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2017 Spring Presenters Bio and Objectives
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Stephanie Adamek,



Orthopedic Physician Assistant, Hennepin County Medical Center



BIO: Originally from Sioux City, IA. Attended University of Nebraska at Omaha for undergraduate degree. Attended University of Nebraska Medical Center for Masters of Physician Assistant Studies degree. Two years of experience in Pediatric Orthopedics at Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota, working primarily in trauma. Currently working at Hennepin County Medical Center specializing in Hand and Upper extremity.


Orthopedic Emergencies in Children



  • Diagnose orthopedic emergencies based on history and presentation of the pediatric patient.
  • Order appropriate lab tests to assess emergent pediatric orthopedic conditions.
  • Differentiate between septic arthritis and transient synovitis on the basis of results of lab tests.
Irfan Altafullah, MD


BIO: Board Certified Vascular Neurologist who has been practicing at North Memorial Medical Center for over 25 years.


TIA: The Rest of the Story



  • Understanding the epidemiology of cerebrovascular disease.
  • Understanding the natural history of TIA Understand the management of TIA 

Steven Atkinson, PA-C, MS

Twin Cities Physicians



BIO: Steven Atkinson is a Board Certified Physician Assistant specializing in Geriatric Internal Medicine. He is the founder and co-owner of Twin Cities Physicians. He is adjunct faculty at the University of Utah and has done so since 1994. He is dynamic speaker and has presented nationally for over a decade primarily in Geriatric-related syndromes. He is a published author of Geriatric Pharmacology: Clinical Guidelines and Recommendations, which is now in its second edition, and has sat on several organizations related to improvement of care in geriatric medicine.

Geriatric Depression



  • Apply techniques and identify strategies to avoid adverse drug events and drug disease interactions
  • Develop individualized monitoring plans for geriatric patients through the evaluation of high risk medications
  • Identify at least three new guideline recommendations related to geriatric pharmacology

Ryan Baldeo, PA-C


Mayo Clinic Health Systems - Mankato



BIO: I currently practice in Palliative Medicine at Mayo Clinic Health Systems in Mankato, Minnesota. I completed my undergraduate studies at the University of Florida, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology in 2012, with a noted focus on Medical Anthropology through coursework. In 2010, as an undergraduate student, I began working for a pediatric palliative volunteer group entitled Streetlight, whose focus is on adolescents of 13-25 years of age who have chronic or life-limiting illness, including cystic fibrosis, sickle cell, cancer, and transplant. I had a particular interest in cystic fibrosis and aided in multiple facets of pediatric and adult cystic fibrosis care. In 2013, I began graduate education at the University of Florida’s College of Medicine, School of Physician Assistant Studies, culminating in my Masters of Physician Assistant Studies in 2015. During clinical rotations, I worked in Palliative Medicine and found a sincere interest in focusing on patients with life-limiting illnesses and the dynamics of working in a transdisciplinary team to meet the needs of the patients. Prior to graduation, I accepted a job where I currently work and have been a member of the Palliative Medicine team at MCHS Mankato since August 2015.


Hope, Respect & Medicine: Assessing Goals of Care in the Seriously Ill



  • Steps to Navigate Goals of Care Conversations.
  • Identifying Effective Communication Tools.

Chris Bollig


BIO: Chris Bollig is a Licensed Psychologist employed as a Senior Assessment/Consultation Psychologist at St. Peter Regional Treatment Center (St. Peter, MN). SPRTC is a state-operated, forensic mental health hospital that treats individuals under civil commitment*. Prior to earning his doctoral degree from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology (Argosy-Schaumburg), he completed an internship at the Colorado Mental Health Institute at Pueblo. He has additional clinical experience having provided therapy at Central Michigan University Counseling Center and briefly worked for the Federal Bureau of Prisons. *Dr. Bollig’s views and positions expressed do not represent those of the State of Minnesota or the Department of Human Services


Working with personality disorders



  • Identify primary criteria of Cluster B personality disorders - Better understand what psychopathy is.
  • General understanding of evidenced-based practices for Cluster B personality disorders
  • Gain practical skills for working with Cluster B personality disorders
  • Gain awareness with regard to professional boundaries


Charles E. Crutchfield III, M.D.


