AARC Times - May 2013

Summer Meetings Program

2013-04-08 02:42:00

Sunday, July 14, 2013, Orlando, FL NATIONAL BOARD FOR RESPIRATORY CARE (NBRC) 9:00 am – 3:00 pm NBRC-Sponsored Item Writing Workshop The National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC) will sponsor a free 6-hour item writing workshop that is designed to assist the attendee to develop his/her skills in effective and high-quality multiple-choice item writing. There is no preregistration for this workshop. The number of attendees is limited to a first-come first-serve basis while on-site. Following this workshop, you may choose to serve as an item writer for future NBRC credentialing examinations. Hone your item-writing skills and enhance your program’s test bank. Aid your credentialing organization in developing effective and high-quality credentialing examinations. COMMISSION ON ACCREDITATION FOR RESPIRATORY CARE (COARC) 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm Meet the Commission CoARC Board members and Executive Office Staff will address the following accreditation issues: •Recent changes to CoARC policies, procedures, and documentation involving the referee process •Accreditation requirements and recommended improvements of the program •Communicating appropriately and effectively with the program referee and Executive Office Staff •Update on the Accreditation Standards revision process. Prior registration for this session is strongly encouraged. To register, please contact Shelley Christensen at shelley@coarc.com at CoARC by July 1. Specific programmatic questions (e.g., reaccreditation timeline, program action letters, status of recent actions or requests, etc.) should be directed to the CoARC Executive Office. CoARC strongly encourages attendees to submit questions, which will be addressed at the session by one of the Commissioners. There will also be an opportunity to ask questions at the event. Please pre-submit any question that you would like to be addressed to Shelley Christensen at shelley@coarc.com. AMERICAN ASSOCIATION FOR RESPIRATORY CARE (AARC) 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm Clinical Preceptor and Inter-Rater Reliability Workshop: Clinical PEP (Pratices of Effective Preceptors) Bill F Galvin MSEd RRT CPFT AE-C FAARC/Presiding Pre-registration required. Deadline: Friday, June 21, or when course is full. Approved for 2.50 hours of continuing education credits (CRCE). You must attend the entire course to receive CRCE credit; no partial credit will be awarded. Target Audience: Program directors, directors of clinical education, department managers, and hospital-based educators This program will be of great interest to educators and managers alike! Newly developed CoARC guidelines specify that programs must develop and implement processes that ensure consistency and reduce variability among individuals who perform clinical evaluations. This requirement has created a need for innovative and creative approaches to assure the attainment of inter-rater reliability within the pre-clinical and clinical components of RT programs. Alternately, respiratory departments and clinical staff also benefit when their clinical educators are well-versed in adult learning principles and are able to give effective, meaningful feedback that allows therapists to improve their clinical performance. This 4-hour interactive workshop will begin with an overview of a Clinical PEP (Practices of Effective Preceptors) Program and will take you step-by-step through the development and implementation of the program. You’ll leave with the background and skills to help your clinical preceptors and educators be the best they can be for the benefit of your students, employees and newly hired therapists. 1:00 pm – 1:10 pm Program Overview Crystal L Dunlevy EdD RRT RCP, Columbus OH This opening session will provide an overview and orientation to the history and evolution of the Clinical PEP (Practices of Effective Preceptors) Program. 1:15 pm – 1:55 pm Centering on the Learner Crystal L Dunlevy EdD RRT RCP, Columbus OH This interactive session will describe the general principles of adult learning. It will emphasize adapting clinical education to meeting the learning needs of your students, staff and newly-hired therapists. Additionally, it will discuss the most effective ways to motivate the student learner. 2:00 pm – 2:40 pm Practices of Effective Preceptors Georgianna G Sergakis PhD RRT RCP, Columbus OH This interactive presentation will review the essential elements needed to balance that fine line between being a nurturing, supportive facilitator and a veteran clinical expert. It will address effective mentoring practices and creation of an empathetic learning environment to support the development of the preceptee. 