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First-time Attendee

The AAN offers a variety of resources for first-time Annual Meeting attendees to ensure you get the most out of your experience.

Annual Meeting Orientation

Attend the Annual Meeting Attendee Orientation.

  • Sunday, April 19 from 1:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, April 22 from 8:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.

This session will help you navigate your way through the meeting.

First-time attendees will receive additional information via email closer to the meeting.

Additional resources for first-time attendees are also available:

Sign-up for an Annual Meeting Mentor
AAN Members may register with AAN Mentor Connect to be paired up with an experienced AAN member at the meeting. Mentoring is a great way to network with a colleague and get answers to your Annual Meeting questions.
Join or Renew Your AAN Membership

Be sure your AAN membership is up-to-date. AAN members receive a discount of 50% or more on Annual Meeting registration and program fees.

Get Connected on LinkedIn

Check out the Annual Meeting LinkedIn group to see who is attending, join the conversation, and receive updates on Annual Meeting programs and events.

Other Onsite Resources
  • An information booth will be located in the Walter E. Washington Convention Center to help you with any questions or concerns.
  • Visit Academy Central for information on AAN products and resources
  • The Residents Experience offers students and residents a unique place to network and find information geared towards those early in their career.
  • The International Experience provides a place for international attendees to gather, network, and participate in discussions on a variety of topics.

First-time Attendee FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How do I access or modify my itinerary? 
A:You can plan your itinerary through registration and go back as often as you like to view or modify your plans. During the meeting, you can also access your itinerary via the Annual Meeting mobile app.

Q: What should I pack?
A:
 The AAN promotes business casual attire for the meeting. Pack comfortable shoes and a light jacket or sweater since meeting room temperatures and personal comfort levels vary. Also consider packing:

  • Business cards: You will be meeting a lot of neurologists and neuroscience professionals, so be prepared to help them remember you
  • Copies of your CV: Neurology recruiters will be available in the Exhibit Hall near the AAN Neurology Career Center booth and at the Residents and Fellows Career Forum Reception
  • Chargers/travel outlet: Keep your computer, phone, and notepad, or tablet charged

Q: What's the best way to get to and from the airport?
A:

  • Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) is located just outside DC city limits.
  • Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD) is in Virginia about 45 minutes west of DC.
  • Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI) is in Maryland; approximately 45 minutes from DC.
    • Taxi fare from Reagan to Convention Center is approximately $19, Metro is $2.75
    • Taxi fare from Dulles to Convention Center is $100-105
    • Taxi fare from BWI to Convention Center is $82-91
    • Taxi Fare Finder
    • Super Shuttle Service

Q: Is transportation provided from my hotel to the Convention Center?
A:  2015 Annual Meeting attendees staying at any AAN-contracted hotel outside of a one-mile radius of the Walter E. Washington Convention Center will have a new, convenient way to get to and from the convention center-and around Washington, DC! In lieu of shuttle service, qualifying attendees will each receive a complimentary Metro pass for use during their stay. Note that shuttle service will still be available between select AAN-contracted hotels and the Capitol City Celebration on Sunday, April 19. 

Public transportation is also widely available within city limits. Visit SEPTA.org ahead of time and use their trip planner or browse their mobile website on your smart phone. The Regional Rail Lines in particular are an outstanding resource to explore the city and region!

Q: How should I pace the meeting?
A:  Arrive early and give yourself ample time to check in and find your rooms.

Q: Where do I go on-site to pick up materials or register for additional courses?
A: Registration will be located in the Salon GHI of the Walter E. Washington Convention Center

Hours:

  • Saturday, April 18 - Friday, April 24: 6:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, April 25: 6:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m. (Located in the L Street South Lobby)

Q: How do I find my way around the meeting?
A:The Room Locator (in your on-site materials) lists all events, their location, and includes maps. You can also find room locations and events using the Annual Meeting mobile app.

Q: How do I access syllabi or program slides?
A:
 Full text syllabi and program slides will be available electronically only, online or via the Annual Meeting mobile app. All registered attendees will receive an email notification once syllabi are available.

Q: Does the AAN provide meals? 
A: Breakfast and lunch will be provided free to registered attendees. Check on-site for times and locations.

Q: How do I earn CME for programs attended?
A:
 To receive CME for education programs or scientific sessions, evaluations must be completed online or via the Annual Meeting mobile app. Wireless internet hotspots will be available at the Convention Center.

Q: I'm presenting a poster. Where do I go and what do I do? 
A: Poster presenters will be sent an email notification with the date, time, and location of your poster presentation.

Q: Should I wear my name badge at all times? 
A: Yes, your name badge provides access to all of your registered education courses, the free scientific sessions, and your free breakfast and lunch.

Q: Is Wi-Fi available? 
A: Wireless internet hotspots will be available in open areas of the convention center.

Q: How do I meet people? What are some networking opportunities/events? 
A:

  • Join the Annual Meeting LinkedIn Group  - Network with attendees and post questions before, during, and after the meeting
  • Sign-up for an Annual Meeting mentor- AAN members may register with AAN Mentor Connect to be paired up with an experienced AAN member at the meeting
  • Join a section- AAN sections focus on specific interest areas in neurology and typically meet during the Annual Meeting; joining a section is a great way to network and share ideas with peers of similar interests
  • Learn about opportunities for International Attendees- The International Experience provides a forum for international visitors to relax and network
  • Try a Meet to Eat event- Meet to Eat events facilitate a gathering of attendees in a casual dinner setting. Choose one of these four nights (Monday, April 20-Thursday, April 23) and the AAN will make a 7:00 p.m. dinner reservation for you and other AAN Annual Meeting attendees at one of Washington, DC's highly recommended restaurants. This service is free of charge; attendees are responsible for the cost of the meal.

Q: What is a Meet to Eat event?
A:The AAN is offering Meet to Eat events during the 2015 Annual Meeting. Meet to Eat events facilitate a gathering of attendees in a casual dinner setting. The Meet to Eat event is provided to help you set aside some additional time to network with your department. We know the meeting is so busy, and it is hard to find time to get together, and we hope this time affords opportunity for networking, sharing research ideas, and socialization.

How it works: If you submitted your RSVP before the April 6 deadline, the AAN will make a 7:00 p.m. dinner reservation for you at one of Washington, DC's highly recommended restaurants. Please note reservations will be made for small groups to facilitate networking. Attendees are responsible for the cost of the meal. The AAN is providing the service of assisting with reservations at a convenient restaurant. All reservations will be made for 7:00 p.m. A confirmation will be sent when your reservation is made.

Q: Where can I go for information on Maintenance of Certification? 
A:  The AAN and American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN) will hold a Maintenance of Certification Informational Session on Monday, April 20 from 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. This session provides important information to board certified neurologists about the requirements for maintenance of certification (MOC) and is free and open to all registered Annual Meeting attendees.

Q: I am not able to attend all the courses I am interested in. How can I view them? 
A: AAN Annual Meeting On Demand is the digital library of content with more than 500 hours* of presentations from the 2014 Annual Meeting Education Program. Discounted pricing is available for attendees who pre-order Annual Meeting On Demand during registration. You may also purchase it online or at Academy Central during the meeting.

*Total hours of presentations available subject to speaker permissions

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