International Resources and Offerings
Anesthesiology professionals from more than 90 countries are expected to attend the ANESTHESIOLOGYTM 2013 annual meeting and we hope that you will be among them. If you plan to attend, we urge you to begin the visa application process now. U.S. regulations require security checks for most visitor visa applications, resulting in a review process that may take three months or more. Attendees will be responsible for their own travel expenses including airfare, ground transportation, hotel, meals and travel insurance.
ANESTHESIOLOGYTM 2013 Annual Meeting
October 12-16, 2013
747 Howard Street, at the corner of Third and Howard
San Francisco, CA 94103 USA
Venue website: http://www.moscone.com/site/do/index
Speakers and content experts from around the globe will be featured throughout
the 700 educational sessions at the ANESTHESIOLOGYTM 2013
annual meeting. The following panels will be of particular interest to our
- World Federation of Societies of Anesthesiologists (WFSA) International Panel:
Drug Shortages, Safety & Solutions – A Global Perspective
Saturday, October 12, 2013, 8 - 10 a.m.
ASA, in collaboration with WFSA, will present the following panel:
- Adrian W. Gelb, M.B., B.Ch., Lead speaker
- Arnold J. Berry, M.D., Emory University – Drug Shortages: We Have No Drugs!
- Fauzia Kahn, M.D., Pakistan – Drug Quality: We Have Vials But What’s in Them?
- Alan F. Merry, M.D., New Zealand – Medication Errors: Shortages Force
- Changing Perspective - Thoughts From Another Country
Sunday, October 13, 2013, 12:30 - 2:30 p.m.
International speakers from Israel will present a panel intending to examine both administrative and clinical issues important to anesthesiologists from an international perspective. The aim is to provide insights, ideas possible solutions with international viewpoints.
- Benjamin Drenger, M.D., Lead Speaker- The Anesthesiologist Role in Perioperative Risk Reduction and Outcome Improvement
- Charles Weissman, M.D.- Anesthesiology in a Socialized Medicine Environment - Lessons Learned
- Sharon Einav, M.D.- A New Perspective on Bench Biomarkers: S100B and Neuron Specific Enolase (NSE) as Bedside Decision Tools
- Idit Matot, M.D.- Teamwork and Women
- European Society of Anaesthesiology Panel:
Harmonizing Anesthesiology as a Specialty in Europe
Monday, October 14, 2013, 8-10 a.m.
ASA, in collaboration with ESA, will present the following panel:
- Eberhard F. Kochs, M.D., Lead speaker, Germany – Harmonizing Standards,
Education and Specialist Training With the Goal of Mutual Recognition Throughout
- Andreas Hoeft, M.D., Belgium – How to Organize International Research in the
Various Countries In Europe.
- Stefan De Hert, M.D., Belgium – How to Organize International Scientific Exchange
Between the Various Countries in Europe.
- Daniels Filipescu, M.D., Romania – Impact of International Practice Guidelines
for Low-Income Countries.
Onsite International Attendee Services
International Attendee Service Center (IASC)-
While your at the ANETHESIOLOGY™ 2013 annual meeting, stop by the IASC located in the Moscone North- Hall D, designed around your needs while traveling abroad.
Plus, when you visit the IASC and participate in a quick survey, you'll be entered into a drawing for your change to win an iPad® mini complete with a one-year online subscription to the journal of Anesthesiology.
At the IASC you can:
- Relax, connect and network with colleagues from across the globe
- Ask about navigation assistance in and around the Meeting and the San Francisco area
- Learn more about ASA membership benefits or about becoming a member of ASA
- Pick-up your 'Certificate of Attendance'- available through Tuesday at 5 p.m.
- Add an "INTERNATIONAL" ribbon to your badge
- Schedule a small meeting for your international delegation or group
- Obtain CME conversion information if you're a physician from Europe
- Meet with our international travel partner to make plans for the ANESTHESIOLOGY™ 2014 annual meeting
Among the many amenities available, the IASC will offer language facilitators who speak Spanish, Chinese, Japanese and Portuguese.