2:40 pm – 2:55 pm Break 2:55 pm – 3:35 pm Evaluation and Feedback Sarah L Varekojis PhD RRT RCP Consistently, one of the areas preceptors report difficulty with is evaluating a student or staff member’s performance and providing feedback. While many tools exist for evaluating clinical skills, evaluating professional attributes can be challenging. This final session will address the challenge of providing feedback to students and staff, and will highlight strategies that will benefit all preceptors trying to develop both the art and science of respiratory care. 3:40 pm – 4:00 pm Questions, Answers, Comments Crystal L Dunlevy EdD RRT RCP Georgianna G Sergakis PhD RRT RCP Sarah L Varekojis PhD RRT RCP The workshop will conclude with a question and answer session as well as an opportunity to share experiences in clinical preceptor training and inter-rater reliability. MONDAY–WEDNESDAY, JULY 15–17, 2013 ORLANDO, Florida See pages 63–66 for registration form and fees, hotel reservation information, and travel discounts. Approved for up to 14.70 hours of continuing education credit (CRCE). Monday, July 15, 2013 PLENARY SESSION 7:30 am – 8:25 am Cheryl A Hoerr MBA RRT CPFT FAARC – Chair, AARC Program Committee/Presiding MOVING THE PROFESSION FORWARD George W Gaebler MSEd RRT FAARC, Preble NY In November of 2012, the AARC Board of Directors took action on a number of recommendations brought forth by the 2015 & Beyond Steering Committee. Does this suggest that the 2015 & Beyond proceedings have been brought to conclusion, or is there more work yet to be done? The keynote address, delivered by AARC President George Gaebler, will detail the actions taken by the AARC Board, and furthermore, will explain the rationale of those actions. In addition, President Gaebler will also discuss objectives that still must be addressed and when the Board intends to take action on postponed recommendations. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to learn about the future of the profession and the role of the AARC in leading the profession through 2015 & Beyond. EDUCATOR TRACK 8:35 am – 2:45 pm Joseph Sorbello MSEd RT RRT – Chair, AARC Education Section/ Presiding EDUCATION SECTION MEMBERSHIP MEETING 8:35 am – 9:05 am Joseph Sorbello MSEd RT RRT – Chair, AARC Education Section/Presiding Updates on issues important to the section will be discussed, with interactive dialogue on how the section chair and the AARC can better serve the Education Section and its members. This is your opportunity to influence the profession and network with your peers. All Summer Forum attendees are invited to attend. EMERGING TEACHING STRATEGIES IN RESPIRATORY CARE EDUCATION 9:10 am – 9:50 am Interprofessional Collaborative Education Ralph “Chip” Zimmerman MS RRT-NPS, Atlanta GA According to a 2011 expert panel report from the Interprofessional Education Collaborative, “the goal of interprofessional learning is to prepare all health profession students to deliberately work together with the common goal of building a safer and better patientcentered and community/populationoriented U.S. health care system.” This lecture describes the concept of interprofessional education and the pilot study conducted at Georgia State University during fall semester 2012. 9:55 am – 10:35 am Initiation of Collaborative Education: A Case Study Ralph “Chip” Zimmerman MS RRT-NPS This second lecture will serve as a sequel to the previous and provide the attendee with an explanation of the resources – (physical, financial, and human) – necessary to institute an Interprofessional Collaborative Education Program. In addition, it will address the pitfalls as well as the rationale for adoption of interdisciplinary and collaborative learning. 10:35 am – 10:50 am Break 10:50 am – 11:30 am Student Engagement in Respiratory Care Lynda T Goodfellow EdD RRT FAARC, Atlanta GA What does student engagement mean? While it can mean different things to different people, understanding the importance of how students become engaged learners is often lacking. A conceptual framework for understanding student engagement will be presented along with a teaching-based model for what it means within the context of a college classroom or for professional practitioners continuing their education to become an engaged learner. It will specifically address the role of motivation in student engagement as well as describe the elements of active learning, memory and retention in student engagement. 