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PAIR Special Event: A Panel with Penn MICU Advanced Practice Providers

April 9, 2024

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A Panel with Penn MICU APPs

Diane Gorman, Rachel Harper, and Katie O’Connell of the Penn Presbyterian Medical Center (PPMC) MICU join a special PAIR WIP to talk about their roles and priorities as clinical providers.

We hope this will be a meaningful dialogue that will highlight our panelists’ perspectives on how to facilitate research practices that are patient-centered and respectful of the care providers and clinical environment.

Flyer with headshots of Diane Gorman, Rachel Harper, and Katie O'Connell, and text that reads: "PAIR Center Presents: A Panel with Penn MICU APPs. Please join us for an in-person conversation with three Advanced Practice Providers (APPs) to hear their perspectives on providing care to critically ill patients and ways to facilitate research practices at ICUs to ensure our center's approach is patient-centered and respectful of the clinical environment. Tues, April 9, 2024, 2:00-3:00 PM. 104 Stellar Chance. Zoom Meeting ID: 941 5176 7401 Passcode: 899076."

About Our Panelists

Diane Gorman started as a bedside nurse in the Critical Care Unit (CCU) at PPMC in 1992. After graduating from Temple University with BSN, Diane was hired as clinical educator in the CCU 2004-2009. Diane graduated from Drexel in 2009 with an MSN, specializing in the Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Program, and was one of two of the first critical care APPs hired in the PPMC MICU in 2009. In 2014, Diane became lead of the APP group and then manager of the APP/physician hospitalist team in 2021. Today, Diane leads a team of 16 APP/MD hospitalists in the PPMC MICU.

Rachel Harper has been a Physician’s Assistant (PA) for almost six years, all of which has been in the MICU. She graduated from Case Western Reserve in Cleveland, followed by three years at Cleveland Clinic MICU. She moved to Philadelphia in 2021 and has been in the PPMC MICU ever since.

Katie O’Connell has been a Nurse Practitioner (NP) in the PPMC MICU for five years. She graduated from Jefferson’s Acute Care NP program in 2018. Prior to her role as an NP, she worked as a nurse in Trauma at Penn.