2016 MSRC Speaker Topics

Brian Walsh, PhD, RRT, FAARC

Sponsor: AARC

AARC Update: Quality, Safety and Value

This lecture will provide an update on AARC events and president-elect Walsh platform for the next two years on quality, safety and value of the respiratory therapist and profession.

Paul Nuccio, MS, RRT, FAARC

William Goding Memorial Lecture

The Anatomy of a Professional

Healthcare professionals such as respiratory therapists are expected to maintain the utmost integrity and professionalism in dealing with patients, maintaining privacy standards and conveying information in a way that is not only professional, but also compassionate, understanding, and above all, informative. Maintaining standards of professionalism unique to the healthcare industry is absolutely vital for anyone working in healthcare today. This presentation will focus on how these standards apply to every practicing respiratory therapist.

Dan Fisher, MS, RRT

Preventing Information Overload by Reviewing the Literature

Discuss strategies used to read and understand journal articles and statistics to aid the practitioner in determining where the evidence is pointing.

The Respiratory Therapist as Disease Manager

This talk concerns a career opportunity for respiratory therapists working as case managers for obstructive disease management. I lay out the argument for having RT case managers and give practical tips on this can be accomplished based on over 12 years of doing this. The ideas presented can be applied in acute care hospitals, long term facilities, home care, and private physicians offices. This talk will inspire, challenge, inform, and motivate.

Bill Pruitt, MBA, RRT, CPFT, AE-C, FAARC

Sponsor: Hill-Rom

Keith Hirst, MS ,RRT-NPS, RRT-ACCS, AE-C

NRP Update- What do I need to know

This lecture is intended to provide and update and changes in practice on the new NRP guidelines and how it applies to respiratory therapy. A special emphasis will be placed for those who do not regularly attend deliveries.

Gina Farquharson, MBA, MS, RRT-NPS

Change Management: What every leader must know

Walking through a process of change while addressing the important issues to be familiar with.

John Kheir, MD

Sponsor: Boston Childrens Hospital - Eddie Farrell Memorial Lecture

Hidden information in the ventilator: what we can learn from oxygen consumption and carbon dioxide production in ICU patients

Angela J. Butler, BS, RRT-NPS, CPFT

 Ambulatory care transitions hospital to home; RRT making a difference

Respiratory therapists need to expand beyond the walls of the hospital to provide more timely interventions that keep our patients out of he hospital and enhance quality of life, especially the COPD patients. My presentation will introduce and explore different opportunities for RT's to think outside the box, making a difference by stepping up to the forefront of coordination of care,as case managers, health advocates, and taking a leading role between inpatient and outpatient transitions.

Katherine Turner, BSRT, RRT

Waking Up on a Ventilator - A Patient Perspective

Patients perspective as a clinician experiencing healthcare systems in Canada, universal healthcare and being your own advocate. A journey back to U.S. and the change of diagnosis drastically changing P.O.C. while on a ventilator.

Gerald Weinhouse, MD

ICU Delirium: What is it, why does it happen to so many nice people, and how can we make it go away?

Review of the literature on ICU delirium with a particular emphasis on outcomes and treatment strategies.

Karen L. Gregory, DNP, APRN, CNS, RRT, AE-C, FAARC

Sponsor: Monaghan Medical

Patient Education:  Can You  Hear Me Now?

This lecture provides a foundation for respiratory therapist to learn strategies for empowering patients to manage their chronic lung disease.  Principles of patient education and learning will demonstrate the importance of education, how to identify types of  learners,  and common barriers.  Evidence-based practice guidelines for asthma and COPD will briefly be discussed to demonstrate the vital components of medical science and patient educations. 


Eric Kriner, BS, RRT

Sponsor: IngMar Medical

Recognizing and correcting patient-ventilator dysyncrony

Provide an interactive learning experience with respect to the use of mechanical ventilator waveforms in patient assessment.

Paulo Oliveira, MD, FCCP

Tracheostomy Tube Primer and Update: Review of Procedure, Trach Tubes, Trach Care and Complication Management

Tracheostomy techniques (perc vs. surgical), Tracheostomy timing, anatomy and care, securing, leaks, suctioning technique, stomal care, phonation and decannualtion. Hemorrhage Tracheal tube obstruction, and inadvertent tube dislodgment/unplanned decannulation.

Ryan Shipe, MD

Status Asthmaticus Ventilator Mangement

Case review with close attention to the physiology encountered among patients with status asthmaticus and an evidence based approach to mechanical ventilation for patients with status asthmaticus.

Elana Dekkers, MD

Compassionate and effective care for seriously ill patients

An overview of palliative care and best practices to optimally assist in symptom management while honoring patients goals of care during serious illness.

Ray Ritz, BA, RRT, FAARC

How Ventilators work: Controversies in mode selection

The evolution of sophistication in available modes of ventilation has resulted in confusion as to when or if some newer modes are appropriate for some patients. A better understanding of the control algorithms helps us appreciate the strengths and limitations of modes like volume targeted pressure ventilation and closed loop ventilation systems.

Emanuel Makros Therapist of the Year Award Nominations

The Emanuel Makros Therapist of the Year Award is awarded by the MSRC Board of Directors to the Respiratory Care Practitioner of the Year. The Makros Award is given in memory of the late Emanuel Makros of Boston, who, although terminally ill, continued to work at his profession giving exemplary care to his patients and in general upholding the highest ideals of the profession of Respiratory Care. The Emanuel Makros Award has been given annually since 1975. Individuals nominated for this award are those who exemplify our profession and who:

  1. Are member of the Massachusetts Society for Respiratory Care (or AARC),
  2. Have at least two years experience in the field at any level beyond the student,
  3. Display exceptional skill, judgment and empathy in dealing with patients,
  4. Support the reputation and ideals of the field of Respiratory Care in a positive manner through example and interactions with the public,
  5. Who is an active member in the profession,
  6. Is involved in respiratory therapy activities within the community that allow for service to the community, e.g., active within the local Lung Association, American Cancer Society, American Heart Association, or other health-related organizations,
  7. Is involved in community activities that do not include the above health-related activities, e.g., Girl and Boy Scouts, Girl and Boys Club, YMCA/YWCA.

Because of the nature of the award, the recipient should have a blending of the above guidelines as part of his/her professional profile.


The Clarence E. Smith Award is presented to the outstanding sales representative by the MSRC Board of Directors in recognition of service to the respiratory care profession. The respiratory care profession has long recognized the support of our vendors. Vendor representatives serve on the Program and Education Committee. They provide in-service education to departments when new equipment is introduced to the clinical setting or when there is a new application of existing equipment. Equipment manufacturers, through the assistance of local representatives, provide equipment for respiratory therapists to use in research projects. When the educational programs in Massachusetts were in their start-up phase, Clarence E. Smith supported the labs by donating equipment and supplies. In recognition of his significant support, the former Holliston Junior College honored him by establishing the Clarence E. Smith Respiratory Therapy Laboratory. Clarence E. Smith exemplified the role of vendors in the multifaceted support of respiratory care by the manufacturing community. The Clarence E. Smith Award has been given annually since 1975 to recognize the memory of this individual who epitomized the symbiotic relationship between clinicians and vendors.


  1. Candidates may be nominated by any Active Member of the AARC/MSRC.
  2. Nominations must be accompanied by description supporting the nomination.
  3. The MSRC Board of Directors will evaluate each candidate and select the award recipient based on his/her service to the respiratory therapy profession.
  4. The award will be presented at the MSRC Annual Meeting.

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