11:35 am – 12:15 pm Flipping Your Classroom Douglas S Gardenhire EdD RRT-NPS FAARC, Atlanta GA Picture yourself in a classroom…What do you see? If you picture yourself in front of the classroom lecturing to your students or staff then you are not alone. However, what if someone said, “You cannot lecture.” What would you do? This presentation will provide techniques that will “flip” your classroom out of the lecture hall. 12:15 pm – 12:35 pm Break (Boxed lunch optional) 12:35 pm – 1:15 pm (Working Lunch) Flipping Techniques in Action: Inspired Teaching in RC Douglas S Gardenhire EdD RRT-NPS FAARC Whether you are new to teaching, to clinical practice, or are a veteran in the classroom/bedside, the level of inspiration in our teaching and practice reaches both peaks and valleys. This presentation will utilize “flipped” techniques to allow attendees to reflect on their experiences as a respiratory care practitioner or educator, reinvigorating them for the profession. The techniques demonstrated can be extended to faculty, students, or co-workers. 1:20 pm – 2:00 pm Teaching Effectiveness in Respiratory Care Lynda T Goodfellow EdD RRT FAARC What makes an effective teacher? Why is measuring teaching effectiveness so important? Strategies to address these questions will be presented along with sources of evidence for documenting teaching effectiveness. The presentation will specifically explain the relationship between teacher characteristics and teacher effectiveness as well as the role of teaching effectiveness in teaching and learning. 2:05 pm – 2:45 pm Moving from Sage-on-the- Stage to Guide-on-the- Side: Active Teaching and Learning Strategies for Lecture, Lab and Clinical Setting Lutana Haan MHS RRT RPSGT, Boise ID Active learning has already been heralded as essential to effective teaching and learning. This interactive session is designed to enhance your teaching toolbox by providing active learning exercises that enhance understanding and produce positive and lasting learning outcomes. Take home creative teaching/learning strategies for the classroom, laboratory and clinical setting that can be implemented immediately in your own teaching practice. MANAGER TRACK 8:35 am – 2:30 pm Bill Cohagen BA RRT FAARC – Chair, AARC Management Section/Presiding MANAGEMENT SECTION MEMBERSHIP MEETING 8:35 am – 9:05 am Bill Cohagen BA RRT FAARC – Chair, AARC Management Section/Presiding Updates on issues important to the section will be discussed, with interactive dialogue on how the section chair and the AARC can better serve the Management Section and its members. This is your opportunity to influence the profession and network with your peers. All Summer Forum attendees are invited to attend. MOVE TO IMPROVE LUNG HEALTH! 9:10 am – 9:50 am Patti DeJuilio MS RRT-NPS, Winfield IL Respiratory therapy plays an integral part of the process to implement a mobility program for ventilated patients. The presenter will describe the process by which this modality can be incorporated, how respiratory therapy should be involved, and outcomes monitoring for this multidisciplinary team initiative. INTERDISCIPLINARY COMMUNICATION: STRATEGIES TO IMPROVE PATIENT SAFETY 9:55 am – 10:35 am Cheryl A Hoerr MBA RRT CPFT FAARC, Rolla MO Healthcare has become increasingly complex, and patients are at significant risk when accessing care. Poor communication among healthcare providers continues to be a primary cause of sentinel events leading to patient injury and death. As providers continue to feel the impact of reduced reimbursement related to poor quality care, they must develop more efficient strategies through which coworkers can monitor patient care situations, support other team members, and communicate more effectively. This presentation will provide basic communication tools that facilitate accurate communication among healthcare team members and support safe patient care delivery. 10:35 am – 10:50 am Break MULTIDISCIPLINARY COMMUNICATION AND COLLABORATION LEAD TO EXCELLENCE IN ICU PERFORMANCE 10:50 am – 11:30 am Patti DeJuilio MS RRT-NPS It has been widely reported that multidisciplinary rounds in non-critical care settings can improve outcomes. This presentation will discuss how utilizing collaboration of team members at the bedside can establish hospital-wide best practice while simultaneously delivering evidence-based medicine. Strategies to engage all multidisciplinary team members will be highlighted with focus on soliciting input to improve the care and education of the patient. This session will focus on how respiratory therapy can and should be an integral member of this team, and it will close with a discussion on how managers can create a performance dashboard to gauge the success of the multidisciplinary