The SGO Allied Health Professionals Workshop was held Sept. 27-28, 2014, gathering physician assistants, nurse practitioners and registered nurses who treat patients with gynecologic cancers for a unique workshop to discuss a variety of topics surrounding practice challenges. This year’s workshop was located in Chicago at the Robert H. Lurie Medical Research Center of Northwestern University.
This one-and-a-half day course offers AAP-NC professionals a collegial environment to discuss current issues in treating women with gynecologic cancers. Topics include landmark trials, palliative care, genetics, cervical screening, chemotherapy administration, and implementation of innovative practices. This course is ideal for all newer and experienced members of women’s cancer care team.
Click here to view the Schedule of Events for the 2014 Allied Health Professionals Workshop.
Katherine Berdell, MSHS, PA-C
Katherine Berdell, MSHS, PA-C is a practicing Physician Assistant at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Molecular Biology from Auburn University in Auburn, AL. She then went on to receive her Master’s degree in Health Sciences from the Cornell University Physician Assistant Program in New York, NY. After graduating from PA School, she joined the Gynecologic Oncology practice at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center where she was involved in the clinic, inpatient, and operative aspects of patient care. Ms. Berdell is an active member of the Society of Gynecologic Oncology, where she has served on the 2014 Annual Meeting Program Committee and was also a 2014 Annual Meeting APP Program Course Director. She is also a member of SGO’s Membership committee, and is the Vice-Chair of the SGO Allied group.
Mary Callaghan, MN, RN, AOCNS, APN
Mary Callaghan, MN, RN, AOCNS, APN is a practicing Gynecological Oncology Advance Practice Nurse at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. She completed her MN degree at the UCLA School of Nursing, and has over 35 years of experience in oncology care. She has both management and clinical experience, and is an experienced speaker in both academic and non-academic settings. She is a member of the Oncology Nursing Society, and is an active member on the Review Board of the Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing, where she assists with the selection process of the content submitted and published in the journal.
Ritu Salani, MD, MBA
Ritu Salani, MD, MBA is a nationally renowned speaker, who is currently an associate professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. Dr. Salani earned her MD from Northeast Ohio Medical University in Rootstown, Ohio, and completed her residency in gynecology and obstetrics at Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta, GA. She went on to complete a fellowship in gynecologic oncology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, where she also received her MBA. Following her fellowship, she joined the faculty at The Ohio State University, and has since published multiple articles and book chapters focusing on gynecologic oncology and survivorship. Dr. Salani is involved in many national and institutional clinical trials, and has received numerous awards for her work as a teacher and researcher. She is actively involved in national and international organizations, including the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the International Gynecologic Cancer Society. She also currently serves on the Cervix Committee of the Gynecologic Oncology Group and has served on the executive council for the Society of Gynecologic Oncology.
Julie Sharpe, PA-C
Julie Sharpe, PA-C is a well-received speaker who has broad experience providing direct patient care. Ms. Sharpe attended Miami University where she received a degree in exercise science and went on to receive her Master of Medical Science in Physician Assistant Studies from Midwestern University. Ms. Sharpe recently worked as a practicing Physician Assistant in the Gynecologic Oncology section at the University of Chicago Medical Center, where she saw patients in the clinic and coordinates the weekly Multidisciplinary Tumor Board Conference. She also worked to develop a survivorship program for gynecologic oncology patients at the University of Chicago. She is a member of the Association of Physician Assistants in Oncology (APAO). This July, Ms. Sharpe joined the University of Michigan section of gynecologic oncology to provide inpatient care, where her focus is on implementing patient care practices to attempt to decrease length of hospital stays and readmission rates.
Heather Stringer, MS, PA-C
Heather Stringer, MS, PA-C is a practicing Physician Assistant at Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, IL. She attended the University of Illinois where she received a degree in Kinesiology. She went on to receive her Masters of Science in Physician Assistant Practice from Rosalind Franklin University in Chicago, IL. Heather has received numerous accolades, including being named in “Who’s Who Among Female Physician Assistants in Healthcare” and receiving the Rosalind Franklin University Distinguished Female Leadership Award. She is an active member of national organizations such as the American Academy of Physician Assistants and the Illinois Academy of Physician Assistants, and is also a member of the Gynecologic Oncology Group and the Society of Gynecologic Oncology.
At the conclusion of the course, learners will be able to:
- Respond to the challenges and practice environment for Allied Health Professionals in Gynecologic Oncology
- Discuss current treatment plans and how they are evolving
- Outline changing guidelines for practice and treatment in genetic screening
- Address the role of the mid-level professional in effective palliative care and disease treatment.
Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME)
SGO tentatively designates this educational activity for a maximum of 11.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ pending approval from the Allied Planning Committee.
American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA)
This program has been reviewed and is approved for a maximum of 11.25 hours of AAPA Category I CME credit by the Physician Assistant Review Panel. Physician assistants should claim only those hours actually spent participating in the CME activity.
This program was planned in accordance with AAPA’s CME Standards for Live Programs and for commercial Support of Live Programs.
Oncology Nursing Society (ONS)
This activity will be submitted to the Oncology Nursing Society for approval to award contact hours. ONS is accredited as an approver of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s COA.