2017 Summit


Your summit registration fee includes access to all sessions,  our Welcome Reception on March 27, training materials, Continuing Education (CE) credits, lunch daily and twice daily coffee/tea breaks.  Individual and group discounts are available for members of the International Panel Physicians Association.

"I took back lots of ideas of things to discuss with our Panel Physician e.g. DNA testing, lead shielding for pregnant women, following the Technical Instructions for Mental Evaluation for khat use..."
Consular Officer, US Department of State
"Well organized, to the point, allowed great opportunity to meet with governmental Immigration and Refugee health working group representative, in order to discuss Technical Instructions in detail."
Panel Physician, Prague Summit 2016
"It was my first summit and I think it was great. Some of my colleagues who attended previous ones admitted there was a lot of improvement compared to other summits too."
Panel Physician, First Time Attendee

Thank you for your interest in the Intergovernmental Panel Physician Training Summit! Use the tabs to navigate the information below and contact info@panelphysician.org if you have any additional questions.


IPPA holds one annual meeting per year and rotates regions around the world. Over the past 10 years, Panel Physician Training Summits have drawn Panel Physicians, their colleagues, and government representatives who want to keep up to date with the current Technical Instructions in practice. Training Summits feature presentations, breakout sessions, panel discussions, and opportunities for one-on-one education. Summits are an opportunity to network with a diverse group of Panel Physicians, experts and Consular Officers.

Content and delivery of the IPPA training summit are produced in partnership with the Centers for Disease Control, the Australian, Canadian, and United Kingdom and New Zealand governments. Contributions and support come from the Special Advisory Committee which is comprised of members from around the world.

The collaboration and involvement for the summit grows from forward-thinking and collaborative workings between many groups. Summits provide an opportunity for Panel Physicians to directly interact with health and migration experts, Consular Officers, and other Panel Physicians in a collegial educational environment.

Delegates are also able to participate in pre-summit workshops on strategies for implementing techniques, case studies, and essentials for working within a designated Panel Physician site. Our training summits are vital to Panel Physicians who screen for each of the participating countries, as well as for those who screen for multiple countries.

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Your summit registration fee includes access to all sessions, Welcome Reception on March 27, training materials, Continuing Education (CE) credits, lunch daily and twice daily coffee/tea breaks. 

Individual and group discounts are available for members of the International Panel Physicians Association.

Refund Policy: Summit registration fees are nonrefundable within 90 days of the program date.

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Registration Fees

Fee Type


Cutoff Date

1st Summit Super Early Bird

700.00 US Dollar

Before October 19, 2016

Members Early-bird


800.00 US Dollar

Before December 1, 2016

Non-member Early-bird


950.00 US Dollar

Before December 1, 2016

Members Regular

900.00 US Dollar

Before February 28, 2017

Non-members Regular


1,050.00 US Dollar

Before February 28, 2017

Late Registration


1,300.00 US Dollar

After March 1, 2017

Membership Benefits

mship benefits

Membership Benefits

Member Type




150.00 US Dollar

Individual discount


500.00 US Dollar

Up to 4 receive discount


1,000.00 US Dollar

Up to 9 receive discount




Joint-Providership Statement for Continuing Education Credits

The International Panel Physicians Association is in a joint providership with CDC to plan, implement, and evaluate this educational activity.  CDC, in conjunction with ACCME and ANCC accreditation criteria, allows accredited providers and non-accredited organizations to collaborate in the planning and implementation of CE activities through a joint providership, as long as no commercial interests are identified. A joint providership can be two or more organizations working together to plan, implement, and evaluate an educational activity. In a joint providership, CDC is referred to as the provider of the educational activity; and the other provider is referred to as the joint provider. If the joint provider is a non-accredited organization, then CDC must maintain responsibility over all areas of course development.

CDC is responsible for awarding credit or contact hours and for ensuring compliance with the accreditation criteria.  

Continuing Education for this activity is pending. See the final announcement for further details.


IPPA and the Summit Advisory Committee welcome all Summit delegates to participate in the Annual Intergovernmental Poster Session. The Summit Advisory Committee is an independent advisory group comprised of members from the Intergovernmental Panel Physician communities, partner organizations, partner government department representatives and other experts, as appropriate. The Committee provides expert feedback, advice, and information in the preparation and planning of the Panel Physician Training Summits held annually by the governments of the Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States, in partnership with the International Panel Physician Association (IPPA). In addition, the Committee assists in the development and execution of Training Summit events and activities. 

Purpose of the Poster Session:

  1. To disperse information about important elements to the participants.
  2. To convey ideas in a manner that allows readers to grasp key concepts in a short time period.
  3. To present findings from authors’ daily practice and research which have been useful to improve panel site operations, clinical activities, functions, and/or procedures. Authors can generalize findings or data to support the best practices presented.
  4. To include material that is relevant to the poster category scope below.
  5. To present information that is visually pleasing and text that is easy to read.
  6. To present material that is understood by and relevant to diverse audiences who will be in attendance at the Summit.

The Poster Session will be held during the 2017 Intergovernmental Panel Physicians Training Summit. The Summit will take place March 27-31, 2017 at the Hilton Panama City. During day two of the Summit (March 29), authors will have the opportunity to provide a guided tour of their posters and answer questions withthe judging committee. Posters will remain on display through the last day of the conference. The Poster is a graphic presentation of authors' ideas and/or research. The authors illustrate their findings by displaying graphs, photos, diagrams and text on printed posters.

The suggested poster session topics are broadly defined below, however the SAC welcomes all topics related to Panel Physician practice including presentations on Electronic Record Management, Refugee Health, Risk Management, Regional Challenges and Solutions, Mental Health Guidelines, Outbreak Response Strategies and Vaccination Protocols.

The DEADLINE for Abstract Submission is February 15, 2017

All poster session abstracts will be reviewed by the SAC for relevance and accepted submissions will present to the committee and their colleagues on Wednesday, March 29 from 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM at the Hilton Panama City. Posters will be graded by a review committee and the audience. All authors will be recognized for their participation.

Read more about Abstract Submission Guidelines


The International Panel Physicians Association and the Hilton Panama are pleased to offer a group rate for attendees of the summit. This nightly rate is available from March 24 through April 3, 2017.

  • Nightly room rate starting at 145.00 USD
  • Includes daily hot buffet breakfast
  • Include Wi-Fi
  • Deadline to book is February 28, 2017

Sleek rooms and suites, city/ocean views, an enviable location, amenities you'll love - Hilton Panama has it all. Our hotel on Panama Bay is 2 blocks from the Financial District and 20 minutes from Tocumen Airport. The Hilton Panama is a quick walk to downtown Panama City shops and your soon-to-be favorite restaurants. With a casino, spa, exclusive steakhouse and rooftop pool, there's plenty to entice you during your stay.

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