Summit Schedule of Events

We’ve given considerable thought to the design of our Stakeholder Summit. The schedule of events reflects a facilitated, conversational cafe-type of summit in which we aim to get participants thinking about what we want the future to look like and then work our way backwards from there.


  • 6:00 PM

Building Community

Attendees will join us for dinner and a chance to meet and mingle with fellow participants as we launch the summit with a social dinner and introductions, including a welcome from PAEA and an interactive panel discussion of the CEOs of AAPA, ARC-PA, NCPPA, and PAEA.


  • 8:30 - 9:15 AM

Welcome and Introductions

  • 9:15 - 10:15 AM

Key Shifts Impacting PA Practice and Education

One big mistake often made while planning for the future is the belief that we can accurately predict the future. The healthcare environment is shifting on a daily basis, so while we do not know for certain what the future holds, we can be explicit about the assumptions we are using to make decisions. If those assumptions change over time, we can adapt. The purpose of this session is to test and come to good enough agreement on a select few assumptions that will shape the future of PA education and therefore serve as the foundation for the work of the rest of the summit. It will focus on current shifts in the practice and medical education landscape and the implications for PAs entering the workforce. Attendees will have an opportunity to vote for those features of the future they believe will be most critical.

  • 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

Exploring Assumptions

Building on the previous session, attendees will have an opportunity to explore and come to “good enough” agreement about the assumptions that will be used as the basis for the work of the Summit.

  • 12:45 - 2:45 PM

Assessing the Implications: Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, and Behaviors that PA Graduates Need on Day One

Attendees will leap out ten years into the future to tell the story of what PA education looks like and what changed over the previous decade to make it possible. This work will culminate with the key knowledge, skills, abilities and behaviors that new PA graduates need to be successful on day one of employment, including some of the experiences they would need along the way.

  • 3:00 - 4:30 PM

Finding the Future

With the assumptions about the future environment and recommendations about knowledge, skills, abilities and behaviors well underway, the next step is to see where the “future you want to create is already happening.” Attendees will engage in work to identify “found pilots” that are examples of programs, relationships, collaborations or other aspects of what they would like to see unfold in the future that are already happening in some way, shape, or form today.

  • 4:30 - 5:00 PM

Summary of Day One and Looking Ahead to Day Two

At the end of the day, we will check in about the results of Day One and prepare for Day Two.


  • 8:30 - 9:00 AM

Reflections on Day One

Since everyone will have had a chance to “sleep on” what was accomplished on Day One, we’ll take the opportunity to revisit that work and think about any modifications or adjustments that need to be made before we continue our work.

  • 9:00 - 11:15 AM

Overcoming the Challenges of Aligning Education and Practice

This session is the culminating point of all of the other work accomplished at the Summit. Our goal is to produce a draft set of guiding principles that could be used to influence potential changes to PA education going forward. Attendees will be broken into “role groups” (e.g., people actively representing their identities as employers, educators, etc. related to PA education and practice) so that we can go deeply into the issues from each relevant perspective.

  • 11:15 - 11:45 AM

Reflections on the Summit

At the end of the Summit, we will take some time to capture any last thoughts or advice to PAEA leadership as they move forward with this important work.

  • 11:45 AM - 12:00 PM

Wrap-Up and Adjourn