Rapid Response Symposium
October 26, 2022, Pittsburgh
Dedicated to sharing, educating, networking, and advancing rapid response systems and teams in the UPMC Health System.
Registration is OPEN. Cost to attend the symposium is $25.
About WISER / UPMC Symposium on Rapid Response Systems
The WISER/UPMC Symposium on Rapid Response Systems will be held at Cumberland Woods (UPMC Passavant campus) on October 26, 2022.
This internal UPMC event includes presentations from clinical, administrative, and professional leaders in the rapid response field from within the UPMC health system.
Topics of discussion during the symposium include:
- Specialty Responses
- Code Team Constructs
- Non-inpatient Codes
- Post Code/Event Review
- Advanced Directives
- De-escalation Tools
- Documentation at Codes
- Code Team Debriefing
- Mock Code Programs
- Code Team Training
This event is open to UPMC only. The purpose of the internal symposium is to have productive discussion with the ultimate goal of advancing rapid response teams in the UPMC health system.
Cumberland Woods event center, located at the UPMC Passavant campus, is an upscale facility that is perfect for hosting education and networking workshops.
We can’t wait for you to join us!
700 Cumberland Woods Drive
Allison Park, PA 15101
We are pleased to share with you some of the most accomplished individuals in their field.
From our keynote speaker, symposium chair, moderators and presenters, the WISER/UPMC Symposium on Rapid Response Systems is going to be a great way to advance all of UPMC health system’s rapid response teams.
AT, CHSOS-A, FSSH Director of In-patient Crisis Response System Evaluation UPMC
Thomas Dongilli AT, CHSOS-A, FSSH has worked in the healthcare education industry for over 30 years. Tom is the Director of Operations at the Peter M. Winter Institute for Simulation, Education and Research (WISER). In addition, Tom is the Director of the In-patient Crisis Response System Evaluation Program for UPMC. Prior to this role, Tom was the Chief Anesthesia Technologist for the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC).
Tom’s area of clinical interest is in the field on patient safety and identifying latent threats to hospitals and health systems. This work has led to the creation of the In-patient Crisis Response System Evaluation Program and the First 5 Minutes – What to do Until the Code Team Arrives training programs. Both programs focus on the assessment of medical emergencies and how to improve there outcomes. He also contributes expert knowledge and experience in the practical design, implementation, operation and monitoring of simulation-based programs in complex healthcare systems.
Dr. Michael DeVita
Creator of Rapid Response Systems UPMC
Dr. Michael A. DeVita is a Critical Care physician and Director of Palliative Care at Harlem Hospital Medical Center in New York.
A graduate of Georgetown University School of Medicine and their internal medicine residency program, he then trained in Critical Care Medicine in NYC before moving to the University of Pittsburgh where he rose to the level of Professor.
Dr. DeVita is the founding president of the International Society for Rapid Response Systems.
He is a Professor of Clinical Medicine at the Columbia Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons.
Dr. DeVita is most known for his work on creating Rapid Response Systems for UPMC, for which he recieved the Asmund Laerdal Award from the Society of Critical Care Medicine.
Dr. Raj Ramanan
Assistant Professor of Critical Care Medicine, Patient Safety Officer, Rapid Response Team Medical Director, ECMO Medical Director
Dr. Ramanan is the medical director of ECMO and a staff intensivist in the cardiothoracic ICU at UPMC Presbyterian. As the Patient Safety Officer for the department of Critical Care Medicine, he also oversees the Medical Emergency Response Improvement Team (MERIT) Committee and Rapid Response Team as their medical director.
DNP, BS, RN, ENLS
Advanced Clinical Education Specialist
Kristen Killian is an advanced clinical education specialist at UPMC St. Margaret and is the co-director of the on-site WISER satellite simulation center. She specializes in developing simulation-based learning for professional staff development including creating new course content and flipping didactic learning to simulation-based learning. Kristen has been with UPMC since 2012 and has been with St. Margaret since September 2019.
MSN, RN, NEA-BC
Clinical Director of Transplant, Inpatient Surgery and Respiratory Care
Carol Curio Scholle, MSN, RN, NEA-BC is currently the Clinical Director of Transplant, Inpatient Surgery and Respiratory Care Departments at UPMC Presbyterian. Carol, a registered Nurse for 31 years and a Critical Care Nurse by background, has had a passion for in-hospital emergency response since serving as a code responder for many years early in her career. Carol has been a member of the UPMC Presbyterian Medical Emergency Response Improvement Team (MERIT) since its inception and has been co-chair of the committee for more than a decade. She has been instrumental in developing the framework for the “First 5 Minutes” program, which prepares staff for what to do while they are waiting for the Rapid Response Team to arrive, as well as the development of the dedicated Rapid Response Team Nursing Unit at UPMC Presby. Carol has spoken locally and nationally regarding the topic of Rapid Response and is a member of the International Society for Rapid Response.
Dr. Paul Phrampus
MD, CPE, FSSH, FACEP, CPPS
Medical Director for Patient Safety, UPMC Health System
Dr. Phrampus is the Medical Director for Patient Safety for the UPMC Health System and Director Winter Institute for Simulation, Education and Research (WISER). He is a Professor in the Departments of Emergency Medicine and Anesthesiology of the University of Pittsburgh School Of Medicine. He is Board-Certified in Emergency Medicine, a certified physician executive and a certified professional in patient safety. Dr. Phrampus is a member of the esteemed academy of master educators at the University of Pittsburgh.
Dr. Phrampus has been active in patient safety efforts throughout UPMC and serves on the Quality Patient Care Committee of the UPMC Board of Directors. He is the founding co-director of the Wolff Learning Academy created to enhance the development of quality and safety systems knowledge to the UPMC workforce. He has overseen the expansion of WISER capabilities in developing a distributive model of management for WISER as well as the satellites centers that have been deployed throughout the UPMC Health System to improve quality and patient safety.
Dr. Phrampus is a fellow and Past President of the Society for Simulation in Healthcare. He served as a past co-chair of the planning of the International Meeting for Simulation in Healthcare. He is an inaugural member of the Editorial Board of the indexed peer reviewed journal Simulation in Healthcare. He serves in numerous leadership positions in global simulation and patient safety efforts through program committee leadership for the Society for Simulation in Healthcare and serves on the editorial board of the journal Simulation in Healthcare.
Dr. Phrampus has traveled extensively lecturing and conducting simulation and patient safety workshops, demonstrations and assisting in proliferation of successful simulation start-up programs. In addition to the United States his education efforts have included Australia, China, Chile, Costa Rica, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Norway, Philippines, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, Spain, Thailand, Tibet, and Singapore. He is a seven-year veteran of the United States Navy.
This symposium is for internal UPMC only.
Registration is now OPEN.
Cost to attend is $25.