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