General Conference Information
Where and when is the AAPA 2017 Conference?
The conference will be held Monday, May 15 – Friday, May 19, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. All conference events will take place inside the Mandalay Bay South Convention Center, 3950 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89119.
Where are the future AAPA conferences?
- AAPA 2018 – May 19 – 23, New Orleans, LA
- AAPA 2019 – May 18 – 22, Denver, CO
Where were the past AAPA Conferences?
- AAPA 2016 – May 14 – 18, San Antonio, TX
- AAPA 2015 – May 23 – 27, San Francisco, CA
- AAPA 2014 – May 24 – 28, 2014, Boston MA
How much does it cost to register?
View all registration details including registration categories, rates and letters for employers and PA programs.
Where should I stay during AAPA 2017?
AAPA has negotiated discounted hotel rates with two hotels within the Mandalay Bay complex – Mandalay Bay and The Delano. All reservations must be made online through AAPA’s official housing site in order to receive the AAPA 2017 rates. Book your hotel today: Attendee | Exhibitor
Why should I book my hotel room through AAPA?
- There is no prepayment or deposit at the time of booking.
- You can receive official AAPA 2017 conference deliveries to your guest room.
- When attendees book their rooms through AAPA, it helps us negotiate lower room rates and lower conference expenses. This allows us to keep registration rates lower.
- You can be surrounded by your fellow PAs.
Can I bring a guest to the conference?
Yes, guest passes are available for purchase on-site at the conference. Please keep in mind guests are only allowed access to the Exhibit Hall and the General Session. Guest must be 18 years of age or older.
What is the Update Profile Contest?
During the online registration process there is an opportunity for practicing PAs to update their Employer Information and be entered into a monthly drawing for a $200 gift card accepted at most outlets within Mandalay Bay. Look for the “Update Profile” button when you reach the registration confirmation page. See the full contest rules.
Education & CME
How do I submit a proposal for a presentation for next year’s conference?
Submit your proposal to the AAPA 2018 Call for Presentations by July 31, 2017. Share your expertise with your colleagues in New Orleans, May 19-May 23, 2018.
Is there a schedule available of all the sessions that will be offered?
How many CME credits can I potentially earn at this meeting?
As with all CME, conference CME credit is awarded on an hour for hour basis. Sessions are generally scheduled for 60 minutes which equals one credit.
Self-assessment CME will receive an additional 50 percent weighting when logging with NCCPA. PAs should be aware that the extra weighting for self-assessment activities is only relevant to NCCPA certification. States that require CME for license renewal purposes do not apply any additional weighting for self-assessment CME and PAs must claim those credits exactly as awarded on their CME certificates.
The maximum total number of credits available is between 39 and 42 credits, depending on what you attend.
Why should I attend Self-Assessment sessions?
In recognition of the value of self-assessment and its role in continuous professional development, NCCPA is now offering an additional incentive to encourage PA participation in self-assessment activities. For all activities approved for AAPA Category 1 Self-Assessment CME credit, NCCPA will now apply an additional 50% weighting when those self-assessment credits are logged for NCCPA certification maintenance purposes. In other words, if a PA logs 20 AAPA Category 1 Self-assessment CME credits with NCCPA, they will count as 30 of their total 100 credit requirements for that 2 year CME cycle.
PAs should be aware that the extra weighting for self-assessment activities is only relevant to NCCPA certification and NCCPA will automatically apply the extra weighting in their logging system. PAs should log self-assessment credits exactly as they are reflected on their CME certificates. States that require CME for license renewal purposes do not apply any additional weighting for self-assessment and PAs must claim those credits exactly as awarded on their CME certificates.
What are Meet the Expert (MTE) Sessions?
MTE Sessions feature a blend of lecture-based and case-based content, presented by facilitators who guide discussion on a specific topic. They are designed for PAs practicing in the relevant specialty for more than 5 years. Purchase your tickets during the conference registration process. Cancellations must be received in writing by March 30, 2017. No refunds will be given for MTE sessions cancelled after March 30, 2017.
