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Frequently Asked Questions
Why is the annual meeting always scheduled for October?
The ASA holds our meeting in October for a few reasons. William Thomas Green Morton, an American dentist first publicly demonstrated the use of inhaled ether as a surgical anesthetic on October 16, 1846 at the Ether Dome of the Massachusetts General Hospital. When ASA was founded, it made sense to honor the creation of anesthesia by holding the world's largest anesthesia educational meeting around that date.

In addition, we choose dates for the meetings based on the availability of reasonable rates for using the conference site, hotels, etc. We also try to schedule our meetings for a period of time when most academics around the world are available. This is usually early-October for European sites and mid-October for North American sites.
Where can I register for the meeting and what are the registration fees?
Online registration will be available on the ANESTHESIOLOGY™ 2014 website in June.
What is included in my registration?
Registration for Members/ Non-Members includes access to the ANESTHESIOLOGY™ 2014 Exhibition, Saturday Opening Session and one (1) ticket admittance to the Saturday Evening Welcome Reception. Registration also includes access to Panels, Special Lectures, Poster Sessions, Poster Discussions, Point-Counter Points, Clinical Forums, Subspeciality Panels, Medically Challenging Cases (MCCs), and Refresher Course Lectures (RCLs).
What is the weather like in New Orleans?
About.com’s website indicates that October in New Orleans is beautiful. The weather is perfect! It's cool and dry with bright blue skies overhead. It's a good time to visit and enjoy. Average high is 70, average low is 60, and the rainfall is low.
When does ANESTHESIOLOGY ™ 2014 housing open?
Housing for ANESTHESIOLOGY ™ 2014 opened in May with details on hotels, rate information and reservations.
Can I bring a guest to the meeting?
An individual accompanying a full registration attendee, and participating only in the social events receives a discounted registration rate of $25.00 for the first guest and $70.00 each for additional guests. Spouse/guest registration includes guest name badge, access to the ANESTHESIOLOGY™ 2014 Exhibition, Saturday Opening Session, one (1) ticket admittance to the Saturday Evening Opening Reception. The Spouse/Guest registration fees do not award CME credit hours for attending any of the educational sessions offered during the meeting. Guests must be 16 years or older to qualify for the guest registration.

Continuing Education credit (CME) is not available for this registration fee category.
What is the headquarter hotel for the meeting?
The Hilton New Orleans Riverside has been designated as the headquarter hotel for ANESTHESIOLOGY™ 2014.
Where can I locate additional information on content for the Annual Meeting?
Information for the ANESTHESIOLOGY ™ 2014 will be available on the ASA Annual Meeting website www.goanesthesiology.org.
ASA Resource Center
The Resource Center is located in Hall B1
Friday, October 103:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, October 117:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, October 127:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Monday, October 137:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Tuesday, October 147:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Where are the education sessions being held?
All ASA sponsored educational sessions will be held at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center.
Unlimited access to Refresher Course Lectures - Do I have to sign up for these?
Along with the Opening Session, Rovenstine and Severinghaus Lectures and all other special events - ASA is again offering attendees unlimited access to Refresher Course lecture (RCLs), eliminating the need for purchasing individual tickets for admission. In addition, all RCL outlines will also be available online, at no additional fee for attendees only.

Please remember that RCL sessions allow access until the room is full. Once the room is full, access to the RCL will be denied, even if you had indicated an interest in attending during the registration process.
What are the ANESTHESIOLOGY ™ 2014 exhibition hours?
The exhibits will be open in Halls B-D as follows:

Saturday, October 11
Sunday, October 12
Monday, October 13
11 am - 6:30 pm
9 am - 4 pm
9 am - 3 pm
What is the ASA Bistro?
The Bistro concept is a convenient location in the exhibit hall with a diverse menu offering a variety of traditional, healthy, and international dining options. Create a lunchtime meeting destination, receive faster lunch service with shorter wait time, and enjoy a delicious lunch while remaining in the building. Dessert, included! Attendees and exhibitors may purchase individual tickets or reserve tables in advance and onsite.
Will shuttle buses be provided during the meeting?
There will be a free shuttle bus service between ASA Designated hotels and the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, Friday though Wednesday during the annual meeting. More information on the shuttle program for ANESTHESIOLOGY ™ 2014 will be available on the ASA Annual Meeting website www.goanesthesiology.org.
Will there be a 5k Run/Walk at ANESTHESIOLOGY ™ 2014?
ASA in collaboration with Hope For The Warriors® will sponsor and conduct a 5K Run/Walk in New Orleans during ANESTHESIOLOGY™ 2014. More information on the 5k Run for ANESTHESIOLOGY™ 2014 will be available on the ASA Annual Meeting website www.goanesthesiology.org.
When and Where will the House of Delegates meet?
The House of Delegates will meet at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside on Sunday, October 12 and Wednesday, October 15.
How do I obtain a visa/invitation letter?
If you're traveling to ANESTHESIOLOGY™ 2014 from outside the United States, your country may require that you obtain a visa. Please review the information below to help you obtain a visa for entry to the United States from your country.

