imaging, and obtaining adequate images may not be possible for every individual or every body type. Models will need to undergo an ultrasound performed by a course instructor on the morning of the course to ensure that we can achieve adequate images for instructional purposes.
Ultrasound is safe and does not require radiation exposure. There are no generally accepted adverse effects of exposure to ultrasound at clinically utilized frequencies. The examinations that will be performed at this conference do not require any needles or drug exposure. The ultrasound examinations taught in the lab are noninvasive, although the cardiac examination does require the examiner to place an ultrasound probe on the chest near the breast and pectoral region.
Male participants for this lab should be comfortable disrobing from the waist up. Female participants who are comfortable of the nature of the ultrasound exam may participate, and should wear a sports bra.
It is unlikely, but possible, that undiagnosed medical conditions may incidentally be discovered in the course of performing ultrasound examinations for instructional purposes. In addition, known medical conditions which may not be externally visible may become apparent under ultrasound imaging. Individuals with known diseases of the heart, lungs, vessels or abdominal organs which they wish to keep concealed from other course participants should apply for one of our other volunteer opportunities. Course faculty are not able to provide medical advice about incidental findings and we are not able to provide copies of images obtained during the course. All models for this course will be required to sign an incidental findings waiver prior to the start of the course.