Special Conference Edition

Table of Contents

» Countdown to the 30th Annual Conference

» First Time Attendee Tips

» Annual Conference Timeline

» Poster Preview

» Airport to Bayfront

» Explore the Area

» San Diego Quick Facts

» Compensation Survey

» Be Social

2017 Board of Directors

Teri Keeler

Stephanie Farmer 
Past President

Megan Berlinger 

Shaun Hernandez

Benson Won

Veronica Getz
Chair of Membership Committee

Nargis Hossain
Chair of Communications

John Gutowski
Eastern Region Representative

Lonn McDowell
Southern Region Representative

Stephanie Edelman
Western Region Representative

Adrienne B. Mitchell
Midwest Region Representative

Amanda O'Connell
Chair of Education Committee

The Countdown to the 30th Annual Conference

Dear Conference Attendees,

On behalf of the Association of Academic Surgical Administrators (AASA) 2017 Education Committee, it is my privilege to provide you with a sneak peak of the 30th Annual Conference.

The Annual Conference continues to be the highest-valued educational offering for association members. The AASA strives to continuously enhance the content and relationship-building components of the conference to best serve its members. The program “Reflecting for the Future” brings together thought leaders from diverse backgrounds to share stimulating and thought-provoking experiences. The program theme challenges us to use these lessons learned to innovate through our network and collaboration.

With the conference only a few days away, we currently have over 170 members and non-members registered to attend the general session. That is a remarkable turnout and our highest conference attendance to date!

We wish everyone a reflective and productive conference.

Engage. Learn. Enjoy. 

 Amanda O’Connell
 AASA Education Chair


First Time Attendee Tips

If this is the first time you are attending the AASA Annual Conference, you may be wondering what to expect. Keep reading for some tips to enhance your first experience with the AASA. 

  • Wear comfortable shoes, especially on Sunday for the Wellness Walk to the Manchester Grand Hyatt hotel.
  • Grab a ‘New Member’ badge sticker from the registration desk. The badge sticker will allow our members to know this is your first conference. Our members are outgoing and friendly – expect some folks to come and say hi! 
  • Arrive on time to the networking luncheon on Sunday to make new connections early in the program.
  • Bring swag from your school. Throughout the conference, we give away swag to conference attendees. It is a fun way to represent our schools! 
  • Stop by the hospitality suite after 7 p.m. each night to socialize with members. Rumor has it that karaoke may be involved… 

Annual Conference Timeline

Poster Preview

As an attendee of the AASA 30th Annual Conference, you clearly find great value in the educational and professional development offerings of our three-day session in San Diego.  Be sure to mark your schedule to attend the AASA Annual Conference Poster Presentation, so you don’t miss out one of the best opportunities to learn some best practices and gain insight into a number of the issues that plague our work lives day in and day out.  

The AASA 30th Annual Conference Poster Presentation will feature submissions from across the country.  Colleagues at the University of Hawaii, the University of North Carolina, the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, the University of Wisconsin, the University of Florida, and the University of Washington will all be giving conference attendees the opportunity to learn about some of the great work they’re doing at their home institutions.  This year’s poster topics include “Unifying the Department of Anesthesiology & Pain Medicine and Department of Surgery IT Teams”, “Change Healthcare – Take the Lead in Revenue Cycle Performance”, “Exact Effort: Establishing a Revenue Producing Activity Account in Order to Charge Exact Effort Expenditures on Clinical Trials at a Standard Rate in Real-time”, and many more!  

The amazing posters submitted by our members, conference attendees, and our AASA sponsors – each one highlighting the incredible work being done at our member and partner institutions – will be displayed Monday from 7am to 5pm and Tuesday from 7am to 12pm in the Foyer just outside of Sapphire CD.  You will also want to make it a point to come by and check out the posters between 1:00 and 1:30pm on Monday, October 23rd so you can have a chance to visit with and learn from the individuals who did the outstanding work summarized on their posters.  

Join us to find answers to some of those tough questions, learn best practices for solving those persistent problems, and have great conversation with colleagues and industry experts.  Below you will find a sample of some of the fantastic work you will learn about at the AASA Annual Conference Poster Presentation.  We look forward to seeing you there!

From the team at University of Washington:

From the team at University of Wisconsin:

Airport to the Bayfront

The Hilton San Diego Bayfront is 3 miles from the San Diego International-Lindbergh Field Airport. Taxis from the Airport to the hotel range from $14 to $18. The closest train station is Amtrak. 

Airport Shuttle

SuperShuttle is designated as the official airport shuttle company for Clinical Congress 2017. Special discounts are available on roundtrip reservations made online at supershuttle.com/?GC=FACS1 Discount Code: FACS1

Parking at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront

Self parking in the garage is $35 a day. Valet parking is $50 a day. 

Explore the Area

Before or after taking in cutting-edge educational content at the Association of Academic Surgical Administrators 30th Annual Conference, why not take a few days to soak up the sun in San Diego? There are dozens of activities for you and your family to enjoy:

  • Keep the learning flowing at the San Diego Air and Space Museum. An affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, the museum houses a collection of historic aircraft and spacecraft from all over the world, including a flying replica of Charles Lindbergh's "Spirit of St. Louis," the actual Apollo 9 Command Module spacecraft and the only real GPS satellite on display in the world.
  • Shift from surgery to zoology at the San Diego Zoo. Founded in 1916, the Zoo's 100 acres is home to more than 4,000 animals representing more than 800 species from around the world. 
  • Trade administrative pathways for garden trails at the San Diego Botanic Garden. Explore four miles of garden paths, restful vistas, flowering trees, majestic palms, and the nation's largest bamboo collection. Thanks to the mild climate, plants from all over the world thrive at the garden. 
  • Unwind after an action-packed day at the Annual Meeting on San Diego's sandy beaches. Known as having some of the finest beaches in the world, San Diego offers 70 miles of sun-drenched coastline. 
  • Explore California's past at the Old Town San Diego State Historic Park. View a rare original stagecoach at the Wells Fargo Museum, see a scale model of 19th century Old Town at the reconstructed Robinson-Rose House, and tour the Black Hawk Livery & Blacksmith, the first public schoolhouse in San Diego. 
As a reminder, we encourage all of our attendees to be safe and cautious when exploring beautiful San Diego. Click here to see the AASA statement on the recent health issues in San Diego.

San Diego Quick Facts

  • Year Founded 1769
  • Population (2010) 1,307,402
  • Coastline 70 miles
  • Average Annual
  • Precipitation 9.4 inches
  • Official Native Tree Torrey Pine
  • Official Flower Carnation

Compensation Survey Now Live

The Annual Compensation Survey is now live! Complete the survey online here.  New this year Merritt Hawkins representatives will be onsite at the Annual Conference with iPads so you can easily complete the survey while in San Diego. 

Be Social


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