PCC holds Respiratory Care Conference at Downtown Campus


The Arizona State Society for Respiratory Care held a conference April 3 in the Amethyst Room on Pima Community College’s Downtown Campus.

The event ran from 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

“This is one of my proudest moments in my 14 years of affiliation with the respiratory therapy program at Pima Community College,” said Pima Respiratory Care Program Director Jeffrey Miller.

Miller has left Pima as of April 5 to be the respiratory therapy manager at Tucson Medical Center. Russell Schmidt is taking over Pima’s respiratory care program.

Opening remarks began at 9 a.m. A portion of the opening remarks were pre-recorded and the other portion was live at the event.

Early on in the conference, there was job interview etiquette tips and how to be prepared for the interview compared to an unprepared job interviewee. 

During the “How to prepare for a job interview” slot in the conference, there was a how to dress and how not to dress for a job interview fashion show.

There was a five-person Q&A-type panel about how they became interested in the respiratory care part of the medical field. 

The panel included the director of clinical education at Pima, Ben Niles, Cassie (program manager at Carrington College), Julie Alvarez, Carolina Acuna, Elma Arellano and Gilbert Garcia. The moderators of the panel were Ashley Feighery and Corin Walters.

The colleges that attended the conference included Grand Canyon University, Pima Medical Institute, Northern Arizona University and Pima had several tables at the conference as well as vendors for the event.