FallFest - Gatlinburg Convention Center

October 9, 2017 to October 13, 2017

Make plans to attend FallFest 2017!

Oct. 9-13, 2017

Gatlinburg Convention Center


The wildfires that ravaged the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the Gatlinburg community on Nov. 28, 2016 made national news, and many of us worried about the community which has provided such enjoyment to FallFest attendees over the years. While there was widespread damage to the park and to cabin communities on the outskirts of town, thankfully the Gatlinburg Convention Center and the main strip in town were spared and the community is aggressively rebuilding.

Gatlinburg is struggling to rebuild, and TAPA is pleased to return to the area this fall as our presence will assist their efforts to strengthen their economy. If you haven’t been to FallFest in awhile, won’t you consider joining us this year? If you regularly attend FallFest, rest assured that many of your favorite places will be open this October to welcome you as you make new memories.

Registration is now open for Tennessee PAs, PAs practicing out of state, physicians, nurse practitioners, and PA students enrolled in an accredited PA program. Click the links below to view the brochure and registration forms.

Conference Brochure

Registration Form

Online Registration

Conference agenda 


PA Student Programs

TAPA is pleased to offer student-specific programming at FallFest. The Student Track will be held on Monday, Oct. 9. These sessions are specifically designed to prepare students for graduating and entering the PA workforce. A full day of lectures will be followed with three concurrent PA student workshops on Basic Suturing, Advanced Suturing and EKG – all geared toward the PA student. See brochure for more details.

Monday evening, TAPA is pleased to host the 4th Annual Student Challenge Bowl. Modeled after the AAPA National Challenge Bowl, Monday night’s event will help Tennessee PA students prepare for their exams, certification and the National Challenge Bowl competition. Click here to download the Challenge Bowl rules and registration forms.


Poster Presentations

TAPA is pleased to showcase another year of poster presentations at FallFest, which will give PAs and PA students the opportunity to showcase their research. Posters will be on display from Monday, Oct. 9 through Wednesday, Oct. 11. Authors will be present to talk about and answer questions regarding their work at breakfast from 7-8 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 10. Click here for submission guidelines.



TAPA has secured discounted pricing at several hotels in the area, and those blocks are now open. For a listing of host hotels, click here.



TAPA would like to thank our 2017 conference sponsors! Click here to find out more about becoming a sponsor.

Gold Sponsor

Lincoln Memorial University - DCOM, DMS Program

Pathology Partners


Silver Sponsor

Gerald Nelson, w/ Principal Financial Group


Tote Bag Sponsor


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