5th Annual Guthrie Virtual P.A.U.S.E. (Physicians and Advanced Practice Providers United in Substantive Education) Summit

Presented by: Guthrie Women in Medicine
February 19-23, 2024

Conference Description

This event will focus on timely and practical issues involving health care topics and the promotion of equity in women’s health through strategies focused on diversity, inclusivity, and leadership. This is an educational opportunity for continued development of knowledge and resources in aspects of health promotion, the importance of patients’ influence in medicine, and how to use evidence-based medicine for a patient-centered care delivery model. Our focus will remain on Guthrie’s vision “Improving Health Through Clinical Excellence and Compassion, Every Patient. Every Time.”

Intended Audience

This conference is designated to provide a learning opportunity for all community providers. This week-long virtual educational conference will focus on the importance of leadership, diversity, inclusion, well-being, and hot topics in various medical circumstances. This program is intended for all physicians, advanced practice providers, fellows, and residents. Others that will find this program useful include nurses, medical and nursing students and other health care professionals who would like to increase their knowledge base regarding mentoring, disparity, mutual respect, and other current medical issues.

Elements of Competence

The CME activity has been designed to change learner competence and focus on the American Board of Medical Specialties areas of patient care, medical knowledge, practice-based learning and improvement, interpersonal and communication skills, professionalism, and systems-based practice.

Educational Methods

  • Live lectures with Q & A sessions will facilitate the dissemination of information.
  • Interactive discussions are included to provide a greater in-depth understanding of selected clinical issues.

Conference Goals

  • To inform the audience about medical and surgical care in the modern era.
  • To encourage learners to challenge their habits and routine to develop evolving processes for knowledge.
  • To empower the audience to be champions for patient-centered care.

Conference Objectives

At the conclusion of this activity, participants should be able to:

  • Discuss the importance of diagnostic stewardship.
  • Explain key specimen collection concepts.
  • Describe challenges in interpretation of microbiology tests.
  • Describe and incorporate strategies for building a culture of success.
  • Define and describe characteristics of a highly reliable organization.
  • List behaviors that commonly lead to unsafe conditions.
  • Recall and describe two key concepts for effective learning in adults.
  • Describe one active learning strategy.
  • Identify methods for advocating for healthcare workers and patients.
  • Identify ways of being resilient when faced with adversity.
  • Describe the effects of structural racism on health disparities.
  • Explain how to provide patients with quick nutrition/exercise information to further improve their care plan. 
  • Review how to help set obtainable goals with the patient to improve compliance.
  • Describe the impact of obesity on cardiovascular disease.
  • Identify two weight loss drugs that have been shown to have cardiovascular benefit.
  • List two potential cardiovascular adverse reactions with use of sympathomimetic drugs.
  • Describe the factors that determine how treatment is sequenced – adjuvant vs. neoadjuvant.
  • List ways breast cancer treatment is personalized patient to patient.
  • Distinguish between favorable and high-risk breast cancers.


Conference Agenda

Note: All conference times are listed in Eastern Standard Time and will utilize the Microsoft Teams® virtual platform.

  • Monday, February 19, 2024 – Noon-1:00 p.m. – “The Importance of Diagnostic Stewardship in Microbiology” - Nicole Hubbard, MD
  • Tuesday, February 20, 2024 - Noon-12:30 p.m. – “Our Journey to Quality Excellence”           - Lisa Esolen, MD 
  • Tuesday, February 20, 2024 – 12:30-1 p.m. – “Adult Learning Theory: How Best to Facilitate Learning” - Laura Leonard, MD
  • Wednesday, February 21, 2024 – Noon-1:00 p.m. – “Physicians as Advocates to Eliminate Health Inequities and Support Inclusive Communities” - Uzma Syed, DO
  • Thursday, February 22, 2024 – Noon-12:30 p.m. – “Engaging the Patient to Make Healthy Lifestyle Changes” - Jessica Callear, MS, MSACN, ACSM-EP, CHC, NCSF-SNS
  • Thursday, February 22, 2024 – 12:30-1 p.m. – ““Obesity…Getting to the Heart of the Matter”     - Carla Mason, ACNP-BC, FNP-BC
  • Friday, February 23, 2024 – Noon-1:00 p.m. – “Systemic Therapy for Early-Stage Breast Cancer – What to Know in 2024” - Stephanie Graff, MD 


Guthrie Conference Faculty

Jessica CallearJessica Callear, MS, MSACN, ACSM-EP, CHC, NCSF-SNS
Coordinator, Bariatric Medicine
Guthrie Weight Loss Center
Guthrie Medial Group, P.C., Sayre, Pa.




Lisa Esolen, MDLisa Esolen, MD, FIDSA
Executive Vice President, Chief Quality Officer
Associate, Infectious Disease
Guthrie Medical Group, P.C., Sayre, Pa.




Laura LeonardLaura Leonard, MD, MHA, FAAP
Lead Physician, Sayre Pediatrics
Guthrie Medical Group, P.C., Sayre, Pa.




Carla MasonCarla Mason, ACNP-BC, FNP-BC
Specialties Advanced Practice Provider Lead
Guthrie Medical Group, P.C., Sayre, Pa.