team through improved metrics like risk-adjusted mortality and patient satisfaction. VIEW FROM THE C-SUITE: HIGH RELIABILITY PRINCIPLES INTO EVERYDAY RESPIRATORY CARE PRACTICE 11:35 am – 12:15 pm Cheri Throop RN MHSA RHIT CPHQ HPI, Kansas City MO The healthcare industry is developing a stronger understanding that safety is truly a science. Ultra high levels of patient and employee safety can be achieved by employing evidence-based principles of “high reliability.” The pivotal role of leaders cannot be understated and is absolutely critical to success toward high reliability. Because safety is a “dynamic, non-event,” everyone must have a unified role in creating and maintaining a high reliability, safe culture. This lecture will be followed by a workshop in the afternoon for those interested in applying this information into their daily practice. 12:15 pm – 12:35 pm Break (Boxed lunch optional) WORKSHOP: HIGH RELIABILITY PRINCIPLES INTO EVERYDAY RESPIRATORY CARE PRACTICE Bill Cohagen BA RRT FAARC and Garry W Kauffman MPA FACHE RRT FAARC/Presiding 12:35 pm – 2:30 pm (Working Lunch) Cheri Throop RN MHSA RHIT CPHQ HPI Based upon the information presented at the morning lecture, this workshop is specifically designed to provide the attendee with the tools and techniques essential to successfully applying and hard-wiring high reliability principles into daily practice. Tuesday, July 16, 2013 PLENARY SESSION 7:00 am – 9:25 am Cheryl A Hoerr MBA RRT CPFT FAARC – Chair, AARC Program Committee/Presiding AGENCY UPDATES 7:00 am – 8:20 am George W Gaebler MSEd RRT FAARC - AARC President Michael T Amato MBA, ARCF Chair Stephen P Mikles EdS RRT FAARC, CoARC President Kerry E George MEd RRT FAARC, NBRC President The leadership of the AARC, ARCF, CoARC, and NBRC will join attendees to discuss the latest professional, research, accreditation, and credentialing issues facing respiratory care. WHAT’S IN THE JOURNAL THIS MONTH? HOW MANAGERS AND EDUCATORS CAN GET THE MOST FROM THEIR JOURNAL 8:25 am – 9:25 am Dean R Hess PhD RRT FAARC, Boston MA There has been an exponential growth in both the number and quality of papers published in RESPIRATORY CARE over the past 5 years. In 2013, the Journal fully implemented a new website to make the Journal contents more accessible to readers. This presentation will provide a detailed tour of the new website, with suggestions from the editor about how respiratory therapists can optimize their use of all that the Journal has to offer. 9:25 am – 9:40 am Break EDUCATOR TRACK 9:40 am – 2:30 pm Joseph Sorbello MSEd RT RRT – Chair, AARC Education Section/ Presiding CoARC SYMPOSIUM: NEW HORIZONS IN RC EDUCATION 9:40 am – 10:20 am Advanced Practice Respiratory Therapist Update David C Shelledy PhD RRT FAARC FASAHP, Chicago IL The presenter will describe the potential role of an Advanced Practice Respiratory Therapist (APRT) in today’s health care environment. In addition, the presenter will discuss possible educational programs to prepare the APRT and the implications of advanced practice on national credentialing and state licensure. 10:25 am – 11:05 am Managing Your Clinical Sites Kathy Rye EdD RRT FAARC, Russellville AR The quality of a program’s clinical education is considered to be at the heart of any successful respiratory care program. This presentation will address some of the key issues by describing strategies for identifying clinical sites that enhance student experiences. In addition, it will describe various models for precepting students in the clinical setting and discuss ways to maintain positive relationships with the program’s clinical sites. 11:05 am – 11:20 am BREAK 11:20 am – 12:00 noon Degree Ladder: Opportunities for Practitioners Pat Munzer DHSc RRT FAARC, Topeka KS The presenter will describe various pathways for graduates of associate’s degree programs to earn baccalaureate and graduate degrees. Various models of articulation agreements that provide opportunities for practitioners to earn additional degrees will also be addressed. Additionally, the presenter will identify potential barriers that may prevent practitioners from earning additional degrees and possible resources to remove such barriers. 