The tenth Annual

PA’s Guide to the Musculoskeletal Galaxy

June 27 – July 1, 2018 | New Orleans, LA

Registration for this event is now closed.  Please visit the on-site registration desk for questions related to registration.

FINAL PROGRAM

Overview

What is Galaxy?

Learn critical orthopaedic topics from expert faculty at this popular conference! This course will provide you with a well-rounded foundation on some of the most challenging aspects of orthopaedics.

Faculty will discuss topics across orthopaedic specialties, including injuries to the spine, shoulder, elbow, wrist, hand, hip, knee, ankle and foot. Get engaging, hands-on instruction with Wednesday’s optional pre-courses on joint and soft tissue injections, and splinting and casting. Practice physical exam techniques and discuss common radiology cases and management of fractures in multiple small breakout sessions.

Are you an NP looking to break into or brush up on orthopaedics? 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 register today!

The event features:

  • 3½ day general course full of interactive sessions on orthopaedics
  • Optional ½ day pre-course: hands-on Acute Care Splinting and Casting Workshop
  • Optional ½ day pre-course: hands-on Injections of Joints and Soft Tissue of the Musculoskeletal System Workshop
  • Networking opportunities with colleagues
  • Welcome reception

Course Directors

  • Christopher V. Bensen, MD
  • Travis L. Randolph, PA-C, ATC

Accreditation Statements

The Galaxy 2018: Acute Care Splinting and Casting Workshop, offered June 27, 2018, has been reviewed and is approved for a maximum of 4.75 AAPA Category 1 CME credits by the AAPA Review Panel. PAs should claim only those hours actually spent participating in the CME activity.

The Galaxy 2018: Injections of Joints and Soft Tissue of the Musculoskeletal System: Upper and Lower Extremities Workshop, offered June 27, 2018, has been reviewed and is approved for a maximum of 3.75 AAPA Category 1 CME credits by the AAPA Review Panel. PAs should claim only those hours actually spent participating in the CME activity.

The Tenth Annual PA’s Guide to the Musculoskeletal Galaxy General Course, offered June 28 – July 1, 2018, has been reviewed and is approved for a maximum of 25.25 AAPA Category 1 CME credits by the AAPA Review Panel. PAs should claim only those hours actually spent participating in the CME activity.

These programs were planned in accordance with AAPA’s CME Standards for Live Programs and for Commercial Support of Live Programs.

CME Support

Financial Support

This activity is supported, in part, by an educational grant from Ferring Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

This activity is supported, in part, by an educational grant from Zimmer Biomet.

In-Kind Support

Educational supplies for the Acute Care Splinting and Casting Workshop have been provided by an in-kind donation from CNF Medical.

Conference Registration

Course Information

General Course (25.25 AAPA Category 1 CME credits*)

Thursday, June 28 – Sunday, July 1

Registration includes 4 continental breakfasts, lunch on Thursday and Saturday, welcome reception and online access to course materials.


Optional Pre-Courses

Pre-Course #1 – Acute Care Splinting and Casting Workshop (4.75 AAPA Category 1 CME credits*)

Two sessions available:
• Wednesday, June 27, 7 a.m. – 12 p.m.
• Wednesday, June 27, 1 – 6 p.m.
Separate registration required. Limited seats available!

The half-day, hands-on Acute Care Splinting and Casting Workshop is designed for new graduate PAs and PAs who are new to treating musculoskeletal injuries. Our instructors will help you develop the skills you will need to effectively apply acute care splints for common upper and lower extremity injuries. This course will cover the following splints: thumb spica splint, volar wrist splint, upper extremity sugar tong splint, long arm posterior splint, ulnar gutter splint, low leg posterior splint and low leg stirrup (sugar tong) splint. In addition, the application of fiberglass short arm and short leg casts will also be covered. Unfortunately, due to time constraints, this workshop will not cover fracture reduction techniques, advanced skills, or application of plaster splints/casts. Attendees should wear shorts and a T-shirt to the workshop.

Pre-Course #2 – Injections of Joints and Soft Tissue of the Musculoskeletal System: Upper and Lower Extremities Workshop (3.75 AAPA Category 1 CME credits*)

Two sessions available:
• Wednesday, June 27, 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. SOLD OUT
• Wednesday, June 27, 1 – 5 p.m. SOLD OUT
Separate registration required. 

This half-day, highly interactive injection workshop is designed for new graduate PAs and PAs who are new to treating musculoskeletal injuries. Our instructors will provide the participants with a lecture, demonstration and most importantly, a hands-on learning experience. Participants will learn about the materials, indications, contraindications, risks, benefits, and proper technique of injection therapy. The workshop will address the evaluation and management of common musculoskeletal problems of the upper and lower extremity, and the role of injection therapy in these conditions. The participants, working in small groups led by an instructor, will gain beginning competencies in proper injection technique as they practice on each other and electronic models. Attendees should wear loose, comfortable clothing (T-shirts, shorts, etc.) and be prepared to practice palpating anatomical landmarks for proper injection technique.

 

*Please note that this course is not approved for Category A continuing education for certified athletic trainers.

