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Overview

Overview

What is ELC?

The Executive Leadership Conference (ELC) is a 3-day event that will redefine how you approach leadership at your organization. Our unique blend of sessions challenge you to refine your healthcare leadership competencies, lead through crisis, enhance your leadership skills, improve PA and NP revenue generation for your organization, and much more.

Meet face-to-face with PA and NP leaders for interactive learning led by dynamic speakers and facilitators. You’ll return to your daily role with a renewed sense of purpose and brand-new ideas that just might transform healthcare.

There are 2 options for registering for this course:

    • Meet with your fellow PAs and NPs in San Diego while earning up to 21.75 credits of AAPA Category 1 CME for both the General Course and Post-Course.
    • Experience the conference from the comfort of your home with the virtual experience while earning up to 17.25 credits of AAPA Category 1 CME.
In-Person Conference Experience:
    • 2.5-day general course filled with interactive sessions on leadership.
    • Optional half-day post-course on the business of medicine geared toward executive PA/NP leaders.
    • Interact with speakers & network with colleagues – all in person!
Virtual Conference Experience:
    • 2.5-day general course with content livestreamed from San Diego.
    • Includes a half-day post-course on the business of medicine geared toward executive PA/NP leaders.
    • Watch sessions live and engage with speakers or watch later at a more convenient time.
Course Directors
      • Krisi Gindlesperger, PA-C, MPAS, MBA, DFAAPA
        Vice President – National Director of APPs
        US Acute Care Solutions
      • Andrea Lowe, MBA, MHA, PA-C
        Director of Employer Strategy
        Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Business Partner
        AAPA
      • Sarah Vanderlinden, MPAS, PA-C, DFAAPA
        Assistant Director of Advanced Practice Providers
        Medical College of Wisconsin
Accreditation Statements

The 2021 Executive Leadership Conference: In-Person General Course has been approved by the AAPA Review Panel for up to 18.25 AAPA Category 1 CME credits. Participants should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation.

The 2021 Executive Leadership Conference: Moving from Medicine to Business for Executive PA/NP Leaders Post-Course has been approved by the AAPA Review Panel for up to 3.5 AAPA Category 1 CME credits. Participants should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation.

The 2021 Executive Leadership Conference: Virtual General and Post-Course has been approved by the AAPA Review Panel for up to 17.25 AAPA Category 1 CME credits. Participants should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation.

Are You an NP?

NPs can often claim AAPA Category 1 CME credit as continuing education with AANPCB and ANCC. Check with your certification/licensing authority to confirm that AAPA credit is acceptable – and then register for this great conference!

Registration

Registration

Registration Rates

AAPA Member Nonmember
In Person
General Course $899 $1,199
Post-Course: Moving From
Medicine to Business for
Executive PA/NP Leaders
$199 $279
Virtual
General Course (includes Post-Course) $749 $1,049

What’s Included

In Person Experience

General Course: In Person*
This is the registration option for the in-person general course experience in San Diego, Calif., from November 16 – 18, 2021. Registration includes three breakfasts, two lunches, one networking event, and online access to course materials. There is no single-day pricing for this course.

Post-Course: Moving From Medicine to Business for Executive PA/NP Leaders*
Separate registration is required for the in-person optional post-course on November 18 from 12:30 – 4:45 p.m. PT in San Diego. This post-course will provide a deeper learning experience on the business of medicine. Expert faculty will guide you through topics including PA/NP utilization models, an overview of business plans for launching PA/NP teams, a discussion on optimizing leadership structures integrating PAs and NPs, and tips for navigating the changing healthcare landscape.

*Please note that in-person attendees will NOT have access to the livestreamed sessions or session recordings.

Virtual Experience

General and Post-Course: Virtual
All general course sessions, with the exception of the networking small group sessions, and the post-course session will be livestreamed for virtual attendees to view at the time of the scheduled sessions. The interactive livestreamed sessions will allow virtual attendees to participate in interactive polling and Q&A with the speakers.

Take a look at the agenda to see which sessions will be livestreamed. Please note that all times listed are Pacific Time (PT). Not able to watch the sessions at the scheduled time? No problem! A recording of each livestreamed session will be available after ELC 2021 has concluded. Virtual attendees will have access to session recordings until November 30, 2022.

Should I Attend?

Should I Attend?