- International Registration Services
- International registrants to the meeting are welcome at any of our onsite registration areas. For those who wish, there will also be designated international
registration counters with interpreter services available.
- Interpreter Services
- Interpreters will be available in selected languages to assist international
attendees in navigating through the registration process and orienting themselves
to the ANESTHESIOLOGYTM 2013 annual meeting.
All individuals from outside the United States require a valid passport to enter the United States. It can now take as long as four months to get a visa to enter the United States. To determine if you require a visa to enter the United States and the required documentation, please visit http://usembassy.gov.
Tips for Successful Visa Applications
- Include a letter of invitation from the meeting organizer.
- When possible, provide proof of professional scientific and/or educational status, society membership and/or meeting registration.
- Visa applicants are expected to provide evidence that they intend to return to their country of residence. Therefore, applicants should provide proof of binding or sufficient ties to their home country or permanent residence abroad. Visa applications are more likely to be successful if done in the visitor's home country.
- Applicants should present their entire trip itinerary, including travel to any countries other than the United States, at the time of their visa application.
All applicants must be able to qualify for a visa on their own merits under the requirements of the Immigration and Nationality Act.
Standard Visa Request Guideline
If you must apply for a temporary non-immigrant visa to attend the ANESTHESIOLOGYTM 2013 annual meeting, you are advised to apply as soon as travel to the United States is contemplated and not later than 3-4 months in advance.
Invitation Letter Download
ASA offers an official letter of invitation for ANESTHESIOLOGYTM 2013 annual meeting attendees. The letter of invitation, though not required for the visa application, can assist as a supporting document. This letter by no means guarantees admittance into the U.S., but can provide compelling evidence for immigration officials to consider.
Please note that ASA cannot intervene with either U.S. embassies abroad or with the U.S. State Department on behalf of any participant. You may create and print your customized invitation letter for visa/passport purposes here.
Personalized Invitation Letter
ASA offers an official personalized letter of invitation. This letter will be sent via e-mail. If you would like a personalized letter mailed to you, please provide a Federal Express or DHL account number with your request. In some cases, visa offices will not accept faxed or emailed invitation letters. All ASA letters of invitation are only provided to attendees who are planning to participate and attend the ANESTHESIOLOGYTM 2013 annual meeting. Please provide the following information in your request:
- Federal Express or DHL account number (for mail copies)
- Your full name (Please specify first and last name)
- Job title/position (Dr., Mr., Mrs., etc.)
- Company name/organization
- Full mailing address
- Telephone and fax numbers
- Email address
- Poster presenters may include the title of the poster they are presenting if needed
Personalized invitation letter requests should be sent via email to Carol Klemm at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Visa Waiver Program (VWP) / Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA)
The Visa Waiver Program (VWP) enables nationals of 37 participating countries to travel to the United States for tourism or business (visitor [B] visa purposes only) for stays of 90 days or less without obtaining a visa. The program was established to eliminate unnecessary barriers to travel, stimulating the tourism industry, and permitting the Department of State to focus consular resources in other areas.
VWP eligible travelers may apply for a visa, if they prefer to do so. Nationals of VWP countries must meet eligibility requirements to travel without a visa on VWP, and therefore, some travelers from VWP countries are not eligible to use the program. VWP travelers are required to have a valid authorization through the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) prior to travel, are screened at the port of entry into the United States, and are enrolled in the Department of Homeland Security’s US-VISIT program.
Currently, 37 countries participate in the Visa Waiver Program, as shown below:
|| New Zealand
|| San Marino
|| South Korea
|| The Netherlands
|| United Kingdom
Useful Visa, ESTA and International Travel Websites
International Travel Packages
The official international travel provider for the ANESTHESIOLOGYTM 2013 annual meeting, ESA Voyages, provides full service travel packages for individuals traveling from outside North America. Packages include: hotel room, airport transfers in San Francisco, baggage handling at the hotel, daily American breakfast, local taxes and staff travel assistance. ESA Voyages will be available at ASA registration (Moscone North Street Level Lobby) to assist with questions. More information.