For all of you RSNA members waiting to register for this year’s meeting, RSNA has officially announced on their website that registration for members will open on May 8. Registration to non-members will open on June 5 and the deadline for registration that guarantees a seat for all ticketed courses is November 26. International visitors need to register by October 25. Of course registration is free for members until November 8, after which it will cost $100 to register. Member and non-member presenters get to register for free with no deadlines or restrictions. Also, member and non-member students are given the same privilege as presenters in terms of registration fees. While students and presenters can register for free, healthcare executives and practicing physicians get the discounted rate of $825 before November 8 and after that will have to register with the increased fee of $925. Non-member residents or trainees and radiology support personnel can register at the rate of $180 before November 8 and $280 after.
Registering before November 8 guarantees that members will receive full conference materials by mail in advance. As for international candidates, they will only be mailed the full conference materials if they register before their assigned deadline. Anyone who registers after November 8 will have to receive the conference materials at the McCormick Place Convention Center. Also, it is advised for both members and non-members to start making housing arrangements as soon as they register for the event.
Since international exhibitors and attendees need more planning and arrangements, the RSNA website has a dedicated page explaining important points that international visitors need to take into consideration when planning to attend the RSNA meeting. You can find more information regarding general meeting information, international invitation letters and successful visa applications and visa waiver programs and international travel packages on http://www.rsna.org/International_Visitors.aspx.
Members of the press who want to cover the event are required to register prior to attending the event, registration starts June 5. In order for their registration to be accepted, members of the press need to provide proof that during their attendance they will be covering the event and such coverage will be broadcasted. The registration form and media guidelines will be posted on the Newsroom page of the RSNA website when registration opens. For those who have questions regarding the media coverage of the event, they can either check out http://www2.rsna.org/timssnet/media/rsna/newsroom2013.cfm or contact Linda Brooks at 1-630-590-7762. Another useful section of the RSNA website is http://www.rsna.org/media.aspx, which contains different media resources related to health issues and medical procedures, RSNA history, news coverage of past meetings and RSNA press releases. It also contains contact information of the RSNA media relations executives.
So whether you are an RSNA member, a radiology resident, a healthcare executive or even a member of the working press, you should start marking your calendar for registration and housing deadlines, and start checking out the RSNA website for more information on the registration process so you wouldn’t miss out on the biggest radiology and imaging event of the year.