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Surgical Airway Webinar Series

The Veterans Healthcare Administration and University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine are excited to announce a cutting-edge educational opportunity. This six-part monthly LIVE webinar series will focus on management of surgical airways.

A Virtual Interprofessional Practice Series: Updates in Management of Complex Surgical Airways

The Veterans Healthcare Administration and University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine are excited to announce a cutting-edge educational opportunity. This six-part monthly LIVE webinar series will focus on management of surgical airways.

Series Description:
The presence of a tracheostomy or laryngectomy has life altering implications and caring for these patients can be difficult and often high risk with regards to complications, morbidity, and mortality. The literature supports the expertise of a variety of professionals for optimal management of these patients. This interprofessional series for medical professionals will provide innovative education on airway management, rehabilitation, and advances in clinical practice recommendations for respiration, communication, and swallowing needs for patients with a surgical airway. Most sessions will also include interdisciplinary panel discussions to provide robust discussion and Q&A.


Target Audience:
This series is designed for medical providers, including physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, nurses, respiratory therapists and speech language pathologists.


Registration is complimentary and pre-registration is required.
Once registered for the webinar series, you will automatically receive your link to access the webinars and reminders so you don’t miss an event! Your link is unique to you and cannot be shared with others.

If you miss one of the live events, do not worry! Your registration provides unlimited access to the recorded webinars which will be available from December 1-31, 2021.

Participation by all individuals is encouraged. Advance notification of any special needs will help us provide better service. Please notify us of your needs at least two weeks in advance of the program by emailing events.us@atosmedical.com.

Series Sponsors

This series was made possible thanks to many companies who support patients with surgical airways. To see the list of sponsors, click here.

Mark your calendars: Topics and dates below

Each session will last 1.5 hours, from 2:00pm-3:30pm CT.

07.15.2021 | Vents 101 and Care of the Chronic Vent-dependent Patient
Speaker: Charles Atwood, MD — Click here for course handout

08.19.2021 | Emergency Management of Patients with Surgical Airways
Speakers: Christopher Brackney, DO and David Eibling, MD — Click here for course resources

09.16.2021 | Interdisciplinary Total Laryngectomy Care Across the Rehab Continuum
Speaker: Trish Cavanaugh, SLP — Click here for course handout

10.21.2021 | Restoring Communication and Managing Swallowing Post Tracheostomy
Speakers: Kimberly Eichhorn, SLP and Lisa Markley, SLP — Click here for course handout

11.04.2021 | Airway Teams: Do they really matter?
Speakers: Gerry Gutierrez, SLP, Christine Matthews, SLP and Ronda Winans-Mitrik, SLP

12.09.2021 | Special Considerations for Patients with Surgical Airways during COVID-19
Speakers: Liza Blumenfeld, SLP and Kristen Linnemeyer, SLP

Continuing Education:

Continuing education will be offered for AARC CRCEs, ASHA CEUs, CME Credit and CNE Credit.  

ASHA Credit: Each lecture is offered for .15 ASHA CEUs. Intermediate level, Professional area.


AARC Credit: Application has been made to the American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC) for continuing education contact hours for respiratory therapists. Each lecture is offered for .15 AARC CRCEs.


In support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by the University of Pittsburgh and The Veterans Healthcare Administration Health Foundation. The University of Pittsburgh is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

Physician (CME) Credit:The University of Pittsburgh designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. To claim CME, you must complete the documentation at the UPMC Center for Continuing Education in the Health Services website Complete registration here. For more information on how to claim your credits click here.

Nursing (CNE) Credit:The maximum number of hours awarded for this Continuing Nursing Education activity is 1.5 contact hours. To claim CME, you must complete the documentation at the UPMC Center for Continuing Education in the Health Services website complete registration here. For more information on how to claim your credits click here.

Need help?

If you have any questions, email events.us@atosmedical.com.