The safety and well-being of our attendees, staff and community continue to be at the forefront of our minds. At this time it is impossible for SGIM to hold our Annual Meeting because of the escalating health concerns regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, CDC and WHO guidelines for social distancing, institutional travel bans, and the vital role of our members and participants in the front lines of care for communities in this crisis.
SGIM will offer full refunds to those who registered to attend the 2020 SGIM Annual Meeting in Birmingham, AL. You also may choose to apply your registration payment toward the 2021 SGIM Annual Meeting.
Full refunds will be issued via the original payment method within 60 days of receipt of this form. If you paid by check, please allow up to 90 days for a refund as we manage the large numbers of refunds we need to process. Please use this form to submit your refund request and visit our FAQ page for additional information.
Many SGIM members and potential attendees of the SGIM20 annual meeting in Birmingham, AL have inquired about the status of the meeting. Please know that SGIM regards the health and safety of our participants with the utmost importance. We also understand that many of the medical institutions and centers currently have travel bans in place that may prevent attendance at the annual meeting.
We are currently looking into a number of contingency plans for the annual meeting, including online poster sessions, virtual presentations, and/or outright cancellation of the physical meeting. As our meeting is not until May 6, we have some time built into our planning calendar that allows us to effectively consider all of these options. We are continuing to meet daily with our leaders, vendors and other stakeholders as we monitor this situation closely. We are also watching the guidance and travel restrictions from the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).
Please understand that we are not canceling registration fees at this time but will hold all cancellation queries until we have made a final decision on the 2020 annual meeting. We hope to make this decision in the coming weeks.
We appreciate your patience and understanding.
SGIM is excited to host the 2020 annual meeting in Birmingham, and we hope you will join the attendees and exhibiters already registered and scheduled to present their work. However, we do understand that travel plans need to be more flexible at this time, and we have adjusted our deadlines and refund schedules to accommodate these uncertain times.
Early Registration Deadline has been extended to March 26 – save $140 off of the member rate if you register by March 26.
Cancellation Refund Schedule has been extended:
April 6, 2020: Last day for full registration fee refund, less $75 cancellation fee.
After April 6, 2020: No refunds will be issued.
Additionally, most major airlines have waived change fees for airline tickets booked by March 31, 2020:
The Society of General Internal Medicine (SGIM) is proud to present our annual meeting, "Just Care: Addressing the Social Determinants for Better Health" in Birmingham, AL in early May. We want to take this time to assure all meeting attendees that SGIM takes your health seriously and that we are taking steps to ensure a safe meeting.
SGIM staff members have been in close contact with the staff at the Greater Birmingham Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Center and they assure us they are closely monitoring the situation for all city conventions this spring. The BJCC has implemented advanced sanitation protocols for all upcoming meetings. As of February 28, the US Travel Association advises: Travelers should follow best-health practices, but at this time there are no restrictions on travel anywhere in the United States and no indication that travel plans here should be altered for any public health reason.
We know there is growing discussion and concern regarding coronavirus and COVID-19. We encourage attendees to monitor the CDC travel website for additional information and follow the WHO's Travel Advice as you consider your travel arrangements.