Join FAPA And Over 350 Professional ‘PAs’ In Marco Island, Florida!  
September 30 - October 4, 2020 
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At this Premier Live Symposium you'll hear from leading PA and Physician experts, gain a practical understanding of current topics and relevant treatment guidelines, and refresh the knowledge you may need to step into hospital medicine if you choose to assist during the COVID-19 Crisis. 

Earn over 40 CMEs that you'll need to renew your license, in areas such as ER and Acute Care Medicine, that will make you more valuable during and post a pandemic. You will even Network with PAs of other Specialties, Share Patient Cases, Get Referral Contacts, and Learn About Job Openings!
You may register for Specialty Workshops and have the chance to WIN a FREE registration to FAPA's 2021 Symposium!

In fact, here's just a sample of what you can expect at this Premier Summer Symposium:
  • Gain the Medications for Addiction Treatment MAT Certification and Expand Your Practice...
  • Refresher in ER, Hospital and Acute Care Medicine...
  • High Quality CMEs and Advanced Training
  • ​Interactive Lectures by well known PA speakers such as Laura McClary and John Bielinski...
Don't miss this Premier Summer Symposium.

Register Now!
Be one of the 350 physician assistants who attend!
Sept 30, 2020
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Oct 1, 2020
7:00 am - 9:00 pm
Oct 2, 2020
7:00 am - 10:00 pm
Oct 3, 2020
7:00 am - 2:00 pm
Oct 4, 2020
7:00 am - 12:00 pm
During this syMposium, You'll EXPERIENCE...
Day One

3.5 hours live + 3 online = 
6.5 CME

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Registration Open

1:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Welcome & COVID-19 Update
Gregory Burns, PA-DHSC, MMS, PA-C, DFAAPA

1:30 pm - 2:00 pm 
Lecture: Update on Hospital Antimicrobial
Harrison Bachmeier, PharmD, BCPS

2:00 pm - 2:30 pm 
Lecture: Identify and Treat Fungal Infection
Harrison Bachmeier, PharmD, BCPS

2:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Lecture: Sepsis
John Bielinski, PA-C

3:00 pm - 3:30 pm 

3:30 pm - 4:30 pm 
Lecture: A Leap Forward in the Treatment of Migraine and Cluster Headaches 
Louis Kuritzky, MD

4:30 pm - 5: 00 pm 
Lecture: DM2 Insulin Pumps and CGM 
Michelle Licuisi-Silano, RN, RD MS
Day Two

7 hours live + 3 online = 
10 CME

7:00 am - 8:00 am 

8:00 am - 8:30 am 
Lecture: Acute Heart Failure
John Bielinski, PA-C

8:30 am -9:30 am 
Lecture: Advancing the Management of 
Patients with Chronic Heart Failure

9:30 am - 10:00 am 
Break Exhibitors

10:00 am - 11:00 am 
Lecture: Arrythmias/EP 
Lecture: Acute Coronary Syndrome
John Bielinski, PA-C

11:00am - 11:30am
Lecture: ICU Patient Management/Ventilators 
Brandon Braddock, PA-C

11:30 am - 12:00 pm 
Lecture: Update on Influenza
Laura McClary, PA-C

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm 
Lecture: AAPA: Latest Trends in Contraception: How to Meet the Demands for Long Acting Reversible Contraception 
Nisha McKenzie, PA-C

2:00 pm - 2:30 pm 

2:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Lecture: Vertigo & Dizziness 
from an ENT Perspective
Nicole Walstein Keller, PA-C

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm 
Lecture: Billing and Coding Updates
Susan Roelent, CPC. CPMA, CEMC, CPCO

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
AAPA Update: What's going on in the PA Community Nationally

7:00 pm - 9:00 pm 
10K Alley Opening Night Reception 
(with Exhibitors) 
Sponsored by PPACE
Day Three

7 hours live + 7 online = 
14 CME

7:00 am - 8:00 am 

8:00 am - 8:30 am
Lecture: Mental Illness During Pregnancy
Kevin Williams, PA-C

8:30 am -9:00 am  
Lecture: Drug Interactions in Psychiatry
Gregory Burns, DHSC, MMS, PA-C, DFAAPA

