Advancing Psychosomatic Medicine through Excellence in Education
The Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine is pleased to welcome you to APM's 57th Annual Meeting at the Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort, Golf Club & Spa on Marco Island, Florida. The APM Annual Meeting Committee, chaired by Linda Worley, MD, FAPM, is planning an experience we hope will be both memorable and educational.
This year's program will have the annual meeting’s traditional focus on new research and updates in psychosomatic medicine. It will also feature a special emphasis on the teaching arts that are central to both the consultation and liaison functions of our work. Through the theme, “Advancing Psychosomatic Medicine through Excellence in Education,” attendees will have opportunities galore to experience innovative teaching techniques and approaches with master teachers while filling their personal tool boxes with cutting-edge skills and novel ideas to bring back home.
With so many members of the Academy deeply invested in training and educating medical students, psychiatry residents, psychosomatic medicine fellows, and healthcare providers throughout their institutions, we know they have much to share. Educators with panache are uniquely equipped to turn the heads and perk up the ears of receptive students. The result is robust recruitment and powerful influence at the interface between the psychosocial and biological realms that are fundamental to all medical and surgical specialties.
All this, and fun in the Florida sun! Do join us at the 57th Annual Meeting in November!
The pre-conference course day, Wednesday, November 10, is packed with six in-depth courses catering to a wide range of educational requests from members — an encore of the full-day Updates in Psychosomatic Medicine course and five other half-day “skills” courses. We hope you'll be as excited as we are about these CME opportunities and will register to join us one day early!
The following day, Thursday, the Annual Meeting will open with a timely plenary by AAMC president, Dr. Darrell Kirch, entitled “Will Mind and Body Finally Be Reunited in the ‘Medical Home’?” A second plenary on Friday features Dr. Susan Lieff on “Teaching for Learning: Bringing Theory to Practice.” On Saturday, Dr. Gene Beresin presents a third plenary on “Integrating Mind, Body, and Environment in Psychiatric Education.”
With 43 workshops and symposia, 7 oral paper sessions, 3 plenary lectures, 3 award lectures, and the poster session, this year's core meeting promises to be packed with exceptional content, including a special venue geared to the early career C-L psychiatrist.
Meeting rooms will be reserved and assigned for APM committees and special interest groups beginning at 7:00am each day of the conference—the committee/SIG meeting schedule will be posted in October. The APM Annual Business Meeting, for all APM members, will take place Saturday afternoon.
Recognizing the value of collaboration, mentoring, and play, the Annual Meeting Committee is planning a wide range of opportunities to let down, unwind and have fun with colleagues and friends! Wednesday afternoon we will host our FIRST Foundation Tennis Tournament for interested Academy tennis players/philanthropists (an affordable pay-to-play event). Later that evening we will have an informal mixer to meet and welcome our trainee attendees. On Thursday evening, the Opening Welcome Reception (which will include the Foundation's second Silent Auction) will be preceded by an "Author's Corner" where you can meet some of the authors within the ranks of the Academy who have published notable PM books and get your copies personally autographed.
Through the joint sponsorship of the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) and the Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine, the 2010 Annual Meeting is being planned in accordance with the Essential Areas and Elements and Accreditation Policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME). The Medical College of Wisconsin is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
The Medical College of Wisconsin designates this educational activity for a maximum of 29.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits.™ Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
Consistent with ACCME standards and the requirements of our CME co-sponsor, APM has adopted procedures to assure full disclosure of any commercial relationship that might directly or indirectly relate to the subject of each presentation.
Whether you have a passion for golf, fishing, shelling, shopping, bird watching, wildlife viewing, boating, the beach, or the arts, you’ll find plenty of choices on Marco Island to unwind. This destination offers the idyllic Florida experience of swaying coconut palms, sweeping white-sand beaches, and tropical Gulf breezes.
Nestled on three miles of pristine southwest Florida beaches, the Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort, Golf Club & Spa is the perfect destination for the 57th Annual Meeting. If you're in the mood for some energetic fun in the sun, the resort offers an endless array of activities and recreation options. As an APM meeting attendee you are eligible to receive a 10% discount on beach rentals.
APM has negotiated a discounted room rate of $195 single/double and discounted Internet access in guest rooms of $5.95/day (access in public areas is free). To reserve your room, call 800-438-4373 and mention you are attending the APM meeting, or reserve online with this link. Space is limited.
Visit the Marriott's website for more information and 360° photos of the guest rooms, restaurants, beach and pools, championship golf course, spa, and more. Visit Plug Into Marriott for videos and views of the high-tech features of the hotel and sleeping rooms.
For things to do and see beyond the hotels, vist the Marco Island Marriott's travel site or the Naples, Marco Island, Everglades Convention & Visitors Bureau, which assures us the "Paradise Coast" of Naples, Marco Island, and the Everglades were untouched by this summer's oil spill in the Gulf.
Southwest Florida International Airport in Fort Myers (airport code RSW) is about 45 miles north of the Marco Island Marriott, a 50-minute drive. The hotel has no shuttle service, but ground transportation is available by taxi, rental car, and commercial shuttle. Self-parking at the hotel is $12/day; valet parking is $20/day.
Hertz Car Rental has an on-site rental and return location at the Marco Island Marriott and is offering meeting attendees the base rate of $39/day (plus about $12 taxes/fees) for an economy car. The rate is valid for one-way trip to or from the airport — e.g., rent a car at the airport and turn it in at the Marriott location that same day; rent the car again a few days later for the return trip to the airport. Optional items with the rental are GPS ($13), loss damage waiver ($28), and liability insurance ($12.50).
To reserve your car, call 800-654-3131 and say "Agent" to be connected to an agent who can make the reservation at the $39 rate. Provide the agent with CV code 04JE0001.
The Hertz counter at the Fort Myers airport is open from 4:30 a.m. to 12:30 a.m. seven days/week. The Hertz location at the Marco Island Marriott has hours of 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. seven days/week with an after-hours drop-off. The phone number of the Marco Island Hertz location is 239-394-3322.
Dolphin Transportation (239-530-0100) will provide meeting attendees a discounted one-way rate of $52.50 per person for ground transportation between the airport in Fort Myers and the Marco Island Marriott during the following scheduled hours:
Note: The discounted rate is valid only for the above days and hours. Transportation between the airport and hotel outside these parameters will be subject to the one-way retail rate of $129.60 for a private, three-passenger sedan. For two or three people to share the sedan, one person must make the reservation at least 24 hours in advance, and unless payment is by cash, one credit card must be charged the full fee.
To reserve online, take the Reservations link on Dolphin's Web site and log in using "APM" as the username and "Marco" as the password (without the quotation marks). To reserve by phone, mention APM to receive the discounted rate.
For other transportation options to/from Fort Myers, please see the Ground Transportation section of the airport's Web site.
Fort Lauderdale-Hollyword International Airport in Fort Lauderdale (airport code FLL), and Miami International Airport in Miami (airport code MIA), are each about 100 miles east of the Marco Island Marriott. Please visit the Web sites of those airports for ground transportation information if your plane is arriving or departing from those cities.
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