Annual Meeting FAQ

1. Why is the ASA annual meeting always scheduled for October? 

2. Where can I register for the meeting and what are the registration fees?

3. What is included with my registration?

4. Is there a cancelation policy for the ANESTHESIOLOGY™ 2014 annual meeting?  

5. What is the weather like in New Orleans?

6. When does ANESTHESIOLOGY™ 2014 annual meeting housing open?

7. Can I bring a guest to the meeting?

8. What is the headquarter hotel for the meeting?

9. How can I find information on programs, meetings and sessions? 

10. Where are the educational sessions being held? 

11. Unlimited access to Refresher Course Lectures - Do I have to sign up for these?

12. What are the ANESTHESIOLOGY™ 2014 annual meeting exhibition hours?

13. What is the ASA Bistro?

14. Will there be any refreshment breaks in the Exhibit Hall?

15. Will shuttle buses be provided during the meeting? 

16. Will there be a 5k Run/Walk at ANESTHESIOLOGY™ 2014 annual meeting? 

17. Where and when will the House of Delegates meet? 

18. How do I obtain a VISA/Invitation Letter? 

19. How can I obtain my CME certificate for attending the ANESTHESIOLOGY™ 2014 annual meeting?

20. How far is the airport from the Ernest N. Morial convention center and what type of transportation is available? 

21. What is the dress code for the meeting?

22. What other educational programs does ASA offer?

23. Where and when is  ANESTHESIOLOGY™ 2015 being held?

24. What are the dates and locations for future annual meetings?

 


1. Why is the annual meeting always scheduled for October?
The ASA holds our meeting in October for a few reasons. William Thomas Green Morton, an American dentist first publicly demonstrated the use of inhaled ether as a surgical anesthetic on October 16, 1846 at the Ether Dome of the Massachusetts General Hospital. When ASA was founded, it made sense to honor the creation of anesthesia by holding the world’s largest anesthesia educational meeting around that date.

In addition, we choose dates for the meetings based on the availability of reasonable rates for using the conference site, hotels, etc. We also try to schedule our meetings for a period of time when most academics around the world are available. This is usually early-October for European sites and mid-October for North American sites.

2. Where can I register for the meeting and what are the registration fees?
Online registration will open in June, 2014 at www.ANESTHESIOLOGY214.org. From this page, you can access registration rates and deadlines. The Reigstration brochure will be mailed to members in June.  Click here to view this year's Registration categories and fees.

3. What is included with my registration?
Registration for Members/ Non-Members includes access to the ANESTHESIOLOGY™ 2014 annual meeting Exhibition, Saturday Opening Session and one (1) ticket admittance to the Saturday Evening Welcome Reception. Registration also includes access to ALL educational sessions that offer CME credit, except ticketed educational sessions that offer CME credit.

4. Is there a cancelation policy for the ANESTHESIOLOGY™ 2014 annual meeting?
Annual Meeting attendees can request a refund for the meeting up to September 22, 2014. Refunds will be minus a 25% processing fee for Annual Meeting registration and any optional courses/classes or tours the attendee may have purchased tickets for. 

There will be no refunds after September 22, 2014.   Refunds are not available for No-Shows.

5. What is the weather like in New Orleans?
New Orleans has a subtropical climate with pleasant year-round temperatures. Temperatures for the month of October range from an average high in the upper 70’s to an average low in the upper 50’s. Be sure to check out the National Weather Service  or The Weather Channel for up-to-date weather information.

6. When does housing open for the ANESTHESIOLOGY™ 2014 annual meeting?
Housing for the ANESTHESIOLOGY™ 2014 annual meeting will open in May, 2014 at www.ANESTHESIOLOGY214.org.

7. Can I bring a guest to the meeting?
An individual accompanying a full registration attendee, and participating only in the social events receives a discounted registration rate of $25.00 for the first guest and $70.00 each for additional guests. Spouse/guest registration includes guest name badge, access to the ANESTHESIOLOGY™ 2014 annual meeting exhibition, Saturday Opening Session, one (1) ticket admittance to the Saturday Evening Opening Reception. The Spouse/Guest registration fees do not award CME credit hours for attending the any of the educational sessions offered during the meeting.  Continuing Education Credit (CME) is not available for this registration fee category. Guests must be 16 years or older to qualify for the guest registration.

8. What is the headquarter hotel for the meeting?
The Hilton NewOrleans Riverside has been designated as the headquarter hotel for the ANESTHESIOLOGY™ 2014 annual meeting.

9. How can I find information on programs, meetings and sessions? 
Information for the ANESTHESIOLOGY™ 2014 annual meeting will be available on the ASA website in June.

10. Where are the educational sessions being held?
All educational sessions will be held at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, 900 Convention Center Blvd., New Orleans, LA 70130.

