FAQs

General Information

Where and when is the AAPA 2021 Conference?

The conference will be held Saturday, May 22, 2021 – Wednesday, May 26, 2021 in Philadelphia, PA. All conference events will take place inside the Pennsylvania Convention Center, 1101 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107 and the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown, 1200 Filbert Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107.

Where are the future AAPA conferences?
  • AAPA 2022: May 21 – 25, Indianapolis, IN
  • AAPA 2023: May 20 – 24, Nashville, TN
  • AAPA 2024: May 18 – 22, Houston, TX
Where were the past AAPA conferences?
  • AAPA 2019: May 18 – 22, Denver, CO
  • AAPA 2018: May 19 – 23, New Orleans, LA
  • AAPA 2017: May 15 – 19, Las Vegas, NV

Please note that AAPA 2020 planned for May 16 – 20 in Nashville was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Questions about this cancellation? Contact [email protected].

How much does it cost to register?

Registration rates will be posted soon. Registration will open on October 28, 2020.

Where should I stay during AAPA 2021?

You can book your hotel starting October 28, 2020. AAPA has negotiated discounted hotel rates with several hotels in Philadelphia. All reservations must be made while registering online through AAPA’s official housing site to receive these discounted rates. Remember, by booking in the AAPA 2021 official hotel block, you save $200 on your registration rate!

Why should I book my hotel room through AAPA?
  • There is no prepayment or deposit due at the time of booking.
  • 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 for $50. Guests must be accompanied by a registered attendee. Please keep in mind guests are only allowed access to the Exhibit Hall, the General Session, and Opening Reception. Guest must be 16 years of age or older.

Education & CME

How many CME credits can I potentially earn at this meeting?

You can earn up to 30 AAPA Category 1 CME credits over five days, depending on which sessions you attend.

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.

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 Fast Fifteen Sessions?

Fast Fifteen Sessions are 15 minutes of content followed by 15 minutes of Q&A on specific topics. The content is varied and focused on recent updates and guideline changes with facilitators offering bottom line, must-know clinical details. These sessions are included in your conference registration.

What are Small Interactive Sessions (SIS)?

SIS (formerly Meet The Expert sessions) feature a blend of lecture-based and case-based content, presented by facilitators who guide discussion on a specific topic. These sessions will be available for an additional $10 fee, which is donated to the PA Foundation. Purchase your tickets during the conference registration process. These sessions will be available for additional purchase starting in mid-November. The sessions are limited to 50 attendees to encourage interaction amongst session attendees and faculty.

Are there any hands-on workshops available? How do I sign up for them?

Workshops at AAPA 2021 aim to provide in-depth practical instruction to enhance your clinical skills, from reading EKGs to using bedside ultrasound. Purchase your tickets during the conference registration process. These sessions will be available for additional purchase starting in mid-November. The cost is based on the materials required for the session. The workshops have limited attendance to enhance the hands-on experience.

What if I can’t attend but still want to earn CME credit?

You can register for AAPA’s Virtual Experience that will include various educational sessions, wellness events, networking, exhibits, and much more.

That virtual experience also includes AAPA Conference on Demand. This gives you online access to sessions recorded at AAPA 2021. The full list of sessions to be captured in Philadelphia will not be available until July 2021, 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 at the conclusion of the presentation to be able to claim credit and receive your certificate.

Want CME from the faculty who were selected to present in Nashville? AAPA 2020 Conference on Demand is available now.

Are there any volunteer opportunities available at Conference?

Yes. AAPA has opportunities for conference attendees to volunteer as moderators for CME sessions. Moderators will introduce the speaker, remind attendees of housekeeping notes, and help keep the sessions on time. As a show of appreciation, moderators receive, upon completed moderator evaluation, an AAPA store credit that can be used on any AAPA online store product including membership. Apply to be a moderator today.

How else can I contribute to CME at Conference?

If you are interested in contributing to the content of the conference, you can submit a presentation idea during the Call for Presentations and/or you can volunteer to be a grader and review the submitted presentation ideas to help determine the content for the next conference. The call opens in May 2021 for the 2022 conference. 2022 grader sign up will be available in June 2021. Deadline for conference submissions and grader applications for AAPA 2022 will close July 31, 2021.

COVID-19

What is the registration cancellation policy?

