FallFest - Gatlinburg Convention Center

October 9, 2017 to October 13, 2017

Next week, TAPA will be welcoming hundreds of PAs and PA students to Gatlinburg for the 41st Annual FallFest CME Conference. Here are some reminders for those individuals who are planning to attend.


Conference Agenda

Student Track Agenda


Gatlinburg Convention Center

The conference will be held at the Gatlinburg Convention Center, located at 234 Historic Nature Trail, Gatlinburg, TN 37738. Please use the convention center entrance located on Historic Nature Trail/Airport Rd to access the TAPA meeting. The Craftsmen’s Fair will be going on during the TAPA conference, and that show will be using the entrance on the Parkway. You can avoid those crowds by using the side entrance on Historic Nature Trail.

There is not a dedicated parking lot for the convention center, but several public pay lots are located close by. However, these lots do fill up quickly so attendees are encouraged to arrive early if they need to find parking. With the exception of the Park Vista, the host hotels are within walking distance of the convention center.


Alternate Routes

During peak times, the main parkway from I-40 to Gatlinburg can become congested. TAPA has identified some alternate routes that conference attendees can use to avoid some of the congestion. Click here to print off the directions.

There are also many side roads in the Sevierville/Pigeon Forge/Gatlinburg areas that will route you around heavy traffic on the main parkway. If you have a smart phone, be sure to consult both the Google Maps app and/or the Waze app for further assistance.


Registration begins Sunday, Oct. 8 at 4 p.m.

TAPA is pleased to offer Sunday registration hours again this year. This will allow attendees to pick up their packets and avoid any lines Monday morning. 

The Registration Desk will be open from 4-6 p.m. Eastern time on Sunday, Oct. 8. It will reopen at 7 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 9 and will be open throughout the conference. The first CME lecture of the conference will begin at 8 a.m. Eastern time on Monday.

Conference attendees needing to register onsite can do that any time the Registration Desk is open, and TAPA staff will be ready to assist.


CME Certificates

CME certificates will be distributed on Friday morning during the break. Student Track attendance certificates will be available for pickup at end of the day on Monday for those PAs students who are only attending the Student Track. Student attendance certificates for those registered for the week will be available on Friday.

PAs and students who are leaving the conference before Friday should notify the Registration Desk upon arrival at the conference so that TAPA staff can get certificates ready early. If you are only registered for a daily registration, your certificate will be available for pickup at the end of that day (this includes PA students only attending the Student Track on Monday).

Workshop completion certificates will be distributed at the conclusion of each workshop during the week. Please be sure to pick your certificate up before leaving the workshop.

TAPA does not mail certificates that are not picked up. PAs needing to request a certificate should email info@tnpa.com.


Finally, TAPA would like to thank our sponsors and exhibitors. We could not put on the conference without their support!



Gold Sponsor

Lincoln Memorial University - DCOM, DMS Program

Pathology Partners


Silver Sponsor

Gerald Nelson, w/ Principal Financial Group


Bronze Sponsors

Portola Pharmaceuticals

Provision CARES Cancer Center


Tote Bag Sponsor



Name Badge Sponsor




TAPA is pleased to welcome the following companies, along with our sponsors listed above, to the FallFest Exhibit Hall.


Bethel University PA Program

Gilead Sciences

Horizon Pharma

InSource Diagnostics

Kentucky Army National Guard Health Professional Officer Recruiting Team

Kowa Pharmaceuticals

Lincoln Memorial University - PA Program

New York Life Insurance Company



Pfizer Innovative Health, Vaccines

Purdue Pharma, LP

Shire Pharmaceuticals

Skin, Bones, Hearts and Private Parts

South College PA Program

U.S. Army Healthcare Recruiting

ZipLine Medical, Inc.

8:00am to 12:15pm
Gatlinburg Convention Center
234 Historic Nature Trail
Gatlinburg  Tennessee  37738
United States