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Respiratory Care NetWork News

Note from the NetWork Chair 

Respiratory Care_Headshot_Thomas Fuhrman_092921There have been a lot of things happening at CHEST recently. The organization has done an extremely fast pivot to change the scheduled in-person Orlando meeting into a virtual meeting. (I live in Florida, and with the present COVID-19 situation here, this was absolutely the correct decision!) While some presentations were already scheduled for pretaping, thus allowing later viewing for our members, a lot of other presentations have now had to either pretape and/or get ready for a live online presentation. Sounds simple, but it isn’t! CHEST has done an expectational job transitioning this year, as the 2020 meeting provided them with the experience to do so. Don’t worry, all your educational needs will be met as usual (except not having to brave the heat/humidity/COVID of Florida)!

Meanwhile, the Respiratory Care NetWork, and especially the steering committee, have responded to several CHEST requests for educational content (see below).

Also of note in the CHEST-RC world: The National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC) has asked CHEST to help facilitate a survey regarding a Pulmonary Educator Credential. You can take that survey here. If enacted, this credential will be across professional organizations (not just for RTs!)—and for those who may “scoff” at credentials, remember how many of your hospitals have sought out to hire credentialed PFT, sleep testing, and NICU personnel, etc, who are then highlighted to show the institutions maintaining the highest standards for patient care.

Thomas Fuhrman, MD, MS, FCCP
Chair, Respiratory Care NetWork

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NetWork CHEST Physician article 

Check out our NetWork’s latest article, “National campaign to address respiratory therapist shortage,” by Vice-Chair, De De Gardner, DrPH, RRT, RRT-NPS, FCCP, and steering committee member, Lori Tinkler, MBA, in the latest CHEST Physician® issue. 


Don’t miss these NetWork events at CHEST 2021 

  • Save the date! This year, the NetWork Featured Lecture and Open Forum will take place prior to the meeting in October. Join us for the Bob Kacmarek Memorial Lecture, by Dean Hess, PhD, RRT, October 6, at 12 pm CT. All are welcome to attend. Register now!

  • NetWork Highlights:
    • Case-Based Ventilator Graphics: Using Graphics to Optimize Patient Management
    • Novel Strategies to Liberate Patients From Mechanical Ventilation

  • NetWork Bite:
    • Partnership Between Physicians and Respiratory Therapists, presented by Lori Tinkler, MBA, and Kathy Fedor.

  • Attend the Women & Pulmonary workshop, Building Self-Confidence and Overcoming Imposter Syndrome From the Inside-Out, led by Jennifer Hunt, MD, author of Unlocking Your Authentic Self, Monday, October 18, 12 pm – 1:30 pm CT. Free and open to everyone, this workshop will give you the tools needed to rise above your inner critic and let your skills flourish. RSVP today.

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COVID-19 resources  

“In my position as Medical Advisor to the Florida Society of Respiratory Care (FSRC), I have often shared the CHEST educational resources with that society. The infographics are especially pertinent, concise, and easy to understand. Very impressed at how many of the FSRC members were already aware and using the information! Below you will find curated content to help you during the pandemic. For more information like this, explore the COVID-19 Resource Center.” - Thomas Fuhrman, MD, MS, FCCP.

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Thanks to our Respiratory Care NetWork Steering Committee 


  • Thomas Fuhrman, MD, MS, FCCP


  • De De Gardner, DrPH, RRT, RRT-NPS, FCCP

Steering Committee

  • Robert Aranson, MD, FCCP
  • Arzu Ari, FAARC, PhD
  • Jessica Overgoner, RRT
  • Robert Pikarsky, RRT, CPFT, FCCP
  • Donna Tanner, RRT
  • Lori Tinkler, MBA
  • Richard Wettstein, RRT, MEd

Fellow-in-Training Member

  • Bethelhem Markos
  • Tyler Weiss, RRT-ACCS, MSc

Ex Officio Member

  • Carl Kaplan, MD, FCCP

Also of interest  

  • Review for your ABIM certification exams today with Board Review 2021 On Demand. Study at your own pace, with access to all the sessions from this year’s Board Review for 1 year, and earn CME while doing it. Trust CHEST with your board review prep. Start reviewing today.
  • Join CHEST for the Critical Advancements: Daytime OSA Therapy: Intraoral Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation (NMES) and Its Mechanism of Action webinar, Tuesday, October 12, 2 pm CT, where new evidence on eXciteOSA’s mechanism of action and details on how this technology can be integrated into clinical practice will be discussed. Disclaimer: All opinions expressed and information provided as part of this program are those of the presenters only. The content of this program has not been reviewed by CHEST, and CHEST does not endorse or take any position regarding the contents, opinions, or information associated with this program.
  • New to CHEST SEEK™ Education: CHEST SEEK Pulmonary Medicine: 31st Edition and CHEST SEEK Sleep Medicine: 5th Edition are your go-to self-study resources for your board exams. Review new case-based questions to stay up-to-date and earn CME with these trusted learning resources.

  • Explore the new Tobacco Dependence Treatment Toolkit to find the tools needed to help you assess your patient’s readiness and willingness to begin treatment for tobacco addiction. Written by your peers, this toolkit covers motivational interviewing, special populations, treatment, and more.

  • Purchase the new, on demand Thoracic Radiology: Imaging for Clinicians course to learn the basics of thoracic imaging and airway diseases by reviewing unique cases with expert faculty. This course is designed to help you take your thoracic imaging skills to the next level, so you excel in complex ICU situations.

  • Stay up-to-date on the latest in COPD, including original research from the journal CHEST®, access to webinars, relevant news from the CHEST Physician® publication, CHEST SEEK™ Education, and more in CHEST’s COPD hub. Stay on top for your patients.

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