Both PAs and NPs are invited to attend the Executive Leadership Conference. We’ve specifically designed ELC for PAs and NPs who are clinical or administrative leaders, or those who are considering transitioning into healthcare leadership. There’s a new curriculum each year for you. Take a look at our attendee data from 2019 to learn more.

 

2019 Attendees by Profession

2019 was the first year that NPs were in attendance, and we look forward to an even higher NP attendance in 2021.

 

2019 Attendees by Leadership Experience

The Executive Leadership Conference is for leaders of all experience levels, as well as for PAs and NPs who are planning to become leaders.

 

2019 Attendees by Level of Responsibility

Whether you manage PAs and NPs in one site or service line, drive strategic initiatives within an organization, or manage in some other capacity, the program and networking opportunities at the Executive Leadership Conference can benefit you.

Agenda

Agenda

Below is a list of sessions that are taking place at ELC 2021. The sessions that will be livestreamed for virtual attendees are noted with a icon. In-person attendees will NOT have access to the livestreamed sessions or session recordings. Please note that all times listed are Pacific Time (PT).

General Course

  • November 16

    Tuesday

    • 6:45 AM – 5:30 PM

      Registration

    • 6:45 – 7:30 AM

      Exhibits and Breakfast (Provided)

    • 7:30 – 7:45 AM

      Welcome From Course Directors

    • 7:45 – 8:45 AM

      Leading Through Crisis

    • 8:45 – 9:00 AM

      Break

    • 9:00 – 10:00 AM

      Leadership in Transition to Practice

    • 10:00 – 10:15 AM

      Exhibits/Break

    • 10:15 – 11:15 AM

      Inpatient Team Integration/Rapid Response

    • 11:15 – 11:30 AM

      Break

    • 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM

      Topic Coming Soon

    • 12:30 – 1:30 PM

      Exhibits and Lunch (Provided)

    • 1:30 – 2:30 PM

      Unconscious Bias for Leaders/Administrators

    • 2:30 – 2:45 PM

      Break

    • 2:45 – 3:45 PM

      Empathy in Leadership

    • 3:45 – 4:00 PM

      Exhibits/Break

    • 4:00 – 5:30 PM

      Small Group Session 1: Tools to Represent Your Work as a Leader: Leader Reports and SMART Goals

    • 5:30 – 6:30 PM

      Welcome Reception

  • November 17

    WEDNESDAY

    • 6:45 AM – 5:15 PM

      Registration

    • 6:45 – 7:30 AM

      Exhibits and Breakfast (Provided)

    • 7:30 – 8:30 AM

      Topic Coming Soon

    • 8:30 – 8:45 AM

      Break

    • 8:45 – 9:45 AM

      Updates in Reimbursement

    • 9:45 – 10:00 AM

      Exhibits/Break

    • 10:00 – 11:00 AM

      Furthering Your Academic Degrees: What Is the Best Way to Go?

    • 11:00 AM – 11:15 AM

      Break

    • 11:15 AM – 12:15 PM

      Telemedicine 2.0

    • 12:15 – 1:15 PM

      Exhibits and Lunch (Provided)

    • 1:15 – 2:15 PM

      Topic Coming Soon

    • 2:15 – 2:30 PM

      Break

    • 2:30 – 3:30 PM

      Maximizing Revenue Generation Strategies for PAs and NPs

    • 3:30 – 3:45 PM

      Break

    • 3:45 – 5:15 PM

      Small Group Session 2: Exchanging Ideas and Best Practices

    • 6:00 – 7:30 PM

      Dinner Product Theater (Pending support)

    • 6:00 – 8:00 PM

      Group Networking Dinners With Facilitators (Optional)

  • November 18

    THURSDAY

    • 6:45 AM – 5:00 PM

      Registration

    • 6:45 – 7:30 AM

      Breakfast (Provided)

    • 7:30 – 8:30 AM

      Leadership and Relationships With State and National Advocacy

    • 8:30 – 8:45 AM

      Break

    • 8:45 – 9:30 AM

      Topic Coming Soon

    • 9:30 – 9:45 AM

      Break for Hotel Check-Out

    • 9:45 – 11:15 AM

      Small Group Session 3: Mentorship vs. Sponsorship: What’s the Difference and Why Do You Need Both?

