2021 Conference Schedule

Marriott Hilton Head Resort & Spa

Legend: * Product Theater (Non-CME), Rx=Pharmacology Credit
Schedule is subject to change.
Due to liability, children are not allowed in the conference and exhibition area.


CME Hours

Monday, July 12

7:00 am Workshop Registration (On-site Attendees Only)
7:30 — 11:30 am Optional Workshop: Urgent Care Skills Bootcamp (Jim Gordon, PA) $195
Are you comfortable with your skills in the Urgent Care setting?  Would you like to master tips and techniques from a 35-year veteran of Atlanta’s Grady ER, the fifth-largest public hospital in the United States?  Designed specifically for GAPA, this four-hour comprehensive bootcamp will cover many skills for conditions encountered in the Urgent Care setting.  We’ll cover conditions including basic and advanced suture, wound care for abscess, fish hook injuries, central lines, peritonsillar abscess, Bartholin Cyst treatment, nerve blocks, dental emergencies and conditions, evaluation of the eye and treatments, and much more.  Many of these conditions presented will include hands-on practice, and participants will be provided instrument sets to use in class and can take them home.  The final section of the bootcamp will feature the use of radiology in the urgent care setting with case studies of common complaints, appropriate studies, and their interpretation.
8:00 am— 12:00 pm   & 1:30 — 5:30 pm Optional Workshop: Board Review (Joe Gilboy, PA-C) (Rx=.5)
Prepare for your certification exam with a free eight-hour Board Review (a $399 value). Offered the day before the conference begins, our dynamite presenter will give you the confidence and knowledge you need to pass your certification or recertification exam.
10:00 am — 4:00 pm Early Bird On-site Registration (On-site Attendees Only)
1 — 5 pm Optional Workshop: Orthopedic Skills Bootcamp (Mary Vacala, ATC, PA-C, MSPAS, DFAAPA and Team) $195
Introducing a BRAND NEW addition to GAPA’s annual conference, here’s your chance to submerge to yourself in a hands-on, multi-station opportunity to perfect your skills in casting/splinting, joint injections, common x-ray findings, physical exam, and much more.  Working with the USA Olympic Committee since 1993, the lead instructor will navigate participants through several stations, allowing clinicians the chance to practice each skill hands-on.  Additional orthopedic experts will be available at each station with models, materials, supplies, and instruments needed to practice these essential skills.  Participants will be able to demonstrate correct cast application of the extremities, demonstrate proper technique of intra-articular injections utilizing sterile procedures, demonstrate knowledge and techniques used in the physical exam of the knee and shoulder, understand basic principles of fracture management and treatment, and understand how to immobilize common fractures using splints and braces.

Tuesday, July 13

Cardiology Track – Jason Lucas, PhD, PA-C & Team

6:00 am Registration
6:30 — 7:15 am Breakfast Served
7:00 am — 8:00 am Sponsored Session
8:00 am — 9:00 am Introduction to EKGs and EKG Emergencies (Cardio) 1
9:00 am — 9:45 am Atrial Fibrillation and Hypertension Management (Cardio) 1
9:45 am — 10:00 am Opening Ceremony & Annual Awards Ceremony
10:00 am — 4:00 pm Exhibit Hall Setup
10:00 am — 10:15 am Break
10:15 am — 11:15 am Management of ACS and Chronic Treatment of Cardiomyopathies (Cardio) 1
11:15 am — 12:15 pm COVID-19 and Cardiovascular Disease  (Cardio) 1
12:15 pm — 1:15 pm Aortic Valve Disease  (Cardio) 1
2:15 pm — 5:15 pm Optional Cardiology Workshop:  Learning EKGs and the Unstable Patient $95 3
4:30 pm — 6:30 pm Welcome Reception

Wednesday, July 14

Orthopedic Track – Trey Ochsner, MD

Women’s Health Track – Mimi Secor, DNP, FNP-BC, FAANP, FAAN

6:30 am Registration
6:30 — 7:15 am Breakfast Served
7:00 am — 8:00 am Sponsored Session
8:00 am — 9:00 am Injuries Unique to the Adolescent Athlete (Ortho) 1
9:00 am — 10:00 am Keynote Presentation – From Tragedy to Triumph: A Journey Through Games & Life 1
9:00 am — 2:00 pm Annual Blood Drive
10:00 am — 11:00 am Exclusive Exhibit Hall Break
11:00 am — 12:00 pm Hip Injuries: Evaluation and Treatment (Ortho) 1
12:00 pm — 1:00 pm Evaluation and Treatment of Shoulder Pain: From the Frozen Shoulder to the Unstable One (Ortho) (Rx=.05) 1
2:30 — 3:30 pm Women’s Health Guidelines Update 2021 (Women’s Health) (Rx=.25) 1
3:30 — 4:30 pm PCOS Update 2021: Common, Complex and More Serious Than Ever (Women’s Health) (Rx=.25) 1

