Coming to you, November 10 – 13, 2022


The CAPA Annual Conference is the only national conference designed for Canadian physician assistants by physician assistants. The conference attracts Canadian and international physician assistants who are looking for high caliber continuing professional development opportunities. It gives incoming and practicing PAs the chance to learn from national and international experts, and opportunities to network and share expertise. This year’s conference will be a hybrid event (in-person and virtual). All sessions will be livestreamed and recorded with those recordings made available for purchase after the event.


Abstracts will be accepted for presentation in the following formats: (CAPA will provide an LCD projector, screen, podium, microphone, and laptop for the use of all speakers):

Pre-Conference Clinical Skills Workshop

Pre-conference workshops, to be held on Thursday, November 10, 2022, are interactive sessions that will help participants enhance specific clinical skills. Workshops will be three hours in length. Abstracts should not exceed 250 words and preference will be given to the following topics:

  • Performing Local Anesthesia Blocks
  • Wound Care (Debridement/Packing) & Advanced Dressing Techniques
  • Interpreting Electrocardiograms (ECG/EKG)
  • Reading Computed Tomography (CT) Scans
  • Interpreting Chest X-Rays
  • Dermatologic Procedures (Biopsies, Resections, Other Minor Procedures, etc.)
  • Chest Tube/Central Line/Peripherally Inserted Central Catheter (PICC) Line Insertion

Oral and Panel Presentation

Oral and panel presentations are 50-minutes-long, which includes 10 minutes for questions and answers. Abstracts should not exceed 250 words and preference will be given to the following topics:

  • Emergency Medicine
  • Equity, Diversity & Inclusion                          – Psychiatry
  • Family Practice                                                   – Pain Management
  • Internal Medicine                                              – Dermatology
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology                              – Orthopaedics
  • Pediatrics                                                            – Ophthalmology
  • General Surgery                                                – Ear, Nose and Throat
  • Geriatrics                                                            – Indigenous Health

For panel presentations, the goal is to provide different perspectives on a topic relevant to CAPA 2022 delegates. Panels can include a maximum of three experts plus a moderator. Abstracts must indicate if identified panelists are proposed or confirmed, and preference will be given to panel abstracts with confirmed panelists.


Presentations from interested parties are welcome. These include:

  • Canadian and international physician assistants
  • Clinicians including physicians, clinical assistants, pharmacists, nurse practitioners, nurses, and other health care professionals
  • Health care administrators from health authorities, hospitals, long-term care centres, family health teams, and primary care centres
  • Health care associations and patient groups
  • Students studying in undergraduate or graduate physician assistant programs.


The objectives of CAPA 2022 are to:

  • provide a forum for effective continuing professional development, education, and training that will improve the skills and expertise of practicing physician assistants
  • facilitate networking and enhance the leadership skills of physician assistants
  • foster a better understanding of the current challenges within Canadian health systems and opportunities for physician assistants to contribute solutions.


Preferences will be given to abstracts that:

  • are relevant to the practice of Canadian physician assistants
  • are innovative and add to an existing body of knowledge
  • are of high quality and easy to understand — where appropriate, include details about methodology, results, health outcomes, efficiency gains, cost savings, etc.

All submitters must prepare their abstract using this template and include a completed disclosure form when they submit their abstract(s). The maximum length of an abstract is 250 words.

Participants may submit more than one abstract. Some invited sessions and presentations may also be incorporated into the program. Please note that speakers are responsible for all conference-related expenses (registration, accommodation, travel etc.).


All submissions should be addressed to Olivia Onuk, Manager, Events & Social Media, and sent via email:

Abstracts must be received by Tuesday, March 15, 2022.

For further information:
Olivia Onuk
Manager, Events and Social Media 
877 744 2272 │ │