NOTABLE MEETINGS Sign of the times: The American Academy of Otolaryngology­p;Head and Neck Surgery (AAO-HNS) will feature 25 practice management courses at its 100th annual meeting, to be held from September 29 to October 2 at the Washington (DC) Convention Center. For the first time, attending physicians will be able to receive CME credit for participating in educational breakfast symposia-a blow in favor of recognizing networking events as important learning environments.
In another sign of the times, the AAO-HNS is cross-promoting its meeting with the annual meeting of the Association of Otolaryngology Administrators (AOA), to be held a few days earlier at the Hyatt Regency Washington. In fact, there will be no fewer than six satellite programs in the four days preceding the AAO-HNS annual meeting, including meetings of the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and the American Rhinological Society. An innovation that was warmly received last year will be continued: a childcare program at the Renaissance Washington Hotel, run by ACCENT on Arrangements.
The Fourth Annual Congress on Women's Health brought 463 healthcare professionals to Washington, DC on June 18 and 19 to discuss prevention of illness, diagnosis, treatment, and outcomes measurement. The meeting is notable both for its inclusive approach (physicians in any specialty were invited to attend) and for the organizers' unique promotional angle.
Rather than tout the economic impact of its attendees, they pointed out the impact of the patient population the attendees served. "Women make almost 60 percent of physician visits, buy nearly 60 percent of prescription drugs, and spend roughly two out of every three healthcare dollars," according to Phyllis Greenber-ger, executive director of the Society for the Advancement of Women's Health Research. The meeting had an unusual preconference activity: a briefing at the White House on women's health issues.
Nonphysician groups flex their meeting muscles: The American Academy of Physician Assistants drew 6,000 attendees to its annual meeting at the New York Hilton and New York Sheraton hotels in Manhattan in May. There were more than 260 continuing education programs and the keynote speaker was healthcare reform celebrity Uwe Reinhardt of the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University.
In August, the Georgia Association of Physician Assistants (GAPA) will meet at the Jekyll Island (GA) Convention Center. For the first time, GAPA is inviting family physicians, nurse practitioners, and athletic trainers to attend. Last year's conference drew 300 attendees from 24 states; this year's is projected to draw in excess of 400.
The Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA) is expanding its educational brief to include seminars on managed care, Medicare, and long-term care management issues. In all, HFMA will be offering 18 seminar topics at one- and two-day meetings in September, October, and November to be held in New Orleans, Orlando, Lake Tahoe, Scottsdale, Chicago, and Philadelphia. For information, call (800) 252-4362.
TECHNOLOGY NOTES The web address for the Alliance for Continuing Medical Education home page is http://medicine-web.com/welcome/ acmewelcome.html. It was listed incorrectly in the March/April issue.
Looking for alternative healthcare meetings? Visit http://www.healthy.net for a calendar of meetings ranging from the holistic to the mystic. Among the alternative therapies, sharp-eyed surfers will also find a few listings for the American Dental Association and links to alternative health organizations.
Satellite broadcasts of continuing education seminars for mental health professionals will begin later this year when Shelow/Porterfield, a video and multi-media production company based in State College, PA, launches its Distance Learning Network (DLN).
Programs will be beamed to 53 sites at universities around the country, as well as to private facilities. DLN will offer single and multiple programs that have been accredited by the American Psychological Association and other accrediting organizations. The company also offers satellite dish rental and maintenance for private groups at remote locations, as well as supplemental programming for subscribers. Corporate subscribers will have the option of using DLN's services for internal broadcasting. For information, call Eric Porterfield at (800) 326-9166.
For the most complete calendar of, you need look no further than this site, where you'll find the the Medical Meetings database.
JH-SISPRO is the name of a meeting-management software package that has been developed especially for organizations presenting CME. The initials stand for Johns Hopkins Student Information System Program, and the university was involved in developing it to manage its own CME meetings.
The software's capabilities include credit tracking, task management, mail-merge, and a marketing and evaluation function that creates course information and statistics. For information, call Barbara Smith at (410) 614-4860. She can be reached on the Internet at firstname.lastname@example.org.
MARKETING NOTES Medical Marketing Service Inc. (MMS), Wood Dale, IL, has several new healthcare professional mailing lists available, including membership of the American College of Physicians, physicians in health maintenance organizations/prefer-red provider organizations, managed care decision makers, and a variety of lists of outpatient facilities. MMS also now offers lists of physician assistants and nurse practitioners. Check with MMS before ordering to be sure lists can be used for meetings promotion. For information, call (800) 633-5478.
Nation-Wide Reporting & Convention Coverage, Inc., offers transcribers who specialize in various medical fields, ranging from dentistry to neuroscience to radiology. For more information, call (800) 221-7242.