Cancellation Policy Surrounding COVID-19

  • If AAPA cancels the in-person AAPA 2021 conference in Philadelphia, all registrants’ registration fees will be transferred to the fully virtual conference.
  • If a registrant can no longer attend the in-person conference due to state and/or institutional travel bans, he/she can transfer his/her registration fees to the virtual conference without penalty.
  • If a registrant can no longer attend the in-person conference due to personally testing positive for COVID-19, he/she can transfer his/her registration fees to the virtual conference without penalty.
  • All other reasons for cancellation will follow the standard cancellation policy noted below.
  • At any time, should you wish to convert your in-person conference registration to the virtual conference, or vice-versa, you may do so with no penalty by contacting Experient Customer Service at 800-929-3347 (US & Canada) or 301-662-4513 (International) or [email protected].

Standard Cancellation and Refund Policy

  • Cancellations received on or before Wednesday, April 14, 2021, will receive a full refund, minus a $75 processing fee.
  • Cancellations received Thursday, April 15 – Wednesday, April 28, 2021, will receive a 50% refund.
  • No refunds will be given for cancellations received after Wednesday, April 28, 2021 or for no-shows.
  • You may cancel ticketed items and receive a full refund if cancellation is received in writing by Wednesday, April 28, 2021. No refunds will be given for ticketed item cancellations received after Wednesday, April 28, 2021 or for no-shows.
  • Cancellation requests must be emailed to [email protected], faxed to 888-772-1888 (US & Canada), 301-694-5124 (International) or mailed to:

    Attn: AAPA 2021 Conference Registration
    5202 Presidents Court
    Suite G100
    Frederick, MD 21703

Virtual

What is the Virtual Conference?

This Virtual Conference is a new, 100% online event experience that will connect PAs around the world. The event will have something for everyone including but not limited to:

  • Livestreamed and pre-recorded educational sessions.
  • Ability to ask questions to speakers and interact with fellow attendees during sessions.
  • Access to the Conference on Demand 2021: Full Library, which allows access to all Annual Conference educational sessions for two years.
  • A livestreamed General Session and Closing Session.
  • Pre-recorded Wellness Events including yoga, PiYo ® Live, Mindfulness sessions and more!
  • An interactive exhibit hall
  • ePosters
  • Product Theaters
  • Student-centric events
  • Networking
  • And More!
What are the dates of the Virtual Conference?

The virtual conference will run the length of the in-person conference from May 22 – 26, 2021.

How much does it cost to attend the Virtual Conference?

Registration rates will be posted soon. Registration will open on October 28, 2020.

What happens if I have to miss some sessions or even a whole day of the virtual event?

The virtual conference gives you access to 50 pre-recorded sessions that you can watch at any time. The virtual conference also comes with a robust Conference on Demand product which you can watch for up to two years.

What should I do if I want to switch my in-person registration to the virtual conference registration or vice versa?

Please contact [email protected] or call 800-929-3347 (Domestic) or 301-662-4513 (International) to make a change to your registration.

What is the cancellation policy for the virtual conference?
  • Cancellations received on or before Wednesday, April 14, 2021, will receive a full refund, minus a $75 processing fee.
  • Cancellations received Thursday, April 15 – Wednesday, April 28, 2021, will receive a 50% refund.
  • No refunds will be given for cancellations received after Wednesday, April 28, 2021 or for no-shows.
  • You may cancel ticketed items and receive a full refund if cancellation is received in writing by Wednesday, April 28, 2021. No refunds will be given for ticketed item cancellations received after Wednesday, April 28, 2021 or for no-shows.
  • Cancellation requests must be emailed to [email protected], faxed to 888-772-1888 (US & Canada), 301-694-5124 (International) or mailed to:

    Attn: AAPA 2021 Conference Registration
    5202 Presidents Court
    Suite G100
    Frederick, MD 21703

Exhibits

Why should I exhibit at AAPA 2021?

Attendees of this conference are extremely interested in new products and technologies, as well as any information that will assist them in patient care and improve their efficiencies as a healthcare provider. This is an annual conference with a rich history of success for exhibiting companies.

How do I become an exhibitor for AAPA 2021?

Register now for an exhibit. If you have any questions contact Business Development at [email protected].

Sponsorships

Why should I become a sponsor for AAPA 2021?

Sponsoring at this conference will improve visibility of your support of the PA profession as well as increase traffic to your exhibit or product theater.

How do I become a sponsor for AAPA 2021?

Visit our Promotional Opportunities portal to download the AAPA 2021 Prospectus. If you have any questions, contact Business Development at [email protected].

Housing Policy and Registration Discount

What if I live in Philadelphia?

If you live within a 50-mile radius of Philadelphia, you are automatically eligible for the $200 discount on your registration fee.