A Terrific Winter Weekend Tradition in the Mountains
The North Carolina Academy of Family Physicians is gearing up for another great Winter Family Physician Weekend - Dec. 4-7, 2014. Program Chair Charles W. Rhodes, MD and Program Vice-Chair Jennifer L. Mullendore, MD, have put together a terrific medical education conference for family physicians by family physicians. Join us!
Physicians and other health care professionals will receive current information on a diverse array of medical subjects pertinent to patient care. Subject material was chosen based on assessed needs, future trends and the relevance to quality patient care through didactic seminars and workshops. Each will highlight new advances and enhance clinical skills and support.
To receive our Early Bird Registration rate, members of the NCAFP or the AAFP may complete the online registration process or fax/mail your completed registration form with full payment to NCAFP before October 15, 2014. Completed registration forms should include either a check made payable to North Carolina Academy of Family Physicians or a credit card number with expiration date. Payment must be received in-full by Wednesday, October 15, 2014 in order to receive the Early Bird Registration Rate. After this date, regular registration rates will apply.
Spouses and Guests
Spouse/Guest Registrations are $125.00. This fee includes access to the lecture and exhibit halls, the continental breakfasts and breaks in the exhibit hall, and admittance to Friday’s Silent Auction. This fee also includes tickets to Friday’s Awards Lunch and Saturday’s Installation Lunch along with a ticket to Saturday night’s Presidential Gala. Additional lunch tickets for non-registered spouses/guests may be purchased for $30 each and additional Gala tickets for non-registered spouses/guests may be purchased for $75 each. Only registered guests/spouses will receive conference name badges. Badges are required for admittance into the lecture and exhibit halls.
Staying Green with Mobile Conference App
This year’s Winter Weekend will feature a terrific interactive mobile app available for download in the App Store or Google Play and accessible via a web link for laptop users. If you prefer to have a printed paper copy of the General Session lectures, you may purchase a paper syllabus in advance for $50. The main lecture hall will offer complimentary wifi and electrical outlets for charging your devices. For those attendees who participated in last year’s mobile app, please note this year’s version is completely new, very much improved, and extremely user-friendly.
Dress Code & Cellular Devices
Dress for the meeting is business casual unless otherwise noted. As meeting rooms can be drafty, a sweater or jacket might be of use. Attendees are respectfully asked to turn off all cell phones and pagers during the lectures as a courtesy to the other attendees and speakers.
Refunds (less a $75.00 Administrative Fee) will be made only upon receipt of a written request. No Refunds will be made after November 1st, 2014.
Parking Fees at The Omni Grove Park Inn
Attendees staying at the Omni Grove Park Inn (GPI) will receive complimentary self-parking in the outdoor surface lots. GPI guests using the hotel's garage parking or valet service will enjoy unlimited access. Non-resort guests will be required to make payment with a credit card or cash upon departure each time they depart from the parking garages and outdoor surface lots.
Interactive Audience Response Technology and Meet the Expert
Many lectures will include Audience Response Technology where attendees use remote key pads to respond to questions, scenarios and quizzes that are imbedded into the presentations. This fun and interactive experience will gage how much you know about a particular topic and stimulate your learning experience. In addition, attendees will have the opportunity to meet with the speaker and personally discuss further comments and questions about the lecture topic in a separate meeting room that is free of distractions.
Visit The Exhibit Hall
Be sure to stop by the Exhibit Hall for breakfast and during the dedicated break times. Spend time with the representatives and learn about great new products that will help you serve your patients better. Only registered attendees and registered guests are permitted entrance into the Exhibit Hall. Due to the sensitive nature of some of the exhibits, children are not permitted in the Exhibit Hall.
Support Students - BE A STUDENT BUDDY!
Help medical students attend the 2014 Winter Weekend. You can elect to help off-set the cost of attending the meeting for student members. A Student Buddy ribbon will be distributed to physicians who sponsor students at the meeting. Show your support and be a BUDDY!
Application for CME credit has been filed with the American Academy of Family Physicians. Determination of credit is pending. AAFP Prescribed Credit is accepted by the American Medical Association as equivalent to AMA PRA Category I credit toward the AMA Physician’s Recognition Award.
The NCAFP will comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act to offer this program to all interested parties regardless of any special needs they may have. If you require any of the auxiliary aids or services identified in the ADA in order to participate in this conference, please contact the meetings department no later than 10 business days prior to the event.
Hotel & Lodging Information
The Omni Grove Park Inn
The NCAFP has blocked 80% of The Omni Grove Park Inn’s sleeping rooms. Please book early as the hotel is expected to sell out.
The Omni Grove Park Inn sleeping room block offers a variety of room types during your stay. Run of the House Rooms are $215 per night; Resort View Rooms are $232 per night; Mountain View Rooms are $243 per night; and Premium Rooms are $260 per night. To reserve your room, please call the hotel directly at 800-438-5800 or 828-252-2711.
Booking Your Reservations
When booking your reservations, please identify yourself as a NCAFP registrant to reserve the discounted room rates. Note: If you must cancel your room reservations at one of the hotels, please email the NCAFP Meetings Department (firstname.lastname@example.org) and request that the room be cancelled. When we receive room cancellations in writing, we can place your reservation back into our reserved block of rooms and provide another attendee a place within our block of discounted rooms. Your consideration of this is greatly appreciated.
The Renaissance Asheville Hotel & The Crowne Plaza of Asheville - Additional rooms are also available at a discounted conference rate at the Renaissance Asheville Hotel located at 31 Woodfin Street, Asheville, NC (phone 800-468-3571) at $159.00 per night and the Crowne Plaza located at One Resort Drive, Asheville, NC (phone 800-733-3211) at $125.00 per night. Be sure to the mention the NCAFP Room Block to receive the discount. Please book early as rooms will fill up quickly. Both the Renaissance Asheville and the Crowne Plaza Hotel will offer a free shuttle service to Winter Weekend Attendees staying at these locations. The shuttles will provide transportation to and from the hotels to The Omni Grove Park Inn during the NCAFP’s scheduled events and activities.
Information for Exhibitors
21st Annual Research Poster Presentation Contest
Students, residents and physicians are invited to compete in the 20th Annual Poster Presentation. Posters will be on display in the Registration Causeway and winners will be announced during the Awards Lunch on Saturday, December 6, 2014. Deadline for submissions is Friday October 31, 2014.
Interested participants can download a 2014 Contest application at www.ncafp.com/2014rpp.