General Information

43rd Annual PSPA CME Conference

October 17-20, 2018
Kalahari Resort
Pocono Manor, PA
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Start Making Tracks Now
to the Kalahari Resorts & Conventions in Pocono Manor, Pennsylvania, near the Pocono Mountains, as your colleagues prepare to explore the new ideas and advances included in the CME education brought to you by the PSPA.

Plan now to join the PSPA this Fall at the Kalahari Resorts and Conventions in Pocono Manor, Pennsylvania, recently named one of the World’s Coolest Indoor Waterparks by Condé Nast Traveler.  Your family and friends can join you during your stay to create a getaway they will never forget.  From toddlers to teens, and moms to dads, everyone finds their oasis at Kalahari Resorts & Conventions.  Your getaway will include education and resources that will assist you in your work each day brought to you by the PSPA.  As things wind down each day, the kid inside you will light up while you and your family and friends enjoy hair-rising waterslides, world-class spas, kids’ play areas, and diverse dining options.  Go ahead, make everyone’s day.

The Kalahari Resorts and Conventions is authentically African themed, attendees will see and feel this experience at every turn, including the handcrafted artwork adorning the walls, the Rwandan coffee beans served throughout the resort and the souvenirs sourced from local artisan communities throughout Africa. These items were obtained by the Nelson Family, owners of the resort, during one of their annual extended trips to Africa, where they went for inspiration that is reflected throughout the resort. “We couldn’t be more thrilled to bring the spirit of Africa to the Poconos,” Nelson said.

Come enjoy the many opportunities to:

  • Engage and challenge your mind with the PSPA in the spacious convention center
  • Rest in one of the many accommodations included within the 1,000 guest rooms containing standard sleeping rooms and one-, two- and three-bedroom suites so there is plenty of room for family and friends to join you as your hotel reservation includes the resort fee, complimentary parking, and up to 4 waterpark passes to one of America’s Largest Indoor Waterparks where it is always 84° and sunny.
  • Relax and have fun with friends and family in the indoor/outdoor whirlpools and a swim-up bar
  • Prefer to stay dry? Then join in the entertainment after a day of education in the family entertainment center with dry activities such as mini-bowling, cutting-edge arcade games, a 5-D theater and black light mini golf
  • Enjoy World-Class taste at one of the full-service signature dining experiences including Double Cut Charcoal Grill Steakhouse and Sortino’s Italian Kitchen along with several casual dining options including an ice cream shoppe
  • Rejuvenate your mind, body and spirit at the Kalahari & Salon or workout in the training and fitness studio free of charge
  • Shop for African souvenirs from local artisan communities throughout Africa with 6,000 sq. ft. of retail shopsimage004
  • Keep in touch with the outside world, wireless wi-fi is provided complimentary throughout the resort

The PSPA is looking forward to seeing you October 17-20, 2018 for the 43rd Annual PSPA Fall CME Conference.

CME ACCREDITATION FOR PHYSICIAN ASSISTANTS

The PSPA will be applying for AAPA Category 1 CME from the American Academy of Physician Assistants for the clinical/professional sessions and 16 hours of AAPA Category 1 CME for the workshops from the American Academy of Physician Assistants.

The CME Certificate for PAs attending the conference will be sent via US Mail to the registration address.

NCCPA LOGGING
The NCCPA and the Pennsylvania Society of Physician Assistants 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 www.nccpa.net 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. Logging will be available starting November 1, 2018.

SELF-PRINTING OF LECTURES
PSPA receives the preliminary lecture slides or outlines from our speakers prior to the conference. The material that we receive will be online for conference registrants by October 14, 2018. Please keep in mind that the speakers may make last minute changes to their presentations that would not be in the pre-conference postings. To access the slides, go to the website at www.pspa.net. Click on Events, Annual Conference, Posting of Conference Lectures which is the last menu option under Annual Conference. A login screen will open if you are not already logged in. If you are a member, enter your PSPA number in the first box as your login ID and enter your case-sensitive password in the second box. If you are not a member, please refer to the conference brochure or your registration confirmation email for a login ID and password to view the lectures. Click Login and a detailed conference schedule should open. Click on the underlined lecture topics to open the slides.

