General Information

  39th Annual PSPA CME Conference
October 22-25, 2014

Lancaster Convention Center

Lancaster, PA

We are delighted to host the PSPA 39th Annual CME Conference. Our city is a place where historic preservation and a cutting-edge arts scene live and thrive side by side. It is a relatively small and walkable city of 7 square miles. There are over 90 dining locations that cater to the most laid-back outings or the most elegant cuisines and everything in between. Central Market, in the heart of the city, has more than 60 small businesses under one roof. The market has the freshest fruits, meats, vegetables, fish, flowers, baked goods, prepared foods and gifts in the area. It was opened in 1879 and is the oldest continuously run farmers market in the United States. The Futon Theater is a highlight of the downtown area and was established in 1852. It presents professional, Broadway quality productions to this day. It is designated as a National Historic Landmark and is America's oldest continuously operating theater.

"Gallery Row" in the 100 block of Prince Street features a block of art galleries that exhibit original works from many artists. There are many small shops in the downtown area with unique items. Lancaster is also known for its outlet shopping on Route 30 East where two large outlet complexes are located.

Shopping is a fine art in Lancaster. From the quaint original shops in Center City to the wonderful outlet shopping on Route 30 East, there is something for everyone.

Lancaster is home to the oldest American Amish settlement. Thousands still live a century-old "Plain" lifestyle, where horse and buggy are the primary form of transportation. There are many venues to explore the Amish lifestyle, from farm tours to buggy rides. These are only a few of the great things to do in Lancaster and we welcome all our guests to this fine city.

Conference organizers plan to request 27 hours of AAPA Category I CME for the Clinical/Professional Sessions and 20 hours of AAPA Category I CME for the Workshops from the American Academy of Physician Assistants. The total number of approved credits are yet to be determined.

The NCCPA and the Pennsylvania Society of PAs have worked together to reduce the time and effort associated with logging your conference hours for our Fall CME Conference. NCCPA has designed a special system whereby PAs can click on a unique link in their online NCCPA personal certification record at and select the sessions they attended from a master list of sessions that PSPA supplied to NCCPA. The PA can automatically apply those sessions wherever they need them, as long as the hours are earned in the correct logging window. Be sure to put your NCCPA number on the registration form.

Those registered by the early September 15, 2014 deadline will receive a PSPA conference bag.

Syllabus content on a thumb drive will available by request on registration form for $10.00 The CME Certificate for PAs attending the conference will be mailed.
Registration badges will be required for admission to all conference events

Exhibit Hall hours are as follows:
      Thursday        October 23, 2014 from 10:00 am - 11:00 am and 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
      Friday              October 24, 2014 from 10:00 am - 11:00 am

The PSPA is making plans to have a Job Fair on Friday, October 24, 2014. Employers from the tri-state area will be invited. PSPA staff will be available to help with resume review, contract negotiations and job search tips.

The Exhibit Hall is open to any PA who has a side business or hobby that he/she might want to share with the PSPA. There is a nominal fee (the cost PSPA incurs to rent the table) but after that, it is all profit for you. There are many PAs who have a side business, and now is the perfect time to showcase your wares! We are expecting approximately 500 PAs to come to Lancaster. If you have any questions or would like to exhibit, please contact Cindy Cicconi at

Due to liability issues and for the convenience of other conference participants, no children under the age of 18 will be allowed in the lecture hall, exhibit areas and evening events. These areas are reserved for registered conference participants.

Remember how hard it was to make ends meet when you were a student? We are hoping to keep rates lower for students but need your help. Consider “sponsoring” a student with a donation to our “Student Fund” which pays for meals and tuition. Give the gift of membership to a deserving student you’ve mentored! Donations can be made on the Conference Registration form.

While earning up to 27 hours of category 1 CME display your research/scholarly work. Members of the PSPA as well as students and PA Faculty can participate in a poster presentation at the PSPA’s Annual CME Conference in Lancaster, PA.

All submissions must include a PSPA membership number. Participants must be willing to answer questions regarding their work during display hours. 

If you are interested, please submit an electronic abstract of 500 words or less to:
     Michele Kauffman JD, PA-C
                             c/o PA Program, Gannon University
                             109 University Square
                             Erie, Pa 16541 
  • Deadline: August 31, 2014
  • Guidelines
    Posters will be accepted in the following categories:
    • Original research - study findings or other research projects
    • Clinical report/case studies - clinical case reports or clinical vignettes highlighting unusual cases or innovative approaches to clinical problems/techniques
    • Original research abstracts must include the following sections:
      Purpose - a brief statement explaining why the research was conducted, preferably limited to one sentence
      Methodology - materials, methodology and any analytical procedures applied, preferably limited to two sentences
      Results - should be presented in sufficient detail to support the conclusions (It is inadequate to state: "The results will be discussed" or "The data will be presented.")
      Conclusions - the authors' opinion about the meaning of the study
  • Poster Guidelines
    Posters should be no more than 4’ x 8’ (48” X 96”) and no less than 3’ x 4’ (36” X 48”). The poster should include grommets for hanging if possible. Posters must include a title, author or authors’ names, abstract, purpose, methodology, results and conclusions. All subtitles and texts should be readable from two to three feet away. Avoid the use of script fonts that are difficult to read.

    The poster should have the title placed at the top with the authors' names and affiliations (optional) beneath it. The title should match that submitted with the abstract. The poster should also include a copy of the abstract and expanded sections of the purpose, methodology, results and conclusions as appropriate to the type of abstract.

     All illustrations (graphs, pictures, figures, tables) should be large enough for easy observation. Matte finish on graphs or pictures gives better visibility due to reduction of glare. All figures and tables should have brief captions. Authors are responsible for the transportation of their posters. Roll poster materials in a large mailing tube or place in a large portfolio for travel. Do not mail posters to the conference site.
  •  Notification
    Decisions regarding acceptance will be made by mid-September 2014. The submitting author will be notified via e-mail of the final results. Authors of accepted abstracts are required to make their own travel arrangements to present and discuss their research at the conference.
  •  Attendance Policy
    Authors of accepted posters are required to be present with their posters for discussion during exhibit hall hours. Authors are encouraged to attend and participate in the conference.