The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) has canceled its AAPD 2020 Annual Session, originally scheduled for May 21 to May 24 in Nashville, Tennessee, based on current recommendations and guidance from federal, state, and local health officials.
“We realize that many are disappointed, among them the AAPD 2020 Scientific Program Committee, Local Arrangements Committee, speakers, and staff that have been working for 18+ months to bring you the best AAPD Annual Session ever,” said Kevin J. Donly, DDS, AAPD president. “However, this is the right decision for the health and safety of our members.”
The AAPD asks its members to remain patient as it determines the next steps for canceling the nearly 4,000 attendee registrations it has received so far. Attendees who booked housing through the AAPD do not have to cancel their hotel reservations. Experient, the conference’s registration provider, will reach out to those who have registered.
Also, the AAPD notes that refunds may take up to 60 days to be initiated based on the volume of registrations to be processed. Attendees will have the opportunity to donate their registration to the AAPD to help offset the group’s significant financial loss. The AAPD says that attendees should cancel flights as well.
“It is the invaluable support and enthusiasm of our members that have grown the AAPD Annual Session to its current level. We will be back in touch with you shortly with alternate options for delivering the Annual Session CE content that we worked so hard to organize,” Donly said.
Attendees with questions can contact the AAPD at firstname.lastname@example.org. Also, the AAPD reminds members to mark their calendars for AAPD 2021 in Boston, scheduled for May 27 to May 30, 2021.