Exhibitor & Sponsorship Opportunities

Exhibitor & Supporter Information

AASPA 16th Annual CME Meeting & Surgical Update
Hilton Crystal City
Arlington, VA
October 13 - 16, 2016

Due Dates:
Signage/Product Description: September 1, 2016 (No deadline for online)
Exhibitor Badges: October 6, 2016

To submit or revise your description or badge names please use our Exhibitor Portal.

Why Exhibit

The Surgical Physician Assistant is the fastest growing segment of the physician assistant workforce (AAPA NEWS). The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that PAs will be the second-fastest-growing profession in the next decade, increasing from 74,800 in 2008 to 103,900 in 2018. AAPA projects that in 2020, there will be between 137,000 and 173,000 certified PAs.

In answer to growing physician shortages, there is a push for more PAs to help ensure access to care. Coupled with this are the prospects of an aging population (who will need more healthcare services) and the fact that more people are expected to seek care due to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

The Surgical Physician Assistant provides a wide range of general and specialized health care. While exercising autonomy in medical decision-making, the Surgical PA can participate in all phases of the care of the surgical patient. This includes pre-operative consultation, intra-operative (first assistance), and post-operative care (ranging from the post-operative care unit, the ICU to even long term follow-up in the home).

Surgical PAs practice in every specialty in which a physician would practice. We have members in administration, anesthesia, bariatric, cardiac, critical care, emergency medicine, general surgery, neurosurgical, orthopedic, plastic, pre-operative testing, trauma, transplant, urological, vascular, wound care, and more. According to the NCCPA, there are more than 86,000 PAs in clinical practice. The American Association of Surgical PAs represents the 24,000 PAs who work in a surgical environment. According to the AASPA 2013 survey, surgical PAs wrote more than 700,000 thousand prescriptions last year. Surgical PAs also play a vital role in the selection and use of surgical equipment, including instruments, barrier devices, drains, sutures, pre-op cleansers, etc. Surgical PAs also participate in the selection of home care services and equipment, nutritional and dietary supplements.

PAs play a role on educational committees, medical supply and equipment committees and more. Surgical PAs make decisions about which products to use. A hospital selects its surgical equipment based on the demands of the surgeon. More and more this decision is falling to the PA. Thirty-five percent of the PAs surveyed make decisions regarding medical equipment and 32% make decisions on which pharmaceuticals to prescribe.

PAs are reimbursable under Federal Health Laws that regulate Medicare. Most insurance companies also cover services performed by the physician/PA team. The Medical Group Management Association Physician Compensation survey found that the average total charges for a surgical PA in that year was $521,225. Therefore, PAs are active players on the health care team!

As you may know, this marks a historic time in health care. All residents trained in the United States are restricted to working an eighty-hour work week. The legislation actually requires that the resident be sent home at a given hour. It has also been documented that the number of surgical residency applications from medical schools has been declining. With fewer residents and a cutback in work hours, who will be using your products "after hours?" We believe it will be the surgical PA! Dr. Paul Freedman, a member of the American College of Surgeons Allied Health Committee has said that "PAs can be incorporated into teaching programs.... and that full replacement of a 10% reduction in residency time would require 12,200 PAs." Just imagine, that is 12,200 new people using your product or writing prescriptions!

AASPA represents the unique needs and interests of the Surgical PA. Building a corporate relationship with us helps the PA profession and our organization to prosper while affording your company an exceptional venue for increased exposure and recognition. All of our corporate sponsors find a strong relationship with surgical PAs to be very fruitful, and offers an exceptional return on investment. Physicians, surgeons, hospital equipment committees, and others often rely on the opinions of the surgical PA.

AASPA support is a financially sound move to improve your bottom line. In addition, as a 501(c)6 NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION, we serve as a possible tax advantage for your company. Our tax ID Number is 63-0797410.

The American Association of Surgical Physician Assistants exists to advance the PA profession. To this end we help to improve the quality and accessibility of care for the surgical patient. We seek to bring our members the latest in continuing medical education, assist them in professional quality improvement initiatives and offer a professional cloud that offers not only a way to document training, but remind them of important due dates, safely store their presentations and personal information, and save them time when applying for new positions via auto fill features. We follow the philosophy that the smarter the team, the better the outcomes. It is truly a noble endeavor.

This is a huge task. We are pleased that you wish to join our team. We hope you will become a supporter for the overall good of both organizations, with the goal of improving the quality of health care that PAs provide.

For any questions or more information please contact:

Matt Van Wie
Manager, Corporate & Educational Support
(804) 550-2312
(804) 550-0695 fax