2020 Healthcare Conferences Worth Attending

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It’s vital to stay on top of new and emerging technologies with so many changes occurring in the fast-paced world of healthcare. No matter what role you’re in, conferences can allow you to hear from experts, network, and keep up to date on significant healthcare industry developments. To help narrow down the noise, we’ve outlined the best 2020 healthcare conferences worth attending. 

TEDMED 2020

March 2-4 | Boston, MA

If you’re a fan of TED talks, you’ll love TEDMED 2020. Expert speakers, attendees, think tanks, medical research institutions, and government agencies join together to talk about the newest trends in healthcare.

2020 American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) Health Policy Conference

March 8-10 | Washington DC

Are you a Nurse Practitioner? Lend your voice, meet with your elected representatives and work to make a difference for your patients. Whether you’re a seasoned Nurse Practitioner, an advocate, or a novice in the legislative arena, this is a unique opportunity to learn, network, and make a measurable difference.

HIMSS 

March 9-13 | Orlando, FL

Deemed the “can’t-miss health information and technology event of the year.” Professionals throughout the global health ecosystem connect for education, innovation, and collaboration that they need to reimagine health and wellness for everyone, everywhere. HIMSS20 calls health information and technology professionals around the world to one essential, simple, bold action: Be the change.

SXSW

March 13-22 | Austin, TX

ASXSW is not the most well-known for its healthcare sector, SXSW does offer sessions geared towards dermatology and IT. An excellent event for nurse practitioners registered nurses, licensed practical nurses, medical assistants, and other healthcare providers and staff with a professional interest in dermatology.

The Annual Assembly of Hospice and Palliative Care

March 18-21 | San Diego, CA 

This is the meeting that will capture your heart, re-energize your spirit, and stimulate your mind. Learn the latest in hospice and palliative care at more than 200 educational sessions spanning 28 hours of learning time, mixed in with self-care and engagement activities.

WHCC20

March 29-April 1 | Washington, D.C.

The World Health Care Congress is convening for its 17th annual event for healthcare leaders. Network and discuss price transparency in healthcare, the social determinants of good health, connected care technologies, and updates on digital health.

The 30th Annual Interdisciplinary Breast Center Conference

April 3-8 | Las Vegas, NV

The National Consortium of Breast Centers (NCBC) brings together medical and industry professionals from around the globe to network, learn and share ideas, methodologies, and treatment options that improve the quality of care and outcomes for patients diagnosed with breast diseases.

HCSRN 2020 

April 8-10 | Philadelphia, PA

One of the Nation’s preeminent conferences for researchers in healthcare systems. See new, relevant research affecting millions of patients, from opioid addiction to health challenges of the aging population.

American Academy of Ambulatory Nursing 45th Annual Conference

April 15-18 | Chicago, IL

Ambulatory care nursing is one of the most vibrant and evolving nursing specialties in healthcare today. For this year’s conference, AAACN experts thoughtfully curated a program that addresses the many challenges you face. Enjoy top speakers in the industry who will give you relevant, practical information you can use immediately.

IHI Summit

April 16-18 | National Harbor, MD

If you are a healthcare professional who is interested in transforming how primary care is delivered in your community, this is the conference to attend. Sessions cover ensuring equitable care for everyone, how to boost efficiency when caring for patients as part of a team, and how to reduce clinician burnout.

Patient Experience Conference

April 20-22 | Orlando, FL

Healthcare professionals from around the world are set to convene to improve the patient experience. The organization emphasizes making an active commitment to both health equity and access to care. You’ll hear from keynote speakers about expanding focus on health outcomes to go beyond merely treating illness to promoting wellness, well-being, and health.

Skin, Bones, Hearts & Private Parts Atlanta CME Conference

April 21-24 | Atlanta, GA

Skin, Bones, Hearts & Private Parts’ 2020 Atlanta conference will be at the prestigious Cobb Galleria Centre, a nationally recognized convention center with ambiance and customer service excellence commensurate with that of a five-star hotel. The Cobb Galleria Centre is a full-service venue with a full complement of amenities, not least of which are outstanding accessibility and on-site parking.

Society of Pediatric Nurses (SPN) Annual Conference

April 24-27 | Washington, D.C.

The SPN Annual Conference showcases education and advancements across the breadth of the pediatric nursing profession. Join SPN in Washington, D.C., to experience a conference jam-packed with opportunities to engage and network with colleagues and pursue professional development, all while earning contact hours.

Society of Teachers of Family Medicine

May 2-6 | Salt Lake City, UT

More than 400 interactive and educational workshops will be offered at STFM. The society is recognizing how essential wellness is for professional healthcare providers and is sponsoring a wellness afternoon to help attendees reconnect and recharge before participating in morning activities.

American Association of Critical Care Nurses NTI National Teaching Institute 2020

 May 4-7 | Indianapolis, Indiana 

From the website: “The National Teaching Institute & Critical Care Exposition offers learning, inspiration, and celebration for high-acuity and critical care nurses.

