2020 Annual Conference Information

2020 New Directions in Health Professions Education

Friday, March 6 and Saturday, March 7, 2020
Kroger Field, Lexington, KY

AHEC Brochure 2020
This annual conference is offered free of charge to honor and support health professionals who provide clinical education and/or participate in community/campus collaborative research with the University, Medical Center administration, faculty and professional staff and regional Area Health Education Center (AHEC) colleagues and partners.

Agenda At-A-Glance 

Friday, March 6, 2020 

4:30 pm                                  Registration opens

5:15 pm – 6:45 pm                Welcome & Key Note - Crucial Conversations

Speaker: Melissa Zook, MD

6:45 pm                                  Reception and entertainment


Saturday, March 7, 2020 

7:00 am – 8:00 am                 Registration and Breakfast

8:15 am – 9:15 am                 Opioid Plenary: Combatting the Opioid Crisis in Kentucky: Engaging in the Interprofessional Team to Care for Communities Across                                                      the Commonwealth

Moderator: Trish Freeman, PhD

 9:30 am – 12:30 pm               College/Department specific session, open to all attendees:                                        




  • 9:30-10:30 – Great Expectations, John Ragsdale MD
  • 10:30-11:00 – Making Direct Observation Meaningful, Alan Hall, MD
  • 11:00-12:00 – COM Educational Update, John Ragsdale MD
  • 12:00-12:30 – Family Medicine, Ginny Gottschalk, MD



  • 9:30-9:45 - Welcome and College of Pharmacy Updates, Frank Romanelli, PharmD
  • 9:45-10:45 - Precepting Pearls: Panel and Roundtable Discussions, Moderator Holly Divine, PharmD
  • 10:45-11:45 - Preventing Preceptor Burnout: Strategies to Ignite Well-being for Preceptors and Learners, Hannah Johnson, PharmD
  • 11:45-12:15 - College of Pharmacy Tours

Physical Therapy

  • PT Update, Lynn English PT, MSEd, DPT and Kara Lee, PT, DPT, NCS
  • New payment models, Mona Carper, PT, DPT
  • Drug Use/Opioid Abuse and PT, Mona Carper PT, DPT and Holly Johnson PT, DPT, Cert. MDT
  • Tour Sports Medicine Research Institute, Nathan Morelli, PT, DPT, PhD Student                                                                                                                                                                                    

Physician Assistant 

  • Welcome & Update on STFM Preceptor Expansion Initiative - All Specialties, Somu Chatterjee, MD, MPH
  • Student Feedback on Preceptors and Student Success, Leslie Woltenberg, PHD, MSEd and Isaac Joyner, MPH
  • UKPA Alumni Report - Where Students Are Now and Future Directions,  Cheryl Vanderford, PA-C
  •  Building Skill Set Competencies Through Simulation, Shelley Irving, PA-C, Oleva Coleman, PA-C and Somu Chatterjee, MD, MPH
  •  Legislative Updates for PA Practice in Kentucky, Shelley Irving, PA-C and Cheryl Vanderford, PA-C
  •  Non-Academic Challenges and Where Preceptors Can Help -Case Studies, Shelley Irving, PA-C and Somu Chatterjee, MD, MPH
  • Launching of New PA Residencies and Focused PA CertificationTraining, David Fahringer, MSPH, PA-C Emeritus


12:45 pm – 1:45 pm              Generations in the 21st Century (lunch provided)

                                                                        Speakers: Marietta Watts & Trenika Mitchell, PharmD