Guest Conference Faculty

Nicole Hubbard, MDNicole Hubbard, MD, FASCPAssociate Medical Director and Medical Director, Infectious Disease Pathology, 
ProMedica Laboratory;
Assistant Professor, Department of Pathology, 
University of Toledo College of Medicine and Life Sciences, Toledo, OH



Stephanie Graff, MDStephanie Graff, MD, FACP
Director, Breast Oncology
Lifespan Cancer Institute, Providence, Rhode Island
Co-Lead, Breast Cancer Translational Disease Research Group, Legorreta Cancer Center at Brown University
Associate Professor of Medicine, Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University
Medical Advisor, Dr. Susan Love Foundation for Breast Cancer Research


Uzma Syed, DOUzma Syed, DO, FIDSA
President, South Shore Infectious Diseases Travel Medicine Consultants and 
Antibiotic Infusion Center; 
Chair, COVID-19 Task Force and Director of Antimicrobial Stewardship Center of Excellence, Good Samaritan University Hospital, New York 


Conference Fees

  • $50 – Providers, Advanced Practice Providers
  • $20 – Fellow, Resident, Nurse, Medical/Nursing Student, Other Allied Health Professional


Cancellation and Refund

The full conference fee is refundable, less $10 processing fee, if your cancellation is received, in writing by Friday, February 9, 2024. (The processing fee is nonrefundable regardless of the reason for cancellation). Refunds will not be granted after this time for non-attendance.

The Guthrie Clinic Office of CME reserves the right to cancel an activity due to unforeseen circumstances (i.e., lack of registrations, unexpected events). Any registrants will be notified, and refunds will be processed. In the event the activity has been postponed, the registrant will have the option to receive a full refund, or they can use their registration for the respective conference. In addition, The Guthrie Clinic Office of CME is not responsible for related costs or expenses to participants, including cancellation fees assessed by hotels, airlines, or travel agencies. 


Minimum and maximum numbers for attendance at this event have been established and we reserve the right to substitute speakers/topics or cancel if necessary. By attending this event, you grant The Guthrie Clinic Office of CME the right to record, film, photograph, or capture your likeness in any media and to distribute, broadcast, use, or otherwise disseminate, in perpetuity, such media without any further approval from or any payment to you.

The Guthrie Clinic CME Vision

To Enable Health Professionals to Provide and Achieve the Best Preventive and Comprehensive Care… Whole Community, All the Time.

Accreditation Statement

“The Guthrie Clinic is accredited by the Pennsylvania Medical Society to provide continuing medical education for physicians.”

Designation Statement

“The Guthrie Clinic designates this live activity for a maximum of (5.0) AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Faculty Disclosure 

The Guthrie Clinic adheres to the ACCME® Standards for Integrity and Independence in Accredited Continuing Education.

“Faculty and all others who have the ability to control the content of continuing medical education activities sponsored by The Guthrie Clinic are expected to disclose to the audience whether they do or do not have any real or apparent conflict(s) of interest or other relationships related to the content of their presentation(s).” The presenting faculty/planning committee for this educational activity have no relevant financial relationship(s) to disclose with ineligible companies whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, re-selling, or distributing healthcare products used by or on patients.

Call-in / Log-in Information

After you register, you will be sent an email with the call-in/log-in information. If you do not receive this e-mail within 24 hours, please e-mail the CME Coordinator, Trish Stern at Trish.Stern@guthrie.org.

Guthrie Women in Medicine 2024 Virtual Conference FAQ

Q: What is the format of the virtual conference?

A: It will be a combination of both live and on-demand lectures utilizing Microsoft Teams®.

Q: Do I have to be in attendance “live” to get CME credits?

A: Yes. CME Credits are not given for recordings.

Q: How do I claim my CME?

A: You will receive an attestation/evaluation form at the conclusion of each conference day.

Q: How do I evaluate the speakers?

A: The speaker evaluations will be linked in the Chat section of each lecture. If you don't have a chance to evaluate the session right away an e-mail will be sent in addition. 

Q: Are the pre- and post- tests required to claim CME?

A: The pre & post tests are only on a few lectures and are different from the evaluations. None are required to obtain CME, but they are extremely helpful to us in developing content and recruiting speakers for future conventions. We appreciate you taking the time to fill them out for us!

Q: Does The Guthrie Clinic Office of Continuing Medical Education report my CME?

A: The Guthrie Clinic Office of Continuing Medical Education will only report your CME credits to those state licensing board’s that are connected to the ACCME PARS system. You will receive a certificate via e-mail to submit to your state licensing board if you are not connected to PARS.

Q: Help, my video is lagging or not loading at all!

A: Please make sure you have a stable high-speed internet connection and that you are not trying to access the site through a VPN.

Q: Will I receive any materials related to the meeting beforehand?

A: No, all meeting materials will be hosted on our virtual platform, you will not need anything else.

Q: How will I access the virtual conference?

A: After you register, you will receive an e-mail with instructions on how to access the virtual platform.

Q: Will I need any equipment to attend the virtual conference (i.e., web cam)?

A: PC/Mac, iPad/Tablets, and Smartphones will all work with the platform. You do not need a web cam or any other equipment.

Q: How many credits will I receive?

A: There are (5.0) AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ available.

Have a question that's not answered above? Contact our staff!

Trish Stern, Director, System CME 
E-mail: Trish.Stern@guthrie.org
Phone: 570-887-5762