    • 11:15 – 11:30 AM

      Closing Remarks

    • 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM

      Lunch (On Your Own)

 

Post-Course: Moving From Medicine to Business For Executive PA/NP leaders – Additional Fee for In-Person Attendees

  • November 18

    THURSDAY

    • 12:30 – 1:30 PM

      PA/NP Utilization Models: Creating Best Practices

    • 1:30 – 1:45 PM

      Break

    • 1:45 – 2:30 PM

      Business Plans for Launching PA/NP Teams

    • 2:30 – 2:45 PM

      Break

    • 2:45 – 3:45 PM

      Optimization of Leadership Structures That Integrate PAs and NPs

    • 3:45 – 4:00 PM

      Break

    • 4:00 – 4:45 PM

      Navigating the Changing Healthcare Landscape as an Executive: How to Anticipate and Prepare for What’s Next

This agenda may be updated or modified without notification.

Safety Measures & Cancellation Policies

Safety Measures

AAPA’s utmost concern is the health and safety of our attendees and their patients, as well as our exhibitors, speakers, and staff. We are committed to making this in-person meeting as safe as possible. Here are the ways we are working to make ELC 2021 a safe environment for everyone.

Please note that these safety measures are subject to change based on guidance from the CDC and local authorities at the time of the conference.

What AAPA Is Doing

  • There will be a safer registration check-in experience, including the following:
    • Contactless check-in: Attendees will be able to take their own badges, bags, and materials from the on-site registration desk.
    • Lines will be marked to have attendees 6 feet apart.
  • AAPA and hotel staff will wear masks.
  • Lecture-based education sessions will be set up to allow 6 feet between chairs.
  • Larger aisle ways and one-way aisles will be defined in meeting spaces.
  • Food and beverages will be provided in a no-contact way.
  • Hand sanitizer will be available for attendees to use in meeting spaces and foyer.

What the Venue Is Doing

  • Omni has updated their cleaning procedures. Full details on their newly implemented “Omni Safe & Clean” initiative can be found here.

What Attendees Should Do

  • Attendees will be required to wear masks at the conference. Please bring your own mask. There will be extra masks on site in case an attendee does not have one.
  • If you have any symptoms of COVID-19, including fever, chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea, please stay home and seek medical advice.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • Be sure to practice everyday preventive actions.

 

Cancellation Policies

At the present time, we plan to proceed with both in-person and virtual experience options for ELC 2021.

Please be assured that our utmost concern is the health and safety of our attendees and their patients, as well as exhibitors and staff. AAPA is closely monitoring the situation with COVID-19. As you know, many large meetings have transitioned to fully virtual courses, but we feel it would be premature for us to do so at this time. Information about coronavirus for travelers and tips for prevention are available on the CDC’s website. AAPA is committed to sharing information as soon as it becomes available. We thank everyone for their patience and understanding as we adapt to the unpredictable nature of COVID-19 and its potential impact on ELC 2021. Please direct any questions to [email protected].

Cancellation Policy Surrounding COVID-19

  • If AAPA cancels the in-person ELC 2021 conference in San Diego, all registrants’ registration fees will be transferred to the fully virtual conference experience, and participants will be refunded for the difference in price, if applicable.*
  • If you can no longer attend the in-person conference due to state and/or institutional travel bans, you can transfer your registration fees to the virtual conference experience without penalty, and receive a refund for the difference in price, if applicable.
  • If you can no longer attend the in-person conference due to personally testing positive for COVID-19, you can transfer your registration fees to the virtual conference experience without penalty, and receive a refund for the difference in price, if applicable.
  • 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 experience, you may do so without penalty by contacting [email protected].

 *If AAPA has to transition to a fully virtual course, please note that the delivery format and number of CME credits may vary from the format of the virtual experience that is currently planned.

Standard Cancellation Policy

  • We offer a 75% refund for cancellations received at least 30 days prior to a conference or seminar.
  • We offer a 50% refund for cancellations received less than 30 days prior to a conference or seminar.
  • Generally, we do not offer any refunds or credits for no-shows and cancellation notifications received after the conference or seminar is held.
Venue & Travel

Venue

The 2021 Executive Leadership Conference will take place at the Omni San Diego Hotel, 675 L St, San Diego, CA 92101.

Hotel Accommodations

A discounted room rate of $239, plus applicable taxes, has been secured for attendees and will be available until 11:59 p.m. (PT) on October 22, 2021, or until the room block is full. After that time, a room cannot be guaranteed.