Thursday, July 15

Dermatology Track – Mallory Aycock, PA-C

Pediatrics Track – Tami Dolphens, PA-C

Diabetes Track – Debbie Hinnen, APN, BC-ADM, CDCES, FAAN, FADCES

6:30 am Registration
6:30 — 7:15 am Breakfast Served
7:00 am — 8:00 am Sponsored Session
8:00 am — 9:00 am Malignant Skin Lesions: Can You Spot Skin Cancer? (Dermatology) (Rx=.5) 1
9:00 am — 10:00 am Infectious Skin Disorders: Name This Rash! (Dermatology) (Rx=.1) 1
10:00 am — 11:00 am Exclusive Exhibit Hall Break / Poster Presentation (Category 1 CME available for poster presentation) 1
11:00 am — 12:00 pm The Sports Physical: What is the Heart Telling You? (Pediatrics) (Rx=.05) 1
12:00 pm — 1:00 pm Pediatric Nutrition: Preventing an Epidemic, While Fighting a Pandemic (Pediatrics) (Rx=.05) 1
1:00 pm — 2:00 pm GAPA LGA/PAC Meeting 1
2:30 pm — 3:30 pm Lions and Tigers and Bears, OH MY: Diabetes Medication Update: Part 1 (Diabetes) (Rx=1) 1
3:30 pm — 4:30 pm Lions and Tigers and Bears, OH MY: Diabetes Medication Update: Part 2 (Diabetes) (Rx=1) 1
6:30 pm — 8:30 pm Alumni Reception (for participating PA programs)

Friday, July 16

Urgent Care Track – Lori Gaylor, PA-C, MPAS, DFAAPA

Mental Health & Addiction Track – Jill Mattingly, DHSc, PA-C

6:30 am 5k Fun Run/Walk
6:30 am Registration
6:30 — 7:15 am Breakfast Served
7:00 am — 8:00 am Sponsored Session
7:45 am — 8:30 am Annual Board of Directors Meeting
8:00 am — 9:00 am Urgent Care in a Nutshell: Part 1 (Urgent Care) (Rx=.02) 1
9:00 am — 10:00 am Urgent Care in a Nutshell: Part 2 (Urgent Care) (Rx=.02) 1
10:00 — 10:15 am Break
10:15 am — 11:15 am The Silent Fallout: The Rising Tide of Substance Use Disorder Caused by the Pandemic (Mental Health) (Rx=.05) 1
11:15 am — 12:15 pm The Silent Fallout: Response to the Rising Tide (Mental Health) (Rx=.05) 1
12:15 pm Conference Adjourns
Student Track/Activities:
8:00 am — 9:00 am Student Track Registration
9:00 am — 12:00 pm Student Track
1:00 pm — 3:00 pm Student Challenge Bowl – Cheer on the students from your favorite PA Program and earn 2 hours of CME 2
6:00 pm Volleyball Tournament on the Beach (followed by Student Social)


NEW Virtual Workshops!
Exclusively designed for GAPA, Tony Fullard, CEO of Atlanta Training Center, is offering the courses below completely online, providing you the freedom to complete the courses at your convenience.  You will review the latest guidelines and practices set by the American Heart Association (AHA). Once you have registered for either the ACLS/BLS or PALS/BLS workshop, you will receive a link to the online course prior to the start of the conference.  After completion you will receive your certification by email from AHA.

ACLS/BLS ($175)
Advanced cardiac life support (ACLS) refers to a set of clinical interventions for the urgent treatment of cardiac arrest, stroke and other life-threatening medical emergencies.  This course covers the key changes in ACLS, reflecting the most recent AHA guidelines.  Recognition and early management of per-arrest conditions such as symptomatic bradycardia, BLS with ACLS has the availability of improving survival outcomes in cardiac arrest. Basic life support (BLS) skills, including effective chest compression, use of a bag-mask device and early management of respiratory and cardiac arrest. This course will review changes in 1 & 2 rescuer CPR, adult, child, and infant.  As well as use of the Automatic External Defibrillation (AED) and Foreign Body Obstructed Airway (FBOA).

PALS/BCLS  ($175)
The Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) course is for healthcare providers who respond to emergencies in infants and children. Key changes in pediatric advanced life support, reflecting the new science from the most recent AHA guidelines for Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Emergency Cardiovascular Care Management of respiratory emergencies. Resuscitation team concept Rhythm disturbances and electrical therapy Systematic Approach to Pediatric Assessment Vascular access. PALS covers 1- and 2-rescuer child CPR and Automatic External Defibrillation (AED) use 1- and 2- rescuer infant CPR.


“GAPA has offered me the majority of my CME the past few years at wonderful conferences which have allowed me to network with fellow colleagues, learn and review vital updates in multiple areas of medicine, all while recharging at a beautiful beach with my family. I feel it is so essential to find a good work/life balance in our field to THRIVE. GAPA truly embraces this and encourages it!” — Haley Queen



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