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SAWC Spotlight: Maximizing Your SAWC Experience

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SAWC Spotlight: Maximizing Your SAWC Experience

  All educational conferences are not created equal. Whether you are a seasoned attendee or someone new to the SAWC/conference experience, this column will offer advice and guidance on maximizing the many opportunities to learn, explore, network, and (especially in today’s healthcare climate) economize. This installment encourages you to think timing, convenience, and savings. All relevant information and materials are available at

  Register as early as possible. Attendees who register before arrival avoid onsite registration lines and proceed directly to Material Pick-Up. Plus, for SAWC Fall, register before September 4 and receive substantial discounts, especially if you are a member of the AAWC.

  Preregister for satellite sessions (tickets required). Industry-sponsored symposia (satellite sessions) present the science behind the products. Some provide additional continuing education credits. They also offer free meals. You can sign up onsite for wait lists, but keep in mind: satellites fill quickly.

  Know your agenda is not carved in stone. Your preselected courses help plan for adequate seating; feel free to change sessions to find your most relevant educational offerings. Exemption: pre- and postconference sessions require tickets and cannot be switched without a visit to Registration.

  Utilize the Exhibit Hall for product information and free food. Dedicated Exhibit Hall hours provide one-on-one and group learning time, and meals are provided. The Grand Opening is Thursday at 5:15 p.m.; lunch sessions are Friday and Saturday at 12:30 p.m.

  Make time for posters. Poster time introduces you to the latest, often yet-to-be-published research. Meet many of the poster presenters and enjoy hearty snacks and drinks at the evening Poster Reception on Friday at 5:30 p.m.

  Bring your badge to ALL events. Display your SAWC Fall badge proudly to attend sessions, enter the Exhibit Hall, and encourage networking.

  Ask questions! The Registration area is the information hub. Staff Management and Host Committee helpers float throughout the conference. Please let us know how we can make this the best conference for you.

  This article was not subject to the Ostomy Wound Management peer-review process.