AAPA 2023 - CME

Thank you for your interest in submitting a Call for Presentation for AAPA 2023 being held May 20-24, 2023 in Nashville, TN. All of the submissions are due by July 31, 2022. Please note by submitting, you are agreeing to present at any day or time during the conference dates. 

If you have questions, please contact AAPA staff via email conferencecme@aapa.org.


Keys to a Successful Submission

The quality of the submission is as important as the content of the submission itself. We encourage you to review the following information prior to submitting, as these are all of the items that the submission will be graded on by your colleagues.

Short Description

  • Be concise in telling the reviewers what the presentation will cover
  • Include the target audience you would like to reach with this presentation

Learning Objectives

  • Never use the word “understand” as the verb, because it is not measurable
  • Use action verbs and should reflect measurable outcomes (via demonstration or post-testing)
  • No more than one objective per 20 minutes of session time

For help with writing learning objectives:

  • Click here for a guide to writing
  • Click here for a comprehensive list of action verbs
  • See below for an example

Osteoporosis: Turning Clinical Pitfalls into Clinical Pearls
At the end of this session, the participant should be able to: 

  • Recognize the clinical features and complications of osteoporosis
  • Describe bone differentiation and microarchitecture
  • Interpret bone mineral density results


Graders will be evaluating for evidence-based medicine (EBM), which is defined as the conscientious, explicit, and judicious use of the current best evidence in making decisions about cases of individual patients. Graders assess quality of references will be assessed on the following metrics:

  • National/International/Organizational recommendations or guidelines
  • Published in the past 3-5 years or represents the current standards in the field if older
  • Respected authors in field
  • Peer-reviewed journal that are considered authoritative in the field

Presentation Outline

  • See below for an example of an CME presentation outline

Updates in Pneumonia

  1. Objectives (see attached objectives)
  2. Define CAP, HAP, VAP
    1. New CAP guidelines expected 2018
    2. HAP and VAP updates from 2016
  3. Common pathogens
    1. Typical vs. atypical pneumonias
    2. Demographic specific concerns
  4. Diagnostics and Work-up
    1. X-ray vs. CT
    2. The use of procalcitonin
    3. Additional workup and efficacy (respiratory pathogen panels, sputum cultures, blood cultures, serum and urine testing)
  5. Treatment and duration
    1. Appropriate management: inpatient vs. outpatient
      1. CURB-65 score, Severe CAP score, Pneumonia Severity Index
    2. b. Choice of antibiotics
      1. i. IDSA guideline recommendations
      2. MDR, MRSA, pseudomonas risk factors iii. Local antibiograms
    3. Updates in fluoroquinolone black box warnings
    4. Shorter duration of antibiotics/Antibiotic stewardship


  • All PAs must be current AAPA members at the time of presentation
  • Total compensation will be split between the faculty
  • Discounted or complimentary registration is limited to 3 faculty per session. (Please note if you book your hotel room for a minimum of a two-night stay during the registration process, then you will receive 100% complimentary registration.)

Final Tips for a Strong Submission from Graders

  • Make sure you proofread for spelling and grammatical errors the whole submission
  • Ensure your learning objectives are measurable and start with an action verb
  • References need to be evidence-based and not out of date
  • Detailed outline showing graders what you intend to cover
  • Graders review faculty CVs and want to see speaking and teaching experience


AAPA Category 1 Self-Assessment CME

  • If you are interested in making your CME presentation eligible for self-assessment CME, please review the following self-assessment guidelines to design your presentation appropriately.