Episode 16 – PA School and Beyond: Perspectives From PA Student Leaders

Episode 16 – May 2020
Topic: PA School and Beyond: Perspectives From PA Student Leaders
Hosts: James Millward, PA-C, and Andrea Lowe, PA-C
Guests: Cooper Couch, PA-S; Kaci Hardsock, PA-S; and Katie Ganser, PA-S

Resources:
AAPA Career Central – Become a PA
AAPA Member Central – Pre-PA
9 Reasons to Become a PA
6 Steps to Become a PA


Episode 15 – Meeting a Growing Need: PAs in Palliative Care

Episode 15 – March 2020
Topic: Meeting a Growing Need: PAs in Palliative Care
Guest host: Andrea Lowe, PA-C
Guests: Rose Direny-Jean, PA-C, and Rose Rutherford, PA-C

Resources:
PAs in Hospice and Palliative Medicine (PAHPM) – PAHPM.org
Oman Medical Journal – “Palliative Care: Time for Action”
Mayo Clinic – “Understanding Palliative Care and Hospice”
BMJ Open – “What matters most for end-of-life care? Perspectives from community-based palliative care providers and administrators”
The American Journal of Medicine – “Public Awareness and Perceptions of Palliative and Comfort Care”
The Ochsner Journal – “The Role of Palliative Care at the End of Life”
Medical Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (MOLST) – 8-Step Protocol


Episode 14 – Beyond the Baby Blues: Addressing Postpartum Depression

Episode 14 – February 2020
Topic: Beyond the Baby Blues: Addressing Postpartum Depression
Guests: Kathleen Ehrhardt, MMS, PA-C, and Jacob Wills, PA-C

This episode of Vital Minds is a collaborative effort between the nccPA Health Foundation and the PA Foundation and is part of the PArtners in Mental Health Initiative. This initiative leverages a collective impact change strategy to improve the nation’s health by advancing the roles of PAs and strengthening partnerships to address issues impacting mental health and substance use disorders. Achieving that goal means encouraging all PAs, regardless of discipline or practice setting, to be champions of mental healthcare and to join in the movement to reduce the stigma associated with mental illness. Join the movement today.

Resources:
nccPA Health Foundation – Mental Health
CDC – “Depression Among Women”
National Institute of Mental Health – “Postpartum Depression Facts”
Psychiatry & Behavioral Health Learning Network – “Counseling Interventions Can Prevent Perinatal Depression”
Postpartum Support International
SMI Adviser – “What treatments are available for postpartum depression, or depression after childbirth?”
SMI Adviser – “Using Antidepressants in Pregnancy”
SMI Adviser – “Perinatal Psychiatry”
Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale


Episode 13 – Food for Thought: Reframing Nutrition with Patients

Episode 13 – September 2019
Topic: Food for Thought: Reframing Nutrition with Patients
Guests: Ellen Mandel, MPA, PA-C, RDN, CDE

Support for this episode of Vital Minds is provided by Abbott Nutrition.

Resources:
AAPA CME Central – Nutrition Toolkit
Jean Ferrières – “The French paradox: lessons for other countries”
American Diabetes Association – Prediabetes resources
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics – EatRight.org
U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (hhs.gov) – Dietary Guidelines for Americans
Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (health.gov) – Dietary Guidelines
USDA Center for Nutrition Policy & Promotion – ChooseMyPlate.gov


Episode 12 – Tackling Opioid Use Disorder in the Hospital Setting

Episode 12 – April 2019
Topic: Tackling Opioid Use Disorder in the Hospital Setting
Guest: Richard Bottner, PA-C

Support for this episode of Vital Minds is provided by Indivior, a global specialty pharmaceutical company with a 20-year legacy of patient advocacy and health policy, as well as education on evidence-based treatment models.

Resources:
Ascension Seton/The University of Texas at Austin Dell Medical School – Inpatient Buprenorphine Induction for Opioid Use Disorder
Ascension Seton/The University of Texas at Austin Dell Medical School – Inpatient Management of Opioid Use Disorder: Buprenorphine/Naloxone
Ascension Seton/The University of Texas at Austin Dell Medical School – Buprenorphine/Naloxone (Suboxone) Nursing Quick Reference Sheet
Ascension Seton/The University of Texas at Austin Dell Medical School – Buprenorphine/Naloxone (Suboxone) Pharmacist Quick Reference Sheet
SAMHSA TIP 63 Part 2: Addressing Opioid Use Disorder in General Medical Settings
Massachusetts Health & Hospital Association – Guidelines for Medication for Addiction Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder within the Emergency Department


