Frequently Asked Questions

IARS 2018 Annual Meeting and International Science Symposium

Improving Health Through Discovery and Education
April 28 – May 1, 2018 • Chicago, Illinois

Where will the IARS 2018 Annual Meeting and International Science Symposium be held?

All IARS 2018 Annual Meeting activities will take place at the Hyatt Regency Chicago in Chicago, Illinois, the Headquarters Hotel.

How do I obtain a VISA/invitation letter?

If you are traveling to the IARS 2018 Annual Meeting and International Science Symposium from outside the United States, your country may require you to obtain a visa. Click here to request a letter of invitation to the meeting and to view the International Resources page.

How do I submit an abstract?

The Late-Breaking Abstract Submission site is closed.

The General Abstract Submission Site for the SOCCA, IARS and AUA 2018 Annual Meetings is closed.

How do I register for the meeting and what are the registration fees?

You can register onsite in Chicago beginning Thursday, April 26 at the Hyatt Regency Chicago, headquarters of the IARS, AUA and SOCCA 2018 Annual Meetings.

What is included with my registration?

Registered attendees at the Annual Meeting will have access to all sessions including Panels, Symposia, Review Course Lectures, Moderated Poster Discussion Sessions, Exhibits, the International Science Symposium, the T.H. Seldon Memorial Lecture, and access to the official IARS Annual Meeting mobile app. Workshops and Problem-Based Discussion Sessions require a ticket and pre-registration. Workshops include an additional fee to attend. All attendees are invited to attend the Alignment Reception, a toast to the alignment of the three must-attend anesthesia society Annual Meetings all in one location.

May I bring a guest to the Annual Meeting?

Guests are invited to attend the Annual Meeting registration and may register at the appropriate non-member registration rate. Click here for more information.

You can register onsite in Chicago beginning Thursday, April 26 at the Hyatt Regency Chicago, headquarters of the IARS, AUA and SOCCA 2018 Annual Meetings.

Where can I see the meeting schedule?

The Preliminary Program contains the latest schedule for the IARS 2018 Annual Meeting and International Science Symposium. Please click here to download the Preliminary Program.

Will there be an app for the Annual Meeting?

Yes, the IARS 2018 Annual Meeting and International Science Symposium will feature an interactive mobile app that will allow you to view a complete event schedule, explore all educational sessions and activities, and access detailed presenter information. Attendees will also be able to connect with their peers and colleagues though the app and expand their professional network during the Annual Meeting. The app will be available in the Apple and Google Play stores and will be included with registration.

Will there be any dedicated programs for attendees in-training?

The Scholars’ Program at the Annual Meeting is designed for all early-career anesthesiology faculty, fellows, residents and medical students interested in academic anesthesiology in order to support the development of young academic anesthesiologists, increase diversity in the upper levels of anesthesiology and advance the science that informs clinical practice. A day dedicated to exciting talks, interactive sessions and social events directly focusing on the needs of early-career anesthesiologist / scientists, the Scholars’ Program takes place on the Aligned Meeting Day of the International Anesthesia Research Society (IARS), Association of University Anesthesiologists (AUA), and the Society of Critical Care Anesthesiologists (SOCCA) taking place on April 28, 2018.

Will the Annual Meeting sessions be recorded and be made available post meeting?

Recorded sessions of the Annual Meeting educational activities will be made available through IARS On Demand and will cover approximately 80 hours of presentations from Review Course Lectures, Panels, and Symposia. If you are unable to attend the Annual Meeting or would like to re-watch a session after the Annual Meeting, the On Demand program allows you access to Annual Meeting sessions, with lecture slides synchronized to live audio to give you a live-session experience. Additionally, approximately 20 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ may be claimed for continuing medical education through IARS Annual Meeting On Demand.

For more information, please go to the IARS Annual Meeting On Demand page.

What are the Annual Meeting exhibit hours?

For more information about exhibitor hours, or if you would like to become an exhibitor, you can find more information at our Exhibits and Sponsorships page.

Will there be any refreshments during the Annual Meeting?

Light refreshments will be available in the mornings and afternoons in the exhibit space during the Annual Meeting as well as at the Alignment Reception.

What is the weather like in Chicago?

Chicago in late April and early May typically averages a daily high temperature of 65°F and a nightly low temperature of 47°F with a chance of spring rain.

What is the dress code for the Annual Meeting?

The dress code for the Annual Meeting is business casual.

I am a first-time attendee of the IARS Annual Meeting. What do I need to know about the Annual Meeting and how do I make the most of my experience?

Click here to download First-Time Attendee Tips for making the most of your Annual Meeting experience.

How do I request space for an Ancillary Meeting during the IARS Annual Meeting?

Organizations wishing to hold group functions in conjunction with the IARS 2018 Annual Meeting and International Science Symposium, April 28 – May 1, 2018, in Chicago, Illinois, must first obtain meeting space from the IARS. Space is assigned after all official IARS education, Board of Trustee, and special event functions have been placed. Space is reserved on a first-come, first-served basis in the order applications were received.

Click here to submit a request for an ancillary meeting.

How do I claim CME from the IARS Annual Meeting?

Registered meeting attendees may now claim CME credit for the IARS, AUA and SOCCA Annual Meetings by completing the online CME survey within 90 days following the meeting.

How do I print a CME certificate?

Upon completion of the online CME survey and attesting to your level of participation in the educational activity, you will be able to print a certificate for your records from the CME site. The CME survey from the IARS 2017 Annual Meeting is now closed. However, attendees of the meeting who have already claimed CME may return to the site at any time to print their CME certificate at

For more information on claiming CME credit, click here.

What are the dates and locations of future Annual Meetings?

May 18 – May 21, 2019: Montreal, Quebec, Canada
May 16 – May 19, 2020: San Francisco, California

For more information on future Annual Meetings, click here.

Physicians wishing to have credits from this educational activity reported to the ABA for the ABA MOCA® Program may do so by entering their eight digit ABA identification number when claiming CME credit.

For more information on claiming CME credit, click here.

For More Information or Questions:

Annual Meeting Education and General Meeting Inquiries
Phone: 415-296-6910

Registration Inquiries & Support
Phone: 888-665-1371 or International Number 801-505-5264 or

Abstract Submissions, Poster Information and Abstract Awards
Phone: 415-296-6924 or 415-296-6920

Exhibits and Sponsorships
Phone: 804-550-2312

Continuing Medical Education