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  • RSNA 2018
  • First-Time Attendee Tips

  • Welcome to your first RSNA Annual Meeting. We are excited for you to join us in Chicago for the 103rd Scientific Assembly and Annual Meeting. This is a great opportunity to further your personal and professional growth. We have compiled the best tips and information from professional attendees just like you seeking to make the most of the annual meeting.

    1. Check out Meeting Central 
      Plan your RSNA 2017 experience as you discover programming options, add courses to your agenda and plan which exhibitors to visit. Meeting Central lets you organize your activities so you arrive onsite ready to make the most of your RSNA 2017 visit
    2. Attend the First Time Attendee Sessions
      Plan to attend RSNA’s First-Time Attendees’ Orientation and Welcome, on Saturday, November 25 at 3 PM or Sunday, November 26 at 10:30 AM. Don’t miss the opportunity to network and learn how to maximize the annual meeting with your peers and RSNA staff. Add this session to My Agenda today to secure your spot today. In addition, RSNA offers first timer focused sessions in the Connections Center Discovery Theater.  These sessions on Sunday include Navigating RSNA in Portuguese (DT12), French (DT14) and Spanish (DT16).
    3. Visit the Connections Center
      Make plans to visit the RSNA Connections Center, located in the Lakeside Center East. RSNA staff will be on hand to provide demonstrations and answer questions about RSNA’s full array of products and services. Highlights include:
      • Information Desk -- Visit RSNA staff for answers to your annual meeting questions.
      • Membership & Resources -- Get answers to your questions about membership, journal subscriptions, paying dues and making the most of your membership benefits.
      • Digital Support – Receive one-on-one digital help with Meeting Central, Virtual Meeting, My Agenda, Credit Eval, Diagnosis Live or the meeting app.
      • R&E Donor Suite -- Learn more about R&E activities, including current grant and award recipients, as well as individual, private practice and corporate donors.
      • Discovery Theatre – The Theater hosts daily performances, including appearances by Austin Ellis from “The Voice,” Laura Bretan from “America’s Got Talent” and Crescent Circus from “The Tonight Show” as well as discussions on RSNA programs.
      • RSNA Shop -- Your go-to resource for RSNA branded merchandise and apparel.
      • Expanded Lounge seating and food/beverage options
    4. Visit the Technical Exhibits
      Be sure to visit the Technical Exhibits in the North and South halls to view exhibits from leading manufacturers, suppliers, First Time Exhibitors and developers of medical information and technology who are on hand to demonstrate and discuss a wide variety of radiology products and services that streamline operations and enhance patient care. New this year, visit The Machine Learning Showcase in the North Hall to see the latest advances in machine learning and artificial intelligence.
      • Hours: Sunday, November 26 to Wednesday, November 29 from 10 AM to 5 PM and Thursday, November 30 from 10 AM to 2 PM
    5. Download the RSNA App 
      RSNA’s Meeting app is your electronic guide to RSNA 2017. We designed this app to provide you with the Meeting Program, Agenda Planner, Peer Finder, Exhibitor List, McCormick Place Maps and much more! Download in the App store or Google play to have your own hands-on experience at RSNA 2017.
    6. Seek out Help 
      Visit RSNA staff at the Information desks located in the Lakeside Center East or Grand Concourse, open daily to assist you with all things related to RSNA 2017.
    7. Grab the Daily Bulletin 
      The official newspaper of RSNA 2017 is a must-read proving meeting news, hot topics and new product and service information from exhibitors. Copies will be available throughout McCormick place so you won’t miss any of the action and is available on the RSNA app.
    8. Read the Pocket Guide 
      This handy hardcopy resource has all the information you need to plan your RSNA 2017 experience. Available at the attendee material pick up locations, located in the South, North and Lakeside Center East when you arrive at McCormick Place, be sure to also pick up your meeting bag and Program in Brief.
    9. On-Site Registration & Badge Pick-up
      All attendees must print badges and obtain their lanyard at any of the three designated registration locations in McCormick Place as well as in the lobbies of the Hyatt Regency Chicago and the InterContinental Hotel Chicago. A valid photo ID is required.
    10. Plan your Agenda before you arrive 
      Visit Meeting Central to review the meeting program and plan out your week before you arrive.
    11. Enjoy Chicago 
      Make time to see the city. Visit some local sights, catch a show, or try some restaurants with your new friends - visit Tours & Events and Discover Chicago in advance or visit the Tour and Restaurant desk in the Grand Concourse of McCormick Place when you arrive.  In addition, RSNA offers a brisk 5K run along Lake Michigan to support education and radiology research. Your tax-deductible donation benefits the RSNA Research & Education (R&E) Foundation and participants receive a commemorative T-shirt.
    12. Get Involved in RSNA 
      Want more RSNA? Here are some options for you to get involved:
    13. Network with your Peers 
      Areas for networking can be found throughout McCormick Place including the RSNA Bistro locations, Residents Lounge, R&E Donor Suite, Learning Center, Grand Concourse Lobby or the entrances to the exhibits hall, not to mention the highly popular Starbucks locations!
    14. Extend your Meeting
      Register for the Virtual Meeting to extend your learning opportunities once you leave RSNA 2017. Now featuring over 100 live streamed or on-demand courses and offering CME credit for all live-viewed sessions -- November 25 to December 1. Extended access through February 28, 2018 at 4 PM CT.
    15. Know Before you Go 
      • Language: The official language of the RSNA annual meeting is English; however, interpreters will be available at the Information Desks to answer questions in Chinese, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Polish, and Spanish.
      • Weather: Average temperatures in Chicago during the month of November and December are between 21°F (-6°C) and 35°F (2°C). It is recommended to pack warm clothes: a heavy coat, gloves and a hat. Coat checks (cloakrooms) are available at McCormick Place.
      • Emergency Services: 911 is the emergency number for Police, Fire, and Ambulance unless you're in McCormick Place which is 312-791-6060.
      • Currency: Click here for an exchange rate calculator. For currency exchange locations, visit the International Traveler’s Page at Choose Chicago for more details.
      • Attire: While there is no official dress code, business casual attire is recommended. However, some attendees prefer more casual attire. Common dress for men is dress pants and a collared shirt or sweater. Common dress for women is a dress, or a skirt or dress pants and a blouse. It is recommended to wear comfortable shoes as McCormick Place is a large building and often attendees walk quite far to get from one area of the building to another.
      • Smoking: Chicago law prohibits smoking in public buildings including McCormick Place, and most bars and restaurants.
      • Power Outlets: The standard current for power outlets in the U.S. is 110 V-120 V. Power/outlet adaptors may be necessary for those traveling from outside the U.S.
      • Shopping: As U.S. tradition follows, many retail stores will offer discounted pricing on their merchandise during the week of RSNA 2017 due to the Thanksgiving holiday which occurs in late November. The city of Chicago has a 10.25% goods and services tax for retail purchases.

    We hope you will make the most out of your visit to Chicago for RSNA 2017 and that you will return to the 2018 Annual Meeting!