Program Schedule

Saturday, March 16:

8:15 – 8:30    Registration / Welcome (Breakfast on your own)

8:30 – 9:30    Introduction to Evidence-Based Medicine—Joe Krenitsky, MS, RD


  • Describe the advantages of evidence-based medicine
  • Identify limitations that exist in medical abstracts and review articles
  • List key elements of a journal article that must be reviewed to understand it’s scope, impact and quality.
  • Identify limitations and strengths in nutrition research that will allow appropriate implementation of new findings.

9:30 – 9:45    Break

9:45 – 11:45  Enteral Nutrition—Carol Parrish, MS, RD


  • Identify which patients are candidates for enteral nutrition support
  • Describe the most common barriers to enteral nutrition delivery: gastric residual volumes, nausea & vomiting, bowel sounds, and diarrhea.
  • Identify strategies to manage these issues and provide successful enteral feeding.

11:45 – 12:15  Feeding Tube Display and Discussion—Joe Krenitsky, MS, RD

Objective:  Participants will have the chance to see and compare various types of feeding tubes available for enteral feeding.

12:15 - 1:00   Lunch (provided)

1:00 – 3:30    Fluid and Electrolyte Management and Cases—Eugene Corbett, MD, MACP


  • Describe the physiologic rationale behind fluid & electrolyte replacement orders.
  • Describe pathophysiologic alterations of selected fluid electrolyte disorders.
  • Apply information learned in Fluid and Electrolyte session to clinical practice and diagnosis through a review of selected case studies.

3:30 – 4:30    ICU Fluid Management, Metabolism and Nutrition Evaluation --Joe Krenitsky, MS, RD


  • Discuss physiologic processes associated with acute and critical illness.
  • Understand fluid resuscitation and volume management during critical illness and ventilator weaning, and how this affects nutrition management.
  • Review recent research on volume management and ICU outcomes.
  • Discuss how this process affects nutrition assessment and nutrition needs.

4:30 – 5:00    Questions and Answers --Carol Parrish, MS, RD & Joe Krenitsky, MS, RD

Sunday, March 17:

8:30 – 9:30    Feeding the Post-Surgical Patient – Kate Willcutts, MS, RD, CNSD


  • Describe post operative ileus and the conundrum involved in determining its presence.
  • Explain the "Enhanced Recovery After Surgery" pathways and the dietitian's role. 
  • Address benefits of shortening the duration of pre-operative fasting.
  • Discuss research that supports early feeding after certain surgeries.
  • Explain evidence supporting swifter advancement to regular diet after surgery.

9:30 – 10:30   Calorie and Protein Determination—Joe Krenitsky, MS, RD


  • Review strengths and weaknesses of formulas commonly used to estimate calorie and protein needs.
  • Discuss the limitations of current data with indirect calorimetry in acutely ill patients, and review clinical scenarios where indirect calorimetry may be helpful.
  • Discuss calorie and protein goals for feeding the hospitalized obese patient and severely underweight patients.
  • Critically evaluate data on how calorie deficit may affect outcome in critically ill patients, and discuss the clinical implications of this research.
  • Review data regarding protein needs in patients with end-stage hepatic and renal failure.

10:30- 10:45  Break

10:45 – 12:15  Parenteral Nutrition—Kendra Glassman, MS, RD, CNSC, CSSD


  • Identify patients who can benefit from parenteral nutrition support.
  • Develop an appropriate parenteral nutrition support prescription and care plan.
  • Identify monitoring guidelines for patients receiving parenteral nutrition.

12:15 – 1:00   Lunch (provided)

1:00 – 2:30    Searching PubMed--Karen Knight, MS, Medical Education Librarian


  • Demonstrate improved computer search skills.
  • Efficiently and effectively search for nutrition support literature.

2:30 – 2:45    Break and return to classroom

2:45 – 4:00    Questions and Answers / Clinical Cases—Carol Parrish, MS, RD & Joe Krenitsky, MS, RD