12:00 noon – 12:20 pm Break (Boxed lunch optional) UPDATE ON REVISIONS TO THE CoARC STANDARDS FOR THE PROFESSION OF RESPIRATORY CARE 12:20 pm – 1:00 pm (Working Lunch) Allen N Gustin Jr MD FCCP, Chicago IL The presenter will begin with a brief explanation of the process for revision of the CoARC standards. Attendees will then be provided with an overview of the proposed new accreditation standards and their implications for programs and the profession. Emphasis will be placed on the most significant differences between the current and new standards. Strategies for implementing programmatic changes to address compliance with the new standards will also be discussed. Time will be allotted for questions and comments from members of the audience. A DIFFERENT TYPE OF SIMULATION: THE USE OF STANDARDIZED PATIENTS FOR A PRE-CLINICAL EXPERIENCE 1:05 pm – 1:45 pm Rationale and Implementation of Standardized Patients DeDe Gardner MSHP RRT FAARC, San Antonio TX and Mary K Hart MS RRT AE-C FAARC, San Antonio TX Standardized patients are routinely used across the U.S. to prepare physicians for licensure and to evaluate the clinical assessment skills of healthcare professionals. Scripted scenarios are developed and “played” during simulated patient encounters in a mock examination room. This session will explain the rationale, use and experiences associated with respiratory care students utilizing standardized patients in the pre-clinical environment. 1:50 pm – 2:30 pm Determining Inter-rater Reliability Between Faculty Observers and Outcomes Assessment of the Program DeDe Gardner MSHP RRT FAARC and Mary K Hart MS RRT AE-C FAARC Accreditation standards are now mandating programs to institute measures to assure some form of inter-rater reliability among faculty. Additionally, assessing program outcomes with regard to competency is critical to the success of any program. This session will address the use of a rubric to evaluate respiratory therapy students in pre-clinical experiences with standardized patients. The presenter will also share outcomes data for their three years of experience with this unique process. MANAGER TRACK 9:40 am – 2:25 pm Bill Cohagen BA RRT FAARC – Chair, AARC Management Section/Presiding NEW ROLES, NEW VALUE 9:40 am – 10:20 am Respiratory Therapists as Asthma Patient Navigators Mary K Hart MS RRT AE-C FAARC Transitioning patients from the hospital to home or to an asthma outpatient clinic has always been a challenge for most healthcare organizations. Those “frequent flyers” continue to present to our EDs regardless of how many prescriptions of controller medications are written by physicians! The Asthma Patient Navigator can help identify those high-risk patients and work with them to gain control over their asthma. 10:25 am – 11:05 am COPD Navigator – Bridging the Gap Mary K Hart MS RRT AE-C FAARC COPD exacerbations can be fatal or result in lengthy hospitalizations. We owe it to our patients to help them remain as healthy, active, and happy as possible by teaching them how to better manage their disease. The presenter will discuss how RTs have led the way in COPD management – using Navigators as the experts to transition COPD patients from the hospital to a chronic disease management program. 11:05 am – 11:20 am BREAK VIEW FROM THE C-SUITE: THE CONSULTANTS ARE COMING: NOW WHAT? 11:20 am – 12:00 noon Pamela F Cipriano PhD RN NEA-BC FAAN, Charlottesville VA This two-part program, consisting of a lecture followed by an interactive workshop, will provide the attendees with critical information on why consultants are engaged, what goals they are asked to achieve, what information clinical managers must provide, and how clinical managers can not only survive but become recognized by the consultant and their organization as a value-added leader. 12:00 noon – 12:20 pm Lunch (Boxed lunch optional) VIEW FROM THE C-SUITE: CONSULTANTS WORKSHOP Bill Cohagen BA RRT FAARC and Garry W Kauffman MPA FACHE RRT FAARC/Presiding 12:20 pm – 2:30 pm (Working Lunch) Pamela F Cipriano PhD RN NEA-BC FAAN Based upon the information presented in the morning lecture, this workshop is designed as an interactive session to provide the attendees with information essential to their ability to document and communicate the value of their departmental services and respiratory therapists in a manner that will be accepted by the consultants. Secondly, for RT leaders, this session will be critical to your ability to showcase your value as a clinical leader. Wednesday, July 17, 2013 PLENARY SESSION 7:30 am –9:00 am Cheryl A Hoerr MBA RRT CPFT FAARC – Chair, AARC Program Committee/Presiding JIMMY A YOUNG MEMORIAL LECTURE Presented by the National Board for Respiratory Care Unveiling the New Therapist Multiple- Choice Examination Kerry E George MEd RRT FAARC, NBRC President Robert C Shaw Jr. PhD RRT FAARC, NBRC Assistant Executive Director and Psychometrician Lori M Tinkler MBA, NBRC Chief Operating Officer and Associate Executive Director The NBRC will describe in detail the 2012 Respiratory Therapy Job Analysis and new Detailed Content Outline for the written Multiple-Choice Examination to be implemented