BOOK YOUR ROOM

Reservations can also be made over the phone by calling 1-800-THE-OMNI. Please have your arrival/departure dates, bed type preference, and credit card information ready. You must mention the Omni San Diego Hotel and the 2021 AAPA Executive Leadership Conference to receive the discounted rate.

Should you have any issues booking a hotel room, please contact Mairi Gardner.

Considering Staying Elsewhere? Don’t!

By staying at the conference hotel, you have easy access to the day’s sessions, meals, and countless networking opportunities with your peers. Additionally, by staying within the block, you help AAPA negotiate the best hotel rates for our attendees. 

Hotel Perks

  • Complimentary high-speed wireless internet in guest rooms
  • Complimentary use of fitness center and outdoor pool

Hotel Policies

Check-in time is 3 p.m. and check-out time is 12 p.m. Reservations must be cancelled 72 hours prior to arrival to avoid a no-show fee equal to one night’s room and tax.  All reservations and cancellations must be made directly with the hotel.

Travel

Flying? (11 minutes) from the San Diego International Airport (SAN). Hotel shuttle service to and from the airport is not provided. Using rideshare services like Uber and Lyft is highly recommended in this area.

Driving? Overnight valet parking is $55 per car/per night with in/out privileges. Get more information on parking.

Things to Do in San Diego

Things to Do in San Diego

There are tons of fantastic attractions and things to do in beautiful and sunny San Diego.

Arts & Culture

The hotel is conveniently located near several great museums and parks. So, whether you are traveling alone or with your family, you have options. Take a peek!

Food & Drinks

The Omni is adjacent to the historic Gaslamp Quarter which has hundreds of restaurants and fun nightlife! San Diego is also hailed as one of the “Best New Foodies Cities in America” and their craft brew scene has garnered respect from across the globe.

Shopping
If you love to shop, then you are in luck! The Horton Plaza, a seven-block stretch of shops, is just a mile from the hotel. The Seaport Village is another retail therapy hot spot – and again, just a mile from the hotel! Learn more about all the great shopping in San Diego!

Attendee Information

Attendee Information

On-Site Conference Registration and Tips
  • Registration will open at 6:45 a.m. on Tuesday, November 16. Please be sure to stop by and pick up your registration materials before heading into the sessions. You only need to check in once at the on-site registration desk.
  • ELC is BYOD (Bring Your Own Device). Use your smartphone, computer, or tablet to answer questions in CME sessions that use audience response system technology.
  • Meeting rooms might get cold. Don’t forget your sweater or light jacket!
  • Bring along your business cards and get ready to network!
Electronic Handouts

There is no paper syllabus for this course. Lecture materials will be available in AAPA’s Learning Central two weeks before the conference start date.

Course Evaluations and CME Certificate

Your feedback helps us plan future conferences; therefore, your completion of course evaluations is a prerequisite for a CME certificate. The course evaluations/CME certificate will be available in AAPA’s Learning Central beginning Tuesday, November 16, 2021. You will have until Wednesday, December 15, 2021, to complete the evaluations.

Testimonials

Testimonials

What Previous Attendees Say About ELC

“If you are in a position of leadership as a NP/PA or looking into going into leadership, this conference is a must.”

“Wonderful conference that is a perfect setting for one to get new ideas and skills in leadership.”

“Best conference I’ve been to on leadership for clinicians. Top notch speakers with practical information to take home and use immediately.”

“The networking is invaluable! Peer mentorship with other leaders is inspiring and equips all of us to grow.”

“Loved this conference. Great for new leaders wanting to advance their careers.”

“Great for all levels of leaders.”

“Excellent course with a wealth of great information.”

“This conference provides unparalleled networking access to PA/NP leaders across all phases of healthcare leadership experience. It will definitely help take my career to the next level.”

“Great to network with other leaders and hear how others are tackling the tough challenges within PA leadership.”

Sponsors

Sponsors

Join us in San Diego and connect with more than 200 PAs and NPs in leadership. Benefits to sponsors include increased marketing exposure and name recognition from our constituents.
 

SPONSOR AND EXHIBIT OPTIONS

 
For more information about these opportunities, contact Del Baker-Robertson.

Questions?

We’re here to help! Email us your questions about ELC.