Jumping into Forum 2020

Though it seems as though we just wrapped up the 2019 PAEA Education Forum, it’s already time to start thinking about next year. The 2020 Education Forum will take place in Austin, Texas, on October 20 – 23.  

Call for 2020 Education Forum Proposals 

Shortly after the new year, PAEA will open the call for proposals for the 2020 Education Forum, so we want to encourage all our members to begin thinking about potential submissions now. As you begin to plan, consider the following tracks and session types: 


  • Competency-Based Education 
  • Integrating Technology into the Learning Experience 
  • Teaching the 21st Century Learner 
  • Transforming the Student Experience 
  • Driving Innovations in Clinical Education 
  • Organizational Success 
  • Inclusive Excellence 
  • Health Systems Science 

You can find more information about each of these tracks on the archived 2019 Forum website. 

Session Types 

    • Focused Discussion: 50 minutes. In this format, presenters will provide concise information in a lecture or active-learning format about a specific topic, particular educational findings, or observed experiences while also engaging session attendees.  
    • Panel Presentation: 50 minutes. Panel presentations are the best option when the goal is to provide varying views and opinions on a particular issue or topic relevant to PA education. Panels require a minimum of three, but no more than five, presenters. Of the 50-minute presentation, a minimum of 10 minutes must be reserved for audience questions and answers. 
    • Makerspace Workshop: 80 minutes. Formerly known as a workshop presentation, makerspace workshops are experiential and/or hands-on sessions that focus on educational techniques, approaches, skills, creativity, and creation. Small-group interaction should comprise the large majority of this presentation format.The presenter’s role is facilitative rather than instructional, and participants should walk away having made or developed something that they can take back to their program and put to use. 
    • Research Brief: 20 minutes. Similar to poster presentations, research briefs enable PA educators to present their scholarship in the areas of original research. Unlike poster presentations, research briefs are a formal presentation in front of an audience.A maximum of two presenters is recommended. 
  • Poster Presentation: 50 minutes. Presentations will be divided into two categories: original research and educational innovations. 

Additionally, we will be reviving Spotlight sessions for the 2020 Education Forum, and more information on these types of sessions, as well as information about the call for proposals process (i.e., submission guidelines, session criteria, and an FAQ), will be provided in the coming weeks 


Call for 2020 Education Forum Proposal Reviewers 

PAEA will also be looking for PA educators to serve as conference proposal reviewers for the 2020 Education Forum. Reviewers will participate in a blinded peer-review of all Forum research and education session proposals, and should expect to review, score, and provide feedback on 1520 proposals based on their area(s) of expertise. The review period will occur in the spring. Detailed information about the review process, as well as the application to become a reviewer, will be available in early 2020.