Annual Meeting

Emerging Professionals

In an effort to attract emerging professionals and new members, we are offering a three-part series that will divulge tips on how to identify job opportunities, impress employers during the hiring procress, develop your leadership style and so much more. 

Who are emerging professionals?

  • Currently enrolled undergraduate or graduate students, including those pursuing post-doctoral fellowships, who express a professional interest in the field of cardiac and/or pulmonary rehabilitation, and have not worked previously in a cardiac or pulmonary rehab setting for more than two years.
  • Current healthcare practitioners who have recently – within the past two (2) years – made a transition into cardiac/pulmonary rehabilitation at any staff level.

Part One

Landing a Career in Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation: Practical Strategies for Finding the Best Fit

Wednesday, September 13 | 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. CT | Virtual

Are you interested in a career in cardiac or pulmonary rehabilitation but unsure of how to navigate the process? Join us for a discussion of practical strategies to help you succeed led by a multidisciplinary panel of CR/PR professionals representing nursing, exercise physiology, dietetics, and behavioral health. Speakers will provide valuable tips on how to identify available opportunities and construct application documents like a cover letter and curriculum vitae.

Speaker(s): Hubbard Jordan; Ruth Rasmussen, MS, RDN, LD, CCRP; and Anne Saltzman, PsyD

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the range of jobs available in the setting of cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation. 
  • Identify ways to find cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation programs and open job opportunities. 
  • Construct a high-quality application, including an effective cover letter and comprehensive curriculum vitae.

Part Two

Landing and Making the Most of Your Career in Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation: Expert Advice from Program Managers

Friday, October 8 | 11:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. | Conference Room 16-17

Learn how to stand out and succeed in securing the job you want within cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation. A panel of distinguished program managers and medical directors representing a range of program types will provide expert advice on the interview process and qualities they seek in successful applicants. This workshop is relevant both for job seekers and current emerging professionals in CR/PR as the speakers will also discuss how they identify leaders amongst their staff and ways to advance in your profession. Bring your questions as the session will conclude with an interactive question and answer session

Speaker(s): Amanda Bonikowske, PhD; Stacey Greenway, MA, MPH; and Quinn Pack, MD

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn strategies to set yourself apart from other applicants and impress during the hiring process.
  • Identify ways to make the most of your position once hired and distinguish yourself as a leader. 

 * This session will be open to all emerging professionals and pre-registration is required. Stay tuned for more information regarding the time, date and location. 

Part Three

Tackling Challenges in CR and PR: A Multidisciplinary Approach

Monday, November 1 | 4:30 - 6:00 p.m. CT | Virtual

Referral to CR and PR is now being sought for an increasing number of cardiovascular and pulmonary conditions and patients often present with a variety of comorbidities that can complicate the rehabilitation process. In this exciting session designed for Emerging Professionals, a panel of experts with varying backgrounds will provide recommendations for how to approach a series of challenging cases from patients with spontaneous coronary artery dissection (SCAD) to those dealing with the repercussions of COVID-19 infection, among others. Join us to update your knowledge on these conditions and learn how members of your team can work together to effectively address the complex needs of these patients.

Speaker(s): Justine Hayden, RN; Julie Johnson; Sherrie Khadanga, MD; and Matthew Whited, PhD

Learning Objectives: 

  • Increased understanding of disease presentations becoming more common in CR/PR, including SCAD, Atrial fibrillation, PAD, and post-COVID-19 infection. 
  • Understand the perspectives of multi-disciplinary members of the CR/PR team and the expertise they can provide in caring for complex patients. 

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