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2021 Virtual Charter Oak Conference

April 8 @ 8:00 am - April 10 @ 5:00 pm


34th Annual


Over 180 PAs joined us for our Virtual 2020 Charter Oak Conference in October, and we are excited to bring you another installment of quality CME, speakers, lectures, exhibit hall and networking.

The Connecticut Academy of Physician Assistants Charter Oak Conference (COC) is one of the premier PA conferences in the country and has built a reputation for the quality of its programs, faculty and attendees.
We hope you take full advantage of our schedule of sessions

Earn up to 20 Category 1 CME and several non CME educational sessions

$299 ConnAPA Members
$399 Non Members

Register Online at

Registration includes participating during the scheduled times or at your leisure until 6/15/21.

PLEASE NOTE: “This program is not yet approved for CME credit. Conference organizers plan to apply for
20 AAPA Category 1 CME credits from the AAPA Review Panel.
The total number of approved credits is yet to be determined.”

Thursday, April 8, 2021
7:30 am Over Diagnosis and Over Treatment of Psychiatric Illnesses – Harold Ginsberg, MD
8:30 am PAs and the Greatest Health Crisis in our Lifetime – Beth Smolko, DMSc, MMS, PA-C, DFAAPA
9:30 am Exhibit Hall and Non CME Lecture Sponsored by Ackea Therapeutics
Hereditary Transthyretin Amyloidosis: Diagnose a Patient, Change a Life – Andrew Pogozelski, MD
10:00 am Reproductive Health Care: Conversations for Clinicians and Their Patients – Christina Shenko, MD
11:00 am Don’t Believe the Hype: A Discussion of Evidence-Based Medicine – Eric Nemec, PharmD and Henry Yoon, MD
12:00 pm Lunch and Sponsored CME lecture*
Minimizing the Burden of Influenza: New and Emerging Strategies
1:00 pm The Great Egg Debate: Understanding the Role of Dietary Cholesterol Intake and Current Practice Guidelines – Sarah Pryor, MMS, PA-C
2:00 pm Update from NCCPA: Pulling Back the Curtain – Greg Thomas, PA-C Emeritus, MPH
3:00 pm Exhibit Hall and Non CME lecture Sponsored by Abbvie
HCV Disease State and Management – Roxann Stubbs, MS, ANP
3:30 pm Assessment and Management of Anaphylaxis – Tom Balga, PA-C
4:30 pm Sticks and Stones May Break My Bones, But So Can Hyperparathyroidism: Basics of Parathyroid Disease – Becky Calabrese, MHS, PA-C
Friday, April 9. 2021
7:30 am Getting to Yes: Practical Strategies for Navigating Immunization Decisions with Older Adults – Sarah McQueen, DMS, PA-C
8:30 am A-Z Poutpourri – Michael Gould, PA-C
9:30 am Exhibit Hall and Non CME Lecture Sponsored by BioHaven
What Do You Expect From Acute Treatments For Migraine
10:00 am COVID-19 and Associated Complications in the Pediatric Population – Karl Hellstrand, DO
11:00 am Mindfulness and Medicine: Tools for Patients and Providers – Kathleen Mueller, MD
12:00 pm Lunch and CME Lecture*
Unmasking Rare Disorders: What the PA Needs to Know – Stephanie DeArmey, MHS, PA-C
1:00 pm Wobbly, Wet and Wacky: A Review of Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus – David Forshaw, MD
2:00 pm The Cardiorenal Syndrome and New Concepts in Preventing Diabetic Kidney Disease – Jonathan Weber, MA, PA-C
3:00 pm Exhibit Hall and Non CME Sponsored Lecture Sponsored by Gilead
4:00 pm Spinal Infections: Diagnosis and Management – Kent Kilbourn, PA-C
5:00 pm Common Podiatric Conditions in the Urgent Care Setting – Steven Massucci, DPM
Saturday, April 10, 2021
7:30 am A Dialogue on Everyday Racism and White Fragility – Ann-Gel Palermo, DrPH, MPH
8:30 am Applying A Safety Optimization Framework to an LGBTQ+ Inclusive Sexual History – Jona Tanguay, MMSc, PA-C
9:30 am Exhibit Hall
10:00 am Feminine Health and Wellness – Jennifer Zapatka, PA-C, MHS
11:00 am Dermatologic Care for Sexual and Gender Minorities – Kerin Berger, PA-C
Lecture time slots are subject to change.
*indicates additional Category 1 approved CME by Sponsor

More lectures will be added soon so check our website for the latest updates and information!


April 8 @ 8:00 am
April 10 @ 5:00 pm