Lead. Engage. Inspire.

March 8–10, 2018 | Arlington, VA

Registration for AAPA’s 2018 Leadership and Advocacy Summit has closed. Thank you for your interest in LAS 2018. 

We hope to see you in 2019!



Join your PA and student colleagues as AAPA offers its premier Leadership and Advocacy Summit (LAS), March 8-10 at the Ritz-Carlton Pentagon City, Arlington, Va.

The event kicks off with a full day dedicated to federal advocacy and afternoon visits on Capitol Hill.  The remainder of the event includes sessions focused on advancing Optimal Team Practice, advocacy skill-building, and best practices for constituent organization leaders.

LAS provides a fantastic opportunity for PAs to network — with generous break times and a welcome reception, attendees will have ample time to meet old friends and emerging leaders, exchange ideas, and enjoy our Nation’s Capital.

First-time attendees often comment that LAS is one of the most important skill-building events they attend as it provides them with an understanding of current issues facing the profession and how they can make positive change. Please contact us if we can answer any questions or provide guidance as you prepare for this event.

This program is not yet approved for CME credit. Conference organizers plan to request 12 hours of AAPA Category 1 CME credit from the AAPA Review Panel.

Attention Constituent Organization Leaders

The success of LAS is due to the many participating constituent organizations (COs), and the diverse perspectives added to the discussion. AAPA’s goal is to have as many COs represented at LAS as possible.  Each CO is encouraged to send at least one representative.


Registration Rates

AAPA Member (PA) $295
Constituent Organization Executive Staff/CEO $295
Non-AAPA Member (PA) $395
PA Student $145

*Registration rate includes breakfasts, breaks, Friday luncheon, welcome reception and entrance to all sessions.

Venue & Travel

Hotel Reservations

The 2018 AAPA Leadership and Advocacy Summit will take place at the Ritz-Carlton Pentagon City, 1250 S. Hayes Street, Arlington, VA 22202.  The hotel room block is now closed.  If you still need a hotel room, please contact Mairi Ferguson.

Ritz-Carlton, Pentagon City Hotel Policies

Check-in time is 4 p.m. and check-out time is 11 a.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.


The hotel is only 3.8 miles from the Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA).

Hotel shuttle service to and from the airport is not provided, however, this hotel is conveniently located next to the Pentagon City Metro Station on both the Blue and Yellow lines. Please visit www.wmata.com or see Attendee Information for more information.

Attendee Information

Conference Attire

Dress for LAS is business casual.

When You Arrive

Use Washington, D.C.’s Metrorail to travel to The Ritz-Carlton Pentagon City (1250 S. Hayes Street, Arlington, VA 22202). From Reagan National Airport (DCA), follow the signs to Metrorail station which is connected to the concourse level of terminals B and C. Metrorail SmarTrip cards can be purchased at machines located at all entrances to the Airport Metrorail station.

Take either the Blue line train toward Largo Town Center or the Yellow line train toward Fort Totten or Greenbelt for a total of two stops and exit at Pentagon City metro station. See map. The Pentagon City metro station is directly across the street from the entrance to The Ritz-Carlton.

Explore Arlington’s shopping and dining scene, as well as its many national memorials.

After the Conference

Print your CME certificate in Learning Central.
First, log in and complete a brief evaluation. The evaluation will be available until April 5. We look forward to your feedback, so please complete the evaluation and share your ideas. If you have questions, please contact us.

  • Click My Curriculum.
  • Select Leadership and Advocacy Summit.
  • Click Select or Resume button in the top right corner.
  • Navigate to Sessions tab and select the sessions you attended.
  • Navigate to Evaluation tab and complete the survey.
  • Your certificate will be generated and stored under My Transcript.

Log your credit hours with NCCPA.
Your attendance at the Leadership and Advocacy Summit is registered with the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA). Record your conference hours by visiting the NCCPA website and logging in to your personal certification record. Instructions are available on the website.


Here’s what previous attendees say about LAS


“[LAS 2017] was the best I’ve attended. . . I feel I gained more knowledge to take back to my state and present it to my constituent organization.”


“The information we received was vital for the constituent organizations to use in situations that are occurring right now.”


”Networking opportunities were excellent.”


“As a first time participant, this truly exceeded my expectations. I was highly impressed with the information sharing, productive dialogue, and useful information presented.”

LAS Cancellation and Refund Policy

  1. Cancellation notices received at least 30 days prior to event: 75 percent refund of registration fee.
  2. Cancellation notices received less than 30 days prior to event: 50 percent refund of registration fee.
  3. There will be NO refunds or credits for no-shows, or for cancellation notices received during or after the event.
  4. Requests for cancellation must be received in writing. Please send to Mairi Ferguson.

Questions about LAS?  We’re here to help.