As the novel coronavirus continues to spread, medical societies in North America and beyond are reassessing their scheduled conferences and weighing the risks and benefits. (So is the James Bond movie, which delayed its opening by 7 months.) Some have put precautions in place, while others — including the 50,000-attendee health tech conference HIMSS — have postponed or canceled altogether.
Here's how the conference calendar looks for March and April: Conferences in North America
Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI) , Boston, 3/8/20 - 3/11/20: CROI has decided to proceed with the conference as planned but is taking an abundance of precautions. The group recommends that attendees remain flexible and check the meeting website daily.
Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) , Orlando, 3/9/120 - 3/13/20: On March 5, the society canceled the conference , calling it "clearly necessary."
American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (AAAAI) , Philadelphia, 3/13/20 - 3/16/20: Monitoring developments but has no plans to cancel or postpone at this time.
American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry (AAGP) , San Antonio, 3/13/20 - 3/16/20: AAGP continues to monitor developments but, as of now, the meeting will continue as planned.
National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) , Orlando, 3/19/20 - 3/22/20: This conference has been postponed . No new dates have been provided, but the society notes that "NCCN staff is working as quickly as possible to notify all conference registrants about the postponement and further information regarding the refund process."
American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) , Denver, 3/20/20 - 3/24/20: The conference is scheduled to take place as planned . The organization will increase the number of hand-sanitizing stations throughout the convention center, and it is adding a nursing station specifically designated for anyone with flu-like symptoms.
American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS) , Orlando, 3/24/20 - 3/28/20: The meeting is proceeding as planned , and hand-sanitizer stations will be provided throughout the convention center. Travelers are encouraged to check the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and World Health Organization (WHO) websites for additional information and travel advice.
American College of Cardiology (ACC) , Chicago, 3/28/20 - 3/30/20: Organizers are working with those who can't travel to the conference to ensure access to research and education from the meeting, but they are otherwise proceeding as planned .
Society of Gynecologic Oncology (SGO) , Toronto, 3/28/20 - 3/31/20: SGO has canceled its international session, originally scheduled for March 27. The rest of the conference is currently slated to proceed as scheduled . Refunds are available for anyone who can't attend due to travel restrictions imposed by their country or institution.
Endocrine Society (ENDO) , San Francisco, 3/28/20 - 3/31/20: ENDO 2020 will take place as scheduled, but the society will continue to monitor and provide updates on its FAQ page .
Society for Interventional Radiology (SIR) , 3/28/20 - 4/2/20: On March 6, the society made the "difficult, but necessary and responsible, decision" to cancel its meeting .
Society of Hospital Medicine (SHM) , San Diego, 4/15/20 - 4/18/20: SHM is monitoring global developments, but the meeting is currently slated to go on as planned . The group recommends that anyone traveling to and from the conference follow the travel restrictions at both origin and destination.
American College of Physicians Internal Medicine (ACP IM) , Los Angeles, 4/23/20 - 4/25/20: The conference will go on as planned . ACP leadership is monitoring the situation and will provide safety updates and recommendations as the situation evolves.
American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) , Seattle, 4/24/20 - 4/27/20: Its annual clinical and scientific meeting is proceeding as scheduled. ACOG is closely monitoring advisories and updates from the CDC and WHO. Attendees are advised to check the ACOG website regularly for updates.
American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) , San Diego, 4/24/20 - 4/29/20: The organization is tracking all travel restrictions as well as information and guidance from the CDC and WHO, and adds that it is exploring all options, including "virtual presentations or postponing the meeting to a later date." But for now, the conference is still on .
American Academy of Neurology (AAN) , Toronto, 4/25/20 - 5/1/20: The conference is going on as planned. The group is closely monitoring the situation in Toronto and will provide updates as the situation warrants.
American Psychiatric Association (APA) , Philadelphia, 4/25/20 - 4/29/20: The society is still planning to hold the conference as planned . It is monitoring information from the CDC and other sources daily.
Pediatric Academic Societies Meeting (PAS) , Philadelphia, 4/25/20 - 4/29/20: The meeting dates and venue currently remain unchanged. The group is "monitoring this fluid situation daily." Attendees can check the group's most current statement , which is updated as needed.
Conferences Outside of North America
Acute Cardiovascular Care (ACVC) , Athens, 3/7/20 - 3/9/20: The conference has been canceled . Organizers are looking into the possibility of rescheduling the meeting for a later date.
European Society of Radiology (ESR) , Vienna, 3/11/20 - 3/15/20: The conference has been rescheduled for July 15-19 in Vienna.
Congrès de la Société Francophone du Diabète (SFD) , Brussels, 3/17/20 - 3/20/20: This congress has been postponed . The next SFD congress will take place in Brussels on June 2-5, 2020.
European Breast Cancer Conference (EBCC) , Barcelona, 3/18/20 - 3/20/20: The conference has been postponed and will now take place September 30– October 2 at the same venue. Abstracts accepted for the initial conference will remain in the program, and organizers will re-open abstract submissions beginning in May.
Diabetes UK Professional Conference (DUKPC) , Glasgow, 3/18/20 - 3/20/20: The conference has been canceled .
European Association of Urology (EAU), Amsterdam, 3/20/20 - 3/24/20: As of March 6, the conference has been postponed to July 2020.
Journées Francophones d'Hépato-gastroentérologie et d'Oncologie Digestive (JFHOD) , Paris, 3/26/20 - 3/29/20: While France has limited meetings to fewer than 5000 people in confined spaces, current JFHOD attendance falls beneath that number and will continue as scheduled for now. The organizing committee is monitoring the situation and will inform attendees if the situation changes. As of March 6, the conference website notes that discounted registration rates have been extended until the congress begins.
European Psychiatric Association (EPA) , Madrid, 3/28/20 - 3/30/20: EPA 2020 is currently scheduled to take place as planned, but as of March 5, the group notes that " registration is currently on hold until further notice ."
European Heart Rhythm Association Annual Congress (EHRA) , Vienna, 3/29/20 - 3/31/20: The society says it currently plans to proceed with the conference. But it acknowledges that — given that an increasing number of institutions have prohibited physicians from traveling — it "will impact the congress." The society will update its website if anything changes.
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