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Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort & Spa
Chandler, Arizona

November 16–20, 2011

Psychosomatic Medicine: Innovation & Opportunity
in Community Practice Settings

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Sharing a Room
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Sharing a Ride
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We are pleased to welcome you to the 58th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine. With the theme, Psychosomatic Medicine: Innovation & Opportunity in Community Practice Settings, we look forward to an exciting and rewarding experience with colleagues and friends. This is the Academy's main event of the year and we are confident that it will meet your expectations for professional growth.

Our exciting group of invited plenary speakers include Dr. John Oldham, president of the APA, and APM Fellows Dr. James Rundell and Dr. Roger Kathol.

Based on over 300 abstracts submitted for the meeting, we will have a wealth of ideas and research information to absorb from concurrent paper sessions, a poster session, workshops, and symposia.  The Hackett Award lecture by Dr. William Breitbart and the Research Award lecture by Dr. Andrea DiMartini will be highlights, and the Awards & Fellowship Convocation luncheon will provide an opportunity to recognize colleagues’ contributions to our specialty.

For those who arrive on Wednesday, eight half-day courses will provide additional educational activities: the traditional Updates in Psychosomatic Medicine course plus "skills" courses focusing on:

  • AIDS Psychiatry (sponsored by the APM AIDS Psychiatry SIG)
  • Medical Hypnosis
  • Transplant Psychiatry (sponsored by the APM Transplant Psychiatry SIG)
  • Internal Medicine (sponsored by the APM Medicine & Psychiatry SIG)
  • Office-Based Treatment for Opioid Use Disorders with Buprenorphine (co-sponsored by the American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry)
  • Psychopharmacology
  • Neuropsychiatric Disorders (sponsored by the APM Neuropsychiatry SIG)

Based on what this annual meeting has to offer, we are confident that you will leave on Sunday re-invigorated about our specialty and even more prepared to serve your patients.

John Shuster, MD, FAPM, 2010-2011 President of APM John L. Shuster, Jr., MD, FAPM
2010-2011 President of APM
      Rebecca Brendel, MD, JD, FAPM Rebecca W. Brendel, MD, JD, FAPM
2011 Annual Meeting Committee Chair

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Medical College of Wisconsin CME ProgramACCME Accreditation Statement:
This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint sponsorship of the Medical College of Wisconsin and Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine. The Medical College of Wisconsin is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

AMA Credit Designation Statement:
The Medical College of Wisconsin designates this live activity for a maximum of 29.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

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Optional Social Events

To keep you limber and alert, start each day with a 6:00am group run around the golf course and/or a 7:00am "mindfulness meditation" led by APM member Paul Jones, MD. If you get to the hotel by 5:30pm Wednesday, join fellow running enthusiasts with a run in the canyon.

On Thursday afternoon at 1:00, the hotel's Cultural Theme Manager will guide a tour of the resort and offer insight into its many cultural features, relate stories of growing up on the Gila River Indian Community, and provide historical insights to the Pima and Maricopa Communities.

First Arizona Balloon Classic A special treat on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday is the inaugural "Arizona Balloon Classic" — more than 50 hot air balloons taking flight very close to the hotel and the "town" of Rawhide. See the schedule, map, opportunity to go up in the air yourself, at www.azballoonclassic.com.

Priced separately are these special events during the meeting:

  • "Harmony Keeper" meditation — relax your head and restore your spirit with a unique native-led meditation designed by “Healer” Belen Stoneman and performed in the Olas’Ki (traditional Pima dwelling) of the hotel's Aji Spa. The 50-minute session will be held Friday afternoon at 3:00pm and is limited to six participants. Price is $50 per person.
  • Horseback riding through the Arizona desert — step back in time with miles of breathtaking scenery and trails. The horseback riding event is not a"head to tail" single-line riding; rather, everyone is spread out and can get to know one another along the way. As you wind your way through the Gila River Reservation on gentle horses, your professional wrangler will explain the history of the Sonoran Desert, landscape, and wildlife. You may even catch a glimpse of the wild mustangs roaming the reservation!

    The horseback riding event takes place Friday afternoon from 2:00 to 5:00 and is priced at $100 per person for a 1.5 hour ride. This includes transportation between the ranch and the hotel, and bottled water at rest stops. For more information, please see the Horseback Riding brochure [PDF].

  • Entertainment at the Rawhide SteakhouseFoundation BBQ at the Rawhide Steakhouse — a fun time with fantastic food and a live auction is being planned by the Foundation of the Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine. The BBQ will be Friday evening from 7:30 to 10:00 in the wild west town of Rawhide (actually, a recreation of a wild west town). Please see Rollin' Rollin' Rollin' on the Foundation's web page for more information.
    Tickets to the BBQ are $75 person until midnight Tuesday, November 15. Depending upon availability, you may be able to purchase a ticket at the Registration Desk before noon on Wednesday at $90 per person. No tickets will be sold after noon on Wednesday. Please contact Foundation Coordinator Tina Lehman for availability.

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Click here to reserve your hotel room online at the Sheraton. The APM rate is $169/night and includes in-room Internet, porterage and housekeeping gratuities, access to the spa, and free self-parking.

PLEASE NOTE: The Sheraton is sold out for the meeting's Tuesday through Saturday nights. APM has reserved a block of rooms at the Wild Horse Pass Casino and Hotel for a rate of $139/night for a single/double. The Casino Hotel is located 1 1/2 miles from the Sheraton and a complimentary shuttle is provided between the two properties. Call 1-800-WIN-GILA (1-800-946-4452) to reserve at the Casino Hotel and refer to APM for the discount. As of 11/2/11, there are a limited number of rooms left at the Casino Hotel.

