General Registration and Housing Reservations June 1,
One of the impressive things about the Radiological Society of North America annual meeting is its sheer size in terms of attendance. According to the Healthcare Convention and Exhibitors Association, RSNA’s 58,000 overall attendees and 26,000 radiology professionals makes it one of the largest medical conferences in the world and the second biggest in North America.
That said it behooves those who plan to attend to register for the conference and reserve hotel rooms early, as even a city the size of Chicago has a limited supply of hotel rooms. Consequently, RSNA housing and registration for members begins May 4, 2011 at 8:30 a.m. U.S. Central Time. General registration begins June 1, for the six-day conference scheduled for Nov. 27 to Dec. 2.
As always RSNA members and members in training and members of The American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) pay no registration fee if they register before Nov. 4, and $100 after that date. Registration for non-member residents and trainees and support personnel is $165 before Nov. 4 and $265 afterwards. Non-member professionals, hospital executives, development personnel and healthcare industry personnel register for $750 before Nov. 4 and $800 after that date.
Non-member professionals who wish to join RSNA must do so before Sept. 1 to obtain free registration for the conference. Full RSNA members’ dues for 2011 are $415, and provide member benefits including free registration for the annual meeting, free access to continuing medical education (CME), free online access to RSNA journals. Total free benefits amount to $1250.
Hotel accommodations can be arranged through the RSNA, which has secured more than 110,000 room nights at 80 downtown Chicago hotels. McCormick Place is located only 3.5 miles (5.6 km) from the downtown Chicago Loop that contains 100 hotels and nearly 300 restaurants.
The six-day program offers radiologists, radiation oncologists, physicists in medicine, radiologic technologists and allied healthcare professionals more than 1,700 scientific papers and oral presentations in 16 subspecialties. These will cover breast, cardiac, chest, emergency radiology, gastrointestinal, physics, radiation oncology and radiobiology as well as vascular and interventional radiology. There will be more than 1,900 education exhibits and over 600 scientific posters.
With more than 700 healthcare companies expected from around the world, the Technical Exhibition at the RSNA 2011 annual meeting makes a strong bid as the top healthcare industry show in the U.S. (http://rsna2010.rsna.org/search/search_ex.cfm) Click here for a list of exhibitors at the 2010 show.
Because of its size, RSNA 2011 needs a very large convention site and Chicago’s McCormick Place fills the bill. Located only minutes from downtown Chicago, McCormick Place comprises four state-of-the-art buildings with a combined total of 2.6 million square feet of exhibit space, 1.2 million square feet all on one level, making it the nation’s largest convention center.
With a convention as big as RSNA 2011, early planning pays big dividends.