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    Getting the Most Out of Your Conference Experience

    Will 2018 be your first time at PRIM&R's Advancing Ethical Research (AER) Conference? Have you attended the AER Conference before, but want to know what's new in 2018? There's a lot happening at this event, and knowing what to expect in advance can help you make the most of your conference experience.


    Getting Ready to Attend

    Assess your learning options by reviewing the agenda.

    During registration, you'll select the sessions you want to attend on-site. For each panel and breakout series, attendees will pick one session. The breakout sessions are smaller; focused on specific topics, strategies, approaches, and best practices; and offer more time for in-depth discussion, interaction with peers, and questions. Note the following:

    • Breakout sessions are grouped by series (A through E), each with approximately 23 sessions.
    • The agenda can be sorted by thematic tracks to help you identify sessions that best address your challenges.
    • Session icons help you navigate the agenda; an icon key is provided in the agenda. Of note: sessions that are new in 2018 are denoted with a "New" icon, sessions eligible for CIP credit are denoted with a "CIP" icon, and sessions that will review the revised Common Rule have a "CR" icon.
    • Basic sessions introduce, explain, and illustrate basic concepts and principles, regulations and policies, or best practices relevant to a topic for those who have little or no prior knowledge of it.
    • Advanced sessions assume mastery of basic concepts and in-depth knowledge of an area and robust set of skills required for addressing difficult problems in that area. Attendees are expected to have sufficient experience and understanding to actively contribute to the discussion.
    • Sessions that do not have a learning level are intended for all audiences.
    • Double breakout sessions are longer and run over the lunch period on November 16. These sessions are noted with an icon on the agenda.

    Once you've registered:

    • Print the schedule of sessions you selected during registration to help guide you on-site. Except for events noted in the agenda requiring pre-registration, you are welcome to attend other sessions on-site. If you wish to attend something that required pre-registration and you forgot to include it when you registered, log in to our website and select the "My Transactions" page. From there, select the "View" link under the "Registration" column of the 2018 AER Conference row, and select the "Add Tracks/ Sessions" link. You can also stop by the Help Desk on-site and, if there's space available, we will accommodate you.
    • Review the Conference Attendee Newsletters we'll send in the weeks leading up to the conference. These emails will direct you to information about late-breaking changes to the agenda and other important logistical information.
    • Download and print any handouts via the online agenda when they become available. We will let you know when handouts are online and give you the password for accessing them in the Conference Attendee Newsletters.
    • Download and explore the conference app (available in October) via iTunes or the Google Play Store. In addition to giving you access to all the handouts, you will get event alerts, be able to take notes on your device, and message other attendees who are using the app. For those interested in going out to eat or sight-seeing while in San Diego, review VisitSanDiego.com for more information on the area.

    Add an extra day of targeted learning

    Take advantage of the opportunity to explore specific topics in depth by attending one or more of our 10 preconference programs on November 14. Please note that preconference programs will take place at the Manchester Grand Hyatt located next to the convention center.

    Network, network, network

    Past attendees tell us how much the conference content is enhanced by expanded conversations with other attendees. Explore your networking options by reviewing the special events page (note: some special events require pre-registration; sign up for those during online registration).

    • Are you a first-time attendee? If so, sign up for the First-Time Attendee Welcome Breakfast, which will give you the chance to ask questions about the conference, PRIM&R membership, and other PRIM&R programming and resources.
    • Select from the networking ribbons displayed in the on-site check-in area. These ribbons help you highlight an array of professional roles/affiliations and are a great way to find other attendees with similar interests.
    • Attend the conference receptions to meet other attendees and network: there is a preconference program reception on November 14 at the Manchester Grand Hyatt; a welcome reception on November 15 and a networking reception on November 16 for all AER18 attendees at the San Diego Convention Center; and a young professionals networking reception on November 15 at an off-site location. In addition, there are several break and meal-time opportunities to meet fellow attendees. See the agenda for times and locations.
    • Do you have questions for representatives of the federal agencies and/or accrediting body? If so, we encourage attendees to participate in Federal Agencies/Accrediting Body Office Hours. See the conference agenda for times and location
    • Meet this year's supporters and exhibitors and learn about their important services.
    • Visit the AER18 Poster Gallery to learn more about our selected poster authors' innovative and important work in the field, as well as the implementation of programs to improve the functioning of HRPPs.

    Using attendance to advance your career

    Attending AER18 will help you make progress on your continuing education goals. Continuing education credits earned via attendance at this year's meeting can be used for:

    • Certified IRB Professional (CIP®) recertification: Learn more about recertification.
    • PRIM&R's Certificate in the Foundations of Human Subjects Protections: The AER Conference and the preconference program IRB 101sm both count as core requirements for this certificate. If you're not eligible for the CIP credential, or you're looking for another way to highlight your professional development efforts on your resume, consider signing up for the certificate program.
    • Self-reporting to other professional associations: Use the Certificate of Attendance from AER18, which you will receive upon completing the last day's evaluation, to self-report to other professional associations. Please contact those associations to determine whether credits earned at AER18 are eligible and, if so, how many.
    • Continuing Medical Education (CME): This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of Boston University School of Medicine and PRIM&R. Boston University School of Medicine is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians. This activity has been approved for a maximum of 17.5 AMA PRA Category 1 credit(s)™.