GAPA Spring 2016 Conference

March 30 – April 2, 2016 • Atlanta, GA

Online Registration is Now Closed! Space is still available. If you would like to register, please do so on-site at the registration desk.

Host Property: Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre
2800 Cobb Galleria Parkway Atlanta, GA 30339
Parking will be $6 per day for the GAPA spring conference.

Host Hotel: Embassy Suites Atlanta
Galleria 2815 Akers Mill Road Atlanta, GA 30339

Located in Northwest Atlanta, just minutes from Downtown and Buckhead, the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre is easily accessible for those who would like to tour the city.

In Atlanta, fine dining, shopping and rich history combined with inspiration-inducing attractions to create a city with Southern charm and world-class sophistication.

GAPA’s special conference rate of $129 is guaranteed only until Saturday, March 15, 2016 and it is possible the property will sell out before then. To receive this discount, you can call the Embassy Suites Atlanta – Galleria at 1-800-EMBASSY and use group code: GAPA or  click here. Make your reservations early, as a sell-out is expected.

* Discounted rates are not available through travel agents or Internet services.


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CME Credits

Now offering credits to Physician Assistants, Nurse Practitioners, and Athletic Trainers!

aapa_Cat1_CME_logoPHYSICIAN ASSISTANTS: This program has been reviewed and is approved for a maximum of 64.00 hours of AAPA Category 1 CME credit by the Physician Assistant Review Panel. Physician Assistants should claim only those hours actually spent participating in the CME activity. (25 Category 1 CME credits for Thursday – Saturday, an additional 7 Category 1 CME credits on Wednesday optional workshops. Maximum 32 Category 1 CME Credits per attendee)
This program was planned in accordance with AAPA’s CME Standards for Live Programs and for Commercial Support of Live Programs.

NURSE PRACTITIONERS: According to the American Nurses Credentialing Center, you are now permitted to earn and file CE credits for programs accredited by the AAPA. For more information, please visit

ATHLETIC TRAINERS: GAPA will offer continuing education for Certified Athletic Trainers. This is a great opportunity to obtain your CEU/CME if you are dual certified. In addition, a separate CEU certificate will be available for athletic trainers to submit to their own licensing and/or certification board. Please visit for detail.

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Legend: * Product Theater (Non-CME), + Athletic Trainer Credit, # Pharmacology Credit

General Sessions

Wednesday, March 30

10:00 AM – 4:00 PM Early Bird Onsite Registration – Optional Workshops only day – Breakfast and Lunch on own

Thursday, March 31

6:15 AM Breakfast / Registration
7:00 AM  Repatha™ (evolocumab) Product Overview *
8:00 AM HIV: The Virus, Immune System, and Treatment Options (Keating)
8:45 AM Welcome from the President / Opening Ceremony
9:00 AM Emergency Medicine: What You See Is Not Always What You Get (Atallah)
9:45 AM Exclusive Exhibit Hall Break
11:00 AM Eliminating Mental Mistakes in the ER (McManus)
11:45 AM Exclusive Exhibit Hall Break
12:15 PM NP/PA – Starting With The Patient: A Treatment Option for Adults with T2DM*
1:30 PM Pneumothorax and Tension:  Pneumothorax/Hemothorax/Pleural Effusion (Rote)
2:30 PM Pain Management Best Practices for PA s and NPs (Keating) #
3:30 PM Eating Disorders: Female Athletes Triad Syndrome (Gunder-McClary)+
 4:30 pm NCCPA Update (Morton-Rias)

Friday, April 1

6:15 AM Breakfast / Registration
7:30 AM Common/Uncommon Presentation of Testicular Torsion in ED (Rote)
8:30 AM My Joints are Cracking! What to Do With the Osteoarthritic Joint (Smith)+
9:30 AM Arthritis, Myalgia, Arthralgia: Systemic Diseases Hiding Behind Rheumatologic Symptoms (Mattingly)
10:30 AM Disorders of the Adult Hip (McManus)
11:30 AM Walk Around Lunch in the Exhibit Hall
1:00 PM Aging of Eyes in the Geriatric Population (Stalling)
2:00 PM Diarrhea in the ER, Presenting Signs Symptoms Differential Diagnosis (Heard)
3:00 PM The Perilous Journey of the Diabetic Patient (Becker) +
4:00 PM Treatment Guidelines Update: Metabolic Syndrome and Chronic Disease in America (Bryson)