9:00 am - 9:30 am 
Lecture: Management of Mood Disorders
Joellen Gordon, PA-C

9:30 am - 10:00 am 

10:00 am - 10:30 am 
Lecture: General Anxiety Disorder
Thiago Querioz, PA-C

10:30 am - 11:00 am
Lecture: Assessment and Treatment 
for Patient with Suicidal Behaviors
Amber Buzzi, MSPAS, PA-C

11:00 am - 11:30 am 
Lecture: Updated Approach to Schizophrenia
Kevin Williams, PA-C

11:30 am - 12:30 pm 

12:30 pm - 2:30 pm 
Medications for Addiction Treatment (MAT) Training Part 1 
*Registration Required

12:30 pm - 2:30 pm 
Workshop: Point of Care Ultrasound 
*Registration Required

2:30 pm - 3:00 pm 

3:00 pm - 5:00 pm 
Medications for Addiction Treatment MAT Training Part 2
*Registration Required

3:00 pm - 5:00 pm 
Workshop: Point of Care Ultrasound 
*Registration Required

7:00 pm - 10:00 pm 
President’s Reception

Day Four

5.5 hours live + 2.5 online = 

7:00 am - 8:00 am 

8:00 am - 8:30 am 
Lecture: Caring for Your Patients on Biologics 
Jeff Johnson, PA-C
In Partnership with FSDPA

8:30 am - 9:30 am 
Lecture: Diabetes Management: 
Putting the Patient First

9:30 am - 10:00 am 

10:00 am - 10:30 am 
Lecture: Update in MS 
Penn Mattox, DMSc, MPAS, PA-C

10:30 am - 11:30 am 
Lecture: Updates on Hyperlipidemia | Updates on HTN
Shalon Buchs, MHS, PA-C

10:00 am - 12:00 am
Neurotoxin Workshop
Dave Kotun, PA-C
*Registration Required

11:30 am - 12:00 pm 
Lecture: Eczema/Atopic Dermatitis
Jennifer Crews, PA-C

12:00 pm - 2:00 pm 
Member Luncheon

Day Five

3 hours live + 3 online = 

7:00 am - 8:00 am 

8:00 am - 8:30 am 
Lecture: Hot Ortho: When to Refer?
Patrick Elias, PA-C

8:30 am - 9:00 am 
Lecture: OA/RA/Other
Differentiating Arthritis
Sarah Spelsberg, FAWM, PA-C

9:00 am - 9:30 am  
Lecture: Wilderness Medicine Update
Sarah Spelsberg, FAWM, PA-C

9:30 am - 10:00 am 

10:00 am - 10:30 am 
Lecture: Ortho
Patrick Elias, PA-C

10:30 am - 11:00 am 
Lecture: Reversing Anticoagulants
Lisa Welch, MBA, PA-C

11:00 am - 11:30 am 
Lecture: Pain Management for Cancer Patients

11:30 am
End of Symposium

 Registration Levels
Early Bird Registration $149 
  • Full Symposium Access
  • FAPA Swag Bag
  •    President's Reception          (One Ticket) 
  • Membership Lunch (One Ticket)
  • Exhibitor Expo
Student - WEEKEND
Early Bird Registration $99 
  • Saturday - Sunday Access Only
Weekend only
Early Bird Registration $379 
  • Friday - Sunday Access Only
  • FAPA Swag Bag
  •        President's Reception         (One Ticket) 
  • Membership Lunch (One Ticket)
  • CMEs
  • MAT Training
  • Exhibitor Expo
Early Bird Registration $479
  • Full Symposium Access
  • FAPA Swag Bag
  •          President's Reception           (One Ticket)
  • Membership Lunch (One Ticket)
  • CMEs
  • MAT Training
  • Exhibitor Expo
Early Bird Registration $649
  • Full Symposium Access
  • FAPA Swag Bag
  •          President's Reception           (One Ticket)
  • Membership Lunch (One Ticket)
  • CMEs
  • MAT Training
  • Exhibitor Expo

Additional Upgrades & Add-ons Available

Student Weekend Rates: $149 (Early Bird $99) Saturday - Sunday Access Only, FAPA Swag Bag, and Exhibitor Expo
Spouse PA Add-on: $519 (Early Bird $399) Includes Full Symposium Access Plus All Non-Member Benefits
President's Reception: $79 (Child's Ticket $39) Includes Catered Meal
Workshops: Medications for Addiction Treatment (MAT) Training FREE (8 CMEs) | Head & Neck Neurotoxin (2 CMEs)  $79
Point of Care Ultrasound (8 CMEs) $199
Symposium Books (Pre-order only): $30 Printed Binder of All Lecture Presentation Slides

Medications for Addiction Treatment (MAT)  Training


Medications for Addiction Treatment (MAT) of Substance Use Disorders (SDU) involves a combination of medications that targets the brain, and psychosocial interventions (e.g., counseling, skills development) aimed at improving treatment outcomes. 