Capacity: Limited to 50
Additional Cost: $10
What are Speak Like a Pro (SLaP) Sessions?
Speak Like a Pro (SLaP) is a small group interactive professional development opportunity for PAs interested in becoming better speakers. Participants make brief presentations that will be videotaped and critiqued by experts. Purchase your tickets during the conference registration process.
Additional Cost: $10
Are there any hands-on workshops available? How do I sign up for them?
Workshops at AAPA 2017 aim to provide in-depth practical instruction to enhance your clinical skills, from reading EKGs and knot tying to using bedside ultrasound. Purchase your tickets during the conference registration process. Cancellations must be received in writing by March 30, 2017. No refunds will be given for Workshops cancelled after March 30, 2017.
Additional Cost: See list of workshops for pricing.
What if I can’t attend but still want to earn CME credit?
AAPA Conference on Demand gives you online access to sessions recorded at AAPA 2017 and is available for purchase through Learning Central. The full list of sessions to be captured in Las Vegas will not be available until April 2017 as it is dependent on individual speakers giving permission for capture. The content is the presentation slides synchronized with the audio of the speaker’s voice. You must complete an evaluation and clinical questions at the conclusion of the presentation to be able to claim credit. AAPA Conference on Demand 2017 will be available on June 30, 2017 and expires June 30, 2018.
CME from AAPA 2016 in San Antonio is available now.
Requesting Event Space at AAPA 2017
How do I request space for a constituent organization, alumni or specialty group event?
Please fill out the Event Request Form with all your events details. AAPA will assign space and send confirmations in January of 2017.
How can I publicize my constituent, alumni or specialty group event?
Events and meetings held at Mandalay Bay will be printed in the final program. Non-AAPA events held off site will not be printed in the final program. Event request must be received by December 16, 2016 to be included in the final program, online conference scheduler and AAPA App.
Non AAPA-sponsored events held off site may be listed in the online conference scheduler and the AAPA app, provided they are not in conflict with AAPA-sponsored events. Event request must be received by May 5, 2017 to be included in the online conference scheduler and AAPA app.
Why should I exhibit at AAPA 2017?
Attendees of this conference are extremely interested in new products as well as any information that assists them in their care of patients as well as in improving their efficiencies as a healthcare provider. This an annual conference with a rich history of success for exhibiting companies.
How do I become an exhibitor for AAPA 2017?
Why should I become a sponsor for AAPA 2017?
Sponsoring at this conference will improve visibility of your support of the PA profession as well as to increase traffic to your exhibit or product theater.
How do I become a sponsor for AAPA 2017?
What I love most...
It never gets old. This will be my 25th AAPA Conference. I always get excited, inspired and enthused about my PA profession and what my colleagues are doing. The positive energy is contagious, and I feel vitally connected to my colleagues and my profession.
Mike Rudzinski, PA-C
My best tip is...
Pre-plan your conference activities including CME, social and alumni activities and sightseeing, but remain flexible as other activities spring up that look interesting. Make sure you connect with classmates and colleagues.
Dennis Rivenburgh, MS, ATC, PA-C, DFAAPA
What I love most...
The variety of CME sessions, the opportunities offered through the organization, the cities the conference goes to and the wonderful people I meet!
Shalon R. Buchs, MHS, PA-C
My best tip is...
The conference arena is large so be strategic and plan out the lectures and events you want to attend. Plenty of learning and other forms of career development occur outside of lectures. Get involved in other activities and you will find welcoming and productive experiences.
Kevin Michael O’Hara, MS, PA-C
What I love most…
The CME activities are top notch! Pay attention to all that happens at the conference - there are opportunities to get involved! This is your profession and being involved will bring you support and networking across the country and profession.
Catherine Gillespie, DHSc, PA-C, DFAAPA
My best tip is...
Make sure you go to your PA University reunion. The contacts, both from your class, and the classes before and after you, are invaluable.
Kim Zuber, PA-C