Crutchfield Dermatology, Medical Director



BIO: Recognized by physicians and nurses as one of the nation’s leading dermatologists, Charles E. Crutchfield III, M.D. has received a significant list of honors including the Karis Humanitarian Award from the Mayo Clinic, 100 Most Influential Health Care Leaders in the State of Minnesota (Minnesota Medicine), and the First a Physician Award from the Minnesota Medical Association, for positively impacting both organized medicine and improving the lives of people in our community. He has a private practice in Eagan and is the team dermatologist for the Minnesota Twins, Wild, Vikings and Timberwolves. Dr. Crutchfield is a physician, teacher, author, inventor, entrepreneur, and philanthropist. He has several medical patents, has written a children’s book on sun protection, and writes a weekly newspaper health column. Dr. Crutchfield regularly gives back to the Twin Cities community including sponsoring academic scholarships, camps for children, sponsoring programs for children with dyslexia, mentoring under-represented students from the University of Minnesota, and establishing a Dermatology lectureship at the University of Minnesota. As a professor, he teaches students at both Carleton College and the University of Minnesota Medical School. He lives in Mendota Heights with his wife Laurie, three beautiful children and two hairless cats.


Clinical Pearls In Diagnosing and Treating Common Skin Condition in Patients of Color



  • Attendees should be able to develop a differential diagnosis for common skin conditions in patients of color.
  • Attendees should be able to develop a treatment protocol for common skin conditions in patients of color.

Brian Driver, MD


Director of Clinical Research Department of Emergency Medicine Hennepin County Medical Center Assistant,

Professor of Emergency Medicine University of Minnesota Medical School


BIO: Dr. Driver has published several peer-reviewed manuscripts and book chapters on emergency airway management. He has lectured locally and nationally on this topic and is an instructor for The Difficult Airway Course™.


Airway Management: Improving The Safety of Emergency Tracheal Intubation



  • Explain the role of preoxygenation and nasal delivery of oxygen during airway management

  • Improve emergent intubation and ventilation of patients.

  • Compare and describe the available extraglottic airways.

Stephanie Faubion, MD, FACP, NCMP, IF


Director Executive and International Medicine and Director Office of Women's Health




BIO: Stephanie Faubion is Director of Executive and International Medicine and Director of the Office of Women’s Health at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. Dr. Faubion is a leader in women’s health at the national level and is certified as a menopause practitioner by the North American Menopause Society, for which she also serves on multiple committees. She is a member of the board of directors and was elected to fellowship in the International Society for the Study of Women’s Sexual Health. She is an associate editor for the journal, Sexual Medicine Reviews and is medical editor of the Mayo Clinic Menopause Solution published in 2016. Dr. Faubion publishes and speaks extensively on menopause and sexual health in women.


Menopause Management in 2017



  • Determine which patients are the best candidates for menopausal hormone therapy
  • List nonhormonal treatments for vasomotor symptoms
  • Describe when, why and how to stop menopausal hormone therapy

Leslee Jaeger, MD


Contraception; Uterine Bleeding


Jenny Kluznik,



Augsburg College, Family Tree Clinic


BIO: Jenny Kluznik, MPH, PA-C: Jenny is currently an assistant professor at the Augsburg College Physician Assistant (PA) Program and a contract provider with Family Tree Clinic in St. Paul, MN. She is also a graduate of the Augsburg PA Program. In addition, she holds an MPH from The George Washington University School of Public Health in global health and development. She worked in multiple roles within both international and domestic public health organizations in the areas of refugee health, HIV/AIDS, and tuberculosis.


Caring for Transgender Patients in Primary Care



  • Review definitions and concepts in caring for gender nonconforming and transgender patients.
  • Outline approaches to conducting a patient-centered comprehensive health history for transgender people.
  • Describe ways to create an inclusive and culturally appropriate clinical environment for transgender patients.
  • Discuss resources available for primary care providers in caring for transgender patients.
Alison Knutson  

BIO:Alison is currently an MTM pharmacist providing medication management at Park Nicollet Creekside Clinic in St. Louis Park, MN. She enjoys working as part of the health care team, providing medication expertise and acting as a resource to limit the burden of medications on a patient’s life. As a faculty at the Park Nicollet Creekside Clinic Family Medicine Residency, much time is spent on the pharmacotherapy education of family medicine residents.