PSPA will post the final slides for self-printing beginning November 6, 2018. The slides will be available on the website until December 1, 2018, for non-members.

REGISTRATION BADGES WILL BE REQUIRED FOR ADMISSION TO ALL CONFERENCE EVENTS.

EXHIBIT HALL
When you visit the exhibit hall, take time to visit our vendors and poster presenters. When you stop by each booth, they will stamp your raffle card. After receiving 20 stamps, you are entitled to a “key” to our treasure chest that holds a wonderful gift. One gift is provided daily. Try your luck and also enjoy the information that the pharmaceutical representatives, poster presenters, schools, potential employers and marketplace vendors will be providing during this time.

Exhibit Hall hours are as follows:
Thursday, October 18, 2018 from 10:00 am – 11:00 am and 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Friday, October 19, 2018 from 7:00 am – 8:00 am and 10:00 am – 11:00 am 

PA MARKETPLACE
The Exhibit Hall is open to any PA who has a side business or hobby that he/she might want to share with the conference attendees. There is a nominal fee (the cost PSPA incurs to rent the table) but after that, it is all profit for you. We are expecting approximately 550 PAs to come to Kalahari. If you have any questions or would like to exhibit, please email conference@pspa.net.

CHILDREN
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 or evening events. These areas are reserved for registered conference participants.


A CALL FOR POSTERS

The PSPA is accepting abstract submissions for scholarly posters to be presented at the 43rd Annual PSPA Fall CME Conference.
Abstract submissions are open to practicing PAs, PA students, and PA faculty members. New categories have been added this year.


PSPA Poster Guidelines

Posters will be accepted in the following categories:

  • Clinical or Educational Research
    • May be original research or scholarly work regarding clinical topics or topics relevant to PA practice or education
  • Case study
    • A case report or research on an unusual or uncommon clinical topic
  • Educational or Professional Innovation
    • Innovative approaches to education or innovative uses of PAs in the workforce
  • Professional Issues
    • Scholarly updates regarding state of the profession or topics related to PA practice. These may include, but are not limited to access to care, disparities, PA compensation, PA workforce issues, etc.
  • Community or Global Outreach
    • Presentation of community or global outreach projects led by PAs

Guidelines for abstracts are as follows:

Abstracts should be no longer than 500 words, excluding references and author contact information. Images, figures, charts, and graphs should not be included as part of the abstract.

An Abstract for a Clinical or Educational Research poster must contain:

  1. Lead author’s name, PSPA membership number, affiliation (employer, school, etc.), email address, phone number, name of category under which the abstract is being submitted
  2. Co-author’s name, affiliation (employer, school, etc.), email address, phone number
  3. Title of Poster
  4. Introduction/Background/Purpose – stated briefly
  5. Methodology (if original research) or existing evidence/knowledge regarding the topic
  6. Results and analysis (if original research) Original research must have at least preliminary results at the time of abstract submission
  7. Conclusion
  8. 3 – 5 references, in AMA format
  9. Name of institution granting IRB approval or exempt status (if applicable) with date of approval.

An Abstract for a Case Study poster must contain:

  1. Lead author’s name, PSPA membership number, affiliation (employer, school, etc.), email address, phone number, name of category under which the abstract is being submitted
  2. Co-author’s name, affiliation (employer, school, etc.), email address, phone number
  3. Title of Poster
  4. Introduction/Background/Purpose
  5. Clinical Presentation
  6. Differential Diagnoses
  7. Diagnostic Evaluation
  8. Treatment
  9. Conclusion
  10. 3 – 5 references, in AMA format
  11. Name of institution granting IRB approval or exempt status (if applicable) with date of approval

