AASPA 2023 Annual CME Meeting — View Recordings! 

Wednesday, August 30 – friday, September 1, 2023
mass general brigham  |  Assembly Row | boston, ma
399 REvolution Drive, Somerville, Massachusetts

The American Association of Surgical Physician Assistants (AASPA) 2023 CME meeting was focused on advancing clinician wellness, diversity, PA leadership, and surgical education innovation. #tyingsurgicalPAstogether was an event featuring an exceptional lineup of speakers and experts from diverse backgrounds providing participants with valuable insights and tools to enhance their professional practice! 
If you havany questions, please feel free to reach out to us at [email protected]

Please note that to receive CME, surveys must be filled out for each session. Instructions to fill out surveys will be sent in your confirmation email. This activity has been reviewed by the AAPA Review Panel and is compliant with AAPA CME Criteria. This activity is designated for 24 AAPA Category 1 CME credits. Approval is valid from 8/30/2023 to 9/1/2024 . PAs should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation. AAPA reference number: CME-209462.

Video Recordings (Maximum of 24 CME Credits)

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Diversity Track
Above and Beyond Diversity: Yep there is More
Implicit Bias in Healthcare
How PAs can Positively Impact Lives Outside the Clinical Setting
Leadership Track
Navigating the Post-Covid Era: Recruitment and Retention
Is There a Better Way to do the M & M?
Surgical Residency Training for the PA: Is it the Path for me?
The PA Impact on Patients, Practice, and Profession
Leading Improvement: Scale Your Impact and Lead New Career Paths
Advocacy in the PA Profession
Update from NCCPA Focus on PANRE
Non-traditional Roles in PA Leadership

Wellness Track
Daily Meditation Reduces Burnout
Strategies for Developing Wellbeing and Resiliency Amongst Multidisciplinary Healthcare Teams
Optimal Function Under Stress
Active Shooter Prevention, Response, and Resiliency in Healthcare
Surgical Innovation Track
Atrial Fibrillation: It's Not Just About Rate Control
Surgical Innovation and the Learning Curve From a Bioethics Perspective
Digital Health and Quality Improvement
Hot Topics in Sports Medicine and Shoulder Surgery
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy
GI Track
GERD and Antireflux Surgery for the APP
Evaluation and Management of Colorectal Complaints
Gut Connection: Using Nutrition to Enhance GI Surgery Outcomes
Intestinal Malrotation: Not Just the Pediatric Surgeon's Outcome

Workshops Hosted:

Flourishing as a surgical pa: what providers can learn from fighter pilots, olympic athletes, & cirque de soleil performers

Arena Labs' mission to revolutionize the way frontline healthcare professionals are trained and shift the paradigm from clinician endurance to clinician performance. High Performance Medicine is anchored in the belief that frontline medical teams should have access to the same tools, training, and data as other teams who perform in high-stakes, high-consequence environments. We cannot change the stressors of modern medicine. But, we are able to improve the capacity of frontline medical teams to manage and navigate stress.

Speaker: Glen Trachtenberg, MHA


Kids experience the life of a surgical PA.

Speaker: BOD staff

basic suturing practice & knot tying skills

Teaching on different suturing techniques (simple interrupted, running, subcuticular, horizontal and vertical mattress). Fundamental of different types of knots (surgeons knot, square knot, deep tie) and different methods of knot tying (instrument tie, two-handed tie, and one-handed tie).

Speaker: Nicole Perez, PA-C & Julia Narovlyanskaya, PA-C

advanced suturing & plastic closures

Practice of more advanced suturing techniques to improve cosmesis, running subcuticular, deep dermal, buried knots, fixing dog ears, rotation techniques, and more.

Speaker: Andrea Liseth Tavera Sanabria, MD

Foundations of first assisting

Practical tips and techniques for starting your career as a surgical PA. Start learning basic ideas of first assisting such as following suture, tissue retraction, and helpful body mechanics.

Speaker: Margaret Holland, PA-C & Michelle Dellene, PA-C