A group of 12 students and four faculty/clinical instructors participated in this year’s “Conference by the Sea,” sponsored by the Maryland/District of Columbia Society for Respiratory Care, in Ocean City, September 12-14.
The conference included lectures by renowned speakers in several areas of respiratory care such as mechanical ventilation, airway management, aerosol therapy, and polysomnography. The exhibit hall was open to all attendees to see the latest innovations in respiratory care. Students were able to ask questions and get samples of new disposable devices.
Senior respiratory care students at Washington Adventist University attend professional conferences each semester as part of their preparation for future employment.
The highlight of this conference was the “Sputum Bowl,” an academic trivia contest for teams of three respiratory care students, similar to the TV show Jeopardy. WAU students, Nancy Ajelli, Aleyda Mercado and Makda Zewde, were one of nine teams from five schools in the competition.
They won several rounds of the competition making it to the final four; they were eliminated in the semi-final round by one point.
Seniors Nancy Ajelli and Aleyda Mercado commented that they “enjoyed the lecture topics on Polysomnography and the Mechanical Ventilation lecture by Eric Kriner, RRT.” Clinical instructors and faculty attending were Ahmed Mohamed, RRT, Aaron Smith, RRT, Kimberly Thomas, RRT and Alvin Tucker, RRT.