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  • Tips for IACUC19 Attendees

    Getting the Most Out of Your Conference Experience

    Will 2019 be your first time at PRIM&R's IACUC Conference? Have you attended the IACUC Conference before, but want to know what's new in 2019? 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.

    Before the Conference

    Understanding the Agenda
    When registering, you have the option to pre-register for the sessions you'd like to attend (your selections will appear in your personalized agenda, discussed below). You can attend sessions other than those you pre-registered for once on-site, but if there are any sessions you don't want to miss, we highly encourage pre-registering; if a session is noted with a "Pre-Reg Required" icon, OR if a session fills up, PRIM&R may check names at the door and will give priority to pre-registered attendees.

    To decide which sessions you want to attend, review the agenda and note the following:

    • Breakout sessions are smaller and focused on specific topics, strategies, approaches, and best practices; they offer more time for in-depth discussion, interaction with peers, and questions. Breakout sessions are grouped by series (A through E). Attendees choose one session per series.
    • 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 on the left side of the agenda. Sessions that are new in 2019 are denoted with a "New" icon and sessions eligible for CPIA credit are denoted with a "CPIA" 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.

    Add one or two extra days of targeted learning
    Take advantage of the opportunity to explore specific topics in depth by registering for one or more of our five preconference programs on April 1. (Preconference programs are an additional fee and pre-registration is required.)

    After attending IACUC19, stay on for an additional day to attend the 2019 NWABR Regional IACUC/IBC Conference on April 4 in the same location. (The NWABR Conference is an additional fee and pre-registration is required.)

    Preparing to Attend

    • Print the schedule of sessions you selected during registration to help guide you on-site; you can do this by printing the receipt that's emailed to you upon registering, or by logging in to our website and selecting the "My Transactions" page. From there, select "View My Agenda" under the 2019 IACUC and NWABR Conferences row.
    • If you wish to change the sessions you pre-registered for, log in to our website and select the "My Transactions" page. From there, select the "View" link under the "Registration" column of the 2019 IACUC and NWABR Conferences 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. We will let you know when handouts are online, as well as the password for accessing them in the Conference Attendee Newsletters.
    • For those interested in going out to eat or sight-seeing while in Bellevue, review for more information on the area. As a reminder, breakfast will be available at IACUC19; however, attendees will have lunch on their own.

    On-Site Events and Networking

    Past attendees tell us how much the conference content is enhanced by 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 are also 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, consider attending sessions A2 and B2: A Time to Connect—Agency Highlights from the Oversight Bodies. See the agenda for times and location. Representatives of the federal agencies/accrediting body will also be speaking on other sessions at the conference, as well as exhibiting at tables in the Grand Ballroom Foyer.
    • Meet this year's supporters and exhibitors and learn about their important services.
    • Visit the IACUC19 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 IACUCs.

    After the Conference

    Using attendance to advance your career
    Attending IACUC19 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 Professional in IACUC Administration (CPIA®) recertification: Learn more about recertification. Sessions eligible for CPIA recertification credit are marked with an icon in the agenda.
    • PRIM&R's Certificate in the Ethical Foundations of Animal Care and Use: The IACUC Conference counts as a core requirement and preconference programs satisfy the elective requirement for this certificate. If you're not eligible for the CPIA® 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 IACUC19, 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 IACUC19 are eligible and, if so, how many.