Learn effective, evidence-based clinical practices in preventing, identifying, and treating Opioid Use Disorder (OUD) and Substance Use Disorder (SUD). In order to prescribe buprenorphine, methadone or naltrexone, PAs need this specialty certification.  Great for PAs in Emergency Medicine, Psychiatry, Family or Pain Medicine.  

This is a 8 CME workshop (4 hours live and 4 online)



Did you know that neurotoxins are used for chronic headaches, neck pain, torticollis, TMJ, frozen shoulder and many other medical disorders?  

Join us for this live 2 hour workshop to learn many of the techniques that can help your patients and make you a better PA.  

Great for PAs in Neurology, Rheumatology, Family medicine and Pain Medicine.

Point of Care Ultrasound


Utilizing bedside ultrasound techniques is a fast growing field, and many PAs are becoming certified.  

In this workshop you will get an introduction to echocardiography. 

Learn how to find veinous access in a difficult patient, identify a patient with a DVT, and evaluate a dyspneic patient.  This workshop is ideal for anyone in Emergency Medicine, Critical Care, Acute Care Medicine, Hospital Medicine, Cardiology, Pulmonology, or even Family Medicine.  

This is a 8 CME workshop (4 hours live and 4 online) in partnership with the Society of Point of Care Ultrasound (SPOCUS).
Meet Your Speakers & facilitators
John Bielinski, Jr. ms pa-c
John Bielinski is a PA from St. Petersburg, Florida, and is the owner of CME4Life, American Medical Seminars and the Dale Carnegie SW Florida Franchise. 

After completing his degree, John moved into clinical practice and threw himself into learning medicine at an extremely high level. He applied the techniques he had learned during his undergraduate studies to learn and remember medicine. Flash cards and memory tricks provided a solid foundation for retaining information that was critical to saving lives. He retained information and remembered it at critical times. He developed consistent, high-caliber, reproducible systems of assessing patients. 

John ran a rural emergency department for nine years without a physician on site. He took the opportunity and applied the techniques he had so carefully honed firsthand. John Bielinski got results. He took that success a step further and began teaching Advanced Cardiac Life Support and later an advanced course. Feeding his passion for learning, John developed a new passion for teaching. Through teaching, his learning deepened as well. He taught for 10 years at two physician assistant schools in Buffalo, New York, and taped some of his lessons. Those lesson videotapes eventually turned into CME4LIFE.

John has been a PA for 23 years with a focus and passion for critical access emergency medicine. 

Louis Kuritzky, MD
Dr. Kuritzky is a family physician and clinical assistant professor in the Department of Community Health and Family Medicine at the University of Florida in Gainesville. He received his medical degree from the Medical College of Virginia in Richmond and completed his internship at Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton, Ohio. 

Prior to joining the faculty at the University of Florida in 1983, Dr. Kuritzky was a member of the UCLA Family Medicine Clinical Faculty. His current professional society participation includes the American Society of Hypertension (ASH), the American Diabetes Association (ADA), and the American Association of Family Physicians (AAFP). In addition to being board-certified in family medicine by the American Board of Family Medicine, he has received certification as a Specialist in Hypertension by the American Society of Hypertension. 

Dr. Kuritzky has given hundreds of presentations nationally and internationally at professional societies. He is on the editorial board of Internal Medicine Alert, and the International Journal of Impotence Research. He has authored over 100 articles in journals including the New England Journal of Medicine, JAMA, Comprehensive Therapy, Hospital Practice, and Patient Care.
Scott Urquhart, PA-C
Practicing Endocrinology since 1996 with Diabetes and Thyroid Associates in Fredericksburg, Virginia. 

Past President and founding member of the American Society of Endocrine Physician Assistants. 

Distinguished Fellow of the American Academy of PAs 

In 2011 he founded the Metabolic and Endocrine Disease Summit (MEDS). 
He is the Chair of this national PA/NP bi-annual Endocrine event. 