Saturday, April 2

6:15 AM Breakfast / Registration
7:00 AM Diagnosis and Evaluation of Chronic Hepatitis C Infection (Gunder-McClary)
8:00 AM Nutrition for the Heart (Siegelman)+
9:00 AM Evaluation and Management of Acute Coronary Syndrome in the ER: When Times is Muscle (Greene)
10:00 AM Cardiovascular Disease: Overview of the Risk factors (Lucas) +
11:00 AM Stayin’ Alive: New Technology for Valvular Heart Disease (Queen)
12:15 PM Management of Obesity (McLaughlin)
1:15 PM PVC Pipes: Clotting Disorders (Platt)
2:15 PM JNC-8: Is It Great? (Elam)
3:15 PM Cardiovascular & Thoracic Case Studies (Queen) 
4: 15 PM Migraines and Headaches (Dexter)+

Optional Workshops

Wednesday, March 30

8:30 – 11:30 AM Suture & Wound Techniques (Gordon) ($125)
8:30 – 11:30 AM When Joint Injections are Appropriate and Beneficial (Vacala) ($90)
2:00 – 4:00 PM Orthopedic Exam (Vacala) + ($90)

Thursday, March 31

8:00 – 11:00 AM Basic Dermatology Procedures (Braselton) ($105)
8:00 AM – 12:00 PM ACLS Recertification (Fullard)  + ($145)
1:30 – 3:30 PM BCLS (Fullard) +($75)
1:30 – 4:30 PM Nightshift in the ER (Gordon) ($90)

Friday, April 1

8:30 AM – 10:30 AM Chest X-rays (Wilson) ($75) (1hr#)
8:30 AM – 11:30 AM Crash Course in Quick Clinical Skills (Gordon) ($125)
1:30 – 3:30 PM EKG & 12 Lead EKG (Najarro) ($75)

Workshop Descriptions

ACLS Recertification
This course is a review course for those with a current ACLS course card. This workshop will cover the skills and didactic information necessary to treat a cardiac arrest patient. Participants will review various clinical applications.

Basic Dermatology Procedures & Management of Common Skin Lesions
Provide a broader range of services to your patients by understanding and learning basic dermatology procedures! This hands-on workshop provides participants an opportunity to identify basic skin lesions and learn procedures and treatment options.

Basic EKG & 12 Lead EKG
For those that are comfortable with ECGs, the focus turns to the interpretation of a 12-Lead ECG. At the conclusion of this session you will be able to recognize a properly performed 12-Lead ECG; determine the mean QRS axis and state the common causes of axis deviation (LAD, RAD, IAD); describe 12-Lead ECG features of ischemia, injury, infraction; chamber enlargement, bundle branch blocks, hemi blocks, pericarditis, electrolyte and drug effects; plus interpret 3 (three) 12-Lead EKGs and identify the pathological condition causing the abnormality. 

This is a refresher for the AHA Basic Life Support course. Healthcare professionals will learn to recognize several life-threatening emergencies, provide CPR to victims of all ages, use an AED, and relieve choking in a safe, timely and effective manner.

Chest X-Rays
Everything you always wanted to know about a CXR, but were afraid to ask! This hands-on workshop will provide the tools necessary for interpreting CXRs in a primary care setting. Review radiographic images along with brief case studies while expanding your knowledge of CXRs and making the appropriate diagnosis.

Crash Course in Quick Clinical Skills
Learn new clinical skills with an explanation demonstration workshop. Literally from head to toe, this workshop will cover a multitude of skills necessary for treating conditions encountered in the acute care setting. Skills such as fish hook removal, ring removal; body piercing jewelry removal, abscess/felon/paronychia drainage, central line placement, chest tube placement, lumbar puncture, and various nerve blocks will be covered in lecture. Equipment will be available to have hands-on practice of other skills (should time allow) but emphasis will be given to the skills most often requested in the past. Individual instruction will be provided and everyone will have the opportunity to practice on life-like models. Pearls and techniques of various clinical skills will be discussed.

Nightshift in the ED
This comprehensive workshop presents multiple short cases encountered in the ED setting. Cases will be presented with a description of the complaint, the x-ray taken, and the appropriate labs ordered in order to formulate a differential diagnosis of the patient.

Orthopedic Exam
Shoulder and elbow pain are one of the most common complaints that present to the clinic. Narrowing the differential diagnosis for the shoulder joint is a complex yet simple task. This lecture is designed to familiarize participants with evidence based physical exam techniques for the shoulder and elbow.

Suture Techniques
All Participants will take home a new suture kit and material! Update your knowledge and practice suture skills. This workshop will cover various suture skills which include; simple interrupted, corner stitch, vertical/horizontal and running suture.

When Joint Injections are Appropriate & Beneficial
Many mid-level practitioners have never been taught basic joint injection and aspiration techniques. Although basic musculoskeletal anatomy has been taught, hands on application of the anatomy in aspirating and injecting joints has been limited with few opportunities to demonstrate hands on skills.

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