After careful consideration, the AAP, ASCI, and APSA have made the difficult decision to cancel our 2020 Joint Meeting scheduled to take place in Chicago April 3-5, 2020.
The decision to cancel our annual event was not taken lightly. We have been closely monitoring updates and recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO), as well as state and local governments. In the last week, we've also learned of the increasing number of travel advisories and restrictions being placed on health care providers, hospitals, and other institutions in the United States and globally.
The leaders of the AAP, ASCI, and APSA also recognize, in the context of the available data, the importance of avoiding the potential of contributing to disease spread by convening a meeting of more than 800 participants, including physician-scientist leaders, trainees, and students. As with so many of the other actions being taken globally, this is ultimately a public health measure.
The 2020 Joint Meeting will not be rescheduled. We hope to migrate certain features of the meeting to the 2021 Joint Meeting, to be held April 9-11 at the Fairmont Chicago. We will update members as a plan is developed. We understand how important the Joint Meeting is, particularly to physician-scientists, new members of the ASCI and AAP, and award winners. Please rest assured that the 2021 meeting will honor all of the 2020 honorees as well as additional honorees who will be determined over the next year as usual.
If you are registered to attend the meeting, we will be in touch with you directly with next steps regarding the refund of registration fees. All reservations at the Fairmont Chicago Millennium Park for the Joint Meeting have been cancelled. If you have made airline reservations, many carriers recognize the severity of the outbreak and are providing flexibility on cancellations.
We thank you for your efforts, as ever, to care for those who may be affected in your community, and we wish you the best of health.
Mary Klotman, MD
W. Kimryn Rathmell MD, PhD
(Updated March 11, 2020)