CAPACon 2022 Course Descriptions

Optional Workshops ($)
Common Musculoskeletal Injections and Joint Aspirations
Eric Glassman, MHS, PA-C

Knowing how to properly perform injections and aspirations into joints and other musculoskeletal structures is an important skill for PAs in many different settings. There are also several risk factors, pitfalls, and complications that one must consider when treating patients that need an injection or aspiration. In this hands-on lab, PA Glassman will use models of the knee, shoulder, elbow, and more to help participants describe anatomic landmarks and practice patient positioning.

The instructor will also:
  • Review the acute inflammatory phase
  • Describe the role of anesthetic agents and corticosteroids
  • Provide instruction on proper procedure documentation and discharge instructions
Physical Examination of the Knee and Shoulder
Gregory Yoshida, MD

Pain in the knee and shoulder are common patient concerns. In order to properly diagnose and treat conditions in these joints, clinicians must be able to perform a thorough physical examination and focus their exams based on the patient’s complaints. There are also additional tests for specific diagnoses of the knee and shoulder. This hands-on workshop will provide participants with the opportunity to learn and practice various exam techniques.

Dr. Yoshida’s session will teach PAs how to:
  • Complete a basic exam of the knee and shoulder
  • Perform special exam techniques of the knee and shoulder
  • Understand the correlation of the physical examination to specific diagnoses
 EKG Bootcamp
Jennifer Carlquist, PA-C

Many PAs lack sufficient electrocardiogram (EKG) education to identify high-risk findings that could be life-threatening in their patients. In this crowd favorite workshop, PA Jennifer Carlquist will provide a basic 12-lead review that will then progress into actual cases for participants to solve. Practitioners at all levels of EKG interpretation will benefit from this course.

The session will cover:
  • Five things PAs should look for on every EKG of a syncope/palpitations patient
  • Identifying contiguous leads and reciprocal changes
  • How to proceed when the machine indicates non-specific ST-T wave changes
Elevating Suturing Basics
Scott Martin, PA-C

Suturing is an essential skill that all PAs should master and maintain, whether they are a new graduate with minimal experience or they have been practicing for years and are now moving laterally to a setting that will require closures. After this session, PA Martin expects attendees to be able to recognize when to close a laceration, what types of sutures to use, and which techniques to use to obtain a proper closure.

Objectives for this hands-on workshop are to:
  • Become familiar with the types of sutures and instruments required to perform a closure
  • Recognize what lacerations require closures and when to perform secondary closures
  • Observe and perform various suturing techniques with guidance
Ultrasound for the Clinical Setting
Scott Martin, PA-C

The ultrasound machine is a very valuable tool in the acute care setting. However, many PAs have limited to no knowledge of how to perform ultrasound exams. Emergency Medicine PA and CME Committee Chair of CAPA, Scott Martin will provide workshop participants with the opportunity to observe and practice using the ultrasound machine to perform various exams.

Participants in this session will become familiar with:
  • Ultrasound functions and operation
  • Anatomical norms of the human body as well as abnormal findings
  • E-FAST, musculoskeletal, soft tissue, vascular, abdominal, and orbital exams and evaluations