Toxicology Screens



  • Knowing about available tests
  • Understanding metabolites and expected results
  • Evaluate what leads to unexpected results


Kimberly Lakhan, DHSc, PA-C, DFAAPA


ENT PA and Chair, Essentia Health-East PA-APRN Council


BIO: Dr. Kimberly Lakhan is a PA in Otolaryngology at Essentia Health-Duluth Clinic, and chair of the Essentia-East PA-APRN Council. She received a BA in Chemistry and Psychology, with a focus in Neuroscience from St. Olaf College, a MPAS in Otolaryngology from the University of Nebraska Medical Center, and the DHSc in Global Health from A. T. Still University. She is also a distinguished fellow of the AAPA. She has been practicing as a PA in Otolaryngology (ENT) for over 18 years, precepting many PA, NP, and medical students and residents during that time, and writing journal articles on different ENT topics. Her current research involves the prevalence and epidemiology of HPV in oral squamous cell carcinoma.


Sinusitis and Sinus Pain: You Think It's Funny, but It's Snot



  • Explain when, what, and how, to image and treat different conditions of the sinuses.

  • Differentiate between sinusitis and sinus pain/headache.

Teresa Lang, PA-C, MPAS, MT(ASCP)SH


Gonda Vascular Center, Mayo Clinic



BIO: Teresa Lang is a Physician Assistant who specializes in Vascular Medicine. She started her career in Laboratory Medicine as a Medical Technologist, became certified as a Hematology Specialist in 1990, and worked as a Hematology Supervisor and then a General Laboratory Supervisor until she obtained certification as a physician assistant in 2005. She worked at Mayo Clinic in the Vascular Center starting in 2006. She took a detour in 2009-2010 to work as a Hospitalist PA, then Oncology Medicine Hospitalist PA, and then she returned to Vascular Medicine, Thrombophilia Department once again. Her main interest lies in Coagulation. She joined the National Alliance for Thrombosis and Thrombophilia (, MN Chapter, serving as a board member in 2008-2009. She also served as a member of the Peripheral Arterial Disease Coalition (, in Rochester MN, 2006-2009. She enjoys gardening, traveling, learning and teaching, and reading in her spare time.


Direct Oral Anticoagulants (DOACs): What do you need to know?



  • List the Direct Oral Anticoagulants (DOACs) and discuss how they work, comparing them with other classes of anticoagulants including the vitamin K antagonists (VKAs) and the low-molecular weight heparins (LMWHs).    
  • Review the relevant clinical trials of the DOACs and their outcomes, including the statistically significant findings.    
  • Discuss choosing the appropriate anticoagulant(s) for a patient and what type of monitoring is needed.
  • List the reversal agents for the DOACs and review how they work.
Deb Lindgren - Clendenen - APRN, CNP



Victoria Louwagie, PA-C

BIO: Victoria Sainsbury Louwagie, PA-C is a physician assistant at Mayo Clinic Health System who has been practicing digestive disease medicine since 2011. She received her Masters of Science in Physician Assistant Studies at Le Moyne College in Syracuse, New York. She is board-certified and licensed in Minnesota to practice medicine. Originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania she has greatly enjoyed living in the upper midwest and becoming part of the Greater Mankato Area community. When not practicing medicine her hobbies include boating the local lakes with her husband and friends, crossfit, quilting, baking and traveling.


Alcohol and It's impact on Millennials and Generation Z



  • Gather understanding of alcohol abuse disorder and low, moderate and high risk drinking behaviors. Become knowledgeable about the risks of binge drinking.
  • Comprehend some of the reasons why millennials drink.
  • Grasp how to obtain an alcohol history in a caring and compassionate manor Identifying subgroups of millennials that are greater risk for alcohol abuse disorder or liver disease
  • Better assist our millennial patients.

