AASPA 2022 Annual CME Meeting

Thursday, October 13 – SUNDAY, October 16, 2022
Royal Sonesta Houston  |  Houston, TX

AASPA is excited to be meeting in person again for this year's 22nd Annual CME Meeting in Houston, Texas! This year’s meeting is a 3 ½ day event filled with remarkable lectures on the latest cutting-edge topics of interest to the profession! Topics include Cardiovascular, Pain Management, Trauma, GI, Oncology, Billing and Reimbursement, and Diversity and Equity. AASPA is also offering hands-on skills training workshops on Wound Closure Principles & Techniques, Robotics, Trauma, and Neurosurgery Procedures.

Registration is now open! 

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Call for Speakers & Posters

What We're Looking For

For our 2022 annual conference, we are looking for dynamic speakers who will present on content that is of interest to advanced practice providers who work in all areas of surgery as well as those who perform trauma or emergency procedures.

  • We will examine new and innovative procedures taking place in all aspects of pre-operative, peri-operative, and post-operative care.

  • We will talk about new medications that impact the care of surgical patients.

  • We will examine different roles advanced practice providers play in inpatient and outpatient settings and how they can become role models and leaders in their positions.

  • We will talk about ways to make your work-like better: improving communication with patients and colleagues, getting the support you need at work, and how to bill properly for your services.

  • Specific areas of interest: neurosurgery, ENT surgery, general surgery, orthopedic surgery, breast surgery, transplant surgery, vascular surgery, plastic surgery, thoracic surgery, cardiothoracic surgery, trauma surgery, pediatric surgery, urology, wound care, COVID, new procedures, new medications/technology that may impact surgical care, and topics that encourage cultural competency and diversity within the profession. 

Deadline for Submission: July 1st, 2022
Notification of Acceptance: July 31st, 2022

Learn More and Submit Your Application 

 PA Student Networking Event

These events will be an informal opportunity for current PA students to network with one another and with currently certified PAs. This will allow for current PA students to ask questions related to PA school and clinical practice.

Join us every month!: New dates have been added!

  • Wednesday, April 20th, 7–8pm CT
  • Wednesday, May 18th, 7–8pm CT
  • Wednesday, June 15th, 7–8pm CT
  • Wednesday, July 20th, 7-8pm CT
  • Wednesday, August 17th, 7-8pm CT

Registration is free! We look forward to networking with you!

Register for the Networking Event

Susan and Tom Lusty Memorial Scholarship

AASPA awards at least one scholarship yearly to a student in either the didactic or clinical year. Winners receive the following:

  • $1,000 award
  • Scholarship certificate that is suitable for framing
  • Complimentary registration to the annual AASPA CME Meeting & Surgical Update
  • Ability to list "AASPA Student Scholarship Winner" on your resume
  • Recognition in Sutureline and on our website

To qualify, the physician assistant student must:

  • Be enrolled in an ARC-PA accredited PA program
  • Be in good academic standing
  • Be a student member of AASPA in good standing (membership application may be submitted with scholarship application)
  • Demonstrate an interest in surgical practice
  • Submit a completed AASPA Scholarship Application

To be considered, interested students should submit:

  • A letter from their PA program verifying student status, GPA and a transcript copy
  • A letter of recommendation from their PA program faculty member, surgical PA, surgeon or preceptor
  • A short (500 word) narrative explaining their desire to practice in surgery and career goals
  • List of completed/expected clinical rotations
  • If necessary, an application for AASPA student membership and appropriate dues.

APPLICATION submission:

Submit Your Student Scholar Application

For the 2022 application window (December 15, 2021 through July 1, 2022), all application information must be submitted by July 1, 2022. Recipients will be notified by August 15, 2022. 


 Statement on Diversity

The American Association of Surgical Physician Assistants (AASPA) recognizes that having diverse members is essential to our profession and to the growth and strength of our organization. We have a strong commitment to diversity, equity and inclusivity for all members. AASPA celebrates and respects the differences of all members as this is what drives our passion to lead in the PA profession. 

The AASPA supports this commitment to diversity in many ways. Our organization is committed to having diverse representation members and leadership positions. The AASPA has formed a robust Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion committee whose members support continuing education efforts for the entire organization. The efforts of this committee also include mentorship for all leaders and future leaders.


AASPA Webinar Series

The AASPA is looking to add speakers to our monthly webinar panel. Are you interested in providing a webinar on a surgical topic? If so, please contact us!

We are looking for presentations covering content that is of interest to advanced practice providers who work in all areas of surgery as well as those who perform trauma or emergency procedures.

The presentation should be approximately 45-50 minutes in length, and the presenter should be available for an additional 10-15 minutes afterward to allow for questions. The presentation can involve one person or a panel.

If you are interested in providing a webinar, we ask that you fill out this form.

AASPA Call for Webinars Form

Submit Your Articles for Sutureline

Sutureline is the official journal of the American Association of Surgical Physician Assistants (AASPA) and its purpose is to be a platform for members to communicate professionally, stay connected, and advance the surgical physician assistant profession with educational articles and research.  Sutureline is published electronically in the spring, fall and winter, and access to the archive of articles is available to AASPA Members. The Editorial Board reviews clinical articles to consider for publication. For questions on submitting a clinical article, please email [email protected].

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Did you know...

Based on the AASPA 2021 Member Survey,

  • Nearly 30% of our members have greater than 20 years of experience in practice
  • The top surgical specialties are general surgery, cardiovascular surgery, critical care/ICU, and trauma


Are you an AASPA member and interested in learning more? You can view the survey results by clicking the button below. You must be logged into the AASPA site as a member to access the Member Resources Page.

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Member of the Council on Surgical & Perioperative Safety

The American Association of Surgical Physician Assistants is a member of the Council on Surgical and Perioperative Safety and is committed to fighting for safety in the OR and in the perioperative areas. Please click here to find out how you can make a difference.


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