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2023 Conference Agenda - At a Glance

Tuesday, April 25, 2023


8:30 – 9:30 am          
9:30 – 10:30 am        



10:45 – 11:45 am     

1:00 – 2:00 pm      




2:15 – 3:15 pm     


3:45 – 4:45 pm        


5:00 – 7:00 pm        


Opening Remarks and Awards Presentation
Enough is Enough: Ending Workplace Violence for Healthcare Workers
Aisha Terry, MD, MPH – ACEP President-elect, American College of Emergency Physicians

This session will provide data and context related to the current status of workplace violence against healthcare workers, with a particular emphasis on violence in the emergency department. The consequences of this problem, as well as effective advocacy and policy solutions will be shared.

Snow, Fog and Whiteout Conditions - Disaster on I-81
John Matz – Director, Schuylkill County Emergency Management Agency
Frank Zangari – Fire Chief, Rangers Hose Company

The session will focus on the events of March 28, 2022 when an intense snow squall caused white-out conditions on several miles of I-81 in Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania resulting in a massive pile-up of passenger and commercial vehicles.  Over a 40-hour period, the whole spectrum of first responders, healthcare, local, county and state partners and the community came together to rescue and treat the injured, feed and shelter the victims, clear debris, and restore a major transportation route.

Shanthi Lewis, MD - Psychiatrist, Lehigh Valley Health Network

This session will include a short movie, followed by a presentation on many aspects of suicide. The epidemiology of suicide will be discussed, as well as an examination of the risk factors of suicide. We will explore the process of long-term suicide bereavement and the impact of suicide on survivors (family/friends).

Exploring the Essential Service: A Discussion on EMS
Aaron Rhone, PhD – Director, Bureau of EMS, Pennsylvania Department of Health

This presentation will facilitate a discussion on the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania's EMS System.  Pennsylvania is just one of 12 states or territories that have defined EMS as an essential service.  While being defined as an essential service there is still misperceptions as to what this means.  In this session focus will be on the valuable role that EMS plays in Pennsylvania's healthcare systems as well as exploring how to better foster relationships with EMS and elected officials.

Pediatric Traumatic Brain Injury: Case Management and Discussion
Oded Goren, MD – Cerebrovascular Neurosurgeon, Geisinger Medical Center

Christopher Coppola, MD – Pediatric Surgeon, Geisinger Medical Center

This session will discuss a high-profile head injury suffered by an athlete attending the Little League World Series.  Focus areas will include the management of pediatric traumatic brain injuries and acute epidural hematoma as well as the sequence of events requiring rapid intervention. In addition to the immediate care required, the discussion will cover the management of media exposure, the relationship between the prehospital team and the trauma center team, and the teamwork required between multidisciplinary resources in a pediatric trauma center.

Networking Happy Hour

Wednesday, April 26, 2023


8:30 – 9:30 am 

9:45 – 10:45 am     









11:15 am – 12:15 pm    

1:15 – 2:15 pm        

2:30 – 3:30 pm        








3:30 – 3:45 pm        

Mission Zero and Beyond: Maintaining Readiness and Pursuing New Innovations in Trauma Care Delivery through Military and Civilian Partnerships
Jennifer Silvis, DO - Trauma/Acute Care Surgery, General Surgery, Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center

Trauma is the leading cause of death, loss of productivity, and loss of lifestyle for ages 1-44.  Military and civilian trauma systems have been increasingly collaborating to achieve zero preventable deaths.  This discussion will highlight initiatives that the two entities have undertaken and how they are working together to maintain trauma readiness and further knowledge. 

Templeton Poster Showcase Lightning Round 

Berks County Falls Free Coalition Voucher Program

Distracted Driving a Simulation

Falls Prevention-From In-Person to Virtual

Putting a STOP to Distracted Walking and Driving

Supporting Victims of Penetrating Trauma through a Hospital-based Violence Intervention Program

Stop the Bleed-Storytelling: A Resident-Run Hemorrhage Control and Community Engagement Workshop

Thromboelastography-guided resuscitation changes management and contributes to improved risk-adjusted survival in patients with hemorrhagic shock and severe traumatic brain injury

Lightning and Other Electrical Injuries

Shawn Tejiram, MD, FACS - Burn Surgeon, The Burn Center, MedStar Washington Hospital Center

The session will describe the variety of electrical injuries presenting to a large urban burn center including risks, prevention, and evaluation and management of these patients and their injuries.

Autopsy Finding in Trauma Cases
Karl Williams, MD - Chief Medical Examiner, Office of Medical Examiner of Allegheny County

This session will review case studies and illustrate how autopsy findings can lead to improved outcomes for the trauma patient. Topics include how autopsy results are used to explain fatality, the importance of communication with those completing the autopsy, and the nature of the postmortem exam.

Firearm Panel Discussion
Russell Dumire, MD – Chairman, Department of Surgery/Trauma Medical Directory, Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center
Elinore Kaufman, MD, MSHP – Assistant Professor of Surgery, University of Pennsylvania
Dorothy Rocourt, MD, MBA – Medical Director, Pediatric Trauma Program, Penn State Health Children’s Hospital

Join us for a conversation around firearm violence and how injury and violence prevention professionals play a critical role in this public health emergency. As the healthcare community is aware, there is an urgent need to address this epidemic in the United States, as well as its social, economic, and public health impacts. Three panelists will take questions on the drivers of gun violence, the data necessary to make change, the importance of effective messaging in our communities and others. They will acknowledge the challenges and celebrate the progress.   This session wraps up our 2023 event and we hope will leave all attendees with a charge of action moving forward. 

Raffle Drawing & Closing Remarks

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