Friday, October 2, 2009

Symposium 2009: learning & building...

In 2003, PHA hosted our first Symposium for nurses and other allied health professionals.  Sixty or so attended a well-received program.  Wind the clock forward to September 24-26, 2009...

Last week, about 400 allied health professionals came from throughout the U.S. and as far away as the U.K., Ireland and South Korea to hear 68  faculty and speakers provide top-level education and motivation for those working in the field.  It was a great 3 days and, as we start to sort through the evaluations, the question always comes up...did the meetings have an impact?

What we're hearing informally and through the evaluations is giving us a strongly positive answer.

After hearing Dr. Keith Swetz' (Mayo) plenary presentation on the Role of Supportive Care and Palliative Medicine in the Care of PAH Patients, one registrant wrote, “Because of Dr. Keith Swetz’s session on Palliative Care, we have decided to make this concept a part of our pulmonary rehab comprehensive education program.”

.Many of the sessions drew positive comments, including this one, “The Physiology of Left and Right Heart Disease with Mickie Gilbert and Dr. James Tarver was fun, funny and presented lots of complex material in a way easy to understand. Mickie did a great job. This session alone was worth the cost of hotel and flight.”

A well-appreciated session was Caring for the Caregiver by PHA Board Member, Steve White: “Rev. White’s ‘Caring for the Caregiver’ session gave me permission to have lunch without guilt, vacation and other days off without guilt. His tip to take ‘ten minutes away from everything’ was advice I needed to hear. Now I must fit those 10 minutes into a new plan for my own well-being. Thank you, Rev. White!”

Since last week's Conference, PH Resource Network's volunteer base has seen a real jump in committee memberships...another great advantage of bringing the community together.

The PH Resource Network leadership, especially the Symposium Committee, did a great job providing valuable information and building the value of their important structure within PHA.  Their work is a benefit to our entire community in the fight against PH.

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