Colleague Letter

  Fred Wu

Dear Colleagues, 

On behalf of the SEMPA Education Committee, I would like to take this opportunity to invite you to join hundreds of your PA colleagues in San Diego for SEMPA 360 - the SEMPA 12th Annual Emergency Medicine Conference. This is the premier and only conference planned specifically for and by emergency medicine PAs.

The didactic general sessions feature some of the best educators emergency medicine has to offer. These sessions will provide up-to-date, evidence-based medicine in the areas of pediatrics, critical care, toxicology, radiology, orthopedics, infectious disease and much more. Our world-class faculty will inspire you and arm you with the tools, information and resources that will change your practice. We have incorporated 30 minute lectures to include a wide variety of topics over 37 general sessions.

The hands-on and didactic workshops will give you skills and experience in ultrasound, airway management, ENT skills, critical procedures in emergency medicine, radiology skills, orthopedic procedures and much more. Several new workshops will debut in 2016 such as radiology interpretation, leadership skills, a toxicology lab and job searching for EMPAs. Also new is a full day, didactic critical care workshop with critical care gurus Mike Winters, MD and Haney Mallemat, MD. They will be lecturing on advanced concepts in critical care resuscitation. SEMPA 360 offers you the workshops that will benefit your daily practice and will make you the most sought after PA in your ED.

SEMPA will also continue to host the Research & Innovation Forum, which is a poster session that gives attendees the opportunity to present their emergency medicine research and best practices.
PA students and PA residents/fellows will find that this is the conference to jump start your career. Whether it’s submitting a poster for the Research and Innovation Forum, networking with potential employers or attending the workshop “Effective Job Searching for EMPAs” (free for students/residents/fellows), we have something to offer you.

Two new events will also be offered in 2016: a 5K Run/Walk and a Speaker’s Forum. The 5K Run/Walk is to promote a healthy lifestyle and to raise money for Alex’s Lemonade Stand, an organization dedicated to the awareness and treatment of childhood cancer. Come out and run (or walk) for a great cause! The New Speaker’s Forum will give PAs the opportunity to lecture before a national audience of your colleagues. PAs who do well may have a chance to formally lecture for SEMPA in the future. 

As the largest conference for EMPAs, SEMPA 360 offers plenty of opportunities to meet old friends and to make new ones. Our Wine & Cheese Reception with Exhibitors is a great way to mingle with conference attendees, faculty and conference exhibitors. The Round Table Sessions will enable you to learn about some of the hot issues affecting emergency medicine, such as the CAQ and NCCPA certification. And what a better way to start the conference than with an opening party on the USS Midway, the longest-serving US Navy aircraft carrier of the 20th century and most-visited floating naval ship museum in the world. And to top off the conference, NCCPA will be offering the opportunity for SEMPA 360 attendees to sit for the CAQ in Emergency Medicine exam.

San Diego is known for its beautiful beaches, museums, championship golf courses and famous attractions like the San Diego Zoo, Balboa Park, Gaslamp Quarter and SeaWorld only minutes away. The conference hotel – Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego – is located minutes from all the exciting things to do in San Diego. SEMPA 360 attendees and their family will enjoy free Wi-Fi in the guest rooms, a Bayside pool with private cabanas, rooftop tennis, basketball and volleyball courts, soaking in a hot tub or luxurious treatments in the spa.

Join hundreds of your colleagues at the conference no emergency medicine PA can afford to miss.

See you there!

Fred Wu, MHS, PA-C
Chair, Education Committee
Board of Directors
Society of Emergency Medicine Physician Assistants
Lead Physician Assistant
Kaweah Delta Medical Center, Department of Emergency Medicine
CEP America



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