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FallFest 2019
Oct. 7-11
Gatlinburg Convention Center

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Audience: Conference registration is open to PAs, physicians, nurse practitioners, PA students enrolled in an ARC-PA accredited program.

TAPA is looking forwarding to hosting PAs from across the state and nation at our 43rd Annual FallFest continuing medical education (CME) conference. The conference will be held Monday, Oct. 7 through Friday, Oct. 11 at the Gatlinburg Convention Center, located at the edge of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park (GSMNP) – the most visited national park in the United States.

If you enjoy a nice hike after a day of CME lectures, then FallFest won’t disappoint. There are so many hiking trails to choose from – from short, easily trails to more difficult ones that take you to gorgeous waterfalls, you have many options within the GSMNP. Not interested in hiking? Then take a drive through the park as you enjoy the fall colors and watch for wildlife.

PAs bringing their families with them will have no shortage of entertainment options. From the Dollywood theme park to the Ripley’s attractions, there are many fun things to see and do in the Gatlinburg/Pigeon Forge area. Check out the Aquarium of the Smokies or play a round of mini golf. You are sure to make many great memories. And for the grownups, be sure visit a distillery for a tasting of local moonshine.

If shopping is your guilty pleasure, a shopper’s paradise awaits about 25 minutes from the Gatlinburg Convention Center at the Tanger Outlets in Sevierville. There you will find hundreds of brand-name and designer outlet stores and get a start on holiday shopping.

TAPA’s CME Committee is hard at work planning a terrific agenda with top-notch speakers. Join us in October to learn about the newest advances in medicine, including the latest treatment guidelines and therapeutic advances. Many individual lectures are specifically developed in accordance with the NCCPA Content Blueprint in order to assist PAs and PA students in preparing for the NCCPA certification/recertification exam, so we hope you will find the agenda beneficial to your practice. And with an agenda being planned to offer up to 44 CME credits, you can easily earn nearly all the Category I CME needed to renew your NCCPA certification.

If you haven’t been to FallFest in several years, we hope to see you this year. If you come to FallFest each year, TAPA looks forward to hosting you again as you make new memories and visit your favorite places.


PA Student Programs

TAPA is pleased to offer student-specific programming at FallFest. The Student Track will be held on Monday, Oct. 7. These sessions are specifically designed to prepare students for graduating and entering the PA workforce. A morning of lectures will be followed with two concurrent PA student workshops that are designed to give PA students hands-on experiences.

Monday evening, TAPA is pleased to host the 5th 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. For more information, download the Challenge Bowl rules and registration forms.

Poster Presentations

Each year, TAPA showcases poster presentations at FallFest. This gives PAs and PA students the opportunity to share their research with colleagues. Posters will be on display in the Exhibit Hall on Monday, Oct. 7 and Tuesday, Oct. 8. Authors will be present to talk about and answer questions regarding their work during breakfast from 7-8 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 8. Click here for submission guidelines.


TAPA has secured discounted pricing at several hotels in the area, and those blocks are now open. See the chart below for more information. Many of these hotels are either less than 2 years old or recently remodeled. All hotels, except the Park Vista, are within walking distance of the Gatlinburg Convention Center.

Click here to download the list of host hotels.

FallFest – Gatlinburg, Tenn.