Awarded America’s Top PA in 2018 by Point of Care Network 2018 

Clinical Instructor, George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences PA Program 

Adjunct Clinical Professor, James Madison University’s PA program 

Publications have appeared in JAAPA, Clinician Reviews, Diabetes Spectrum, and Clinical Diabetes. 

Daniel Thibodeau MHP, PA-C, DFAAPA
Daniel Thibodeau, MHP, PA-C, DFAAPA, is associate professor for the Physician Assistant program and Director of Clinical Education Recruitment and Support at Eastern Virginia
Medical School. He clinically practices in cardiology and also has clinical experience in emergency medicine as well as cardiac surgery. 

Graduating in 1996, he holds a Masters of Health Professions and his certificate of the physician assistant program from Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts. Mr. Thibodeau also holds two undergraduate degrees, one in Physical Education with a concentration in sports medicine from Radford University and a second baccalaureate in biology from Old Dominion University. His faculty duties are focused around the clinical assessment of the patient, clinical procedures, and clinical medicine lectures.

He has worked with several national organizations, including being former chair of the board for the American Academy of PAs, a member of the American College of
Physicians Foundation national steering committee on the Initiative on Atrial Fibrillation and Stroke Prevention, and was also part of the ACPF national steering committee on Acute Coronary Syndrome. Mr. Thibodeau is currently part of the AAPA's Educational Advisory Board as well as the Cardiovascular Risk Reduction work group of the AAPA.

why should you attend the symposium 
post covid-19??? take it from them...
Earn over 40 CMEs that you'll need 
when renewing your license

John Bielinski, Jr. MS Principal

Paula Purpera, PA-C

Jason Berger, PA-C

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our FAPA President-Elect
Gregory L. Burns, DHSc, MMS, PA-C, DFAAPA
Gregory L. Burns, DHSc, MMS, PA-C, DFAAPA has been a State of Florida-licensed and national certified Physician Assistant (PA-C) for over 14 years working in various medical specialties such as cardiology, electrophysiology, internal medicine, and family medicine. For the past 9 years, he has worked full-time within PA education. In 2005, he received a Master in Medical Sciences (MMS) and Bachelor of Science (BS) in PA Studies from Nova Southeastern University PA Program in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. In 2016, he received his Doctorate of Health Sciences (DHSc) degree with a concentration in leadership and organizational behavior from A.T. Still University. Currently, he is the Academic Director and Associate Professor for the new University of Tampa PA Medicine Program in Tampa, FL. Since his graduation from PA school, he has been very active advocating for the PA profession, both regionally and nationally.   

Regionally, he has served on many committees within the Florida Academy of PAs including their Faculty Relations Committee, Foundation, Elections/Nomination Committee (ENC), Legislative/Government Committee (LGA), Student Affairs Committee (SAC), Political Action Committee (PAC), Financial Affairs Committee (FAC), and Conferenece Planning Committee (CPC). From 2006 through 2011, he was elected by his peers to be on the Board of Directors of this organization for the positions of South Regional Director, President-Elect, President, and Immediate Past-President. In fact, he was elected again in February 2020 by his peers with serving a 2nd term as President-Elect of FAPA.

Nationally, he has been on the House of Delegates of the American Academy of PAs (AAPA) representing the State of Florida since 2009 and was the Chief Delegate of this important group in 2010. Within this national PA organization (AAPA), he is currently the Chair-Elect for the Political Action Committee (PAC) and member of the Nominating Work Group.

He has been honored with several awards for his involvement with PA leadership, service and community including Pi Alpha Honor Physician Assistant Society and being named a Distinguished Fellow Member of AAPA (DFAAPA) in 2017. He has also given numerous medical presentations and lectures for regional and national PA conferences for over 14 years. He currently lives in Tampa, Florida with his wife, Katie (a ER PA-C and former FAPA & SAAAPA President) and young son Brooks. 

Enjoy a beautiful location
JW Marriott Marco Island Beach Resort
400 South Collier Boulevard
Marco Island, FL 34145, US

We are now accepting hotel reservations for our upcoming event. Through this website you can book, modify or cancel your hotel reservations and receive updated information about the event.  

You’ll also discover a variety of ways to enhance your experience at the resort. We look forward to seeing you in paradise!

This symposium is being planned for 54.5 CME hours, pending accreditation from the AAPA with a maximum of 44.5 CME hours attainable. 
Credits attained are contingent on the sessions and workshops attended.  Nursing credits will also be offered.  

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