AASPA 2023 Skills Academy    

Saturday, April 29, 2023
CAMLS  |  Tampa, FL

Join AASPA at the University of South Florida’s Center for Advanced Medical Learning and Simulation (CAMLS) -- one of the world’s largest, free-standing simulation facilities exclusively dedicated to training healthcare professionals! 
Located in downtown Tampa, CAMLS is a 90,000-square-foot, three-story facility that provides a state-of-the-art, high-fidelity clinical environment with 60,000 square feet dedicated to surgical skills labs, operating trauma suites, and patient exam rooms. CAMLS provides outstanding simulation experiences for preparing health care professionals to acquire, maintain and enhance their clinical practice to meet today’s workforce needs and improve patient care.

AASPA's one-day course is a high levels skills course applicable for the PA in surgery, critical care, or emergency medicine. Experience the phenomenal training facility of CAMLs as well as some of their expert faculty and AASPAs Board of Directors. 

This one-day high level skills training has something for everyone: 
- the PA student looking to get a head start on surgical skills training 
- the new PA graduate looking to go into any surgical specialty, critical care, or emergency medicine
- the PA who has been in practice for several years and wants to brush up on their skills 
- the experienced PA that is wanting to transition for the first time to operating room or switching specialties

Slots are limited! For the month of January take advantage of early bird pricing, full day $2000 (regular pricing $2500)

Be Sure to Join us Friday, April 28th for a AASPA Networking Event!

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If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to us at [email protected]

Full Meeting 

$2500 / $2000 for Early bird pricing until January 31st
Register for the Full Meeting 

AASPA 2022 Annual CME Meeting - Thank You to All Who Attended!

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

AASPA is excited to have met in person again for this year's 22nd Annual CME Meeting in Houston, Texas! This year’s meeting was a 3 ½ day event filled with remarkable lectures on the latest cutting-edge topics of interest to the profession! Topics include Neurosurgical Procedures, Pediatric ENT Emergencies, Trauma and Acute Care for Burns, Patient Privacy in the Digital Health Era, and Diversity and Equity. Click the button below for more details.

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 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, January 18th, 7-8pm CT
  • Wednesday, February 15th, 7-8pm CT
  • Wednesday, March 15th, 7-8pm CT

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

Register for the Networking Event

Come Visit the AASPA Booth at the 4th SOAP Conference!

April 20-22, 2023

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Palliative Care Education

PA Certificate in palliative and serious illness care

PAs are trusted clinicians who provide compassionate, multifaceted care to patients and families at every stage of health, including through serious illness. Delivering care that targets the physical and emotional symptoms of advanced illness requires an extra level of skill and training. 

This 12-week online instructor-led course prepares PAs in any practice setting to deliver high-quality care that effectively supports patients with advanced illnesses and their families. You’ll master evidence-based skills and strategies essential in primary palliative care including communication, advance care planning, prognostication, pain and symptom management, psychosocial-spiritual aspects of care, care at the end of life, and more.

*Also appropriate for APPs in any setting.

Program Details:

  • Interactive didactic online lessons, prepared by palliative care clinical leaders
  • Course material available 24/7
  • Supplemental live "Grand Rounds" sessions with your fellow students and an expert PA instructor
  • Weekly assignments you complete on your own schedule
  • Class size is limited to 25 people
  • About 5-7 hours per week spent on learning

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 2022 Member Survey,

  • Nearly 50% of our members have greater than 10 years of experience in practice
  • The top surgical specialties are general surgery, cardiovascular surgery, plastic surgery, 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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