Congress LIVE! Keynote Sets Focus on Path Forward From COVID-19

 Published: October 26, 2020

By: Heather Willden


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2020 and the COVID-19 pandemic brought unprecedented stressors on an already stretched workforce, amplifying and bringing to light pre-existing issues in the health care landscape. While our teams heroically met the challenges they were faced, they also struggled behind the scenes. Nisha Mehta, MD, will address these concerns along with solutions as she kicks off AARC Congress LIVE! as our 2020 keynote speaker.

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Nisha Mehta, MD, will kick off AARC Congress LIVE! on Wednesday, Nov. 18 at 10 a.m. (CST).

Access to adequate PPE, sickness amongst clinicians, and emotional trauma contributed to rising burnout and clinician shortages that raise questions about the sustainability of the workforce. Looking ahead, it is clear that an emphasis on well-being and protection of our healthcare system’s biggest asset, clinicians, is an essential policy priority for both organizations and patients. Dr. Mehta’s keynote message “2020: Chaos, Crisis, and the Path Forward” will focus on the need to come up with solutions that move the needle regarding career longevity.

About Congress LIVE!

AARC Congress is our premier educational and networking event each year, and for 2020, we’re offering you a four-day virtual event. Congress LIVE! includes learning tracks spread across four days — Nov. 18, 20, Dec. 3 and 5. With 18.55 CRCE available, topics and events cover all respiratory therapy specialties, along with student and early professional opportunities. You will also get the chance to explore the virtual exhibit halls, checking out the latest industry products and services. Register early for your best deal.

About Nisha Mehta, MD

Dr. Mehta is a radiologist and international keynote speaker, writer, and advocate for healthcare professionals who focuses on issues related to life in medicine and burnout by health care professionals.

Her work has been featured in numerous outlets, including Forbes, CNN, the Washington Post, Bloomberg, PBS NewsHour, Doximity,, MedPageToday, the Radiology Business Journal, and Medical Economics. She was also named as a Top Voice in Healthcare for LinkedIn in 2020. Dr. Mehta is the lead author of the COVID-19 Pandemic Physician Protection Act, delivered to senior Congressional leadership on behalf of health care workers after leading a grassroots effort involving the input of over 200,000 healthcare workers.

Dr. Mehta received her undergraduate degree in neuroscience at Brown University and her medical degree at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Mehta then did her radiology residency at NYU followed by specialized fellowship training at the UNC-Chapel Hill, where she was also on faculty.

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Heather Willden

Heather Willden is the Director of Governance and Strategic Initiatives for the AARC where she works with state affiliates as the HOD liaison. She also manages DEI efforts and strategic initiatives. Connect with her about these topics by email, AARConnect or LinkedIn. When she's not working, you can find her podcasting with her husband, exploring new hiking trails, photographing, and spending time with her family.

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