Don Mackay, MD
The beginning of 2021 has taken on a decidedly more optimistic air with the rollout of the vaccines and decreasing number of COVID-19 cases nationwide. Most of us have received the vaccine and share the sense of relief that comes with it. While the pandemic undoubtedly has some way to go before we can fully resume our normal lives, with a look to the future and proper precautions to ensure everyone's safety and enjoyment, we are going ahead with our 99th Annual Meeting at the JW Marriott Turnberry Resort in Miami from May 15th to May 18th.
Our 2021 meeting will be held in a hybrid format, which means that while we will be live and in-person in Miami, we are also offering a virtual participation option for those who are not yet able to join us. We are very fortunate that Aurelie Alger and the PRRI team have already had the experience of successfully running some hybrid meetings, and incorporating all governmental and state and local requirements to ensure a safe and optimized experience for attendees and their guests.
The Annual Meeting content is going to be little changed from the meeting we had finalized last year. Joe Losee and Shane Johnson are working closely with Anthony Golia, Olivia Annese, Shelagh Kelley and Aurelie to make small tweaks such as selecting suitable socially distanced-set meeting rooms, and identifying lovely outdoor social spaces for our gatherings. The team is also selecting moderators who will be on site, to keep our sessions lively and interactive. Meeting registration is now open and from what we have seen so far, as well as what we have heard from our colleagues, it looks like we will have a substantial number of on-site attendees. I am sure many of you feel the pent-up desire to meet in person as long as we can do so safely. The Turnberry Resort has instituted multiple safety processes, our meeting will be socially distanced and spacing clearly marked, areas will all be regularly cleaned, and masking will be required. Aurelie Alger is going to give our Board a presentation on how the hybrid meeting will run before we post it on our website; the specifics and what to expect will then be available for all our members. Our emphasis is coming together safely and enjoying the Association's quality education, as well as our unique and special fellowship.
I want to thank all the committee chairs for their continued support and effort. Julie Hansen's Membership Committee has vetted another class of outstanding candidates. We will have a record number of inductees from 2020 and 2021 to introduce at the meeting. We also anticipate a large class of Cannon fellows at the meeting, testament to the energy and enthusiasm that David Larson has put into this worthy cause. Bob Havlik and the Awards Committee selected excellent papers that you will judge for the James Barret Brown Award, and Russell Reid has done an outstanding job establishing the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Task Force. A proposed Bylaws change will be made at the Annual Member Business Meeting to establish it as a new standing committee.
I know this meeting will look and feel very different from what we are used to, but you can be assured it will still highlight the best that Plastic Surgery has to offer. I am so grateful to have served as your President through this turbulent time in all our lives. This Annual Meeting will hopefully set us up for our big Centennial celebration next year.
Don Mackay, MD