The 96th Annual Meeting, the first ever Western Section meeting held in a virtual environment, concluded on October 29, 2020. Total attendance was 680 with 477 physicians and advance practice providers participating.
Using the Whova meeting app and Zoom for the presentations proved to be an effective combination although it could not replace the beauty, relaxation and hospitality of Maui. The amount of content, camaraderie and networking was astounding in the virtual meeting app. During the five day long meeting there were 28 live moderated sessions, 7 un-moderated sessions, 5 happy hours, 28 exhibits, 7 symposium, over 28 CME offered, and about 350 presentations overall. Add to that a wide assortment of interactive community chat rooms and discussions, the event was perhaps as active and engaging as any past physical meeting.
The full agenda and program book as well as other details can be viewed on the meeting website at: https://maui20.wsaua.org/
There were also several contests and prize drawings adding some friendly competition and fun for the participants. The feedback indicated strong satisfaction with the event. Many were surprised at the quality of the sessions and delivery of the content as well as the high level of engagement. Dr. Christopher Porter, WS Secretary and Program Director, ends his 4 year term on a high note despite the challenges faced this year and passes the torch to Dr. Sia Daneshmand (USC).
For those who participated, we thank you for being with us at this meeting! The Whova meeting app and all videos will be available until Nov. 20 for viewing.