A conference on sleep was recently held in Boston, but over 5,000 medical doctors and others associated with the sleep industry did not have much time to take naps during the exciting conference. This was the 31st annual meeting put on jointly by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) and the Sleep Research Society (SRS). Participants heard from a range of speakers during this event along with getting introduced to new products by a wide variety of vendors. Everyone learned a lot during this June conference allowing them to go home and provide better care to their patients.
Participants had the choice of over 85 sessions that they could attend for continuing education credits. Some of the topics covered during sessions were EEG basics for sleep practitioners, the emerging relationship between cancer and sleep, treatment advances in insomnia care, how the need for sleep can be quantified, nightmare disorders and school start times and their effect on sleep.
One of the fascinating parts of the conference occurred during the lunch break each day. Doctors were encouraged to bring a brown bag lunch and visit with each other about their most perplexing cases. Each presenter had five minutes to present the case, and then the other doctors made suggestions on what they thought the doctor should try next.
Students in medical school also were invited to participate in the conference. They could choose to make an oral presentation on a facet of sleep medicine. Alternatively, they could share an educational poster they had constructed.
Attendees had a wide choice of housing available to them during this conference. The Sheraton Boston Hotel served as the headquarters hotel. They could also choose from five other hotels located within 0.5 miles of the Greater Boston Convention and Vistors Center.
While most participants were medical doctors with a special interest in sleep, medical students could also attend the conference. The two organizations also allowed a limited number of people attend from the press.
Plans are already being made for the 2018 conference from June 2 to 8 in Boston. Those registering by mid-April can get a discount. Participants also need to think about booking their rooms before May 1 to take advantage of very special rates during the 2018 conference. Since many of the keynote debates and speakers sold out, those interested in attending need to make their plans as far ahead as possible.