American Association for Respiratory Care


Monday, July 14


7:15 am–8:00 am

Complimentary Coffee and Bagels


8:00 am–1:00 pm

Complimentary Registration


8:00 am–8:50 am

Hemodynamics and Cardiovascular Assessment

Kathy S Myers Moss PhD(c) RRT-ACCS, Columbia MO

This presentation will begin with an overview of the vital components of an advanced cardiovascular assessment. The presenter will then discuss the various components of hemodynamic monitoring, including normal and abnormal values, and relate these to the critically ill patient.


8:55 am–9:45 am

Diagnostics: Imaging

Fred Giberson MD FACS MACM, Newark DE

This presentation will focus on the indications and diagnostic uses of various diagnostic imaging tests, including: radiographs, computerized tomography, magnetic resonance imaging, ultrasonography, and nuclear scans.


9:45 am–10:00 am



10:00 am–10:50 am

Special Procedures and Troubleshooting

Kathy S Myers Moss PhD(c) RRT-ACCS

This presentation focuses on a variety of procedures classified as "special procedures" by the NBRC and the respiratory therapist's role in performing or assisting in the procedure as well as troubleshooting various situations. These procedures include: arterial line monitoring, mini-bronchial alveolar lavage, chest tube drainage systems, and bronchoscopy.


10:55 am–11:25 am

Nutritional Assessment

Fred Giberson MD FACS MACM

This presentation will address the nutritional needs of the critically ill patient and the components of the nutritional assessment. The presenter will place the assessment in context with the nutritional needs of the critically ill patient.


11:25 am–11:45 am

Lunch Provided


11:45 am–1:15 pm

Bill Galvin

Test-taking Skills and Strategies for the

Bill Galvin MSEd RRT CPFT AE-C FAARC, Gwynedd Valley PA

This presentation will identify keys to successful performance on examinations. It will briefly address major concepts associated with proper preparation and study - issues of memory, the forgetting process, and the principles and stages of learning. Additionally, it will cover what candidates can expect at the test center - the check-in procedure, logging-on to the computer, and what will be viewed on the computer screen. It will provide a detailed account of the exam matrix (scope of the Advanced Critical Care Examinations), test format (number, type, and timing), test content and composition (content areas), cognitive levels, item analysis, time strategies, and specific test-taking skills and techniques. Examples of examination items will be given with a breakdown of how to tackle even the ones you simply do not know.


1:20 pm–2:35 pm

Putting It All Together: Case Studies


This presentation will combine a comprehensive review of all materials and specific case scenarios. The audience will be an integral part of the decision-making scenarios as key information is reinforced.