ACR 2020 Virtual Meeting FAQ

Do I need to register to attend the virtual meeting?

Yes. Registration is required in order to ensure you receive follow-up messages about the meeting and access to the virtual platform. Registration also provides necessary information to authorize participation in elections (ACR, RFS and/or YPS) and other Council votes.

If you registered prior to March 25, your registration has been retained and it is not necessary to re-register for this virtual meeting.

How do I cancel my registration if I am no longer able to participate in the virtual meeting?

Contact ACR Meeting Registration at acrmeetings@acr.org or call 1-800-373-2204, Monday through Friday, 8:30am - 5pm ET.

What do I do if I have already made hotel reservations at the Marriott Wardman Park?

You are responsible for cancelling your hotel registration. If you wish to cancel your reservation, please notify the hotel at 1-877-212-5752 at least 72 hours prior to arrival to avoid paying one night's room and tax. Be sure to request a cancellation number.

Many other radiology meetings have been cancelled. Why wasn’t the ACR annual meeting cancelled outright?

The ACR is a representative membership organization, and its annual meeting is thus first and foremost a business meeting, with specific activities stipulated in our bylaws. Rather than cancelling our meeting, we have condensed the program to prioritize essential governance activities, including ACR elections and the consideration of policy resolutions and Practice Parameters and Technical Standards.

Why wasn't the meeting rescheduled to a later date?

The COVID-19 pandemic places us in uncertain times and there is ACR business that needs to be addressed this spring. We can't be certain when travel restrictions will be lifted or know the availability of venues in Washington, DC.

We must proceed with a virtual meeting to complete time-sensitive business (e.g., elections, policy renewals) of the College.

What if I am a councilor and I am unable to attend the virtual meeting?

The Governance and Member Engagement team will process councilor substitutions for the virtual meeting similar to the way they are handled for an on-site meeting.

To ensure that we have a quorum, appropriate chapter/society representatives should submit councilor substitutions using the online form.

Will there be changes to the process for ACR elections?

Yes. Candidates in the Council election will record two-minute speeches that will be made available online in advance of the designated voting window.

The Meet the Candidates session will not be held.

The ACR Electioneering Policy, approved by the CSC, remains in effect.

Will there be time allocated for caucus meetings in the virtual format?

Yes. A schedule for caucus meetings has been developed for Saturday, May 16. ACR support will be provided for caucus meetings in accordance with this schedule.

How will open hearings on resolutions be conducted?

Council leadership is working with ACR staff and our parliamentarian to determine the most effective means for conducting open hearings and the plenary session. More details will be available in the coming weeks.

What about additional programming that is usually offered at the ACR annual meeting?

Supplemental programming that has previously been included as part of the annual meeting (e.g., CME sessions, RFS and YPS programs, Chapter Leaders’ Workshop, etc.) will not be included in the virtual meeting in May. Consideration will be given to alternative approaches to make such supplemental programming available.

I was approved for ACR Fellowship in 2020. Will Convocation still take place in a virtual format?

Yes. If you were approved for Fellowship in 2020 you will still be conferred as a Fellow of the ACR this year. A virtual convocation will take place on Sunday, May 17, and all candidates are invited to attend Convocation in 2021.

I am a resident. Am I still able to attend the virtual meeting?

Yes, you are welcome to attend the virtual meeting. Please register to ensure you receive follow-up messages about the meeting and access to the virtual platform.

I am a medical student. Am I still able to attend the virtual meeting?

Yes, you are welcome to attend the virtual meeting. Please register to ensure you receive follow-up messages about the meeting and access to the virtual platform.

Will CME be offered for the virtual meeting?

No. CME sessions previously planned for ACR 2020 will not be offered as part of the virtual meeting in May. Consideration will be given to alternative approaches to make these CME sessions available.

Will RFS/YPS elections still take place?

Yes. RFS and YPS candidate speeches will be made available online in advance. The ACR Electioneering Policy, approved by the CSC, remains in effect.

What will happen with my accepted abstract?

Please continue to upload your e-Poster as you normally would and it will still be posted online. The five winners that were chosen will still be awarded.

If you have additional questions regarding your abstract, please contact annualmeeting@acr.org.

Will the ACR provide stipends to chapters to offset the travel expenses incurred for RFS and YPS attendees?

No. Since attendees will not travel to Washington, DC, this year, stipends will not be provided to chapters for RFS or YPS attendees.