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Frequently Asked Questions


Why is the AAPS 99th Annual Meeting canceled?
Providing a safe and healthy environment for our members, guests, staff, and our industry partners at our meetings is always the top priority of the AAPS. The leadership of the AAPS has been closely monitoring the events surrounding the COVID-19 outbreak and due to ongoing concerns, as well as the latest guidance from the CDC and our concern for our patients, colleagues and our hospital communities, the AAPS 99th Annual Meeting scheduled for May 2-5, 2020 at the Palmer House Hilton in Chicago, IL has been cancelled.

Will the AAPS 99th Annual Meeting be postponed until a later date or rescheduled?
Due to the planning that goes into hosting a meeting of our size, in addition to the uncertainty regarding the coronavirus and its effect on our community in the near future, the 2020 Annual Meeting will not be held. All programming will be rolled over into the 2021 Annual Meeting, to be held at the JW Marriott in Miami, FL, May 15-18, 2021.

Will refunds be offered to those who have already registered?
The AAPS will be following up with all registrants via email to provide them with a number of options, including having their registration fees automatically applied to the 2021 meeting, having their registration fees apply to their AAPS membership dues (with a refund of any excess amount), and receiving a full refund if they are not able to attend the 2021 meeting.

When should I expect the refund?
The AAPS will follow up with everyone via email. Due to the amount of registrations, all of which require individual processing, we expect this process to take some time. We ask for your patience as we work to accommodate our valued members and guests.

Will attendees be refunded for hotel costs?
All reservations made within the AAPS block at the Palmer House Hilton have been automatically cancelled. You will not be charged, and no action is required on your part to cancel your stay.

Will attendees be refunded for airline tickets?
No, we will not refund individual airline ticket costs. Please contact your airline directly regarding ticket cancellations. If you purchased travel insurance, please contact your provider for information and next steps.

Will any sessions be made available virtually?
Due to the intimate nature of the meeting, we will not be making any of the programming available virtually. All programming will be included in the 2021 meeting.

What happens if I submitted an abstract or was scheduled to present at the meeting?
All abstracts accepted for presentation, in addition to all panels and invited speakers, will be invited back to present at the 2021 Annual Meeting. Specific instructions on this will be sent to you via email in the upcoming weeks. For abstract presenters, the AAPS leadership has enacted a one-time exception to the policy of embargoed abstracts, so you will be able to present and publish your work over the upcoming months in advance of the 2021 meeting.

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