Episode 11 – Healthcare Provider Burnout

Episode 11 – March 2019
Topic: Healthcare Provider Burnout
Guests: Nelae Keene, PA-C, and Jay Somers, PA-C

This episode of Vital Minds is a collaborative effort between the nccPA Health Foundation and the PA Foundation and is part of the PArtners in Mental Health Initiative. This initiative leverages a collective impact change strategy to improve the nation’s health by advancing the roles of PAs and strengthening partnerships to address issues impacting mental health and substance use disorders. Achieving that goal means encouraging us, as PAs, to care for ourselves and one another so we’re the best that we can be for our patients.

Resources:
nccPA Health Foundation – Mental Health
AAPA – “Are PAs Burned Out?”
National Academy of Medicine – “Implementing Optimal Team-Based Care to Reduce Clinician Burnout”
National Academy of Medicine – “Burnout and Job and Career Satisfaction in the Physician Assistant Profession: A Review of the Literature”
Journal of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners – “Efficacy of the Well-Being Index to identify distress and stratify well-being in Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants”


Episode 10 – Addressing Addiction in PA Practice

Episode 10 – January 2019
Topic: Addressing Addiction in PA Practice
Guest: Gianni Migliaccio, PA-C

Support for this episode of Vital Minds is provided by Indivior, a global specialty pharmaceutical company with a 20-year legacy of patient advocacy and health policy, as well as education on evidence-based treatment models.

Resources:
National Institute on Drug Abuse
Addiction Medicine in Primary Care
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
Integrating Addiction and Primary Care Services
Qualify for NP and PA Waivers
Society of PAs in Addiction Medicine
The Commonwealth Fund – “In Focus: Expanding Access to Addiction Treatment Through Primary Care”
Harvard Medical School CME Online – “Understanding Addiction”
NCBI – “Estimating Demand for Primary Care-Based Treatment for Substance and Alcohol Use Disorders”


Episode 9 – Diet Dialogue: Approaching Patient Conversations Using National Nutrition Data

Episode 9 – October 2018
Topic: Diet Dialogue: Approaching Patient Conversations Using National Nutrition Data
Guests: Chris Taylor, PhD, and Ashlyn Smith, PA-C

Support for this episode of Vital Minds is provided by Abbott Nutrition.

Resources:
National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey 1999–2016 Survey Content Brochure
Long Term Effects of a Lifestyle Intervention on Weight and Cardiovascular Risk Factors in Individuals with Type 2 Diabetes: Four Year Results of the Look AHEAD Trial
The Look AHEAD Trial: Implications for Lifestyle Intervention in Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus
Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP)
USDA Food and Nutrition Services
AACE 2018 DM2 Guidelines (pp. 3-4, 24)
ADA Standards of Medical Care in Diabetes 2018 (pp. 47-51)
Why Muscle Mass Matters
Costs of Malnutrition in Institutionalized and Community-Dwelling Older Adults: A Systematic Review
USDA: What We Eat in America

Patient Resources:
My Game Plan: Food and Activity Tracker
AADE Diabetes Wellness Program
Dietary Guidelines for Americans
USDA MyPlate


Episode 8 – National Trends in PA Leadership

Episode 8 – September 2018
Topic: National Trends in PA Leadership
Guest: Andrea Lowe, PA-C, MHA

Support for this episode of Vital Minds is provided by the American Academy of PAs.

Resources:
CHLM Case Study: “Utilizing PAs and NPs as autonomous clinicians in the clinic setting”
CHLM Case Study: “Leadership Structure: System Case Study”
CHLM Case Study: “Leadership Structure: Departmental Case Study”


Episode 7 – Opioid and Alcohol Use Disorder

Episode 7 – June 2018
Topic: Extending the Practice Environment for Treating Patients with Opioid and Alcohol Use Disorder
Guest: Christopher Ortiz, PA-C, EMT-P

Support for this episode of Vital Minds is provided by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, Clinical Trials Network Dissemination Initiative.

Resources:
CTN Dissemination Initiative
Adolescent Substance Use Screening Tools
SAMHSA Opioid Overdose Prevention Toolkit
STAT News: How effective is medication-assisted treatment for addiction? Here’s the science
Comparative effectiveness of extended-release naltrexone versus buprenorphine-naloxone for opioid relapse prevention (X:BOT): a multicentre, open-label, randomised controlled trial
Allied Against Opioid Abuse