Reset, Refocus, Rejuvenate:
Working in the Time of COVID
June 9, 2021 *  3:00 PM – 5:00 PM Eastern Time
It has been a year of competing priorities and staggering workloads for nearly everyone in the TB community. How can we refocus our work on TB care and prevention? Where can we find the energy and strength to continue to bring our best to each day's challenges? Dr. David Hatem will deliver a timely keynote address to help us refocus and build resilience in our public health work.

This keynote session for the 2021 NTC is an opportunity for the TB community to reset, refocus, and rejuvenate. 2020 and the start of 2021 have been challenging for all of us in the TB community. This time challenged us professionally with assignments to the COVID response, tremendous workloads with little time off, and increasing complexity of care needed by our patients. This has resulted in the recovery of many, but also in progressive illness and death of others.

Many in our community have experienced personal challenges and losses, whether due to physical distancing and isolation from family and friends, frustrations with not being able to be fully available for our TB work, challenges of COVID care and policy, or the social justice issues that have arisen in the midst of, or as a result of this pandemic. The session will consider our experience of the last year and ask us to consider how we might use a range of practices to promote resilience in these challenging times and emerge with a new focus and plan for moving forward.

To help Dr. Hatem understand more about your concerns and needs, please complete a 2-minute assessment of your experiences and growth over the last year. 
About the Presenter

David Hatem, MD
David Hatem, MD, is a Professor of Medicine at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. He practices General Internal Medicine and teaches Clinical Skills. In 2009, he became the Founding Co-Director of the Learning Communities program at UMass, a program that combines clinical skills teaching with longitudinal mentoring for each enrolled student at the medical school, and organizes students into Houses, which creates smaller units of students allowing for promotion of community, vertical integration of classes and peer mentoring. 
He has developed and implemented a “Becoming a Physician” curriculum, focused on professional identity formation at UMass. This dovetails with his efforts, along with other Learning Community Mentors, to foster wellness and resilience through curricular and elective experiences in the medical school. Finally, he coordinates the Transitions curriculum for the medical school that entails transitions to Medical School, the Core Clinical Experiences, the Advanced Studies year and to Internship.
Dr. Hatem's research includes studies on utilizing patients as teachers, investigations of faculty development outcomes for teaching the medical interview, assessing professionalism and clinical reasoning in medical students, and student professional development through reflective writing. See Dr. Hatem's publications on PubMed.
About the Session Moderators

Sarah Gordon, MPH
Sarah Gordon is the TB Prevention and Control Program Manager for the Minnesota Department of Health. She has been in her position as State TB Controller and TB Program Manager since 2014, and with the Infectious Disease, Epidemiology, Prevention and Control Division since 2001, working in various disease mitigation and harm reduction activities for HIV, STDs, and viral hepatitis. Sarah is proud to oversee a dynamic TB team in a state that is home to the nation’s largest Somali community and 2nd largest Hmong community, as well as sovereign ground to 11 Tribal Nations. As an original member of the White Earth Nation Summit and harm reduction planning group, Sarah would like to share with you an Ojibwe phrase that means “sharing our knowledge makes us stronger”—niin gikenjige. The annual national TB conference and work of NTCA truly exemplifies this sentiment.

Pat Iyer, BSN, RN
Pat Iyer received her ADN from Northern Essex Community College, BSN from Regis College, and MSN from Framingham State University. She holds national certification in community and public health nursing through the American Nursing Credential Center. She earned a graduate certificate from Northeastern University in Vaccine Technology and also completed a Leadership Fellowship with the Mid-Atlantic Public Health Leadership Institute in 2006.
Pat served as local public health nurse for ten years before joining the Massachusetts State Department of Public Health in June 2010 as the Director of Disease Intervention and Case Management. She has been a member of the Medical Advisory Committee for the Elimination of Tuberculosis (MACET) for over 15 years. Pat served on the National TB Nurse Coalition Executive Board for eight years.
2021 National TB Conference
Explore cutting-edge TB clinical and programmatic content and get a jump start on caring for your patients with TB. 
NTCA is partnering with the University of New Mexico’s School of Medicine’s Office of Continuing Medical Education and Eastern New Mexico University to provide continuing education credits for the Virtual 2021 NTC. If you cannot attend a session on its original broadcast date, you still can earn credit by watching its video recording at a later date. Video recordings of the session will be available for enduring credits for up to a year.
Earn two AMA PRA Category 1 credits™ per educational session or 22 total credits for the whole conference. Earn two nursing continuing education hours per educational session or 22 total hours for the whole conference.
Participant Registration
The registration fees for the Virtual 2021 NTC are listed below. This year, we've added a discounted fee for our retired colleagues and for students in any health-related program.
  • NTCA Member - $150.00
  • NTCA Non-Member - $250.00
  • Retirees or Students - $75.00
Conference registration fees can be paid by credit card, check, or ACH deposit.
Exhibitor and Sponsorship Infomation
The exhibit and sponsorship fees for the Virtual 2021 NTC are listed below. 

  • Virtual Exhibit Booth - $1,000
  • Silver - $5,000
  • Gold - $10,000
  • Platinum - $15,000
If you are interested in learning more about the exhibit and sponsorship opportunities of the Virtual 2021 NTC, please email Donna Hope Wegener at dhwegener@tbcontrollers.org or call 678-503-0503.
Sherry Brown, NTCA: sbrown@tbcontrollers.org
Donna Wegener, NTCA: dhwegener@tbcontrollers.org