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Welcome from the LAC Chair

The Florida Chapter of the AAPM is thrilled to host the 2006 Annual Meeting of the American Association of Physicists in Medicine. This year’s scientific sessions and technical exhibits will be held at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida. This world-class facility will also be the meeting point for all of our associated activities. As always, this summer's meeting will focus on both the sharing of science and the understanding of new technologies that assist us in our scientific and clinical missions. It is these rapidly expanding scientific advances, combined with the ever-evolving treatment techniques, which make medical physics one of the most exciting and stimulating disciplines in either physics or medicine. In support of this focus, our venue, the Orange County Convention Center, will provide AAPM members and  sponsors with a facility that will enhance our scientific presentations and lend itself to the display and demonstration of the commercial technologies that enable and support our work.

AAPM members and guests will have access to a host of first class hotels that provide a wide range of accommodations.  Most are within a few minutes walk of the Convention Center. These accommodations provide the meeting participants with easy access to the daily meetings as will as offer venues for the very important technical and social discussions at the beginning and end of each day.

Of course, Orlando is also one of the world’s premier vacation locations.  World-famous theme parks, favorable climate, many natural wonders, and extraordinary shopping and dining all make this meeting very attractive to families. Many families will want to take advantage of our close proximity to Disney World, Universal Studios and Sea World to name a few of our major attractions.  In addition, the AAPM has arranged an exciting companion program that offers day trips to Cape Canaveral, an airboat adventure through the wetlands, a behind the scenes tour at Disney's Animal Kingdom, and a shopping trip to the Premium Outlet Mall. A wonderful Night Out at Universal Studio’s CityWalk has been planned to allow AAPM exclusive access to 5 different music clubs on Tuesday evening.

The 238 members of the Florida Chapter of the AAPM recommend that you get your presentation ready, pack your shorts, swimsuits and sunscreen,  and “come on down and join us” for what promises to be a wonderful blend of science and social interaction in Orlando at the 2006 AAPM meeting.

Sincerely,
Frank Bova
Local Arrangements Chair

AAPM/Gammex 5K Run/Walk

Tuesday, August 1 • 6:00am
AAPM/Gammex 5K Run/Walk

The AAPM/Gammex 5K Run/Walk will circle the grounds near the convention center. The route will start near Hall C entrance of the convention center, across from The Peabody Orlando, and circle the convention center twice.

5K Run RoutePlease include your t-shirt size when you register. There is no registration fee for the run. Deadline to register is July 6. There is no on-site registration for this event.

Registered participants must come by the AAPM meeting registration area in the convention center on Monday, July 31, between 10:00am and 2:00pm, to sign a waiver, and pick up a race number and t-shirt.

To register for the 5K Run/Walk, you may click here.


Tours

Sign up for tours through Convention Planning Services, Inc. (CPS). Some tours are limited, so please do not delay. Purchases must be made by Sunday, July 23. