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This year’s AARC Congress event will take place in Indianapolis, IN, next Oct. 4–7, and there’s plenty to be excited about. If you missed last year’s event in San Antonio — you missed one of our best events ever. 2017 is set to challenge 2016 — offering some of our most exciting lectures from top leaders in the industry — providing you with the valuable resources you need to push forward in your career. AARC Congress is where respiratory therapists from around the world get access to the most current evidence-based research, best practices and previews of what’s new in the industry. There’s no doubt about it, RTs who attend Congress come home with a wealth of knowledge that they can put into action at their facilities and move their careers in the right direction.
Here’s what three attendees had to say about last year’s event —
Opportunities for RCPs
I learned that the changing face of health care reimbursement will provide a great number of opportunities for RCPs. From accountable care organizations to Medicare alternative payment models to a growing focus on payments based on value rather than volume, the door is open for RCPs to build new career pathways. We have solid evidence in hand that using RCPs throughout the continuum of care provides health care systems improved outcomes at reduced cost; now we have an opportunity to put that evidence to use and build the profession. I can put what I learned about these new payment structures (as well as the remarkable networking opportunities I experienced) to use right away to help expand my role in disease management education and care coordination.
— Michael Hess, BS, RRT, WMU School of Medicine, Kalamazoo, MI
The 2016 AARC Congress provided networking opportunities with leaders in respiratory care from around the world. Presenting and having discussions with other respiratory therapists provided insight on areas of need in our field that can help progress our profession and careers. Specifically, I learned that many respiratory therapists are interested in advancing their education and exploring investigative research opportunities. I believe this is a positive trend that will help our field of respiratory care become a bigger part of the health care scientific community.
— Dave Burnett, PhD, RRT, AE-C, chair and assistant professor, University of Kansas department of respiratory care education, Kansas City, KS
I loved the research part of the Congress, with all the new therapies and the impact they will have on our patients. Dean Hess’s lecture on new uses for CO was fascinating and he is a great speaker. Shawna Strickland’s lecture on motivating staff to achieve department goals hit home for me on how to manage my team of six research coordinators. Using her model and her lecture will help me motivate my staff to achieve their goals by having them set their individualized personal development plans and lead them by example.
— Dina Gomaa, BS, RRT, CCRC, clinical trauma manager, department of surgery, division of trauma and critical care, University of Cincinnati Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH
Indianapolis — Way Beyond Your Expectations
While the AARC Congress will make a big impact on your career development, you’ll be surprised at what Indianapolis has to offer your fun side — in fact, USA Today named it the No. 1 convention destination in the country! The city is full of surprises and very economical – even an easy drive for many surrounding states and metro areas. Experience a 250-acre urban park, their scenic Central Canal, and choose from more than 200 restaurants and bars conveniently located in one of the most walkable cities in the nation. It’s all waiting outside your hotel. Forget shuttles and cabs. You’ll love how easy it is to make the most out of an evening in Indy.
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