Course Category Rate
General Course
(June 28 – July 1, 2018)
AAPA/AAOS Members $899
Nonmembers $1,199
Pre-Course #1 – Acute Care Splinting and Casting Workshop
(June 27, 2018, 7 a.m. – 12 p.m. OR 1 – 6 p.m.)
AAPA/AAOS Members $379
Nonmembers $479
Pre-Course #2 – Injections of Joints and Soft Tissue of the Musculoskeletal System: Upper and Lower Extremities Workshop
(June 27, 2018, 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. OR 1 – 5 p.m.)
AAPA/AAOS Members $299
Nonmembers $399

Galaxy Cancellation and Refund Policy

  1. We offer a 75 percent refund for cancellations received at least 30 days prior to a conference or seminar.
  2. We offer a 50 percent refund for cancellations received less than 30 days prior to a conference or seminar.
  3. 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

Making a Hotel Reservation

The Tenth Annual PA’s Guide to the Musculoskeletal Galaxy will take place at The Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans, 921 Canal St., New Orleans, LA 70112.  The hotel room block is now closed.  Should you still need reservations, please contact Mairi Ferguson.

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 wireless internet in guest rooms
  • Complimentary access to the hotel’s fitness center
  • Live music entertainment
  • Conveniently located in the New Orleans French Quarter – access to many restaurants, shops and bars

Hotel Policies

Check-in time is 4 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?   This hotel is 20 minutes from the Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport (MSY).  Hotel shuttle service to and from the airport is not provided; however, there are other transportation options available. Taxi, Uber and Lyft are among the most common and affordable options.

Driving?  Parking at the conference hotel is available at a cost. Valet parking is $24 for up to twelve hours or $45 for overnight.  There are less expensive parking options available nearby.

Things to Do in New Orleans

Make the most of your trip to the Big Easy. Get ready to indulge, explore and more.

Info for Attendees

On-Site Conference Registration and Tips

  • Registration is open from 6 a.m. – 6 p.m. on Wednesday, June 27. Registration reopens on Thursday, June 28, at 6:30 a.m. You only need to check in once at the on-site registration desk.
  • Galaxy is BYOD (Bring Your Own Device). Use your smartphone, computer or tablet to answer questions in CME sessions that use audience response system technology.
  • Bring a sweater or light jacket. Meeting rooms might get cold.

Accessing Electronic Handouts

Please remember there is no paper syllabus for this course.  Electronic handouts provided by conference faculty are available under “My Curriculum” in Learning Central. To access the handouts:

  1. Log in to Learning Central using your AAPA username and password. If you don’t know your user credentials, or are unable to log in, please contact cme@aapa.org.
  2. Click the My Curriculum tab and select the Tenth Annual PA’s Guide to the Musculoskeletal Galaxy General Course, Galaxy 2018: Acute Care Splinting and Casting Workshop, or Galaxy 2018: Injections of Joints and Soft Tissue of the Musculoskeletal System: Upper and Lower Extremities Workshop.
  3. Click on the yellow Select or Resume button on the top right of the page.
  4. Navigate to the Activity Material section and click on the PDFs to open the session handouts.

Accessing the 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 starting on Sunday, July 1, 2018. You will have until Tuesday, July 31, 2018 to complete the evaluations.

Please use the following steps to complete the course evaluations and receive your CME certificate:

  1. Log in to Learning Central using your AAPA username and password. If you don’t know your user credentials, or are unable to log in, please contact cme@aapa.org.
  2. Click the My Curriculum tab and select the Tenth Annual PA’s Guide to the Musculoskeletal Galaxy General Course, Galaxy 2018: Acute Care Splinting and Casting Workshop, or Galaxy 2018: Injections of Joints and Soft Tissue of the Musculoskeletal System: Upper and Lower Extremities Workshop.
  3. Click on the yellow Select or Resume button on the top right of the page.
  4. Navigate to the Evaluation section and click on the Launch button to open and complete the survey.
  5. View your certificate under My Transcript.
Testimonials

“The speakers at the conference were very engaging and provided succinct, helpful information. Highly recommend the pre-course hands-on sessions!”

 

“Very informative and a great hands-on learning experience, even if you do not work in orthopaedics.”

 

“This is a great review, better than what I learned in school, for going into orthopaedics or sharpening your skills.”

 

“Great speakers (engaging, knowledgeable, and entertaining) and informative topics.”

 

“I would definitely recommend this course to a colleague. It gives a good foundation and overview for those who have been practicing and those new to the specialty.”

 

“Excellent conference for the PA who is new to general orthopaedics.”

 

“I would recommend this to anyone starting out in ortho. The imaging information was extremely valuable.”

 

“Perfect for any new grad going into ortho or even someone with experience who needs a good refresher course.”

 

“Worth the time and expense away from work.”

Sponsors

AAPA and AAOS would like to thank the following companies for sponsoring the The Tenth Annual PA’s Guide to the Musculoskeletal Galaxy!

Contact for Questions

Please email any questions about the PA’s Guide to the Musculoskeletal Galaxy to galaxy@aapa.org.