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New Program Directors Accelerator

Event Details


Mar 6 - May 1, 2023

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This is a virtual workshop and will take place via Zoom.

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The New Program Directors Accelerator is designed for PDs and associate PDs with fewer than two years in their position or fewer than five years in PA education. Because this workshop is designed to build upon foundational knowledge gained in a previous workshop, it is strongly recommended that attendees have already completed the New Program Directors Jump Start.

During a series of 5 virtual sessions, you will meet with the invited speakers, small group facilitators, and your colleagues to accelerate your knowledge and skills to support your role as a PD. The workshop leaders, who are experts in their area, will share their information, experiences, and lessons learned, and will guide discussions around critical topics for new PDs. Session topics include:

  • Leadership
  • Data Analysis
  • Program Evaluation
  • Budgeting
  • Negotiation

Registration for this workshop has closed.

Schedule: Five 2-hour virtual sessions in March-May 2023. To make the most of the interactive virtual sessions, attendees should plan to complete approximately 30–60 minutes of pre-work prior to each session.

  • Mondays at 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM Eastern Time: March 6 and 20, April 3 and 17, and May 1, 2023

CME: This activity has been reviewed by the AAPA Review Panel and is compliant with AAPA CME Criteria. This activity is designated for 11 AAPA Category 1 CME credits. PAs should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation. Approval is valid from 3/6/2023 to 5/1/2023. AAPA reference number: CME-208507.

Registration Fees

Registration/cancellation deadline: February 28, 2023

This event is offered to all PAEA members. If you are unsure whether you are a member, please email us at as soon as possible.

This workshop is designed to build upon foundational knowledge gained in a previous workshop. It is strongly recommended that attendees have already completed the New Program Directors Jump Start.


* Early bird registration deadline: February 21, 2023

Registration after February 21: $349

Speakers and Facilitators

Invited Speakers

Breakout Group Facilitators

Stephanie Bowlin (Western Univ. of Health Sciences)

Alan Gindoff (East Carolina Univ.)

Carl Garrubba (Dominican Univ. of California)

Grace Landel (Touro Univ. California)

Judy Ortiz (Marshall B. Ketchum Univ.)

Gabrielle Poole (Charleston Southern Univ.)

Jacqueline Sivahop (Univ. of Colorado)

Leslie Woltenberg (Univ. of Kentucky)

Frequently Asked Questions


Yes, please refer to the workshop descriptions for the specific registration deadline for each workshop.

Before you begin the registration process, please make sure that you have your NCCPA ID number and ZIP code associated with the NCCPA account (if applicable) to successfully complete the registration. If you do not have an NCCPA ID number, you can still register for the workshops, but you won’t be able to claim CME credits.

No, we recommend that you register yourself for the workshop. Some workshops require you to answer questions during the registration process. These questions are intended to provide the facilitator(s) with information to enhance your workshop experience, such as particular learning goals for the workshop. Since the answers to these questions are unique to you, please register yourself so that you can provide the most helpful answers to these questions.

Yes, and there is no additional charge to do transfer your registration. Please email us with your name, email and program name, and the name, email, NCCPA ID/ZIP code associated with the NCCPA ID (if applicable) of the person to whom you are transferring your registration.

There is a 10% administrative fee if you cancel your registration before the stated cancellation deadline for the workshop. Cancellation requests received after the deadline will not receive a refund. “No shows” will be charged the full registration amount. Refunds will be processed within two weeks of the workshop date. Please refer to the full cancellation information in our Workshop Policies section.

If you wish to change or add a workshop or cancel,or have any questions, please email us at

Experience and Equipment

The workshop registration fee includes access to the online course materials and participation in live virtual sessions where you will engage with the facilitator(s) and your colleagues. Depending on the workshop, you will participate in a combination of presentations, large group discussions, breakout sessions, and interactive guided activities. To make the most of the interactive virtual sessions, attendees should plan to complete 30-60 minutes of pre-work prior of each weekly session.

Workshop materials will be shared via PAEA’s Digital Learning Hub and you will also have access to a dedicated Professional Learning Community for your workshop group. Find more information about the Digital Learning Hub. To access your account, please login or reset your password here.

You will need a desktop or laptop computer with internet access and a headset (or a microphone and speakers) to communicate with the facilitator(s) and your fellow workshop participants. You are also strongly encouraged to use a webcam during the workshop. Please note that it is not recommended to use a tablet or mobile device as this will limit your ability to fully participate.

Participants will use Zoom to join the live virtual workshop sessions. We recommend that you install Zoom on your desktop or laptop computer prior to the workshop. You can test your computer’s connection to Zoom at If you have any difficulty, please consult with your IT department for assistance setting up your computer.

You will need an active Zoom account using your program email address to join the live virtual sessions. If you already have a Zoom account through your program, simply use that email address to log in to Zoom. If you do not already have a Zoom account, you can create a free account using your program email address on this webpage: Please make sure you are able to log in to Zoom prior to your first live virtual session.

