Joseph E. Losee, MD
Colleagues, it is my distinct honor to serve as Program Chair for the Association's 99th Annual meeting. Our meeting this year will take place May 2-5, 2020, in Chicago, at the historic, landmark Palmer House Hotel.
I would like to thank the entire Program Committee, who have been "hard at work" reviewing the submitted scientific abstracts and selecting the breakfast breakout topics. I would particularly like to thank Drs. Jim Grotting and Rick Warren for Chairing the Aesthetic Symposium, as well as Drs. Mike Neumeister and Joe Disa, who are Chairing the Reconstructive Symposium. This year's meeting promises to provide yet another great educational experience, with leaders in their respective subspecialties providing cutting edge knowledge. Be sure to check out the Preliminary Program now.
New for 2020, we will be simplifying our registration process. All attendees will receive access to both the aesthetic and reconstructive symposia with general registration – no longer will it be required to purchase access to each separately. We feel this will be a "value added", make the registration process less confusing, reduce time onsite checking in to the meeting, and increase access to the great programming that occurs during these two symposia. Registration is now available online, and we encourage you to make your registrations prior to the early bird deadline of Sunday, March 1, 2020. Additionally, if you have not yet secured your housing at the Palmer House Hilton, we encourage you to do that as soon as possible, as we expect the hotel to sell out due to strong attendance.
As you may recall, in 2019 we implemented a new Conflict of Interest (COI) requirement for all presenters, which included a mandatory disclosure of any financial interest of $2,500 or above. This year, the Board has decided to enhance the COI policy that will require that everyone whose names appear on a presentation to disclose any financial interest above $2,500. All these interests should be listed on a slide that will remain up for 10 seconds. The presenter does not need to comment during the10 seconds. The audience will draw their own conclusions about any potential conflict. The Association hopes that the full transparency will allow each attendee to form their own conclusions about any financial bias that may or may not be present.
The Annual Meeting begins on Saturday, May 2nd, and on behalf of the Association I look forward to welcoming you to Chicago.
Joseph E. Losee, MD