It is with heavy hearts that we announce the cancellation of Academic Internal Medicine Week 2020. We know this news will not be a surprise to our community, which is daily increasingly enmeshed in the complicated situation surrounding the spread of COVID-19 in cities all around the country and on the campuses of our member institutions. As we have stated in previous communications, the health and safety of our conference attendees, exhibitors, visitors, staff, and host city’s community is our number one priority.
Regardless, we know that this cancellation will come as a disappointment to our conference participants, many of whom have spent time and energy preparing to participate as program speakers, mentors, and champions. We recognize that all our attendees value the myriad educational and networking opportunities afforded by Academic Internal Medicine Week.
As you can imagine, this decision is not made lightly. AAIM staff and volunteer leaders have worked hard over the last two weeks to collect the data and anecdotal information related to the rapidly evolving situations related to COVID-19. Our decision to cancel the conference is based on facts as we know them today and concern for the well-being of everyone involved.
Given the unique circumstances, conference registrants, speakers, and exhibitors/sponsors should expect emails from AAIM next week to clarify refund policies and procedures as well as any other appropriate next steps.
AAIM remains fully committed to supporting the members of the academic internal medicine community; we will strive to continue to deliver value and service beyond Academic Internal Medicine Week 2020. We thank each and every one of you for your support of the Alliance and of each other through this difficult time.
Again, thank you. If you have questions or concerns about the Alliance, Academic Internal Medicine Week 2020, or this decision, please contact the AAIM office at (703) 341-4540 or AAIM@im.org.
AAIM Board of Directors
- Mark E. Anderson, MD, PhD
- Donna J. Astiz, MD
- Melvin S. Blanchard, MD
- D. Craig Brater, MD, Ex Officio
- Shobhina G. Chheda, MD, MPH
- Katherine C. Chretien, MD
- Bergitta E. Cotroneo, FACMPE, Ex Officio
- Anne B. Curtis, MD, MACP, FACC, FHRS, FAHA
- Monica Fawthrop
- Patricia W. Finn, MD
- Andrew R. Hoellein, MD, MS, FACP
- Kevin M. McKown, MD
- Allen Mead
- L. James Nixon, MD, MHPE, Chair
- Amy Shaheen, MD, MSc, FACP
- Debra L. Simmons, MD, MS, FACE, FACP
- Sylk Sotto, EdD, MBA, MPS
- Patricia Vassallo, MD
- Lisa L. Willett, MD, MACM, FACP
- David A. Wininger, MD