PAEA encourages all PA faculty and staff to participate in its programs and activities. If you anticipate needing any type of accessibility accommodation or have questions about the physical or virtual access provided, please contact at the time of registration or at least one week in advance of the event.

CME and Attendance

Yes. Event organizers plan to apply for AAPA Category 1 CME credits. Please refer to the workshop descriptions for the specific CME information related to each workshop.

For live virtual workshops, active participation in all originally scheduled sessions of the program is mandatory to receive full CME credits. Active participation in live virtual workshop sessions includes, but is not limited to, participating in virtual classroom activities, discussions, and breakout sessions.

Certified PAs who meet the attendance policy requirements and complete the workshop evaluation survey will receive a certificate showing their CME credits after the workshop.


We understand that there may be circumstances that require you to change your plans. If this happens, here’s what you need to know:

  • PAEA encourages you to designate a substitute in your place if you cannot attend. Substitutions will be honored at any time up to the start of the workshop. No-shows are not eligible for refunds. To substitute one registrant for another, please email us at
  • Cancellations must be received by email ( by the stated cancellation deadline for the workshop in order to receive a refund (minus a 10% administrative fee). Refunds will be processed within two weeks of the workshop start date.
  • No refunds will be issued for any reason for cancellations received after the cancellation deadline.
  • If you need assistance, you can contact us at

These policies apply to all registration types.

PAEA reserves the right to cancel any programming or session. In the unlikely event of cancellation of the workshop, PAEA will refund registration fees but is not responsible for any costs, damages, or other expenses of any kind.

Facilitators and speakers are subject to change without notice.

PAEA Workshop attendance is intended for and limited to those directly involved in PA and/or medical education. Vendors and third-party representatives will be prohibited from attending any of the workshops. If a vendor or third-party representative registers for a workshop, PAEA reserves the right to cancel the registration without reimbursement of registration fees.


For virtual workshops, you may choose to participate in the workshop visually or with audio only. If you participate visually, your image will be received by and available to all participants, and you are agreeing that your image may be used at any time, without further notification, in PAEA printed materials, websites, social media, and for other marketing purposes.

This code of conduct outlines the expectations for all attendees and participants, including all members, facilitators, speakers, exhibitors, sponsors, and volunteers. Cooperation is expected from everyone throughout the workshop and at all workshop events, whether or not officially sponsored by PAEA.

PAEA Workshops are offered to a national audience and are intended to provide education, networking, and collaboration in the PA education community. We value the participation of each member of the PA education community and want all attendees to have an enjoyable and fulfilling experience. PAEA is dedicated to providing a harassment-free experience for everyone, regardless of gender, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, or religion. Accordingly, all attendees are expected to show respect and courtesy to other attendees.

Violations are taken seriously, and event organizers will actively enforce this code.

Expected Behavior

PAEA expects workshop participants to communicate professionally and constructively, whether in person or virtually, handling dissent or disagreement with courtesy, dignity, and an open mind, being respectful when providing feedback, and being open to alternate points of view. Likewise, PAEA expects that any sharing of information about the organization or any event, attendees, or participants via public communication channels be shared responsibly and in a way that clearly distinguishes individual opinion from fact.

Be kind to others. Do not insult or put down other attendees. Behave professionally. Remember that harassment and sexist, racist, or exclusionary jokes are not appropriate for any PAEA event.

Unacceptable Behavior

PAEA does not tolerate harassment of workshop participants, facilitators, speakers, or PAEA staff in any form. Harassment includes offensive verbal or written comments and negative behavior, either in real or virtual spaces, including those that are related to or are based upon gender, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, or religion. Harassment also includes display of sexual images in public spaces, deliberate intimidation, stalking, following, harassing photography or recording, sustained disruption of talks or other events, and unwelcome physical contact or sexual attention. Workshop participants asked to stop any harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately.

Sexual language and imagery are not appropriate for any PAEA event venue, including education sessions, workshops, social gatherings, and within social media channels. Sponsors, exhibitors, and speakers may not use sexualized language, images, activities, or other material, or otherwise create a sexualized environment.

Be careful in the words that you choose. Remember that sexist, racist, and other exclusionary jokes can be offensive to those around you. Excessive swearing and offensive jokes are not appropriate for PAEA events.

If a participant engages in behavior that violates this code of conduct, the event organizers may take any action they deem appropriate, including warning the offender or expulsion from the event with no refund.

Thank you for helping to make PAEA Workshops welcoming, friendly events for all.

Reporting Inappropriate Behavior

If you are being harassed, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, please contact a PAEA staff member.

For in-person events, you may also contact venue staff and ask to be put in touch with the PAEA event manager. Event staff will be happy to help participants contact hotel/venue security or local law enforcement, provide escorts, or otherwise assist those experiencing harassment to help them feel safe for the duration of the event. We value your attendance.


Feel free to reach out to us if you have any questions about this workshop.