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why aren't more of us going to Las Vegas conference?

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I get the impression that not many on this board are going to the conference in Las Vegas.  Why is that?  Don't like Las Vegas? (which I can't imagine), don't like AAPA?  don't need CME?  expense? what?

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If I wasn't a first year PA-C then I would likely go, but the conference doesn't fit with my schedule this year - and I don't have much flexibility.  Hopefully next year.

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Don't think conferences in general are a good use of time/money, have closer options available if I did, have other organizations whose national conferences I would rather attend than AAPA if I DID go to a conference, don't like Las Vegas, don't need CME.  Oh, and not an AAPA member, but that's really not a big part of the decision--I got burned out on conferences long before I switched from IT to medicine.

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I actually booked a vacation house for that week before I had the conference in my sites. I was planning on coming to haunt the HOD and help PAFT with their events but...vacation pre-booked and non-refundable

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I would love to go but the fact of the matter is that our hospital continues to make drastic budget cuts...

 

The hospital nickel and dimes and fights with you over every single penny.  Technically I should get $1,500 a year for CME credits.  In reality I am lucky to get $1,000 approved, and it all has to be approved by our departments medical director.  

 

"Why would you go to Las Vegas there are conferences closer by"

"Airfare and hotel room are unnecessary expenses"

"Conference doesn't solely pertain to our speciality and therefore there are better conferences"

"We can't afford to have you out of the office for more than a day or two"

 

 

Take your pick... but I have heard them all before...

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Too far, hate vegas, I'd rather support my local state chapter conference that gives me 40 CMEs, and is ~ 40 mins down the road. 

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I'll be going next year as I'm on the HOD then.  I'm not thrilled with the location for next year.  I've been there, done that, oh well. 

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I get the impression that not many on this board are going to the conference in Las Vegas. Why is that? Don't like Las Vegas? (which I can't imagine), don't like AAPA? don't need CME? expense? what?

I had the intention of going, however, I'm was in the middle of my semester for my masters program, and unfortunately didn't collaborate well with time off/time to study/etc. But I agree, it would've been so beneficial and interesting to have gone:-/

 

 

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As a student who has the time to go and isn't yet jaded by the AAPA drama/conferences, I'd go but...meh...Vegas.  I wouldn't even mind spending the money on flight/hotels if it were somewhere else.

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Dont like Vegas

 

Don't like AAPA

 

Don't need CME.

 

If it were somewhere I wanted to go, and wasn't AAPA, then i'd go.

 

As a 1099/IC I get to spend as much/as little as I want on CME. Vegas is good to go to once every 10 years or so, other than that....meh.

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Vegas hate huh?  Come on, it's a cool place to look at, and they have great shows and spas and restaurants and stuff in the casinos.  Stay at my secret Motel 6 on Flamingo near MGM grand for $29.  Recently remodeled and well kept.  Who needs to gamble?  Who has time with all the other cool stuff going on?

 

If you haven't taken the Hoover Dam tour, it's only 30 miles away, so unbelievably cool.  They also have the Nuclear testing museum which I haven't been to.  

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Don't you like to have fun?

 

Vegas just makes me sad. Watching a bunch of retirees with nothing better to do than blow their social security playing games that are all more or less rigged in the favor of the house. Crowds, noise and lights I can do without.

 

Give me a conference with good lectures someplace with a little fresh air. I'd rather walk in the woods than on the Strip any time.

 

PS: Regarding next year, New Orleans is a cesspit, too.

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With the availability of free or cheap online CME, are conferences ANYWHERE really worth the time and effort?

 

Between recerting ACLS, PALS, etc. in person; UpToDate credit for things I actually use; teaching EMT class; Journal-based Cat 1 CME; and a few other miscellaneous sources, I routinely exceed 100 hours of Cat 1 CME per year.

 

I would rather network locally than nationally, because I'm already living and working in my chosen community.

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I go to AAPA generally as a social event or because it is in an interesting city. At this point in my career most of the cme in my specialty is presented at a level which is too basic with few exceptions , like the excellent sepsis small group panel I attended last year. this is a great conference if youhave been in practice less than 5 years or are changing specialties. If you are looking for hard core, cutting edge cme in a specialty probably better to go to a specialty specific pa or physician conference(for me this would be sempa or acep).

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I agree with some of you.  CME online is easier and cheaper, but sometimes I like to see a real speaker, maybe even ask a question.  I also like to interact with other PAs.  Maybe run into an old classmate.

 

Regarding Las Vegas, I enjoy it there.  Even for people who don't gamble, there's lots to do: great restaurants, spas, fancy hotels, golfing, some terrific shows, museums, outdoors experiences.  I find that most people who "don't like Las Vegas" don't realize how much it offers.  That's OK.  Less crowded for me.

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I too like conferences more than online CME - as online, let's face it, half the time I'm barely paying attention to what I am reading.  But I have all the CME I need for this cycle and I'm already taking 3 weeks away from work/home to go to Iraq so I'd rather not spend another week away when I don't need it.  I'm 4 yrs out from graduation, haven't attended the AAPA conference yet, did go to SEMPA last year. 

