From the beginning, your AAPD leadership based their analysis and decision-making on current recommendations and guidance from federal, state, and local health officials, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). As the COVID-19 pandemic has continued to unfold dramatically with increasing restrictions on travel and large gatherings, it has become apparent that the current state of national emergency has made it impossible to hold the 2020 Annual Session. AAPD is always committed to providing the high-quality educational content and social events that our attendees have come to expect. Given the circumstances described above, we cannot meet these expectations this year.
We realize that many are disappointed – among them the AAPD 2020 Scientific Program Committee, Local Arrangements Committee, speakers, and staff that have been working for 18+ months to bring you the best AAPD Annual Session ever. However, this is the right decision for the health and safety of our members.
We ask that you remain patient as we determine the next steps for canceling the nearly 4,000 attendee registrations from what was to be the largest Annual Session in our history. In the meantime, if you booked housing through the AAPD registration site, you do not have to cancel your hotel reservations. Please wait for Experient, AAPD’s official registration provider, to be in touch with you about the next steps to proceed. Please note that it may take up to 60 days for refunds to be initiated based on the volume of registrations to be processed. You will also be given the opportunity to donate your registration to the AAPD to help offset our significant financial loss resulting from cancellation of the Annual Session. We are advising that you cancel flights and that anyone who may have booked outside of our hotel block to cancel those reservations.
It is the invaluable support and enthusiasm of our members that have grown the AAPD Annual Session to its current level. We will be back in touch with you shortly with alternate options for delivering the Annual Session CE content that we worked so hard to organize.
If you have any immediate questions regarding this cancellation, please get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please mark your calendars for AAPD 2021 in Boston scheduled for May 27-30, 2021. We look forward to seeing you there, if not before.