A whole new meeting experience awaits you in Seattle

January 1, 2018

Put Nov. 15-19 on your calendar because you’re going to want to join the College in Seattle for a whole new meeting experience. The 2018 Annual Scientific Meeting is all about you, and we’re shaking things up to bring you more of what you want.

“The theme for next year is Practice Empowerment: Patients. Community. Partners. We will profile the allergists unique role in working with our partners to better serve our patients,” said Todd Mahr, MD, FACAAI, vice president and program chair. “We will also highlight the many opportunities we have to work within our communities.”

The College meeting is loved for the collegial feel, and we want to emphasize our collaborative nature. The most noticeable changes will be the offering of new and exciting education session types and a brand-new condensed block schedule. In previous years, sessions overlapped – but not anymore. Most sessions will be 90 minutes long instead of two hours, so you can have more fun with your colleagues in the evening. Plus, now all the sessions – including the Advanced Practice and Allied Health Courses – will have the same break times, so you can meet and mingle more often than before. Attendees have rated our meeting’s networking opportunities as the second most important reason to attend, so don’t miss out!

Each day will kick off with a keynote plenary presentation that supports the day’s educational theme – and each day will cover a different theme relevant to the practicing allergist. Sessions will be highly interactive, and new session formats like Ask the Expert and Clinical Conundrums will give your practice an edge. But don’t worry – your familiar favorites are returning, like the Annual Literature Review, the rowdy FIT Bowl competition, and smaller, more interactive sessions without the extra fees. Nothing else will be scheduled during the FIT Bowl this year, so you have no excuse to not show up to root for your favorite team!

To support members in the new American Board of Allergy & Immunology (ABAI) Continuous Assessment Pilot (CAP) program, the College is offering a CAP review this year. With the evolution of MOC during the upcoming year, the Annual Meeting will offer attendees new sessions designed specifically to help ease this transition. The Monday morning CAP Review will include a journal club-style discussion of the 12-15 articles designated by the ABAI from which a portion of the annual MOC questions will be taken. Attendees will receive a comprehensive review of the articles with close focus on areas pertaining to MOC questions. Additionally, the College will keep providing you with on-site support for College members as you navigate the new MOC requirements. The meeting will wrap up at 12:30 pm, making sure you’ve got more than enough time to fly home and start putting your new skills into practice.

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“We plan to cut back on the Meet the Professor breakfasts and workshops, but expand into new formats such as problem-based learning, interdisciplinary panels, clinical conundrums and practice parameters at work,” said Dr. Mahr.

So plan now to take some time to join us in Seattle – it will be the can’t-miss educational event of the year.