11. Unlimited access to Refresher Course Lectures - Do I have to sign up for these?
Along with the Opening Session, Rovenstine and Severinghaus Lectures and all other special events - ASA is again offering attendees unlimited access to Refresher Course lecture (RCLs), eliminating the need for purchasing individual tickets for admission. In addition, all RCL outlines will also be available online, at no additional fee for attendees only.

12. What are the ANESTHESIOLOGY™ 2014 annual meeting exhibition hours?
The exhibits will be open the following days and times:

Saturday, October 11

Sunday, October 12

Monday, October 13

11 a.m. - 6:15 p.m.

9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

13. What is the ASA Bistro?
The Bistro concept is a convenient location in the exhibit hall with a diverse menu offering a variety of traditional, healthy, and international dining options. Create a lunchtime meeting destination, receive faster lunch service with shorter wait time, and enjoy a delicious lunch while remaining in the building. Dessert, included! Attendees and exhibitors may purchase individual tickets or reserve tables in advance and onsite.

14. Will there be refreshments in the Exhibit Hall?
Yes, there will be free refreshment breaks for the attendees in the exhibit hall on Sunday, October 12
from 9:45 – 10:45 a.m. and 2:45 – 3:45 p.m. and Monday, October 13 from 9:45 – 10:45 a.m.

15. Will shuttle buses be provided during the meeting?
With the exception of the ASA headquarter hotel (Hilton New Orleans Riverside) and any other hotels within immediate walking distance of the convention center, ASA will operate a shuttle bus transportation program FRIDAY-WEDNESDAY from designated New Orleans hotels within the 2014 ASA hotel/housing program.

16. Will there be a 5k Run/Walk at the ANESTHESIOLOGY™ 2014 annual meeting
ASA in collaboration with Hope for the Warriors will once again sponsor and conduct a 5K Run/Walk in New Orleans, Louisiana during the ANESTHESIOLOGY™ 2014 annual meeting.   

17. Where and when will the House of Delegates meet?
The House of Delegates will meet on Sunday, October 12 and Wednesday, October 15 at 8 a.m.  

18. How do I obtain a VISA/invitation Letter?
If you’re traveling to the ANESTHESIOLOGY™ 2014 annual meeting from outside the United States, your country may require that you obtain a visa.  Click here to view the International Resources page and download a copy of the Visa Letter request form.

19. How can I obtain my CME certificate for attending the meeting?
ASA will provide self-print CME certificates for the ANESTHESIOLOGY™ 2014 annual meeting. Computers and printers will be provided by ASA in designated areas in the Moscone Center on Sunday, October 12 - Wednesday, October 15.

Attendees can enter session attendance information and print their own certificates from any computer with an Internet connection beginning 24 hours after the session is completed.  Participants can print their CME certificates during the meeting at computer kiosks provided by ASA in designated areas.  Attendees must claim CME for the ANESTHESIOLOGY™ 2014 annual meeting  by DECEMBER 31, 2014.

CME Accreditation and Credit Designation
The American Society of Anesthesiologists is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

20. How far is the airport from the Convention Center and what type of transportation is available?
The distance from the Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport and the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center is approximately 16 miles.  Click here for information on travel service from the airport to hotels.

Pre-arranged car service
Concierge transportation will be made available by One World Transport. A trip made in a luxury town car or limousine is more reliable, comfortable, productive and cost efficient than driving yourself. It allows the business traveler the freedom of arranging transportation to fit their travel plans and not worry about the hassles of getting to the airport or around town. One World Transport provides comfortable town car or limousine transportation option which allows you to relax before you arrive at your hotel destination. One World Transport understands that a reliable and cost effective way to get to and from the meeting is your goal. Click here for more information on One World Transport and other transportation services.

21. What is the dress code for the meeting?
Business/casual attire and walking shoes are highly recommended.

22. What other educational programs does ASA offer?
The ASA Legislative Conference will be held on April 30-May 2, 2012 at the JW Marriott Hotel in Washington, D.C. Please register through your State Component.  

  • The Certificate in Business Administration Program, March 1-2, June 14-15, September 20-21, November 15-16, 2014.
    More detailed information is available at  http://education.asahq.org/cba2013
  • Conference on Practice Management – January 24–26, 2014.
    Hilton, Anatole, Dallas. Register now.

23. Where and when is the ANESTHESIOLOGY™ 2014 annual meeting being held? 
ANESTHESIOLOGY™ 2015 - October 24-25, 2015 – San Diego, CA.

24. What are the dates and locations of future annual meetings?
October 24-28, 2015 San Diego, CA
October 22-26, 2016 Chicago, IL
October 21-25, 2017 Boston, MA
October 13-17, 2018 San Francisco, CA
October 19-23, 2019 Orlando, FL
October 3-7, 2020 Washington, D.C.

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