What’s New at the 2018 SNMMI Annual Meeting

February 23, 2018

SNMMI’s 2018 Annual Meeting—the premier educational, scientific and networking event for the nuclear medicine and molecular imaging community—will be held at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia, PA, June 23–26. It will bring together physicians, technologists, pharmacists and scientists from around the globe to share research, network, and collaborate on “Imaging the Future of Human Health.”

There’s much that’s new this year, including a number of features added in response to member feedback:

  • The meeting is condensed to 4 days, beginning with scientific and categorical sessions on Saturday.
  • A Roommate-Sharing Program is offered to help with travel expenses.
  • “Nuts and Bolts” sessions in each track will cover a wide variety of subspecialty areas and providing practical information to apply in the clinic.
  • In a new Interactive Training Showcase in the Exhibit Hall on Sunday and Monday, major exhibitors will present 30-minute training sessions.
  • In a Meet the Lab event in the Poster Hall, laboratory representatives will be available to discuss training opportunities.
  • Specialty-area pub meet-ups (a specific pub/bar for each interest area) will be an opportunity for convivial networking.

In addition, a new Saturday evening Opening Ceremony will provide an overview of the meeting and of our host city, Philadelphia. It will be followed by the Welcome Reception/Exhibit Hall Opening. Another new feature in the Exhibit Hall is the Small Business Pavilion, which offers emerging companies an affordable way to participate.

China is this year’s highlight country, and the president of the Chinese Society of Nuclear Medicine will speak at the Opening Ceremony. The Chinese society will also showcase Chinese culture and food at the reception and has organized scientific and CE sessions throughout the meeting.

Another highlight will be the three-hour, hands-on Fluciclovine Live Training Session, a chance to learn how to interpret the newly approved agent. Registration is complimentary, but separate from the Annual Meeting registration, and space is limited to the first 100 registrants.

For medical students and residents, there will be networking opportunities with seasoned professionals and programming on exciting research areas, jobs, and career advancement. A new website for medical students and residents will also be launched at the meeting. In addition, SNMMI is reaching out to medical schools in the Philadelphia area to arrange student participation in the meeting.

Technologist Section programming will include the first history-focused session, which is on the evolution of licensure, certification and professional status. It is part of the lead up to the 2020 50th anniversary of the Technologist Section. In addition, the new Women in Nuclear Medicine Technologist Committee will host a session focused on work/life balance, as well as a networking event for women technologists.

All of this is in addition to the many continuing features, including the Sunday and Monday morning plenary sessions, the Tuesday afternoon Henry N. Wagner, Jr., MD, Highlights Symposium, the Patient Education Day program and the ever-popular Annual “Hot Trot 5K” run/walk (for which registration can now be easily added during the annual meeting registration process).

In addition, SNMMI-TV will again be reporting on each day’s news and conducting interviews—providing one more way to stay abreast of all that is happening. The virtual meeting and virtual poster hall will also extend the availability of programming.

So, plan now to attend the 2018 Annual Meeting! Check out all the sessions and opportunities at snmmi.org/AM2018 and be sure to register early. Early-bird registration ends April 19.