This is my first time at the Forum. What session should I attend first?

If this your first PAEA Education Forum or you haven’t been to one in a while, you can attend the 2016 Education Forum New Attendee Orientation from 7:00 to 7:50 a.m. on Thursday to meet PAEA leaders and to kick start your Forum experience. You’ll learn about the best way to network with other attendees, how to use the mobile app, and what to expect over the next three days. It will also give you the chance to meet with Conference Council members and other volunteers.

I know there are business meetings scheduled. What will be discussed at these meetings?

Business Meeting #1 takes place on Thursday at 4:30 p.m. This session will be formally opened by the president to allow for any nominations of Board of Director candidates to be made from the floor, and 2017 candidates will be introduced. After that, PAEA CEO Timi Agar Barwick, MPM, will deliver the State of the Association address. This year, her address comes with a challenge and a call to action for all PA programs — “How High Can We Raise the Bar?” An interactive town hall session will follow, where you’ll be asked to test your knowledge of the current landscape by answering the question: “What knowledge and skills do new PA graduates need to be practice-ready on day 1?” Your responses will be compared to those provided by the diverse group of participants at the Stakeholder Summit in March of this year. The discussion will serve as input for PAEA’s contributions to the new ARC-PA Accreditation Standards as well as PAEA’s strategic planning process.

Business Meeting #2 and Election: On Saturday, October 15, at 8:00 a.m., member programs will debate motions on key issues facing the Association and the profession and hear updates from leaders of PAEA and other PA organizations. Election results will be announced. The agenda and additional information on this meeting can be found in the Business Meeting Book.

If I want to talk to someone who is in the same position as I am, where should I go?

On Thursday, October 13, from 9:30 – 10:20 a.m., PA educators with the same job responsibilities will gather and discuss issues pertinent to those roles. Please see the online agenda or final program for locations of each retreat.

Plan your Forum

Download the free Education Forum mobile app to help you navigate the event and plan your schedule. To find the app, search “PAEA” in the iTunes App Store or Google Play (or click the buttons below), or you can view the app in your browser.

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Continuing Medical Education

How many CME credits can I earn?

The 2016 Education Forum was awarded a total number of 99.25 AAPA Category 1 CME credits. Individuals can earn up to 18.25 CME credits. In order to receive CME credit, you will need to evaluate the sessions through the Forum's mobile app.

Exhibit Hall

Who will I see in the Exhibit Hall?

A list of exhibitors and a map of their locations in the Exhibition Hall is available here and will also be included in the final program.


Where in Minnesota is the 2016 Education Forum?

All events and activities are based out of the Minneapolis Hilton Hotel.

  • Minneapolis Hilton Hotel
  • 1001 Marquette Avenue
  • Minneapolis, MN 55403
  • 612-376-1000
  • Check-in at 3:00 p.m.; check-out at 12:00 p.m. (CST)

Wi-Fi at the conference area

Please enjoy our complimentary Wi-Fi network during the event.

Please note that sometimes hotel Wi-Fi can appear as if it is connected, but needs the password reentered. If you experience trouble with connection, try visiting a webpage in your mobile browser. If you’re not connected, reenter the network name and password.

Password: PAEA2016

Note: Both the network and password are case sensitive.

How do I get free Wi-Fi Internet in my hotel room?

If you join Hilton HHonors before you come to the Forum, use your Hilton HHonors number at check in and Wi-Fi in your room is complimentary!

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When should I arrive in Minneapolis?

Forum registration begins on Wednesday, October 12, at 1:00 p.m. All of the Forum activities begin on Thursday, October 13, at 8:00 a.m. For more details, see the Agenda.

How do I get to the hotel?

The Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP) is located about 15 miles from the hotel and is conveniently accessible by taxi or public transit. From MSP (Terminal 1 or 2 stations), follow signs for the Light Rail Blue Line. Take the metro to the Nicollet Mall station, then walk approximately 9 minutes to the hotel. This service costs around $2.00 each way. Taxi fare is approximately $40.00 each way.

Local Attractions

What is there to see/do/eat in Minneapolis?

From shopping to museums to boat rides down the Mississippi River, Minneapolis offers something for everyone. The Hilton is also conveniently located in the middle of dozens of great restaurants. To make it easy for you, we’ve compiled lots of information on how to get around town to the best activities and restaurants.


What if I’m just presenting at the Forum but don’t plan to stay for the conference?

All attendees must wear identification badges during the conference. Please contact Meetings at if you are presenting but otherwise not attending the Forum. If you change your mind and want to attend the conference, you can register onsite. To get more information about presenting at the Forum, visit our Presenter Resource page.

Project Access

What is Project Access and how do I participate?

PAEA’s Project Access outreach program aims to inspire and motivate underrepresented minority youth to consider a career in health care by bringing PAs into the classroom to discuss their experiences. For more information, please contact Ashley Smith at


Do you offer group discounts ?

Because we have made every effort to keep costs as low as possible, we are unable to offer group discounts. The best rate is available during “early bird” registration.

Am I able to substitute my registration?

Yes. If you need to change the name on a registration, contact Meetings at There is no additional fee to do so.

What is the dress code?

Business casual is the suggested dress code for this event. Remember that meeting rooms tend to be a bit cold, so a sweater or light jacket might be necessary.

Additional Information

What will the weather be like?

During this time of year, weather in Minneapolis, for the most part, is mild with daytime temperatures in the high 50s and evening temperatures in the 30s. Rain is possible, so pack an umbrella or rain jacket. Please continue to check for updated information.

What Else Do I Need To Know?

  • All receptions scheduled during the Forum have cash bars.
  • If you are interested in looking for a new position, look for the faculty job flyer in your reg bag or on the Job Board located onsite near the Registration Desk..

Who should I contact if I have more questions?

Email our Meetings team at