An Abstract for an Educational or Professional Innovation poster must contain:

  1. Lead author’s name, PSPA membership number, affiliation (employer, school, etc.), email address, phone number, name of category under which the abstract is being submitted
  2. Co-author’s name, affiliation (employer, school, etc.), email address, phone number
  3. Title of Poster
  4. Introduction/Background/Purpose
  5. Description of innovative design or methods
  6. Research that supports the need for the innovation or supports the innovative methodology
  7. Impact of the innovation
  8. 3 – 5 references, in AMA format
  9. Name of institution granting IRB approval or exempt status (if applicable) with date of approval

An Abstract for a Professional Issues poster must contain:

  1. Lead author’s name, PSPA membership number, affiliation (employer, school, etc.), email address, phone number, name of category under which the abstract is being submitted
  2. Co-author’s name, affiliation (employer, school, etc.), email address, phone number
  3. Title of Poster
  4. Introduction/Background/Purpose
  5. Current status or evidence regarding the topic
  6. Recommendations, potential next steps, proposed solutions or alternatives
  7. 3 – 5 references, in AMA format
  8. Name of institution granting IRB approval or exempt status (if applicable) with date of approval

An Abstract for a Community or Global Outreach poster must contain:

  1. Lead author’s name, PSPA membership number, affiliation (employer, school, etc.), email address, phone number, name of category under which the abstract is being submitted
  2. Co-author’s name, affiliation (employer, school, etc.), email address, phone number
  3. Title of Poster
  4. Introduction/Background/Purpose
  5. Goals of the outreach project
  6. Description of the outreach efforts
  7. Assessment of impact and/or achievements
  8. 3 – 5 references, if applicable, in AMA format

General Instructions/Policies:

Specifications

  • Posters are not required to contain new/primary/original research
  • When applicable, IRB approval must be received by the authors
  • Posters size requirements will vary each year based on the conference venue. Specific dimensions will be communicated to authors at the time of abstract acceptance.
  • Posters must include the title, authors’ names and affiliations, as well as all content headings required for the abstract – with the exception of the authors’ contact information.
  • Posters should be professional in appearance and easy to read/see
  • Images, tables, graphs, charts, and figures must have a brief caption
  • Authors are responsible for transporting their poster to the conference. Posters should not be mailed to the venue.
  • Poster topics must clearly apply to the PA profession or to PA practice

Authors

  • The lead author must be a member of the PSPA at the time of abstract submission and at the time of poster presentation.
  • The lead author of accepted posters must be present with their poster for discussion during all exhibit hall hours, a co-author may be present in the absence of the lead author. If the lead author is a student, an author must only be present during the exhibit hall hours on Friday of the conference week.
  • Students may submit posters as lead authors, but must have a certified PA who is a member of PSPA (at the time of abstract submission and poster presentation) as a co-author.
  • Authors must abide by copyright and image usage rights, and must be certain they have permission to display any tables, figures, graphics, and/or images on the poster.
  • Posters must be free from plagiarism.
  • Authors must adhere to HIPAA regulations.
  • If the proposed content has been previously published or presented, the lead author must clearly indicate that at the bottom of the abstract document. These abstracts will be considered, but preference may be given to topics that have not been previously presented/published.

Deadlines

  • Abstracts must be submitted no later than 11:59 p.m. on August 1st of each year.
  • Abstracts will be blinded and assessed by volunteer peer reviewers.
  • Lead authors will be notified of the acceptance or denial of their submission, via email, by early September of each year.
  • Abstracts should be submitted, via email, as an attached word document to Mary Allias MPAS, PA-C at mallias1@pitt.edu.

Call for Reviewers

The PSPA is seeking conscientious reviewers to assist with the abstract review proess for the poster presentations at this year’s conference. Abstracts are due in August, and decisions will be made by early September.  If you are interested in volunteering or learning more about this service opportunity, contact Mary Allias mallias1@pitt.edu.