PCMA is offering a free issues forum on international travel issues for meeting attendees and exhibitors on February 23. Called, “Visas, Customs, and Customer Service: Making Life Easier for International Meeting Attendees and Exhibitors,” the forum will be "broadcast live from the WTTW public television studios in Chicago, and will be viewed by a live studio audience, which will have an opportunity to pose questions to the panelists. PMCA also plans to offer the Issues Forum as a live teleconference, and a streaming video of the program will be posted on the PCMA Web site the day after the session."
Speaking of international issues, here at the Alliance for Continuing Medical Education, a meeting I'm attending in San Francisco right now, I had an interesting conversation yesterday with some CME providers who have a large international component to their U.S.-based programs. In addition to the usual visa and letters of invitation hassles, one planner said her presenters were getting stopped at customs for the big tubes they carry their posters in. She found a site online (I'll try to find out where) where they can upload their posters and have them printed out on site. The idea drew some serious oohs and aahs from the rest of the group. If anyone knows what site she was talking about, please let me know so I can share it with the rest of you guys. Sounded like a great idea to me.