Marc Martel, MD


BIO: Dr. Martel is an Emergency Physician at Hennepin County Medical Center. He is a nocturnist, working exclusively nights. He treats patients and trains residents in Emergency Medicine, residents from a variety of other specialties, as well as medical and PA students. He works closely with the Mental Health professionals at HCMC, and is the Emergency Department liaison to the Acute Psychiatric Services department. He has published extensively on the emergency management of acute undifferentiated agitation and has lectured nationally on the topic.


Management of the Acutely Agitated Patient



  • Identify early signs of agitation.
  • Learn techniques to safely approach and manage agitated patients.
  • Discuss pharmacological agents used to treat agitation.


Michael D Miedema, MD MPH


Preventive Cardiologist,

Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation


BIO: Dr. Michael Miedema is a preventive cardiologist with the Minneapolis Heart Institute. Dr. Miedema completed his cardiology training at the University of Minnesota and obtained a Master's in Public Health from the Harvard University School of Public Health. His research interests including cardiovascular risk assessment, how to best allocate preventive cardiovascular medications, and the optimal heart healthy diet.


A 2017 Cardiovascular Prevention Update



  • Participants will be able to understand the rationale for the recent updates to prevention guidelines regarding cholesterol medications and aspirin.
  • Participants will understand the rationale for using a coronary calcium score as a clinical tool for cardiovascular risk assessment.

Shannon Neale, MD


Chair of Family Medicine Department at Park Nicollet


BIO: Shannon Neale, MD is a Family Physician at Park Nicollet. She is the Chair of the Family Medicine Department at Park Nicollet and also teaches at the University of Minnesota / Methodist Hospital Family Medicine Residency Program. She has partnered with the Minnesota Department of Human Services over the years to help implement developmental, social emotional and postpartum depression screening across the state and has worked with the U of MN Department of Family Medicine to implement screening at the University’s Family Medicine Residency Programs. She is currently on the steering committee for HealthPartners Children’s Health Initiative.


Successful Implementation of Developmental and Mental Health Screening in Well Child Visits



  • Identify evidence-based tools to accurately screen children and new mothers in their practice for developmental and mental health concerns.
  • Identify key factors to implement efficient and effective screening and referral processes into clinic work flow, including updates on coding and billing.
  • Identify statewide resources to support referral and linkage of children and families to developmental and mental health services.

Jessie G. Nelson, MD


Senior Staff Physician, Emergency Medicine, Regions Hospital Director of Emergency Medicine Education Research, Regions Hospital Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine, University of Minnesota



BIO: Dr. Nelson graduated from the University of Minnesota Medical School and did her Emergency Medicine residency at Regions Hospital. That wasn't enough, so she did a fellowship in medical education and simulation. For a while, she split time working as a faculty member for a simulation center and the Regions Hospital Emergency Medicine Department. Now it's all EM, all the time. She is currently the Director of Emergency Medicine Educational Research at Regions and an Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at the University of Minnesota. Her passion is educational strategy and methodology, and she's always looking for new ways to help learners learn and teachers teach.


The First 5 Minutes of Badness - Finding order in the chaos of a Rapid Response Team event



At the end of this presentation, the learner will be able to:

  • Walk into a Rapid Response Team (RRT) event and quickly determine how to best be helpful
  • Recognize the importance of trying to ask and answer simple questions during the RRT
  • Name at least one strategy to avoid the RRT that seems to never end

Paul Nystrom, MD


EM Physician and EMS Medical Director, 



BIO: Dr. Nystrom finished his Emergency Medicine residency at Hennepin County Medical Center in 2012. He then completed a 2-year EMS Fellowship. He now works in the Emergency Department and as an EMS medical director. He also has an avid interest in nutrition and fitness, particularly among public safety personnel.


He is originally from MN, went to medical school at the University of Iowa and spent four years on active duty in the U.S. Navy. One year was spent doing a Transitional Internship in Portsmouth, VA. He then completed six months of Dive Medical Officer/Undersea Medical Officer training in Groton, CT and Panama City, FL. Just prior to his residency, he was stationed in San Diego, CA with Naval Special Warfare Group ONE.





  • Understand what drug matters most in the treatment of anaphylaxis.

  • Recognize common presentations of anaphylaxis.

  • Consider atypical presentations of anaphylaxis.


