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Certified Emergency Nurse® Review Course


A two-day review of emergency nursing designed to assist the participant to be successful in obtaining Certified Emergency Nurse (CEN) certification. 

Course Details:

July 15 & 16 - 8:00 am to 5:00 pm each day
Samaritan Medical Center, Conference Room 2A
830 Washington Street
Watertown, NY 13601

Early Bird Registration: $250 per person (received on or before May 16th)
Registration: $275 per person (received after May 16th)
Samaritan ED Nurses: No charge (must show reciept of CEN Exam fee)
Military Discount - 10% off registration cost

Reservations are now closed.

Download the CEN Course brochure for further details.

Successfully completing the Certified Emergency Nurse (CEN) ® exam is a challenge that has been completed by only a minority of emergency nurses. Successful completion of this exam exhibits to others that the bearer has demonstrated a knowledge base in the specialty of emergency nursing that exceeds their peers.

This course is a review of emergency nursing designed to assist the participant to be successful in obtaining CEN certification. The course offers lectures, graphics, videos and practice questions in many of the areas that are tested on the CEN examination. This review will provide not only a knowledge base for successfully completing the exam, but also a foundation for further study as the participant works towards emergency nursing certification.

About the Speaker:


Jeff brings with him a wealth of nursing background, including clinical nursing in medical/surgical and emergency medicine, cruise-ship nursing, flight nursing, nursing management and administration, state surveyor, and nursing educator. Jeff currently finds his fulfillment speaking in front of audiences around the world on a variety of clinical and motivational topics. He was honored by the Emergency Nurses Association with the “Nursing Education Award” for his outstanding contributions to Emergency Nursing through education and publishing and in 2008, was inducted as a fellow in the Academy of Emergency Nursing. Aside from speaking, Jeff contributes to numerous journals and publications. He is the co-editor of the Manager’s
Forum for the Journal of Emergency Nursing, is a regular contributor to Nursing Spectrum, and has served as editor or author for numerous books.

Jeff wrote the CEN Review course in 2004 and has offered it in locations around the world over hundreds of times since. He has been invited to present the course at the Emergency Nurses Association annual convention for numerous years and has been invited by the Emergency Nurses Association to offer his course
as a live webinar through the organization. Jeff is the author and editor of numerous resource books utilized by participants in preparing for the CEN exam including a series of review books entitled “Pocket Pearls” and another series of books entitled “Pocket Practice”. Jeff authored and edited an on-line CEN Review course in conjunction with the Emergency Nurses Association for MC Strategies – an affiliate of Mosby-Elsevier publishing company. Jeff’s CDs, DVDs and iPod versions of the CEN review course have sold thousands of copies over the past decade.

Aside from his work in the nursing field, Jeff is also the founder and director of a third world humanitarian organization called Project Helping Hands which regularly takes medical teams into various third world countries. Jeff has personally visited over fifteen different countries and led over 30 teams through his
organization. Jeff combines his sense of humor with stories from his travels around the world to make each seminar a fun and unforgettable experience.

GME Alumni

Learn more about our most current GME Alumni and where they landed after graduating from Samaritan's program...

 Jill Laureano-Surber, DO

Program: Family Medicine

Hometown: Carthage, NY

After Graduation: Opened Private Practice Family Medicine of Northern New York in Watertown, NY – 2014

Colleges and Specific Degrees:
St. Lawrence University, Biology, Pre Med 1995-1997
Boston College, Cum Laude, Bachelor of Art, Theology, 2000
University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine, 2011

Life before Medical School:
After I graduated from Boston College, I stayed in Boston and worked as a paralegal for a year at a great law firm called Barron and Stadfeld while I tried to talk myself into going to law school. I packed up my life in my Toyota Tercel and drove cross country to move to San Diego in 2001. I got an entry level job in sales at a web design firm called Z57 and worked my way up into management until I quit my job to study for the MCATs and start my journey to medical school four years later.

Soccer, running, cross country skiing, spending time with my growing family and amazing husband.

Favorite Thing about the Area:
My family is here! I love to spend time sailing with Dr. Johnson and Dr. Maynard on Lake Ontario. I love Sackets Harbor and going on weekend trips to Toronto, the Adirondacks, Boston and NYC to watch the Yankees play!

Favorite Thing about Samaritan:
I have had the pleasure of working at Samaritan now for several years. I worked as a Unit Clerk in the Emergency Room prior to starting medical school. I was able to do my 3rd and 4th year clinical rotations here as well while I was still in Medical School. Now that I am a resident, I have a unique perspective about how everyone works together to take care of our patients. You will not find more genuine, hardworking people anywhere else in medicine as you will find at Samaritan.



