MRSi 2021 Symposium Update

September 2, 2021

Dear Colleagues,

It’s hard to believe it has been nearly 27 months since we were last together at MRSi 2019 at the Drake Hotel in Chicago. So much has happened in the last 15 months: a global pandemic, social and political unrest, and unprecedented challenges and circumstances trussed upon us as individuals and healthcare professionals.

However today, we are excited to be looking ahead to MRSi 2021 in September. Through the roller coaster of emotions, starts and stops, and planning scenarios (from A to Z), we have decided to move forward with a hybrid conference format to celebrate another incredible year of innovation together.

OUR DECISION

We’ve come to this decision based on numerous factors that include monitoring the current health advisories. Our new normal is unpredictable and everchanging, but we must find a way to navigate through it while continuing our mission as an organization and as healthcare professionals.

Our primary objective has always been the provision of high quality and timely continuing medical education. This objective remains unchanged as we continue preparations to share the latest research and meet CME requirements of our attendees. We think this hybrid format will be a wonderful way to engage our participants and bring some normalcy to unsettled times.

FINDING BALANCE  

With all of this in mind, we have made some changes and are implementing new procedures to meet the highest standards of health and safety.

  • Participants will be required to show either proof of vaccination or provide a negative PCR test within 72 hours of arrival.
  • We will follow CDC recommendations and City of Chicago guidelines including wearing masks and practicing social distancing.
  • As of August 17, the City of Chicago has an Indoor Mask Mandate for ALL individuals regardless of vaccination status.
  • We will include extra space between exhibitor booths and have hand sanitizers and masks available to all attendees.
  • Food will be served in individual packaging or will be served by masked hotel staff.
  • The Drake also has an additional Hilton CleanStay program to ensure a safe and comfortable stay.

While it will still have the iconic MRSi vibe, it won’t be the MRSi we’re used to, and that’s okay. We are taking advantage of this more intimate setting to connect with one another on new levels.

JOIN US

We know everyone has different circumstances, comfort levels, and restrictions regarding safe travel. To accommodate, we have multiple opportunities for attendees to participate in this year’s event.

Join us virtually or onsite to engage in amazing learning opportunities. Live virtual sessions are available for CME credits.

Click here for more details on the 2021 conference including registration links, agendas, and faculty information: Conference details

Contact our event coordinators at coordinators@mrsmeeting.org for a special Practice discount.

WHAT TO EXPECT

Onsite Attendees – Leading up the event date, we will continuously share details through emails and social media. Be sure to check our Instagram and Facebook for information on social events, safety updates, and networking opportunities.

Virtual Attendees – Links to the virtual event will be provided before the meeting date. Recordings will be available after MRSi, but please note that CME credits will only be available to those who attend the virtual sessions live.  

THANK YOU!

Our meeting is nothing without all of you and we truly appreciate your participation and support. These are challenging times, and we look forward to overcoming them with all of you, ensuring that the foundation and relationships we have built over the years continue to thrive and allow us to grow as people in our pursuit of building families.

Sincerely,

Angeline N. Beltsos, MD, FACOG
Executive Director, President & Board Member
Eric Forman, MD, HCLD
Board Member
Amber Cooper, MD, MSCI, FACOG
Vice President & Board Member
Kathryn Go, PhD
Board Member
Jared Robins, MD
Treasurer & Board Member
Dan Williams, MD
Board Member
William Kearns, PhD
Secretary & Board Member
Scott Nelson, MD
International Board Member