Andrew Olson, MD


Emergency Physician Professional Association, Park Nicollet Methodist Hospital Emergency Department



Education: Weill Cornell Medical College, New York NY

Training: Bellevue/NYU Emergency Medicine, New York, NY.

BIO: I currently work as an emergency physician at Methodist hospital. I also oversee and coordinate all Medical Students rotating through our Emergency Department.


Burn Care



  • Recognition of burn types and severity
  • Management of minor burns in a clinic setting
  • Appropriate disposition and referral criteria
Tom Pahl, PA-C

Ultra Sound Workshop


Tara Rick, MPAS, PA-C


Adjunct Professor, St Catherine University Master of Physician Assistant Studies Program, MHealth Cancer Care


BIO: Adjunct professor at St Catherine MPAS Program, 11 years as a PA in Oncology at MHealth, and sits on the board of Directors for The Foundation for Cancer Care in Tanzania. Divides time between the Twin Cities and abroad while working on global health projects in the US and Tanzania.


Scholar Practitioner



  • Describe the role of PA's as scholarly practitioners
  • Explore the benefits and challenges or participating in scholarly activity as a PA
  • Outline examples of scholarly activity and how to get started

Katy Schalla Lesiak, MSN/MPH, APRN


Child Health Consultant, Minnesota Dept of Health


BIO: Katy Schalla Lesiak, MSN/MPH, APRN is a certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, and child health consultant with the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH). Her clinical background is in primary care and school-based health. She provides statewide training, consultation and technical assistance for child preventive health screenings for clinics, schools, and other child screening programs. She facilitates the Minnesota Interagency Developmental Screening Task Force and coordinates psychometric review of screening instruments for public screening programs. She coordinated Minnesota’s federal Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems Grant, with a focus on cross-sector coordination and data sharing. She has a Master’s in Nursing and Public Health from Johns Hopkins University.


Successful Implementation of Developmental and Mental Health Screening in Well Child Visits



  • Identify evidence-based tools to accurately screen children and new mothers in their practice for developmental and mental health concerns.
  • Identify key factors to implement efficient and effective screening and referral processes into clinic work flow, including updates on coding and billing.
  • Identify statewide resources to support referral and linkage of children and families to developmental and mental health services.

Todd Stanhope, MD



BIO: Todd Stanhope is a board certified OB/Gyn at North Memorial in Robbinsdale. His primary focus in practice is inpatient Obstetrics but he also works in the outpatient setting. His professional passion is offering care to medically underserved populations and international health. An Iowa native, he enjoys music, the outdoors and is thrilled to be marrying his dream woman this summer.


Women's Health Care Dilemmas From The Third World



  • Recognize early signs of common Obstetric complications, such as hemorrhage, preeclampsia and infection.
  • Review risk stratification of Obstetric patients antepartum.

Samantha Stoven, MD


Gastroenterology, Park Nicollet


BIO: Samantha Stoven M.D. practices gastroenterology at Park Nicollet. Previous training includes B.S. from MIT, M.D. from University at Buffalo, as well as residency, chief residency, and fellowship at Mayo Clinic Rochester, MN. Her professional interests include celiac disease, inflammatory bowel disease and endoscopy. Outside of work she enjoys time with her family, Pilates, traveling, and trying to tire out their boxer/cattle dog puppy.


Celiac Disease and Gluten Sensitivity: Fact? Fiction?



  • Celiac Disease - Diagnosis, Testing, Treatment
  • Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity - Testing, Treatment, Discussion of evidence

April Sutor, MPA


Family Service Rochester


BIO: April serves as Director of Innovation and Collaboration with Family Service Rochester. One of her many responsibilities is leading the older adult programs and services with FSR where they work collaboratively with many organizations to enable people to remaining living independently for as long as possible. April holds a Master’s in Public Administration from the University of Montana and officiates men’s and women’s collegiate, Jr. Olympic and high school volleyball. She’s an avid cyclists, gardener and world traveler.


