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General Information 

Frequently Asked Questions

Who attends the Annual Meeting?

With 6,500 domestic and international attendees, the AABB Annual Meeting attracts CEOs and medical directors, laboratory supervisors and administrators, transfusion specialists, cellular therapy and blood banking professionals, medical technologists, donor recruiters, physicians and nurses.

When does Registration Open?

Registration for the Annual Meeting opens in July, prior to the meeting.

How do I register?

Registration can be completed via online, phone, fax or mail.

How do I secure my housing arrangements?

You must register for the Annual Meeting before you can reserve a hotel room. Housing reservations open in July, prior to the meeting.

This is my first Annual Meeting, is there a specific program I should attend?

AABB offers the New Member/First Time Attendee Breakfast specially designed to aid in making your first Annual Meeting experience the best that it can be.

Please check back after registration opens for announcements of dates and times of these programs.

How do I select the sessions I would like to attend?

You may note any sessions that you would like to attend on the registration form.

Does selecting a session when I register guarantee me a seat for that session?

No. Selecting a session does not "register" you for that session. All educational session seating is first-come, first-reserved. AABB suggests arriving early to the session to secure a seat. You will not receive a ticket confirming your attendance at every session; only educational sessions with meal events require a ticket for entry. Noting which sessions you wish to attend helps AABB to plan for appropriately-sized rooms.

Are there events offered that are not included in my registration fee?

Yes! There are a host of special events and activities available. Some require additional fees, tickets and pre-registration, while others are offered complimentary as part of your AABB Annual Meeting experience. Please check in June for announcements of these events and activities.

Are there any networking events at the Annual Meeting?

Networking is a key element in your professional development and education. AABB continues to create new events that allow you to interact with your colleagues and share your ideas.

How do I obtain the session handouts for the sessions I wish to attend?

A few weeks before the meeting, registered attendees will receive an e-mail with a link to the Live Learning Center where all handouts submitted by speakers will be available to download and print at that time.

Handout printing stations are not available on-site. Be sure to print out your favorite sessions before or after the show.

After the meeting, handouts will be available in the Live Learning Center. Printing the handouts after the meeting ensures you access to the speakers' most current and updated presentation handouts. Also available in the Live Learning Center after the meeting are audio "Sync-to-Slide" presentations, which will allow you to view sessions (excluding abstract sessions) you missed on-site for additional CME/CE credits. The "Sync-to-Slide" presentation for the sessions you attend are complimentary. You will need to purchase each additional audio "Sync-to-Slide" presentation you wish to access.

How will I receive CME/CE credit for the sessions I attend?

You will scan your badge at each session to log your attendance. Approximately one week after the meeting, you will be able to log on to the Live Learning Center to print out your validated CME/CE record.

What is the Itinerary Planner?

In mid-September, attendees receive an email to the Itinerary Planner tool in the Live Learning Center. This is a helpful tool to plan your time while at the Annual Meeting. Using this tool, you can create a calendar of sessions and events you would like to attend.

What is Virtual Expo?

With approximately 200 exhibitors showcasing the newest innovations and technologies in the transfusion and cellular therapies industry, the exhibit hall is the forum to find solutions to your challenges. Not sure where to begin? Access Virtual Expo and use the floor plan viewer to map out your exhibit hall visits. Search features include booth numbers, product categories, company descriptions, keywords, and exhibiting company names.

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