Hotel Information 2016

The Veterans Caucus of the AAPA
and the
Geisinger Health System
A CME Conference for Primary Care Providers

25th Annual Topics in the Tropics
Dec 7 - 10, 2016

Melia Vacation Club and All-Inclusive Beach Resort, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico


Lectures in Cardiology, Gastroenterology, General Surgery, Internal Medicine, Neurology, Nutrition, Obesity, Orthopedics, Otolaryngology, Pediatrics and Primary Care just to name a few.


  • Hotel rates are:

                    Single Garden View Room $165/night

                    Double Garden View Room $220/night

                    Single Ocean View Room $195/night

                    Double Ocean View Room $260/night

                    Rooms are all-inclusive (meals, drinks, taxes, tips)



  • A full brochure will be on our website by May ( and also distributed at the National AAPA Meeting in San Antonio in May.
  • If you would like to receive a brochure, please call 1-800-272-6692 between 7:00-4:00 pm EST or send an e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
  • Please consider booking your room and airport transfer thru the conference and not on-line.  It helps us provide more scholarships to our military PAs.


Member/before Nov 1: $325.00 Nonmember/before Nov 1: $375.00
Member/on or after Nov 1: $400.00 Nonmember/on or after Nov 1: $475.00
Member/on site: $450.00 Nonmember/on site: $550.00


Geisinger Webpage with more information

Melia Resort Hotel Room Booking Link

Please note: The Caucus is under contract with the Melia Resort to guarantee booking a block of rooms. Benefits to the Caucus, as well as penalties, can occur if we are unable to fulfill this contract agreement. If you are able to find a booking for this hotel at another site for a significant savings, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with this info prior to booking.

Download Topics in the Tropics 2016 Brochure Here

Complete Airport Transportation Request Form Here

Topics Optional Tours 2016

FEDERAL REGISTER – Camp Legune – Jan 13, 2017

FEDERAL REGISTER – Camp Legune – Jan 13, 2017

Diseases Associated With Exposure to Contaminants in the Water Supply at Camp Lejeune

82 FR 4173 - A Rule by the Veterans Affairs Department published on 01/13/2017

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) amends its adjudication regulations regarding presumptive service connection, adding certain diseases associated with contaminants present in the base water supply at U.S. Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune (Camp Lejeune), North Carolina, from August 1, 1953, to December 31, 1987. This final rule establishes that veterans, former reservists, and former National Guard members, who served at Camp Lejeune for no less than 30 days (consecutive or...  SEE LINK ABOVE FOR COMPLETE INFORMATION


Lifetime Membership

Lifetime Membership Availability

The Board of Directors has approved the option for Lifetime Membership to the Veterans Caucus for a limit period of time for the following categories: Fellow, Affiliate and Associate Members. See the Membership menu option for further information. Effective 1/1/2015 the Lifetime Membership fee will be $300.00. (11/9/2010)

Caucus or Not to Caucus?

Caucus or Not to Caucus?

What is a “caucus” and what do they do? Webster’s defines “Caucus” as 1) part of a legislative process; 2) any meeting or group organized to further a special interest or cause. The AAPA has several Special Interest Caucuses who support various issues. So AAPA members who are veterans, friends or family of veterans, care for veterans, or are simply interested in veteran’s health or any veteran’s issues are eligible to become a member of the Veteran’s Caucus (known from this point as “the Caucus”) of the AAPA.

To read more: Caucus or Not to Caucus?

Women in Uniform Print

Women in Uniform

New in the Veterans Caucus Store

a signed, numbered print of "Women in Uniform" by artist Don Pedersen, PA.  The print is 18"x24" and perfect for framing. A limited number are available at this time.

It celebrates the many roles played by women over the years in service to their country. The print has been signed by many women veterans.

Offered in the Veterans Caucus Store for $75.00 (including S&H). $50.00 of each sale with be donated to the efforts to expand and upgrade the John McElligott Veterans Memorial Garden at the Eugene A. Stead, Jr. Center for Physician Assistants located in Durham, NC.



Effective immediately, the Veterans Caucus is offering free membership to ALL veterans enrolled in a Physician Assistant Training program. Use this link to JOIN US.

The Veterans Caucus hopes this will become the start of a long realtionship between the Caucus and you.

Frederick C. Brace, III, PA-C, DFAAPA
Veterans Caucus of the AAPA

Date posted 1/25/2016

Veterans Garden Pavers

Subject:  Purchase a Paver to Honor PA Veterans and PAs in the Uniformed Services

Donation of brick for Bubba Gwinn scanned info.pdf page 1
On October 15, 2016, landscaping and construction will begin to upgrade the Veteran Memorial Garden at the Eugene A. Stead, Jr. Center for Physician Assistants into a place of remembrance for Physician Assistants who are veterans or who are currently serving in the uniformed services of the USA.   The PA History Society welcomes all to become a part of this wonderful event by purchasing name engraved brick pavers to be embedded in the wheelchair accessible walkway and the patio area surrounding the life-size bronze combat medic statue and flagpole, the centerpiece of the garden. 

  Beginning July 1st 2016 through October 1, 2016 we are offering the opportunity to purchase a 9x9 inch named engraved brick pavers to PAs who are veterans or who are on active duty for $100 each.  We have the capacity to embed 400 pavers in the sidewalk and patio, so please do not delay in purchasing pavers so that your name or that of someone you want to honor is displayed prominently in the garden.  The insignia of your branch of service, name and date of service can be engraved on the paver.  For more information on this project, and to  order your pavers, please visit  the PA History Website at