in January 2015. Additionally, the session will describe many of the operational changes that will occur related to applying for the examination, reporting to education programs and detailing other administrative information for candidates, educators and managers. EDUCATOR TRACK 9:15 am – 11:45 am Joseph Sorbello MSEd RT RRT – Chair, AARC Education Section/ Presiding TECHNOLOGY IN THE CLASSROOM 9:15 am – 9:55 am OMG! Students Arrive with Textbooks, Stethoscopes and Smart Phones – Helping Them Use Mobile Technology for More than Just Texting Lutana Haan MHS RRT RPSGT, Boise ID This interactive presentation will discuss planning, preparation, and integration of mobile learning within a respiratory care program. The speaker will focus on teaching and learning strategies that leverage the capabilities of mobile devices and examine their potential impacts. Leave this session with ideas for implementation! THE ROLE OF MENTORING IN EDUCATIONAL LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT 10:00 am – 10:40 am Everybody Needs Somebody Sometime: The Role of Mentoring in Educational Leadership Development Joseph G Sorbello MSEd RT RRT, Syracuse NY All of us can think of at least one mentor we have had in our professional lives who has helped us develop and achieve. A mentor/protégé relationship is a close one. How does it develop? What makes the mentor/protégé relationship work in such a way as to foster professional success and achievement for the protégé? This presentation explores the literature, citing examples of successful mentors and their protégés plus actual stories of both mentors and protégés in our own profession, how those relationships developed and why they worked so well. DR. FRED HELMHOLZ EDUCATION LECTURE SERIES Presented by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care Tom Hill PhD RRT FAARC/ Presiding 10:45 am – 11:45 am Teaching Students How to Stay Up-to-date on Mechanical Ventilation Issues Susan P Pilbeam MS RRT FAARC, St Augustine FL The presenter will describe the challenge for educators to teach complex concepts of mechanical ventilation to students. She will identify essential concepts that may help students gain an understanding of mechanical ventilation and will offer suggestions for how educators and students maintain competency in mechanical ventilation as technology continues to evolve. MANAGER TRACK 9:15 am – 11:25 am Garry W Kauffman MPA FACHE RRT FAARC/Presiding ROCKY, BULWINKLE, BORIS AND NATASHA: VICTIMS, VILLAINS AND THE NOT SO HOPELESS 9:15 am – 9:55 am Mary Lou Guy MBA RRT CHT, Kansas City MO Most people like to hear stories of victims, villains and heroes, but most do not want to live in the stories. Have you ever thought you were the victim and you are helpless against the villain? The speaker will provide insight into how “victim think” begins and demonstrate how you as a leader as well as your staff should deal with these issues. Learn skills that will give you the basis for preventing this behavior and dealing with these individuals, which can make or break your role as a leader. BULLYING AND HARRASSMENT IN THE WORKPLACE: HOW TO STOP THESE BEHAVIORS WITHOUT BEING A WHISTLEBLOWER 10:00 am – 10:40 am Mary Lou Guy MBA RRT CHT Do you recognize when bullying or harassment happens in your workplace? Could someone say you or one of your staff is a bully? You may be surprised by the depth of workplace bullying and harassment. You may feel helpless in the face of this destructive behavior. The speaker will address workplace bullying and harassment including how to recognize it and your role in stopping to destructive behavior that tears down teams. Attend this lecture and learn to better manage this Joint Commission National Patient Safety Goal. SIT: SYSTEMATIC INNOVATIVE THINKING 10:45 am – 11:25 am Bill Cohagen BA RRT FAARC, Phoenix AZ SIT is a process of opening your mind as a leader. Similar to, but quicker and easier than Six Sigma Lean, SIT lets you channel the power of your team, opens your mind to new horizons, and challenges you to be innovative in your approach to day-to-day activities. Attend this lecture and maximize the performance of your department through a new and innovative way of thinking. Site and Hotel Information Renaissance® Orlando at SeaWorld® 6677 Sea Harbor Drive, Orlando, Florida, 32821 Phone 407-351-5555 Join us at our new destination for the AARC Summer Forum. Not only is this resort in the heart of the entertainment district of Orlando, it’s right across the street from SeaWorld. Golf, great shopping and other major theme parks are nearby too. But you don’t have to leave the resort property to feel like you’re on