Life Hacks for the 2015 AIUM Annual Convention

The 2015 AIUM Annual Convention, hosting WFUMB, is less than a week away. Although it was about six months ago that we opened registration, that time just cruised by much too quickly. We here at the AIUM office just said goodbye to the truck full of convention goodies. Next time we see all that stuff, we will be in Orlando. For those of you meeting us there, here are a few things you should know.

  1. Plan now

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If you haven’t started planning, what are you waiting for? The Program book and official proceedings are online now so get busy.

  1. Never go hungry   

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We know that AIUM Convention attendees don’t go hungry so we aren’t really worried about that. However, you will need to find a place for dinner. There are numerous places within walking distance of the hotel. Check them all out here.

  1. What about the internet?

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There will be complimentary internet access on the exhibit hall floor in the Dolphin Resort. In addition, if you are staying at the Dolphin, your resort fee includes in-room internet access as well as bottled water. So stay hydrated while you post all those cool photos and useful tips!

  1. Getting to and from

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Transportation can sometimes be a hassle, so it’s better to plan ahead. There are many options to get to and from the Orlando Airport and the Dolphin Resort and the choices depend on your budget and timing. Check out all the options here. If you are staying at the Animal Kingdom Lodge you do have access to Magical Express, but you will need to make a reservation. During the Convention there will be daily transportation between the Animal Kingdom and the Dolphin Resort.

  1. Let us hear your voice

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Of course we want you to complete the evaluation forms, but that’s not what we are talking about here. We are talking about the Dinner and Karaoke networking event. If you still need a ticket you can purchase them on site in the registration area.

  1. Get your ribbons

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You might notice that getting your Convention ribbons will be a bit different this year. While some might be in your materials, the AIUM has created a ribbon station where you can select those that pertain to you.

  1. Get extraterrestrial

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There are a ton of sessions and heaps of learning that go on at an AIUM Convention. But this year don’t miss the Opening Plenary Session where Scott Dulchavsky, MD, PhD, will discuss the unique challenges and solutions associated with performing medical procedures in space!

  1. Cases Go Digital

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One of the most popular aspects of the AIUM Convention is the case of the day challenge. They are definitely back, but instead of jotting your diagnosis on paper (which frankly can be difficult to read), this year it will all be handled via text. All the instructions will be on site, but watch your autocorrect!

We can’t wait to see you in Orlando! Don’t forget to tag and share #AIUM15 on all your social media platforms.

Record-setting OB Course

Last week, a record number of 444 physicians and sonographers gathered in Orlando, Florida, for the 38th Annual Advanced Ultrasound Seminar: OB/GYN. The program, which was co-directed by Lennard Greenbaum, MD, and Frederick Kremkau, MD, featured an impressive array of speakers, all of whom have been presidents (plus the incoming president-elect) of the AIUM.

Over thOB course 2015e course of 3 days, attendees heard from these experts on a wide variety of topics, including ovarian cancer screening, fetal malformations, endometriosis, fetal cardiac imaging, and adnexal masses. You can find the full schedule, plus a list of the faculty here.

By all accounts, this year’s event was a success. Here are just a few comments from attendees:

  • “I love this course. This is my 8th year attending and every year I take home a couple of real ‘pearls’ to assist me in improving the studies that I do in our office.”
  • “Overall excellent course – well organized, great venue/location, excellent lectures which are clinically relevant.”
  • “I have attended this conference several times in the past and always learn either a new technique or something very beneficial I can bring back and share to help improve patient care.”
  • “I’m really impressed with how clear and applicable this information was.”

And these comments played out in the survey results, as 64% said that this course was better than others they have attended and 97% said they would recommend this course to their colleagues.

The co-directors and AIUM are already hard at work planning next year’s course, which will be held February 18–20 at Walt Disney World’s Yacht and Beach Club Resorts. Keep an eye on The Scan and the AIUM website for details as they become available. And if you are interested, register as soon as it opens because 91% of this year’s attendees said they were very likely to attend another AIUM post-graduate course.

Did you attend this year’s event? If so, share your thoughts. Going next year? Let us know what you want to learn! Comment below or let us know on Twitter: @AIUM_Ultrasound.

Peter Magnuson is AIUM’s Director of Communications and Member Services.