Congress, Summer Forum Programs Promise Career Boosting Content
March 8, 2010
Program Committee members gathered in Dallas last weekend for their annual review of potential topics for the upcoming AARC International Respiratory Congress and Summer Forum.
The group filtered through literally hundreds of proposals made by AARC members and others, coming up with a tentative program that’s sure to meet the career needs of everyone in the respiratory care profession.
“The quality of the proposals was outstanding again this year,” says Committee Chair Mike Gentile, RRT, FAARC. “The AARC membership and other health professionals consistently provide a wide variety of high quality topics that are inclusive of all aspects of respiratory care.”
Gentile and his colleagues sorted the proposals according to content, then evaluated them for scientific merit and relevancy of current trends. According to the chair, the top proposals from this year’s batch included:
Many people also cited a need to pay tribute to the Dr. Tom Petty, who passed away late last year, and Gentile says Congress attendees can definitely expect to see this covered during the four day session in December.
Gentile especially wants to thank the AARC Specialty Section chairs for their input into the program topics. “The AARC Specialty Section chairs are instrumental in identifying topics that are important to each group,” he notes. He also appreciates the speakers who will step up to address these key issues. “We are fortunate to have a wide variety of competent speakers who are experts in their respective areas.”
What about topics that didn’t make the final cut? Gentile says both the Congress and Forum are constructed “for the people, by the people,” but there is never enough room for every topic that is submitted. “Whittling down the choices is the most difficult task for the Program Committee,” he says, noting the large number of high quality submissions makes for steep competition.
But even if your proposal didn’t get accepted, that doesn’t mean it can’t be aired. “There are several alternatives that allow for participation at the Congress,” says the committee chair. “Namely, the Open Forum and Lecture Lab.”
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