vacation. There are great dining options, a full-service spa, fitness center, Olympic-sized pool with poolside bar & grill, oversized whirlpools, and a family-friendly water park! Hotel Reservations • Cut-off date for the AARC’s special sleeping room rate is Friday, June 21. • Room Rate: $119 plus 12.5% tax single–quad occupancy. Deposit required. • Online at AARC Summer Forum Housing https://resweb.passkey.com/go/2013AARCSummerForum • Call 1-888-789-3090 or 407-351-5555. Refer to “2013 AARC Summer Forum.” Discounted rates are available only through these phone numbers. Orlando Attractions/Discounts Discounted Theme Park Tickets AARC attendees, their families and friends are eligible for discounted Meeting/Convention tickets for SeaWorld, Aquatica, Discovery Cove and Walt Disney World. SeaWorld® and Aquatica® Visit www.aarc.org/education/meetings/summer_forum_13/discounts.cfm to purchase discounted All Day, After 12 p.m., After 4 p.m. and Length of Stay tickets through our website. Discounts are good for the registered AARC attendee and up to 5 guests. AARC attendees staying at the Renaissance can also purchase these discounted tickets on-site from the Navigator Desk in the hotel lobby. The attendant will confirm that the room reservation is in the AARC block of rooms before selling the tickets. Discovery Cove® Call 877-434-7268 to ask about special offers for convention attendees. Offers are based on availability; blackout dates and other restrictions may apply. Walt Disney World ® Pre-purchase Single Day, After 2 p.m., After 4 p.m., and Multi-Day Tickets with a Bonus Visit. These tickets cannot be purchased at the front gates of the theme parks. Tickets must be purchased online at www.mydisneymeetings.com/aarc/ by Sunday, July 14. For additional assistance call (407) 566-5600 to speak with a Disney Group Ticket representative. What to See and Do • Titanic the Experience / Dinner Event • Gatorland • Universal Orlando Florida • WonderWorks • Indoor Skydiving • 170 golf courses • Celebrity-owned and award-winning restaurants Travel Information and Discounts The discounts shown below are valid for the Orlando International Airport (MCO). The airport is approximately 13 miles from the hotel. Discounts also apply to family and friends. Airlines American Airlines • Online at www.aa.com. Enter 7173DH in the Promotion Code box (no booking fee). • Call AA Meeting Services at 800-433-1790 and refer to Authorization Code A7173DH (booking fee added). Delta Air Lines • Online at www.delta.com. Click “Book a Trip” and “More Search Options”. Enter meeting code NMFER in the Meeting Event Code box (no booking fee). • Call, or have your travel agent call, Delta Meeting Network at 800-328- 1111. Refer to meeting code NMFER (booking fee added). United Airlines • Online at www.united.com. Enter ZP93841593 in the Offer Code box (receive an additional 3% off and no booking fee). • Call United Meetings at 800-426-1122. Refer to Z code ZP93 and Agreement Code 841593 (booking fee added). Airport Shuttle Service Mears Shuttle is offering a round trip shuttle for $26 to the Renaissance Orlando at Sea World. Register online at https://secure.mearstransportation.com /default.asp?referrer=444937019 and use priority code 444937019, or print off the discount coupon and present it to the Mears counter agents on Level 1 at the Orlando International Airport. Please note that the Mears counters at the Orlando International Airport will only accept hard copies of the coupons. Having it on a mobile device will not work. Return reservations are required and can be made up to one day prior to departure by calling 407-423-5566. The shuttle departs the Renaissance Orlando at Sea World hourly at 55 minutes after the hour. Mears requires reservations be made three hours prior to flight time for the transfer back to the airport. Shuttle may make 4-5 stops before reaching the final destination. Taxi Service Taxi and luxury transportation service can also be booked through Mears Shuttle. The fare is $35 - $40 one way, or $66 one way for luxury transportation. Call 407-423-5566. Rental Cars Budget Rent A Car • Online at www.budget.com. Click “More Options”. Enter U064639 in the Offer Code (BCD) box. • Call 800-772-3773. Refer to Discount Offer Code U064639. Enterprise Rent-A-Car • Online at www.enterprise.com. Enter Discount Rate Code L9D0194 in the “Optional” code box. On the following page enter AME in the Sign In box. • Call 800-736-8222. Refer to Discount Rate Code L9D0194. Hertz • Online at www.hertz.com. Enter 049T0007 in the Convention Number (CV) discount box. • Call 800-654-2240 or 405-749-4434. 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