Healthcare and IT Marketing Conference

May 12-14 | Las Vegas, NV

This conference is devoted to healthcare marketing professionals, healthcare communication experts, and digital healthcare marketing leaders. Topics to be discussed include media relations, event marketing, and branding in terms of healthcare. The event focuses on business-to-business marketing to physicians, hospital executives, and practice managers.

ACR 2020

May 16-20 | Washington, D.C.

The American College of Radiology is holding its annual event, where you can present your current research to colleagues and thought leaders. Learn about the latest efforts among your peers to advance the field of radiology. There is a wealth of information at the ACR 2020 conference for you to absorb.

National Association of Orthopaedic Nurses (NAON) 40th Annual Conference

May 30 – June 2 | Pittsburgh, PA

Congress objectives: Implement practice changes based on evidence-based practice, professional development, and research in the care of the orthopedic patient. Impact Patient outcomes through the adoption of best practices and innovation. Contribute to a professional environment that encourages collegiality and networking among participants associated with advancement in orthopedic nursing education, practice, and research.

Academy of Forensic Nursing and Forensic Nursing Network Presents Forensic Nursing Cruise: Advancing the Footprint at Sea

March 20-23  — Miami, FL

Don’t miss this opportunity to go cruising with the Academy of Forensic Nursing aboard Royal Caribbean’s Navigator of the Seas to Coco Cay & Nassau, Bahamas, and earn nine contact hours as you sail! We will be sailing the sea on March 20-23, 2020. Follow this link for more information and to get registered today! 

AORN

March 28–April 1, 2020, | Anaheim, CA

Make plans to attend this revolutionary learning experience, featuring a dynamic range of topics, world-renowned speakers, top-notch researchers, and the latest products and services affecting the OR of the future.

E-Health Conference

May 31-June 3, 2020 | Vancouver, Canada

For its 20th year, the E-Health Conference and Tradeshow provide a unique opportunity for you to learn and network with the organizations and individuals who are working on information technology in medicine in Canada. 1,500 people attend E-Health each year to learn from colleagues and see the latest offerings from vendors.

MedTech

June 16-17 | Minneapolis, MN

Healthcare industry innovators, investors, and executives are expected to convene at MedTech to engage in discussions that will introduce multiple perspectives on how you can succeed in MedTech. Gain insight into new medical equipment and diagnostics, network with colleagues, and reconnect with industry insiders.

Nursing Education Accreditation Conference

July 16-18 | Atlanta 

The Nursing Education Accreditation Conference creates an engaging learning experience that empowers nursing administrators, faculty, and students. It does this by imparting concepts that enhance the educational quality of nursing programs and contribute to organizational growth.

American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA) 2020 Annual Congress

August 14-18 | San Diego, California

The Annual Congress is the place to explore everything a CRNA needs to stay at the top of their practice. Experience hands-on ultrasound and emergency simulation labs to cutting-edge, evidence-based education in anesthesia.

Emergency Nursing 2020

September 8-11 | Las Vegas, NV

The conference will bring together thousands of emergency nurses from across the globe to learn, network, and celebrate ENA’s 50th anniversary. 

National Neonatal Nurses Conference

September 9-12 | Las Vegas, NV

ANN conferences bring together hundreds of neonatal and mother-baby nurses from across the U.S. and Canada, and around the globe for stimulating and thought-provoking plenary sessions and workshops. 

The Travelers Conference

 September 13-16 | Las Vegas, NV

The Travelers Conference is dedicated to the Healthcare Traveler. It provides over 40 CEU single sessions, an Exhibit Hall with over 100 exhibitors — many of them staffing agencies with open positions to fill & unlimited social networking opportunities. You’ll come away from this conference with a whole new set of skills on how to manage your traveling career!

Health 2.0 Conference

September 16-18  | San Francisco, CA

Have you been dissatisfied with vaporware and technology that’s still in its initial stage? You’ll appreciate the emphasis on industry revolutionary technology thanks to data-driven decision making.

American Psychiatric Nurses Association (APNA) 34th Annual Conference

Sept. 30-Oct. 3 | Lake Buena Vista, Florida

Learn in 100+ varied sessions presented by colleagues. Connect with 1800+ psychiatric-mental health RNs and APRNs. Earn Contact Hours — 120+ contact hours in person and online.

HLTH

October 11-14, 2020 | Las Vegas, NV

Over 300 speakers, 7,000 attendees, and approximately 1,000 founders and CEOs of healthcare industry organizations, you’re sure to find new connections to make with your peers. HLTH is gathering to explore the question of how to create the future of health?

29th Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses Annual Convention

October  21-25 | Las Vegas, NV

The AMSN Convention will help you improve patient care and connect with other nurses who share your compassion and commitment.

RSNA 2020

November 29 – December 4| Chicago, IL

The Radiological Society of North America has over 54,000 members from 136 countries; all served with an annual conference. This year marks their 106th Scientific Assembly and annual meeting. From quality improvement reports to new scientific presentations and educational exhibits, there will be opportunities for you to engage with radiology thought leaders and professionals.

Did we miss any of the top 2020 healthcare conferences worth attending? Let us know in the comments below.

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Ashley Carty is a seasoned medical professional with over 8 years of experience working at the top hospitals in Southern California, including Hoag, Saddleback Memorial, and UCSD.

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