April 2021
PMDA Second Annual Spring Symposium to Focus on Timely and Topical Issues in LTC
PMDA’s annual spring conference, now in its second year, returns May 15 with a virtual educational program that is both timely and topical.

The half-day program will feature four sessions:

  • Racism in Long-Term Care: A Panel Discussion - PMDA Education Committee Co-chair Danelle Snyderman, MD, CMD and panelists Schyuler Barbour-Johnson, MSN, CRNP, ANP-CN, Denine Crittendon, MPH, PhD(c), Dillard Elmore, DO, MBA, CMD, and Christopher Hwang MD will use case-based discussion and the Ubuntu photo project on microaggression to deepen our awareness and understanding of racism in LTC. 

  • FDA’s EUAs and Other Related Authorities – Elizabeth Sadove, JD, Director, MCM Regulatory Policy for the Federal Drug Administration will provide an overview of the FDA’s emergency use authorities and how “EUA” has become a household word during the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • The Future of Long-Term Care – Zach Shamberg, president and CEO of the Pennsylvania Health Care Association, the commonwealth’s leading advocacy organization representing Pennsylvania’s most vulnerable residents living in more than 400 member facilities across the state, will explore what nursing homes and long-term care facilities will look like post-COVID-19 and how they will operate.

  • Advocacy in LTC: COVID-19 and Beyond – PMDA Past President Daniel Haimowitz, MD, FACP, CMD and Pennsylvania State Representative Wendi Thomas will describe opportunities for advocacy, including developing relationships with elected representatives, writing opinion pieces, and interacting with the media. Their program will provide information about various national initiatives and identify useful resources for your advocacy toolbox.

The cost is $50 for PMDA members and $65 for non-members. For more information and to register for the meeting, please visit: https://www.pamda.org/2021-spring-consortium.html
Nominees Sought for the 2021 Long-Term Care Clinician of the Year Award - Deadline September 3

Molly Langford, CRNP
Each year, the Pennsylvania Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine recognizes the dedication, performance, and accomplishments of a PMDA member with the presentation of the Long-Term Care Clinician of the Year Award. The award is presented during the association’s annual meeting, scheduled this year for October 21 – 22, 2021.
The Long-Term Care Clinician of the Year Award is conferred on the clinician who demonstrates excellence in providing and/or promoting quality clinical care in the long-term care arena. The recipient’s vision, passion, leadership, knowledge, and commitment take patient care to exceptional levels of quality, excellence, and innovation in the facilities in which he/she serve.
Nominees for the Long-Term Care Clinician of the Year Award must be:
  • Nominated by NHA, DN, medical director, or other clinicians from a facility where the nominee serves as a clinician (physician, NP, or PA). The facility may be a SNF, ALF, or LIFE Program; and
  • A PMDA member in good standing.
The nomination letter and nominee’s CV, submitted by mail or email to the PMDA office, should focus on the clinician’s role in obtaining achievements in any or all the following areas:
  • Quality improvements;
  • Annual state survey;
  • Patient satisfaction surveys;
  • Staff morale and retention;
  • Community/hospital relations and outreach;
  • Medication management;
  • Reduction in unnecessary rehospitalizations; and
  • Overall impact of his/her role as a clinician in the facility.
Please consider nominating a deserving individual by the September 3, 2021 deadline. Mail your nominations to: PMDA, 400 Winding Creek Blvd., Mechanicsburg, PA 17050, or email to pmda@pamedsoc.org.
Molly Langford, CRNP is chair of the PMDA Awards Committee and PMDA President-Elect. 
Upcoming Events
Eastern Pennsylvania Geriatrics Society to Discuss the Ethical and Practical Implications of Mandatory Vaccination for Frontline Healthcare Workers
Join our colleagues at the Eastern Pennsylvania Geriatrics Society for a discussion of the ethical and practical implications of mandatory vaccinations for frontline healthcare workers on Wednesday, April 21, 2021 from 5 – 7 p.m.

The panel will explore the many faceted topic of the COVID-19 vaccination campaign from the stakeholder perspectives of providers and staff and discuss the important tug and pull between safety, the benefits of vaccination, and the importance of seeking to understand individual reasons for declination so that healthcare providers can meet the obligations for informed decision-making while also advancing efforts to control the often harmful effects of COVID-19 to the older adults and staff who care for them. Click here for more information and to register for the event.

PMDA and PA ASCP to Host Virtual Education Session
The American Society of Consultant Pharmacists Pennsylvania Chapter (PA ASCP) and PMDA will host a joint virtual education session about overactive bladder management in long-term care on Thursday, May 13, from 7 – 8 p.m. The session will feature Richard Stefanacci, DO, and includes a product theater about Gemtesa (Vibegron)®. PMDA President Brian Kimmel, DO, CMD and PA ASCP President Emily Kryger, PharmD, BCGP, FASCP will open the program with introductions and announcements. RSVP to: 866-700-9296 and follow the link below to join the meeting. 

Zoom Meeting ID: 956 8856 7662   
Zoom Meeting Password: 352585 
Dial in Number: +1 929 205 6099
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The PMDA Trainee Education Fund supports PMDA’s efforts to educate, recognize and inspire post-acute and long-term care clinicians in training in the benefits and rewards of a career in the PALTC continuum. Your contribution will allow us to continue to offer complimentary registration to the Annual Symposium for fellows, residents and students and support PMDA’s contribution to AMDA’s Futures Program. Help us invest in the future of practice in PALTC medicine.
PMDA's Winter Webinar Now Available
The PMDA Winter 2021 Webinar is now available for purchase! A recording of the webinar can be purchased using the form linked below.
Each recording is $15 plus 6% sales tax. You will need access to www.dropbox.com to receive the recordings.
What Does it Take to be a Successful Medical Director?

Whether you’ve been working in the field for one year or 20, the Core Curriculum on Medical Direction in PALTC will give you the tools you need to succeed as a Medical Director. The Core Curriculum is the only program of its kind, offering comprehensive instruction on management and leadership within the PALTC setting. After completing the Core Curriculum Course, participants will have the skills and tools they need to solve challenges they face every day as a Medical Director.
Join the AHRQ ECHO National Nursing Home COVID-19 Action Network

Project ECHO is actively recruiting nursing homes around the country to join an interactive community of practice to collaboratively advance improvements in COVID-19 preparedness, safety, and infection control.

Nursing homes can join through their local training center or by using the link below. If you have enrolled with a training center, there is no need to fill out this form.
Upcoming Webinars
A Comprehensive Approach to Enhancing the Well-Being of Nursing Home Residents Living with Dementia
May 5, 2021
7:00 PM-8:00 PM EDT
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AMDA membership is not required to access AMDA’s COVID-19 Vaccination Toolkit, however you will need to create an account (which is free) if you don’t already have one.