Pre-Conference Workshops

Tickets required; space may be limited. Tickets can be purchased onsite if space is available.

Pre-conference workshops differ from the 60- and 90-minute concurrent sessions in that they are intended to help participants enhance specific skill sets or train to acquire specific competencies appropriate to practice in their discipline. Continuing education/contact hours will be assigned as appropriate.

  • The fee to attend a pre-conference workshop is $70 if you are registered for at least one day of the meeting (Wednesday-Saturday). If you've already registered, you can still add a Pre-Conference Workshop to your registration by logging back into your original registration, indicating the workshops you'd like to add, and paying the balance due.
  • If you are registered for Sunday Workshops Only, the fee is $150 per workshop.

Sunday, May 24, 9:30 am–4:30 pm (Full Day)

Advisor Academy: Training for Advisors of Peer Health Education Groups 

Joleen Nevers, MAEd, CHES, CSE, CSES (University of Connecticut); Mandy Parente, MEd, CHES (University of Alabama at Birmingham); La’Tesha Hinton, MSPH, CHES, and Alicia Czachowski, EdD, MPH, CHES (Tulane University)

The role of a collegiate peer health education advisor is complex, ever changing, and sometimes poorly defined. There is no handbook, guide, training, or manual when it comes to working with peer health education groups. This pre-conference session will provide participants with foundational training, skills and knowledge to be an effective advisor.

You must register for the full day to attend this workshop. Total cost for this workshop is $140. There will be a lunch break from 12:00 pm-1:30 pm.

Sunday, May 24, 9:30 am–12:00 pm

Hands-On Training for IUD Insertion

Ann Laros, MD (University of Minnesota); Susan Ernst, MD (University of Michigan); RyoChong Choi-Pearson, MD (Ohio State University); Mary Landry, MD, FACOG (University of Wisconsin)

Join a gathering of gynecologists for a review of long acting reversible contraception (LARC) including and hands-on IUD insertion training with pelvic models.

Addressing Implicit Bias in College Health Care

Beth Kotarski, DNP, MSN, WHNP-BC, CRNP-PA (Carnegie Mellon University)

The Institute for Healthcare Improvement’s 2016 white paper, “Achieving Health Equity”, encourages all healthcare providers to understand and respond to implicit (unconscious) bias. In the college health setting, providers interact with students who represent multiple identities. By awareness, training, and planning, college health services can make health equity a strategic priority in their campus communities. Every healthcare professional should know how to counter the unconscious biases that impede the quality and safety of patient care.

Structural Violence and Gun Violence in the United States

Robert Winfield, MD (University of Kansas Medical Center)

Interpersonal gun violence is the leading cause of death among young African-American males in the United States. This presentation and subsequent discussion will focus on the role of structural violence in the perpetuation of this uniquely American epidemic and highlight how our history has brought us to a point where young black men die from gun violence at greater than ten times the rate of their white counterparts. 

Creating an Environment Where “Teamwork Makes the Dream Work”

Amy Stowers, LDO, ABOC, NCLEC, and Jessica Brooks, BSN (University of Georgia)

Learn how to empower your leadership team and employees in every aspect of their job responsibilities with implementable programs that are budget friendly. The University of Georgia's Health Center’s Leadership Team presents organizational models, programs, communication solutions and activities to help improve culture and provide continued growth for leaders and staff in 2020.

Sunday, May 24, 1:30 pm–4:30 pm 

MINDSTRONG: An Evidence-Based Manualized Cognitive-Behavioral Skills Building Program to Decrease Depression and Anxiety

Bernadette Melnyk, APRN-CNP, FAANP, FNAP, FAAN, and Jacqueline Hoying, PhD, RN (The Ohio State University)

Implementation of preventive/early intervention mental health programs is necessary to equip students with cognitive-behavioral/coping skills before they experience a crisis. This presentation will prepare workshop participants to deliver the evidence-based MINDSTRONG program, also known as Creating Opportunities for Personal Empowerment (COPE) in the literature, 7-session manualized cognitive-behavioral skills building program that has been shown to decrease anxiety, depression and suicidal ideation as well as increase healthy lifestyle behaviors and academic performance in college students.

Mastering Quality Improvement: AAAHC

Joy Himmel, PhD, MA, BSN, LCPC, NCC, RN (Bodhi Counseling); Valerie Kiefer, DNP, MS, BSN (University of Connecticut) 

College health professionals are committed to providing the highest quality services possible to the students they serve. Achieving accreditation is one way to demonstrate compliance with broadly accepted industry standards. This presentation will cover practical information on how to be successful in establishing a quality improvement program.  The program will be experiential with numerous examples, worksheets and opportunities for discussion. It will present practical information on how to be successful in your Quality Improvement program in the college health environment.

Shoulder Essentials: Anatomy, History, Exam, Ultrasound, Injection, and Rehabilitation Workshop

David Edwards, MD, CAQSM, and Jennifer Mitchell, MD (Texas Tech University); Stephen Edwards, MD (Baylor College of Medicine/Texas Children's Hospital) 

Shoulder injuries are common in the collegiate population. Clinicians often lack confidence in diagnosing and managing these injuries, leading to unnecessary and costly imaging studies, long waiting times to see specialists, and uncertainty regarding when to return to work / sport. This workshop will equip the practitioner to refine history taking, practice physical exam skills, use musculoskeletal ultrasound in diagnosis, identify landmarks used in shoulder injections, and correlate rehabilitation of the shoulder girdle with anatomy. Wear your favorite university’s T-shirt and come prepared to practice!

Primary Care College Mental Health: Foundations of Competent, Comprehensive, and Collaborative Psychiatric Care

Lindsey Mortenson, MD (University of Michigan); Ayesha Chaudhary MD (Duke University); Alan Lorenz, MD (Rochester Institute of Technology); Ryan Patel, DO (Ohio State University); Rachelle Wilcox, MD (University of Michigan)

Given the unprecedented increase in demand for college mental health services, primary care clinicians are increasingly serving on the front lines of this important work. This pre-conference will provide the foundational knowledge you need to provide psychiatric care that is safe, comprehensive and collaborative, including: screening, assessment, diagnosis, psychopharmacology for mild-moderate conditions, referring for a higher level of care, barriers to treatment, and collaboration with campus and community partners.

Emergency Disaster Preparedness: A Partnership Across Campus

Christina Nulty, MD, Becky Ludolph, BSN, and Bobby Stevens, BSN (Illinois State University)

This presentation will give an overview of developing disaster plans and developing, conducting and evaluating training sessions, emergency drills and exercises for Student Health Services at Illinois State University. Experiences over this 5-year journey will be highlighted and will include a mass shooter exercise, a mass dispensing exercise, power outage drills and a tornado preparedness drill and exercise. The educational processes utilized to overcome the deficiencies that were discovered during each step will be demonstrated. The steps to updating and modifying the emergency preparedness plans based on lessons learned from each of these drills and exercises will also be highlighted.

Introduction to Medical Improv

Katie Watson, JD (Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University)

Participants in this interactive preconference workshop will learn from the creator of “medical improv” how insights from theater professionals working without a script can improve clinicians’ ability to quickly connect and co-create shared understandings with patients and teammates. This novel training method emphasizes authenticity, discovery and having fun, not being funny, and no previous theater experience is needed!