17th Annual CME Meeting and Surgical Update

October 19, 2017 to October 22, 2017


US Grant Hotel
326 Broadway, San Diego, CA 92101

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Learn and discuss the latest cutting edge topics of interest to the profession. Clinical issues relevant in the day-to-day practice of the Surgical Physician Assistant will be presented. Come spend three and a half days with your colleagues and share in this educational experience.   

The Meeting is being held at the US Grant Hotel, San Diego, CA. Enjoy your stay at this historical national icon hotel. This San Diego hotel is located in historic, vivacious Gaslamp Quarter, which entices with a dazzling array of dining, shopping, nightlife and entertainment venues for all ages. 


This meeting has been approved for 67.75 Category 1 CME credits by the AAPA Review Panel.


PA Resident/Fellow Poster Presentation

The intent of the poster presentation is to raise the educational quality and diversity of the AASPA conference while also developing the professionalism of the PA Fellow. Additionally, the opportunities for new PAs to meet with fellowship programs, the programs’ ability to advertise and send an ambassador, and increasing the involvement within AASPA are also recognized benefits.

In consideration of the poster presentation at the 2017 CME meeting, AASPA will waive the fee for the program to advertise on the AASPA website for 1 year.

Poster Submission Details:

  • Format for Review: PDF

  • Submit PDF to: ceo@aaspa.com

  • Review Deadline: September 1, 2017

If you have questions regarding the poster presentation, please Contact Us.


Preliminary Topics - General

  • Healthcare Reform
  • Blood Component Therapies
  • Ortho Lecture
  • History of Surgical PAs
  • Mass Casualty Trauma Lecture
  • ECMO   
  • Trauma
  • Current Sepsis Guidelines
  • Safe Opioid Prescribing
  • Airway Management
  • NOAC
  • Minimally Invasive Thoracic
  • Gallbladder Update
  • Pediatric Lecture
  • Acid/Base
  • NCCPA Update
  • Medical Burnout
  • Efficient Utilization of PAs in Pre-Surgical Consult Service
  • ACS Speaker
  • Leadership Summit Series -  will run concurrently with afternoon workshops at no charge for registrants to give additional hours of General Session CME
  • Susan G. Lusty Lecture & Scholarship - Breast Cancer

Preliminary Workshops - Thursday, Friday and Saturday

  • Wound Closure—Basic & Advanced
  • Plastics Closures - in the Wound & Plastic Closure Workshops
  • Central Line
  • Trauma
  • Ultrasound
  • Student Track - free to student registrants
  • Damage Control/Advanced Ultrasound
  • Mechanical Vent in Critical Care

Additional Free CME in 2017

We are incredibly fortunate to have Professor David Galloway, President of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow join us and speak on his surgical experiences in rural Zambia.

Cancellation Policy

  • $50 cancellation fee on CME conference
  • $25 cancellation fee on each workshop

No refunds after 9/15/17.