The Senior Tsunami: Impact of the Aging Baby Boomers

  • Understand the effects of the senior tsunami on employment
  • Understand how the senior tsunami affects health care and human services
  • Understand the economic impact of the senior tsunami
  • Learn about ways to mitigate the senior tsunami impact



 Jessica Titus, MD



BIO: Jessica Titus, MD  is a vascular surgeon with the Department of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery at the Minneapolis Heart Institute at Abbott Northwestern Hospital/Allina..  Originally from North Dakota, she attended the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences for her undergraduate education and the Cleveland Clinic for her general surgery residency and vascular surgery fellowship.  She served as Chief Resident in her final year.  Dr. Titus’s areas of interest include open and endovascular treatment of aortic aneurysms, aortic dissection, cerebrovascular disease, thoracic outlet syndromes, peripheral arterial disease, and venous disease. 


Vascular Surgery



  • Identify patient factors that should prompt screening evaluation.
  • Understand screening test results to help determine best course of action for a particular patient.
  • Define the need for followup studies in certain patients.
Marcia Venegas Pont, MD

BIO: Dr. Marcia Venegas Pont is an internist and breast specialist in Mayo Clinic Rochester. She received her medical degree from National University of Asuncion in Paraguay in 2000 where she also completed training in Internal medicine. In 2007, Dr. Venegas Pont joined the Department of Physiology and Biophysics at the University of Mississippi Medical Center as a researcher. Her research was focus on inflammation and hypertension. After completing her research project in 2012, she joined the Internal Medicine Residency program at Mayo Clinic Rochester in 2012. She is board certified in Internal Medicine. In 2014, Dr. Venegas Pont became General Internal Medicine Senior Associate Consultant at Mayo Clinic Rochester and joined the Breast Diagnostic Clinic in 2015. Her areas of interest include benign breast pathology and high risk breast diseases and chemoprevention.


Medical Therapy Options to Reduce Breast Cancer



  • Identify patients at high risk for primary breast cancer
  • Understand tools to assess breast cancer risk
  • Discuss medical therapy options for risk reduction of breast cancer


Margaret Volz, ANP

BIO: Margaret has been a pediatric nurse for over 40 years and has worked in pediatric oncology, school health, home care, and primary care. She completed her undergraduate training at the College of St. Benedict and her graduate degree at the University of Washington in Seattle becoming a pediatric nurse practitioner in 1994. She has worked in the child abuse field for over 20 years in Alaska. She co-founded a Children’s Advocacy Center in Wasilla, Alaska and worked at Alaska CARES in Anchorage before re-locating back to the Midwest in 2015. Currently Margaret provides comprehensive medical evaluations for children when there is a concern for possible sexual or physical abuse or neglect at the Otto Bremer Trust Center for Safe and Healthy Children at the University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital. Working with her at UMMCH is her 8-year old lab, Jackson, who is a registered therapy dog and provides comfort for the staff and patients at the U.


Child Abuse and Neglect: When to Suspect and What to Do



  • Discuss the range of symptoms and presentations of child abuse in infants and children using case scenarios and the literature. Identify scenarios in which serious injury from abuse may be “missed."
  • Discuss the recommended medical and forensic evaluation for physical abuse cases.



Kim Zuber, PA-C




BIO: Kim Zuber, PA-C retired after 30 years of PA practice and now spends her time teaching 'all things kidney' with over 75 oral presentations, 40 articles and 2 guest editorships. She graduated from UCSD with a bachelor’s in molecular biology and chemistry, picked up a teaching credential at San Diego State University and taught high school for many years. Deciding that medicine had to be easier than teaching teenagers, Kim attended the St. Louis University PA program.


She has been involved in the kidney community for the last 20 years picking up Renal Professional of the Year 2014 for her work. She is an AAPA Distinguished Fellow and was selected as Outstanding PA of the Year in 2014.


Outside the Box-Health Disparities in PA Practice (NOTE: this is an SA format talk)



  • Using a series of true life cases, recognize and discuss types of health disparities commonly found in practices
  • Discuss disparities found in race, gender, literacy, and disabilities
  • Identify opportunities within PA practices to reduce health disparities


Kidneys Gone Bad: Acute Kidney Injury



  • Review the diagnosis of acute kidney injury (AKI)
  • Ascertain the testing needed to identify AKI in the clinical setting
  • Review the causes, common and otherwise, of AKI
  • Discuss the treatment of AKI with peer reviewed treatments
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