2020 AASPA Call for Speakers

Call for Speakers

The AASPA annual conference provides educational sessions for participants that are selected through a peer-review process. To ensure that the program’s content is timely, relevant, and meets the needs and interests of our attendees, we select our speakers from the submissions received during the “Call for Speakers.”

The AASPA continuing medical education committee (CME) may supplement programming by inviting speakers to fill any gaps identified.

What We're Looking For

For our 2020 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, with a focus on pain management.
  • 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, surgical oncology, transplant surgery, vascular surgery, plastic surgery, thoracic surgery, cardiothoracic surgery, trauma surgery, pediatric surgery, urology, wound care, critical care, palliative care, new procedures, new technology that may impact surgical care, new medications/pain management, and topics that encourage cultural competency and diversity within the profession.

Deadline for Submission: March 31, 2020

Notification of Acceptance: April 30, 2020

Presentation Format

Presentations should be between 45-50 minutes each.

To be considered, presentations must:

  • Be interactive;
  • Be on a topic of interest to our membership;
  • Allow time for questions;
  • Fit within the assigned timeframe; and
  • Be conducted with no more than three presenters.

 Speakers must:

  • Be comfortable being on stage — without notes — in front of people;
  • Be engaging.

Please note: Presentation attendance can be anywhere from 20–200 people per session. We cannot guarantee a specific head count.

Sample Presentation Titles from 2019

(Samples only, Not Indicative of Final Agenda)

  • Aortic stenosis: Is TAVR the new surgery?
  • The reconstructive ladder of soft tissue injury
  • Kids get that? A short list of surgical things seen in the pediatric population
  • Management of IBS and IBD
  • Bariatric surgery and management of the obese patient
  • APPs are critical in the success of quality improvement initiatives
  • A to Z: Spine neurosurgery
  • Recognition of abdominal compartment syndrome and management of the open abdomen

Submission Instructions and Guidelines

Online submissions only (click “Apply Online” below). The webform is the preferred method. If you have trouble completing the form, please contact us at: [email protected]

Applicants must complete the application in total to be considered. You are allowed to submit multiple applications.

Please also consider sharing any links to past presentations and/or speeches that would allow reviewers to see your presentation style.

Review and Selection Process

The process to accept speakers is very selective. There are a very limited number of slots available, and the final decision is at the discretion of the AASPA CME committee. Only when all final applications are submitted, and the submission window has closed, will the AASPA CME committee review applications.

Please note: Speakers receive a complimentary full conference registration. However, all presenters are responsible for all travel-related expenses, including transportation and hotel accommodations. Do not submit a proposal if you cannot accept responsibility for travel-related expenses.

 Acknowledgement: Upon receipt of your submission, you will receive an e-mail acknowledgement.

Notifications: We will notify all submitters about the status of their submissions via e-mail by April 30, 2020.

If Accepted

If accepted, speakers receive a complimentary full conference registration.  Speakers will be asked to submit a disclosure form and a faculty agreement form.

If you are not selected, please feel free to consider re-applying next year.

All materials and presentation files must be finalized and submitted to AASPA staff no later than September 30, 2020.

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