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My school does a yearly primary care conference.  I think the lectures are relevant, and I get to visit friends/places in my old city.  Win-win!  Vegas is...overrated, in my opinion. 

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Aside from a national EMS conference for a couple of years last attended about five years ago, I haven't been to a PA sponsored event in over thirty years. Online/audio CME is fine for me.

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Onsite CME is a social thing for me. There is so much free CME available online and locally that I really don't need to travel anywhere for a conference.

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I'm going. But nearly didn't. I like conferences, and have never been to Vegas. But gambling bores the snot out of me, I hate vacationing in places where bars allow smoking, and could spend my CME money at more desireable venues. I can see why people are opting out. I chose to go because I thought the AAPA conference in SFO was well run, it's easy to get CME credit quickly, and I can reconnect with PA school classmates.

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My only time off bank is awful. So, I have to choose between family and CME. 

 

I choose local CME and online and save the days off from work for family.

 

I have a CME budget but it doesn't do any good to use it if I have to use personal PTO for the days.

 

The last AAPA in Vegas - I was there. I wasn't very politically concerned and found AAPA to be HUGE and overwhelming and really got tired of shuttling between buildings in 110 degree heat.

 

Not a gambler - too chicken. Too tired from work to go anywhere or do anything other than sleep and splurge on room service. 

 

Now, I would like to go and work on the issues at hand. Dang it.

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Once you get away from the hotel/casino strip, Nevada/Arizona are spectacular. 30 mins in any direction leads to beautiful state parks and mountains and canyons. I thoroughly enjoyed my visit to Las Vegas earlier this year, and we really only spent a few hours doing stuff on the actual strip. If you don't like Vegas for anything other than weather, you're not trying very much.

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I've been to a few AAPA conferences and have enjoyed but I am not a fan of Vegas. Being around literally thousands of PAs is a good thing and I suspect it's where the leadership gets a hands-on view of where the membership are philosophically.

 

Maybe next year in New Orleans. I enjoyed San Antonio and DC is close to family.

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I just bought the Virtual SEMPA 360 conference - easier and WAY cheaper.  I'm likley going to my national conference this year, largely because I can stay with a friend and I might be presenting (waiting to hear back).  There is a local one I'm attending as well, and I try to get to EM Grand rounds at the local medical school when I'm able.  If I use Up To Date at work or home, instant credits - we have an institutional account, so no excuse.  I would like to get to SEMPA live once, just to connect with people I don't really know - cross border reciprocity likely got put back a bit with the new POTUS, but we never know.

 

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I'm going. But nearly didn't. I like conferences, and have never been to Vegas. But gambling bores the snot out of me, I hate vacationing in places where bars allow smoking, and could spend my CME money at more desireable venues. I can see why people are opting out. I chose to go because I thought the AAPA conference in SFO was well run, it's easy to get CME credit quickly, and I can reconnect with PA school classmates.

I go to Vegas every few years for a few days. Few casinos allow smoking anymore. If you go old school downtown casinos they are like a giant hotbox. I spend very little time gambling... I think I played blackjack for 2 hours and just for grins put $100 in a $100 slot machine and won $550. Walked away. There are a zillion shows, events, places to go and things do and things to see that have nothing to do with gambling. A lot of it is free. Last time we were there at Christmas and the displays were amazing. Lots more than casinos...

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Few casinos allow smoking anymore. 

 

Really?  This is very surprising; something I never thought I would see.  Alienating a good part of their target demographic...

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Really?  This is very surprising; something I never thought I would see.  Alienating a good part of their target demographic...

 

They like people to return...hard to gamble when you're coughing up a tumour :-D

 

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My friend is going, but hotel alone cost over $1.2K for the week. 

I am going, but here is my beef with the AAPA this year. I’m not staying at the Mandalay Bay because they want $256 per night per room before taxes, which will bring your rooms about $300 a night. I’m staying at the Luxor which is right next door and I’m paying $79 a night for the same size room. I think the AAPA has done a terrible job of negotiating the room rates for this conference. BTW-because of my disability I need to get two rooms, one for myself and my wife, and one for my caregiver. At my cost because I only work part-time and do not get any benefits. It would’ve cost me $3000 for 5 days at the Mandalay Bay. This doesn’t include the cost of airfare for 3 people, conference registration and food plus entertainment,

 

I’m also going because I’m a delegate from Ohio and very interested in all the topics that will be discussed this year at the HOD.

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I am going, but here is my beef with the AAPA this year. I’m not staying at the Mandalay Bay because they want $256 per night per room before taxes, which will bring your rooms about $300 a night. I’m staying at the Luxor which is right next door and I’m paying $79 a night for the same size room. I think the AAPA has done a terrible job of negotiating the room rates for this conference. 

 

I have to agree.  I am getting a room at MB on my own for cheaper than the conference rates.

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