18th Annual CME Meeting and Surgical Update

October 11, 2018 to October 14, 2018


Wyndham Lake Buena Vista Resort
in the Walt Disney World Resort
1850 Hotel Plaza Boulevard
Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830

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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 Wyndham Lake Buena Vista Resort in the Walt Disney World Resort. Here you’ll discover two distinct lodging options that share resort amenities including our Oasis Aquatic Pool Playground and Disney Character Breakfasts. Plus quick, convenient access across the pedestrian bridge to Disney Springs® Resort Area. And shuttle transportation to all Disney® theme parks.

Wyndham Lake Buena Vista’s 232 lakehouse-themed guest rooms feature amazing views of the surrounding theme parks and Disney Springs® which entices with a dazzling array of dining, shopping, nightlife and entertainment venues for all ages.

This meeting has been approved for 60.50 Category 1 CME credits by the AAPA Review Panel, 32.5 available to those registrants who attend all General Session presentations and 4 hours of afternoon workshops each day.

PLEASE NOTE: The Wyndham Lake Buena Vista is sold out at this time. There is an overflow block in the Wyndham Garden.  You’ll need to ask for the Wyndham Garden to find the new block.  You can call direct on the Garden reservation line @ 1- 844-482-8444.  The AASPA room rate in the Wyndham Garden will be $135 w/ no resort fee.   

PA Poster Presentation

The intent of the poster presentation is to raise the educational quality and diversity of the AASPA conference while also encouraging participants to enhance skills in professionalism. Additionally, the poster presentation provides opportunities for new PAs to meet with residency and fellowship program participants who have submitted poster presentations.

AASPA members who are PA students, PA residents, and PA fellows may submit a poster presentation application.

If a PA Resident is applying for a poster presentation at the 2018 CME meeting, AASPA will waive the fee for the PA's Residency 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, 2018

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

Download Poster Guidelines


Preliminary Topics - General

  • Surgical Reimbursement
  • Orthopedic Surgery Update
  • Mass Casualty Trauma Lecture
  • Airway Management
  • NOAC
  • Trauma
  • Robotic Surgery
  • Surgical Radiology
  • Minimally Invasive Thoracic Surgery
  • Enhance Recovery After Surgery
  • New Advances in Pediatric Surgery
  • Metabolic Management (Acid-Base)


Preliminary Workshops - Thursday, Friday and Saturday

  • Wound Closure—Basic
  • Wound Closure—Advanced
  • Trauma
  • Airway Management
  • Ultrasound I
  • Ultrasound II
  • Central Line Workshop
  • Radiology Review
  • Leadership Summit Series
  • Student Series

Download Workshop Descriptions


Additional Free CME in 2018

Once again we will be conducting our Leadership Summit Series each afternoon for 4 additional hours of free CME to those registrants who are not attending a separate workshop.


CME Credits

AASPA regularly receives Category 1 CME credit through the AAPA for our conference every year. While we do not anticipate any problem this coming year, we certainly understand concerns about receiving credit and would reimburse you in the event this credit is not granted. An AASPA member attending all sessions of the conference and additional workshops is eligible to claim a maximum of 32.5 CME hours.


Discounted Disney Tickets Available for Attendees!

WDW Special Ticket Offer

Disney has created a custom Disney Microsite which will enable our attendees, as well as those friends and family members that are traveling with them, to individually advance-purchase these specially priced Disney Meeting & Convention Tickets, and they're good for 7 – days pre and 7 – days post conference stays, too!

These tickets offer advance purchase savings of 10% on our Full-Multi-Day (2 days or longer) Tickets and include one (1) complimentary +1 FUN visit to an additional Disney Experience at any one (1) of the following (additional details are listed on the web site):

  • Disney's Typhoon Lagoon Water Park
  • Disney's Blizzard Beach Water Park
  • Disney's Winter Summerland or Disney's Fantasia Gardens Miniature Golf Courses (before 4 p.m.)
  • Greens Fees for one round of golf at Disney's Oak Trail Golf Course, our 9-hole walking course

The site also contains our partial-day tickets, which are discounted off of our full 1-Day tickets.  

The site asks for your zip code, so for any attendees who are Florida Residents, they will have access to view and purchase Florida Resident Ticket offers occurring during our conference dates.

Please note, the ticket prices on the ticket store reflect any applicable discounts and include tax.  These tickets are not available for purchase to the general public and are not sold at our theme park ticket windows.  Since these Meeting & Convention partial-day and multi-day tickets are not available for purchase at our Theme Park Ticket Windows, you will need to purchase them through this custom Microsite or in advance by phone by calling the Disney Ticket Reservation Center at 407-566-5600.  

Disney Ticket Microsite

Our custom Disney Ticket Microsite URL is:
Our Disney Ticket Microsite will EXPIRE for Advance Purchase Sales on:
October 8, 2018

Disney FastPasses

All of the Meeting & Convention tickets include the ability to pre-select up to three FastPasses per theme park visit day.  Details on how to create a My Disney Experience Account and pre-select FastPasses can be found on the Microsite under PLAN YOUR VISIT tab.