Matt Maynard

Program: Family Medicine

Hometown: Russell, NY

After Graduation: Joined North Country Emergency Medical Consultants, PC in Watertown, NY – 2014

Colleges and Specific Degrees:
New York College of Osteopathic Medicine, Old Westbury, NY
Doctorate of Osteopathy
St. Lawrence University, Canton, NY
BS - Mathematics, ACS Certified Chemistry

Life before Medical School:
While in Undergrad, I worked for a local ambulance transport agency doing emergency work as well as long distance advanced life support transports.

Skiing, Sailing, & Golfing

Favorite Thing about the Area:
The North Country is a very open and exciting place to live. It is very diverse but also has small town feel that will make anyone feel as if they are instantly at home.

Favorite Thing about Residency at Samaritan:
The people! I have never worked in a place with such kind, and caring staff as at Samaritan. Here at Samaritan, residents are not only an integral part of the treatment team, but you are a RESPECTED member of the treatment team. Also, being unopposed residencies at such a small resource hospital that serves such a large geographical area, prepares you for no matter what niche in medicine you may find down the road.



Jasmine Weaver, DO

Program: Family Medicine

Life before Medical School: College

Hometown: Neptune NJ, Millstone NJ

After Graduation: Joined Private Practice in NYC – 2014

Rutgers University
Urban Studies and Biology

Dance, movies, yoga, shopping, family

Favorite Thing that you like about the Area:
I like the park and Sackets Harbor

Favorite Thing that you like about Samaritan:
Everyone is friendly. The residents have a strong bond.



Suman Yadam

Program: Internal Medicine

Hometown: Midland, Michigan

After Graduation:  Pulmonary Critical Care Fellowship in Pennsylvania – 2014

University of Michigan BS in Economics
Michigan state University college of osteopathic medicine

Life before medical school:
Went straight from college to medical school

Michigan Football and other sports, Playing Basketball, Tennis, Paintballing, Hiking, 80's Music

Favorite thing about the Area:

Favorite thing about Residency at Samaritan:
Friendly staff and wonderful residents to work with.


 More Resident pictures!

2014 Class

See our 2013 Alumni profiles, click here.

New Innovations

New Innovations Residency Management Suite unifies program and resident information into a centralized data warehouse. It allows users to complete tasks historically performed using multiple, incompatible methods, through single common interface. NewInnovationLogo

Samaritan Medical Center office of Graduate Medical Education use the Residency Management Suite to assist with scheduling, case logging, evaluations, monitoring conference attendance, duty hours and general personnel tracking.

Log into your New Innovations Account

For additional information or for help with the New Innovations contact:
Jamie Wilcox
Clinical Coordinator
Graduate Medical Education
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Office: 315-779-5362
Fax: 315-785-4089
830 Washington Street
Watertown, New York 13601

American Heart Association Classes





Course Description:
These courses meet the standards of the American Heart Association for the training of providers in ACLS. The goal of these sessions is to integrate knowledge and motor skills into a clinically useful discipline. The courses are designed to develop skills and proficiency in the techniques of ACLS. The latest guidelines and recommendations of the American Heart Association are emphasized. The material is covered through hands-on small group approaches and case scenarios. Previous Basic Life Support Training and proficiency in cardiac rhythm interpretation, pharmacology, and venipuncture experience is required. 

February 2 & 3
May 11 & 12
Sept. 30 & Oct. 1
December 21 & 22

January 20
February 6
March 16
April 17
May 29
September 28
October 16
November 16
December 9

ACLS INSTRUCTOR COURSE - Core Course - (Required for all new instructors) - Take on-line course before taking Instructor Course. 
January 21

Download the Advanced Cardiac Life Support Registration Form for more detailed information.  
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Samaritan Medical Center offers a variety of BLS training programs to meet your needs. These programs are presented according to American Heart Association guidelines.

Health Care Provider and Provider Renewal Course Description:
The BLS for Healthcare Providers course is designed to teach the skills of CPR for victims of all ages (including ventilation with a barrier device, a bag-mask device, and oxygen), use of an automated external defibrillator (AED), and relief of foreign body airway obstruction (FBAO). It is intended for participants who work in a healthcare setting and those who are required to take a healthcare provider course for their employment. 