Additional rooms are available at the Radisson Hotel Phoenix-Chandler, about 5 miles from the Sheraton, but also providing free shuttle service to/from the Sheraton. The rate is $115/night for a king-size bed. Call the Radisson's reservation line at 1-888-201-1718 or the hotel directly at 1-480-961-4444 and refer to the APM Annual Meeting.

The Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort & Spa
Native American art and culture permeates the Sherator Wild Horse Pass Resort & Spa, with the natural beauty of the Gila River and the 1,500 wild horses that roam free on the 640-square-mile reservation.  

Located in the Sonoran Desert on an expanse of rugged Arizona landscape where the ancient vistas, mountains, and roaming wild horses remain untouched, the Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort & Spa combines the comfort and elegance of an award-winning hotel with unique cultural influences. Unlike other hotels, here the architecture, design, and art of the local Pima and Maricopa tribes of the ancient Gila River Indian Community are integrated into every aspect of the hotel, indoors and out, providing an atmosphere of quiet serenity in a setting that echoes with ancient traditions, an atmosphere where guests can easily combine business and pleasure.

The resort is only 12 miles from Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport and 15 miles from Phoenix, making big-city shopping and endless dining options just minutes away. On-site dining options, which are many, include the hotel’s signature restaurant, Kai, Arizona’s only 2011 winner of the coveted AAA Five Diamond Award, and one of just 23 in the US of the Forbes Five Star Award for 2011. Kai, meaning ‘seed’ in the Pima language, features a menu that incorporates cultural influences with locally farmed ingredients from the Gila River Indian Community.

Kids petting a horse through the fence at the on-site Koli Equestrian CenterTo work up an appetite, enjoy championship golf on one of two distinct 18-hole golf courses, play a match of tennis, or embark on a horseback adventure at the on-site Koli Equestrian Center. Or cool off in one of the four pools with cascading waterfalls and a 111-foot waterslide. Or take a scenic boat ride on the 2½ mile replica of the Gila River to the 1880s western town Rawhide for boundless family fun.

Just need to relax? The Aji Spa is a 17,500-square foot oasis with 17 treatment rooms, full service salon, fitness center, and café. (Aji is the Pima word for "sanctuary.") All APM-meeting hotel guests receive 20% off the services of the spa during their stay. Visit the spa's website for more information about the spa's amenities. To receive your discount: download, print, and present the special APM Aji Spa brochure [PDF] at the time of service.

APM has reserved a block of rooms at this unique resort with a special rate of $169 per night for a single/double, which includes all porterage and housekeeping gratuities, free Internet in sleeping rooms, complimentary self-parking, and access to the Aji Spa fitness center as well as 20% off all Spa services. To reserve your room, call 800-325-3535 and mention that you are attending the APM meeting, or go to the hotel's reservation site for APM. Please make your reservation as soon as practical, but no later than October 24, 2011 when the group rate expires.

Explore the resort's website for photos, video tours, and more information about the guest rooms, restaurants, pools, championship golf course, spa, and more.

Sharing a Room

If you are willing to share your hotel room with another meeting attendee to save considerably on the costs of attending the meeting, consider registering for sharing a room! Fill out the Room-Sharing Form with your partner preferences, and then view (and bookmark!) the resulting spreadsheet to see who else is also willing to share. If there's no one right away who looks promising, wait a few days and return to the spreadsheet (from the bookmark you set) to see if someone else has registered since you did. Then, contact the candidate(s) on your own. Note that the Academy takes no responsibility for any arrangements you make with others; the room-sharing feature is simply a convenient way to connect with others to share costs.

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Getting to the Resort

The Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (airport code PHX) is about 12 miles north of the Wild Horse Pass Resort. Several ground transportation options are available -- rental car, town car (limosine), independent shuttle, and taxi. You should make your ground transportation reservation in advance.

Hertz Car Rental has an on-site rental and return location at the Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort and is offering meeting attendees the per-day rates (before taxes, fees, optional add-ons) of $43/economy car, $47/compact car, and $53/mid-size 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 Sheraton location that same day; rent the car again a few days later for the return trip to the airport.

To reserve your car, call 800-654-3131 and say "Agent" to be connected to an agent who can make the reservation at the APM rate. Provide the agent with CV code #04JE0002. Or, reserve online at www.hertz.com and enter Convention Number (CV) 04JE0002. Self-parking at the hotel is free; valet parking is $24/day.

Desert Rose Limousines will take you to and from the airport in a town car (sedan) for $45 round trip ($22.50 one-way), including gratuities, with greeters in each of the three airport terminals. Phone 800-716-8660 for reservations.

SuperShuttle provides shared van transportation between the airport and the Resort for as low as $22 one-way. Make your reservation online at www.supershuttle.com or phone 602-244-9000.

Taxi service between the airport and the resort runs about $35 to $45. Make a reservation with one of these cab companies:

  • Apache Taxi: 480-557-7000
  • AAA/Yellow Cab: 480-888-8888
  • Mayflower Cab: 602-955-1355

Sharing a Ride

If you would like to share the expense of getting between the airport and the hotel, consider registering to share a ride! Fill out the Ride-Sharing Form with your arrival/departure details, and then view (and bookmark!) the resulting spreadsheet to see who else is ariving/departing near the same time as you are and who is also willing to share a ride. If there's no one right away who fills the bill, wait a few days and return to the spreadsheet (from the bookmark you set) to see if someone else has registered since you did. Then, contact the candidate(s) on your own. Note that the Academy takes no responsibility for any arrangements you make with others; the ride-sharing feature is simply a convenient way to connect with others to share costs.

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