Annual AACA Meetings
Other Anatomical Meetings
As most of you know, the AACA's annual Scientific Session is supported in great part by our contributing vendors. The list below contains the majority of our new and/or sustaining vendor companies. Why not visit the web site of those vendors to familiarize yourself with their full line of offerings and consider them first when purchasing materials as a way of showing them how we value their continued support.
International visitors must present a passport or other valid travel document when entering the United States.
Visas are required for most travelers to the U.S. Increased security measures now require visa applications to undergo greater scrutiny than in the past. Because the application and review process can take considerable time, applicants are advised to apply as early as possible (at least 2-3 months) in advance of their travel date.
If you need a visa, you must go to your closest U.S. visa-issuing post for an interview with a Department of State consular officer, which includes a review of your application and supporting documents, and collection of your biometrics (up to 10 digital fingerprints and a digital photograph). This site fully outlines these required documents/credentials. For more information on how long you will have to wait to get an interview appointment and for specific details on visa requirements and application procedures for your country of origin, please visit this site.
Canadian citizens and citizens from Visa Waiver Program (VWP) countries (currently, 35 countries; see list of countries) can come to the U.S. without a visa provided they meet certain passport requirements. Travelers from all VWP countries must obtain approval through the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) prior to traveling to the U.S. Visitors may apply online for travel authorization via the ESTA web site at https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov.
As part of the arrival process into the U.S., all international visitors will experience US-VISIT biometric procedures (collection of digital fingerprints and photographs) prior to their entrance.
The AACA Program Secretary (Dr. Noelle Granger) will issue letters of invitation to those registered attendees who require them. Letters of invitation MUST be requested as early as possible. Last minute letters will only be expedited by courier at the expense of the individual requesting them.
Interested in hosting an AACA annual meeting? Have you wondered what this involves? The .pdf documents linked below outline the preliminary information Executive Council of the AACA needs to have before it can accept an invitation to meet in your area. Why not think about hosting the AACA membership in your city? Our Meeting Manager (Ms. Shanan Molnar) takes on the greater part of the responsibilities for hosting a meeting, making it a much less arduous task than it was 5 years ago.
The Second World Congress on Ultrasound in Medical Education will be held at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center, September 27-29, 2013. This year's event offers you a unique opportunity to shape the future of medicine by how we use ultrasound to teach and practice medicine.
At the Second World Congress, you will hear from internationally recognized ultrasound experts who will introduce you to the latest advances in this ever-expanding field. Whether you are an experienced clinician or a novice, the hands-on training workshops will enhance your understanding of ultrasound and offer opportunities to improve your skills. You will have the opportunity to see the latest innovations in ultrasound technology and join the discussion of how best to incorporate ultrasound into education and clinical practice. The conference promises to expand your knowledge of ultrasound while creating networking opportunities with peers around the globe who share an interest in ultrasound and medical education.
In addition to the conference, I hope you take some time to enjoy the charm and southern hospitality of Columbia, South Carolina. The evening social events showcase two of the city's crown jewels of entertainment, the Columbia Museum of Art and the nationally-recognized Riverbanks Zoo.
For more information visit: http://www.wcume.org
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