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What to Expect at AAPA 2021

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Key Takeaways

  • From May 23-26, 2021, the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) will host it’s annual conference event from a virtual stage.
  • Sessions range from cooking and fitness classes to discussions about today’s healthcare with Anthony Fauci, MD, and Jean Accius, PhD.
  • Registration is open until May 26, 2021, and sessions can be either live-streamed or viewed on demand.

From May 23-26, 2021, the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) will host it’s annual conference event from a virtual stage, allowing members to log into the meeting from anywhere and create a completely customizable meeting schedule. 

The meeting boasts case-based lectures by distinguished faculty, networking opportunities with fellow PAs, CME sessions, and new and exciting updates in the PA world. 

Meeting Agenda

For the 3 days leading up to the meeting, the House of Delegates will be meeting from 10am-6pm. The fun begins on Sunday May 23, with an afternoon of events like product theaters (3-4pm) and the opening of the poster exhibit hall (6-7pm). Additionally, on Sunday, from 2-3pm, attendees can meet the candidates running in the Student Academy board of directors election. 

Some highlights from Monday, May 23:

  • 11:30am-1pm: Managing Influenza: The Struggle is Real!”
  • 12-12:45 pm: Workout class 
  • 1-2pm: COVID-19: The Great Revealer and Accelerator in Transforming Our Delivery Systems by Jean Accius, PhD, Senior Vice President, AARP Global Thought Leadership. 
  • 3:30-4:15pm:  3 Simple Steps to Wake Up Excited and Thrive as a Healthcare Professional
  • 6-7pm: HGTV’s Mina Starsiak Hawk discusses parenting, health, work-life balance, and not-to-miss experiences when you race into the city next.

More on Tuesday, May 24:

  • 12-12:45pm: Nourish Yourself Mindfully, Give from the Overflow with Lee Papa.
  • 1-2:30pm:  Putting on your Oxygen Mask: The Importance of Taking Care of your Mental Health to Succeed in PA School
  • 1:30-2:15pm: Cooking class with Top Chef Jen Carroll
  • 4-5pm: PAs Are the Catalyst of Change To Close the Health Equity Gap
  • 7:30-9pm: Party for a Purpose – PAs Got Talent

Wrapping up on Wednesday, May 25:

  • 9-9:45am: The Art of Breathing 
  • 10-11am: Main Stage Event: Moral Injury is Not Burnout: Recognizing, Acknowledging, and Healing Moral Injury in Healthcare Professionals
  • 1-1:45pm:  Rediscovering the Joy in Practice
  • 3:30-4pm: Main Stage Event: Fireside Chat with Dr. Anthony S. Fauci

The AAPA has provided a portal with session details (and even previews) so attendees can decide what they want to listen to and what they may want to skip. The portal can be accessed here

Special Stuff at AAPA

The organization has come up with a few special events to make the conference more interactive despite logging in from our own homes.

  • May 23: General Session with ZDoggMD on the prevention of burnout
  • May 23: Early PA networking event “Hey PA.”
  • May 23-26: Mindfulness Lounge
  • May 24: AAPA National Medical Virtual Challenge Bowl
  • May 25: AAPA Meet the Candidates/General Election

What Else Should I Know?

Registration is open until May 26. Detailed registration information can be found on the official AAPA registration page. Exhibitors can register to present at the meeting by following this link. 

The full FAQ list–written by the AAPA–answers all questions about registration, meeting details, education and CME, and exhibits and sponsors. This can be accessed here

Due to the meeting’s virtual nature, the AAPA has published a set of conference policies that might differ from in-person policies. In this policy guideline, the organization has also outlined a code of conduct that all attendees are expected to follow. These policies are available here.  

Lastly, attendees can get involved on social media with AAPA 2021 by following their social media pages on Facebook and Twitter and by using the hashtag #AAPA21. 

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