If you identify that a visa is needed, foreign travelers should contact the U.S. Embassy Consular Section in their country to determine visa processing time frames. To learn more visit www.usembassy.state.gov.

The State Department is the official U.S. visa information source at www.travel.state.gov/visa/visa_1750.html.
The annual meeting invitation letter is available on the ASA Annual Meeting website www.goanesthesiology.org.
How far is the airport from the Convention Center and what type of transportation is available?
The airport is located approximately 13 miles from the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center.

Ground Transportation from the Airport to the Convention Center by Taxi
A taxi costs approximately $33.00 from the airport to the Central Business District (CBD) for one or two persons and $14.00 (extra per passenger) for three or more passengers.

Taxi ranks are located on the lower level, outside the baggage claim area. Taxis accept credit cards.

Ground Transportation from the Airport to the Convention Center by Airport Shuttle
Shuttle service is available from the airport to the hotels in the Central Business District for $20.00 (per person, one-way) or $38.00 (per person, round-trip). Three bags per person. Call 1-866-596-2699 or (504) 522-3500 to make a reservation. Advance reservations are required 48 hours prior to travel for all ADA accessible transfers. Please call in advance of your travel date for the specially-equipped shuttle to be reserved. Ticket booths are located on the lower level in the baggage claim area.

Please visit www.airportshuttleneworleans.com for more details or to make a reservation.

Ground Transportation from the Airport to New Orleans Central Business District by bus

The E2 - Airport Route provides service from the Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport in Kenner, down Airline Drive into New Orleans. During weekdays only, it provides service to the New Orleans CBD. The Airport bus stop is on the second level of the airport, near the Delta counter, in the median (look for the sign and bench).

The fare from the Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport to New Orleans Central Business district is $2. There will be a short walk to the convention center area.

Please visit www.jeffersontransit.org/e2airport.php for more details.

Airport Limousines
Airport Limousine is the official limousine service for Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport. Convenient kiosks are located in the baggage claim area and no hassle curb side pickups are available. Rates begin at $58 for 1 or 2 passengers. Visit their web site for more information/reservations.

General Driving Directions from the East
  • Take I-10 West to Exit 234C (West Bank/Highway 90).
  • Continue on Highway 90 (the Riverfront Expressway) and exit right at Tchoupitoulas/South Peters Street. This is the last exit before crossing the Crescent City Connection Bridge.
  • On ground level, stay in the left lane and go to the fourth stop, which is Convention Center Boulevard. You will see the Convention Center in front of you.
  • Turn left on Convention Center Boulevard. The Convention Center is on your right, at 900 Convention Center Boulevard.


General Driving Directions from the West
  • Take I-10 East to the West Bank/Highway 90 exit (do not continue on I-10 to Slidell).
  • Stay in the right lane and exit right at Tchoupitoulas/South Peters Street. This is the last exit before crossing the Crescent City Connection Bridge.
  • On ground level, stay in the left lane and go to the fourth stop, which is Convention Center Boulevard. You will see the Convention Center in front of you.
  • Turn left on Convention Center Boulevard. The Convention Center is on your right, at 900 Convention Center Boulevard.

Pre-arranged car service
Concierge transportation will be made available by One World Transport. A trip made in a luxury town car or limousine is more reliable, comfortable, productive and cost efficient than driving yourself. It allows the business traveler the freedom of arranging transportation to fit their travel plans and not worry about the hassles of getting to the airport or around town. One World Transport provides a comfortable town car or limousine transportation option which allows you to relax before you arrive at your hotel destination. One World Transport understands that a reliable and cost effective way to get to and from the meeting is your goal.
What is the dress code for the meeting?
Business/casual attire and walking shoes are highly recommended.
What other education programs does ASA offer?
LEGISLATIVE CONFERENCE
May 4-6, 2015
JW Marriott – Washington, DC

May 13-19, 2016
Hyatt Regency Washington – Capitol Hill

Please register through your State Componet

CONFERENCE ON PRACTICE MANAGEMENT
January 23- 25, 2015
Atlanta Marriott Marquis – Atlanta, GA

January 29 -31, 2016
Hilton San Diego Bay Front Hotel – San Diego, CA
Where and when is ANESTHESIOLOGY™ 2015 being held?
ANESTHESIOLOGY™ 2015 October 24-28, 2015 – SanDiego, CA
What are the dates and locations for future annual meetings?
October 24-28, 2015 – San Diego, CA
October 22-25, 2016 – Chicago, IL
October 21-25, 2017 – Boston, MA
October 13-17, 2018 – San Francisco, CA
October 19-23, 2019 – Orlando, FL
October 3-7, 2020 – Washington DC
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Ernest N. Morial Convention Center
900 Convention Center Blvd.
New Orleans, LA 70130
 
Located along the mighty Mississippi River, within walking distance of the French Quarter, fine dining, attractions and 20,000 first-class hotel rooms, The New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center (MCCNO), is the nation’s sixth largest convention center. The MCCNO’s spaciousness, service and flexibility has enabled the facility to consistently rank in the top 10 for hosting the most national conventions and tradeshows annually since its 1985 opening. For more information, visit www.mccno.com.
 
For up-to-the-minute information, please go to www.goanesthesiology.org.