Frequently Asked Questions

Attendees | General | Exhibitors/Sponsors |Speakers

Attendees

General

Exhibitors/Sponsors

Speakers

 


Attendees

What meals are included in the registration fee? 
Lunch on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.  Continental Breakfast on Wednesday and Thursday

Where can I make travel arrangements to and from the conference?
Travel arrangements are the responsibility of the attendee.

How many Continuing Education credits are available for my category?
Please see the Continuing Education Credits page.

What is the uniform for the Symposium?
Visit the Uniform page for details.

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General

How can I contact COA or COF?
Questions or correspondence related to the symposium can be directed to (410) 544-6710 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . If you wish to reach COF (or COA) directly, their phone number is (301) 731-9080.

What are the name and address of the hotel where the conference is being held?
Please see the Accommodations page.

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Exhibitors/Sponsors

What are the hours for the exhibit hall?
See the exhibit page

What is the address of the Exhibit Hall?
See exhibit page

How many people can I have at my booth?
We will distribute exhibit hall passes for up to two booth personnel. You may purchase up to two additional exhibit hall passes.

How many people are expected to attend this conference?
More than 1,000 public health providers and administrators from the Office of Public Health Emergency Preparedness, the Bureau of Prisons, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Disaster Medical System, the Health Resources and Services Administration, The Indian Health Service, the National Institutes of Health, The U.S. Food and Drug Administration and other federal, state and local health care agencies are expected to attend the conference.

Will the conference planners take responsibility for any prizes that I want to distribute?
Yes, just contact La Rue Forrester at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by phone at 410-544-8515 and she will work with you on coordinating your prize giveaway.

What is included in the price of the booth?
All booths include 8” back wall drapes, 3” side rail drape, draped table, two chairs, signage, and exhibit hall passes for up to two booth personnel.

When is the deadline for submitting an application?

Exhibit space is sold on a first come, first serve basis. Booth space will be sold until the hall is sold out.

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Speakers

Will there be a call for abstracts? 
The Call for Posters is Currently Open.  The deadline is March 15

Where can I update my session, contact, biographical, and financial disclosure information?

Contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Uniform


Presenters: Service Dress White, Service Dress Blue or Summer White

Attendees:
Any combination of uniform (i.e. Khakis, Summer White, Service Dress White or Service /Dress Blue or modified Service Dress White/Service Dress Blue

Anchor & Caduceus Dinner:  Preferred uniforms are the Dinner Dress White Jacket for 0-4 and above and Dinner Dress White (small medals, no name tag) for 0-3 and below.  However, we do not want to discourage officers from attending this important event so they also may wear Service Dress Blue with bow tie and miniature medals or the best uniform they own.  Other services should wear equivalent uniforms.  The civilian dress equivalent is black tie.

Going Green

The PHS Commissioned Officers Foundation is committed to reduce, reuse, and recycle waste and materials from our annual USPHS Scientific and Training Symposium.  A healthier environment leads to healthier people, including you.  The following are some ways we continue to reduce our carbon footprint.  Please join these efforts when you attend the conference.

    • Attendees turn in name badges for reuse
    • Moved to recycled paper for the program and cut its size in half from previous years
    • Eliminated all handouts and printed marketing materials and made them available online
    • Moving the CE process online eliminating a great deal of paper
    • Conference centers and hotels use water coolers instead of plastic water bottles
    • Convention centers have recycling programs
    • Encourage attendees to walk and use public transportation in the host city

 

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