Join colleagues from across the state and region at TAPA’s 48th 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.

Conference Program

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 therapies. In the Exhibit Hall, enhance your knowledge of the latest products and services available to your patients as you network with exhibitors.  

New to this year’s conference, TAPA will be offering breakout sessions on Tuesday and Wednesday. These breakout sessions will allow conference attendees to break into smaller groups to encourage in-depth discussions of the materials and provide networking opportunities for attendees.

Conference attendees will also have the change to mingle with fellow PAs at the conference mixer at the Gatlinburg Aquarium on Tuesday, Oct. 8. It will be a fun opportunity to enjoy one of Gatlinburg's main attractions while getting to know colleagues better. Discounted tickets can be purchased on the registration form, and attendees are welcome to bring family and friends to this event.


BLS Certification/Recertification: On Tuesday, Oct. 8 conference attendees can renew their BLS certification. Brush up on performing 1- and 2-rescurer CPR for adults, children, and infants; AED and bag masks use; rescue breathing; and performing the Heimlich maneuver. Fee: $75 

AHA ACLS Recertification: TAPA is excited to offer an opportunity to renew your AHA ACLS certification at FallFest on Thursday, Oct. 10 in a convenient setting and at a rate lower than what is typically charged. To qualify you must have either a current or recently expired ACLS certification (within 12 months) and a current AHA BLS Provider certification. (If your BLS certification has expired, you can take the BLS workshop at FallFest.)

We have allocated three hours for this event.  Participants will review the 2020 AHA guidelines for performance of Advanced Cardiac Life Support. They will have opportunities to practice skills associated within the delivery of advanced life support including intubation and IO insertion. Participants will practice various roles in a MegaCode and demonstrate proficiency in order to attain recertification as well as successfully passing the ACLS written examination. Workshop is facilitated by seasoned skilled provider educators to assure participant success.

This workshop has limited space, requires pre-registration, and you must complete some activities PRIOR to attending. Click here for more details. Fee: $150

Student Track/Pre-PA Student Track

TAPA is pleased to once again offer programming specifically geared toward PA students. The festivities will kick off on Sunday, Oct. 6 at a student mixer held from 5-6 p.m. at the Gatlinburg Convention Center.

On Monday, Oct. 7, the Student Track will offer lectures in the morning on topics of interest to students. In the afternoon, PA students will be split into two sessions where they will practice hands-on procedures on suturing, ultrasound techniques, and joint injections in the large multi-purpose room. For Pre-PA students, lectures will be offered to assist them in their journey toward acceptance in a PA program.

The day will conclude with TAPA’s Annual Challenge Bowl, where teams from PA programs from across the state will compete against one another and show off their clinical knowledge.

Annual Poster Session

Each year at FallFest, TAPA gives PAs and PA students the opportunity to present their research to their colleagues during the Annual Poster Session. Posters are displayed Monday through Wednesday, and authors are present to talk about and answer questions regarding their work during breakfast from 7-8 a.m. on Tuesday morning. Click here to download the Poster Session guidelines if you are interested in presenting this year.

Host Hotels

TAPA has worked with area hotels to negotiate special rates for conference attendees. Click here to download the list of host hotels, which contains contact information for attendees to book rooms. All host hotels are within walking distance of the Gatlinburg Convention Center.

Registration Materials

To access FallFest registration materials, click on the links below:

Registration Form

Online Registration

We look forward to seeing you in October!

Conference attendees with disabilities and requiring special accommodations or assistance should notify both TAPA upon submitting a registration and the hotel upon making a reservation. 

Upcoming FallFest Conference Dates

Save the date for future FallFest conferences:

  • 2025: Oct. 6-10
  • 2026: Oct. 5-9