General Information

42nd Annual PSPA CME Conference
October 18-21, 2017
King of Prussia, PA

WELCOME TO VALLEY FORGE!
Recreation, history and fabulous retail intersect in irresistible ways in the Valley Forge area. Valley Forge, located 20 miles west of downtown Philadelphia, is most often remembered as the site of George Washington’s winter encampment of 1777-1778, where the army was transformed from a rag-tag band of soldiers into the fighting force that won the American Revolution. However, it’s also a great place to unwind, and it serves as the gateway to a region brimming with recreational and cultural resources.

CME ACCREDITATION FOR PHYSICIAN ASSISTANTS
Conference organizers plan to request up to 26 hours of AAPA Category 1 CME for the clinical/professional sessions and 16 hours of AAPA Category 1 CME for the workshops from the American Academy of Physician Assistants. The total number of approved credits are yet to be determined.

The Pennsylvania Society of Physician Assistants plans to apply to the American Academy of Physician Assistants for up to six Self-Assessment credits for several of the clinical sessions.

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, 2017.

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, 2017. 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, 2017. The slides will be available on the website until December 1, 2017, 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 19, 2017 from 10:00 am – 11:00 am and 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Friday, October 20, 2017 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 Valley Forge. If you have any questions or would like to exhibit, please contact Cindy Cicconi at cindy.cicconi@gmail.com.

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
While earning Category I CME hours, 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 Pittsburgh, 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
rothkauf001@gannon.edu
c/o PA Program, Gannon University
        109 University Square
        Erie, Pa 16541 
  • Deadline: August 31, 2017
  • 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 2017. 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.