PAEA Workshops: Program Directors 101

The Program Directors 101 workshop will take place in Alexandria, VA.

Program Directors 101 is designed to help new PDs increase their knowledge and develop the core skills necessary to thrive as the director of a PA program. The workshop adheres to PAEA’s mission by focusing on the enhancement of participants’ knowledge and skills in the areas of leadership, innovation, and excellence in PA education. Through a variety of dynamic sessions, participants will be provided venues for learning, skills development, networking, and mentoring.

The five-day retreat format allows participants to immerse themselves in the experience without the daily distractions of PA education. Held in historic Old Town Alexandria, the workshop will take advantage of the setting to facilitate connections and camaraderie among facilitators and participants.

The workshop is designed for program directors and associate directors with fewer than two years in their position or fewer than five years in PA education.

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This activity has been reviewed and is approved for a maximum of 23.50 AAPA Category 1 CME credits by the AAPA Review Panel. PAs should claim only those credits actually spent participating in the CME activity. This activity was planned in accordance with AAPA CME Standards for Live Programs and for Commercial Support of Live Programs.

The 2018 Program Directors 101 workshop takes place in Alexandria, VA, from Saturday, July 14 to Wednesday, July 18.

Registration is now closed.



Interactive sessions pertinent to program directors include:

  • Leadership and management
  • Faculty recruitment and retention
  • Financial management
  • Accreditation
  • Curriculum development
  • Assessment and program outcomes
  • Addressing student issues and remediation
  • Conflict resolution
  • Clinical rotations
  • PAEA resources
  • Legal issues in higher education


  • Saturday, 7/14: 5:00 – 8:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, 7/15: 8:00 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.
  • Monday, 7/16: 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, 7/17: 8:00 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, 7/18: 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Workshop Facilitators

Project Leader

John Burns

John Burns, MMSc, PA-C
Department Chair/Program Director
South University

Sandra Banas
Sandra Banas, MST, PA-C
Program Director
SUNY Upstate Medical Center

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Jeanie McHugo, PhD, PA-C
Chair, Department of PA Studies
University of North Dakota
Michael Roscoe
Michael Roscoe, PhD, PA-C
Program Director/Chair
University of Evansville

Hotel & Meeting Location

The Alexandrian, Autograph Collection
480 King Street
Alexandria, VA 22314

Hotel check-in: 3:00 p.m.
Hotel check-out: 12:00 p.m.

Once you register for the workshop, PAEA will make hotel reservations in your name for Saturday, July 14, until Wednesday, July 18. Room and tax charges will be placed on PAEA’s master bill. Hotel incidentals such as pay-per-view movies or room service for additional food and beverage will not be covered. Upon check-in, the hotel will request a credit card for any additional charges and incidentals. If your arrival or departure dates differ from those listed above, please notify us at


Attendees are responsible for making their own travel arrangements.

Travel by Plane/Train

Ronald Reagan National Airport (DCA) is located 3.3 miles from the hotel. Upon arrival, you may contact the hotel at 703-549-6080 to request their complimentary shuttle pick up, available Monday through Sunday, 7:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m. You may also take a taxi for an estimated fare of $25. Your return flight departure time should be made no earlier than 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday afternoon.

If you are arriving by train, you may arrange your travel to Amtrak/VRE Station or Union Station (WAS). Amtrak/VRE station is just over 1 mile or a 10-minute drive from the hotel location. The estimated taxi fare is $10. Union Station is 9 miles or a 30-minute drive from the hotel location. The estimated taxi fare is $45. Public transportation via the Metro/bus is also available.

See additional travel directions from the hotel.

Travel by Car

The hotel is located at 480 King Street in Alexandria, Virginia. If driving, you may park in the hotel garage for a fee of $32/day.

Registration Fees and Payments

PAEA Member Registration Fee
Early bird (by May 11): $3,100
Regular: $3,300

PAEA Non-Member Registration Fee
Early bird (by May 11): $3,200
Regular: $3,400

Registration includes:

  • Hotel accommodations for four nights (checking in Saturday, July 14, and checking out Wednesday, July 18)
  • Breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks each day

Payment can be made by credit card or check. Full payment must be received to confirm your registration.

If you pay via check, please be sure to include the name of the workshop registrant and the name of the workshop on the “for” line of the check. Mail checks to:

Physician Assistant Education Association
Attention: PAEA Workshops
655 K Street, NW
Suite 700
Washington, DC 20001


Refunds/Cancellation Policy: Cancellation requests processed before June 22 will receive a full refund minus a $100 administrative fee. Requests submitted after June 22 will not receive a refund. “No shows” will be charged the full registration amount. Refunds/cancellations are to be requested by the attendee through the registration site using the attendee’s confirmation number. An email will be sent to confirm the request.