No January Class
February 10 & 11
No March Class
April 21 & 22
No May Class
June 2 & 3
July 22 & 23
August 4 & 5
August 12 & 13
August 17 & 18
No September Class
October 5 & 6
No November Class
December 1 & 2

January 7
February 23
March 9
April 7
May 5
June 16
July 14
August 20
August 31
September 16
October 19
November 17
December 15

Core Course - (Required for all new instructors) to be taken on-line before attending the Instructor Course
January 7

Download the Basic Life Support Registration Form for more detailed information.  

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These courses meet the standards of the American Heart Association for the training of providers in PALS.  The goal of these sessions is to integrate knowledge and motor skills into a clinically useful discipline. The material is covered through hands-on small group approaches and case scenarios. You are expected to be proficient in BLS skills. Previous Basic Life Support Training and proficiency in cardiac rhythm interpretation, pharmacology, and venipuncture experience is required.

January 5 & 6
April 1 & 2
September 14 & 15
December 7 & 8

January 26
February 12
March 31
April 27
July 15
September 18
October 8
November 2
December 11

Core Course: (Required for all new instructors) Take on-line course before taking the Instructor Course.
February 13

Download the Pediatric Advanced Life Support Registration Form for more detailed information.  
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Course Description: Pediatric Emergency Assessment, Recognition and Stabilization (PEARS) is a new intermediate course for credentialed healthcare providers who infrequently see critically ill children. It is designed to enhance basic pediatric life support knowledge to prepare the learner to initiate and manage the first few minutes of a pediatric arrest or prevent the arrest of a pediatric victim at risk of severe cardiopulmonary distress. 

March 20
November 23

Download the Pediatric Emergency Assessment Recognition and Stabilization Registration Form for more detailed information.  
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For questions about these courses please call: 315-785-4036

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AOA Accreditation

Samaritan Medical Center and the office of Graduate Medical Education (GME) is accredited by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) Counsel for Continuing Medical Education (CCME) as a Category 1 CME Sponsor.

New York State General Requirement for Renewal of a Permanent License

New York State currently has no CME requirements for renewing a Physician License. However, New York does have new CME requirements pending for Physician License Renewal (New York SB 2043).

2013-2015 Accreditation Cycle Requirements
CME Requirements

All members of the American Osteopathic Association (AOA), other than those exempted, are required to participate in the Continuing Medical Education (CME) program and to meet specified CME credit hour requirements for the 2013-2015 CME cycle.

One hundred and twenty credits of CME are required for membership in the American Osteopathic Association within this three-year cycle. Of this total, thirty CME credits must be obtained in Category 1-A and the remaining ninety credit hours of the CME requirement may be satisfied with either Category 1-A, 1-B, 2-A, or 2-B credits. Physicians entering the program in mid cycle will have their credit requirements prorated. Your individual CME Activity Report outlines your total CME requirement and the amount of credits required in categories 1 and 2.

Members who obtain one hundred and fifty credits or more of AOA approved applicable CME credit in a three-year CME cycle will be given a certificate of excellence in CME. These hours must be earned by December 31ST, but reported no later than May 31st of the current CME cycle.

In recognition that members of the AOA who hold specialty or subspecialty certificates in those specialties with less than three hundred certificate holders, may have difficulty accruing the necessary AOA 1-A credits required for membership, such members may apply AMA or AAFP category 1credits to their AOA 1-A credit requirement up to the maximum of 15 CME credits per cycle to meet the Category 1-A credit requirement for membership. To qualify for AOA Category 1-A CME credit under this policy the following criteria must be met:
1. Osteopathic physicians must be a member of the AOA
2. Physicians' must be AOA and/or ABMS certified
3. The specialty/subspecialty must be listed as a qualifying specialty

Lists of specialties and subspecialties with less than 300 certified members are available on the Website at This policy does not apply to Certificate of Added Qualification (CAQ's) or ABMS subspecialty which is equivalent to the AOA CAQ.

For eligibility in this program, contact your certifying board. Specialty colleges may petition the CCME to have members exempted from the current policy of allowing DOs with less than 300 DOs boarded in that specialty, to use 15 AMA credits as AOA 1-A credit. If the specialty college feels that they are offering sufficient quality programs to meet the physicians needs each CME cycle, specialty colleges can request an exemption from this policy with a detailed report of identified courses.

The Complete 2013-2015 CME Guide for Osteopathic Physicians

For Joint Sponsorship and/or Accreditation services please contact:

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Clinical Coordinator
Graduate Medical Education
Office: 315-779-5362
Fax: 315-785-4089
830 Washington Street
Watertown, New York 13601


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