We can’t believe that the 2018 ISAPS Congress is finally here!
You have no idea how excited we are for the Congress! We’ve been working almost non-stop on the plans, ever since the end of the 2016 ISAPS Congress in Kyoto, Japan. Countless hours have been spent planning the biggest aesthetics conference in the world, from our guest speakers, to our master classes, to our social events! We are just beside ourselves with excitement for all of the ISAPS Plastic Surgeons from around the world to arrive!
Just like we’re putting the finishing touches on the Congress, you also have a job ahead of you to get ready! There are quite a few things that you need to consider before you leave for the airport, so here are a few ideas that might make your life a bit easier before takeoff!
Make a Personal Schedule for the Congress
For the unprepared, the ISAPS Congress can be… overwhelming, especially if this is your first time attending. There are just so many events, talks, workshops and master classes that it can be easy to lose track of your day.
Before you leave, go through our 2018 ISAPS Congress Program and put all important times down in your calendar, with reminders to make sure you don’t miss out. This can take a little while, but it could save you a massive headache when you discover that you’re 20 minutes late for an event because you lost track of time.
Make Some Post-Congress Plans
We picked Miami Beach, Florida for a very good reason: it’s one of the most beautiful and tourist-friendly cities, in one of the most tourist-friendly states in the US. If you are planning on staying after the Congress for a few days to see the Florida sights, it’s best to make a plan beforehand.
Although October is the off-season for theme parks like Disney World, it’s still an excellent idea to book your hotel well ahead of time. If you have a limited amount of time to spend here, create an itinerary so you will be sure to see everything that you want. There are a LOT of tourist attractions in Florida so, unless you are planning on spending a month here after the Congress, you’re going to have to pick and choose!
Get Your Packing List Ready
There is nothing worse than arriving in a new country only to realize that you left something incredibly important back home. Imagine landing and finding that you don’t have your tablet. Or the ultimate nightmare, arriving at the airport and discovering that you forgot your passport. Thankfully, there is one easy way to avoid all of that, and that’s to make a packing list!
Some things that should be on every packing list for the 2018 ISAPS Congress are: your computer/tablet, phone, summer clothes (Florida is hot in October), rain gear (Florida can be wet in October), and, of course, your passport. Make sure that you have all of the relevant confirmation emails with reference numbers readily available on your phone or printed off. And, just a suggestion, be sure that you have local US currency before you leave. Airport exchange rates can be steep. and you will likely find a better deal pre-flight.
Organize Things at Your Practice
One of the most important things to do before leaving for the Congress is making sure that everything is taken care of at your plastic surgery practice. After all, you’re going to be away for a minimum of five days, so a lot of planning needs to go into how to handle every aspect of your business without your being present.
Be sure that your practice has both your personal number and the number of your hotel room at the Loews Miami Beach Hotel. If you are planning on getting a local SIM card for your phone to save money, send your US number immediately. You never know when someone might need to be able to get in touch with you in case of an emergency.
Be sure that your regular patients know that you will be away as well. In the event of any post-surgical complications, be sure that a plan is in place with another doctor to handle any potential situation. The last thing you want is to ever leave a patient in the lurch.
Yes, the ISAPS Congress is a fantastic place to refine your skills, network with other ISAPS Plastic Surgeons, and learn from some of the best plastic surgeons in the world, but it should also be a great time! There will be so many fun social activities, from beach parties, to costume parties, to dinners with your colleagues at some of the best restaurants in the eastern United States. Here at the 2018 ISAPS Congress, we have it all!
If you haven’t yet booked your room at the Loews Miami Beach Hotel, there is still a chance that they could have some rooms left or a cancellation, so it’s certainly worth a try! We can’t wait to see you in just a few short weeks! Have a great flight!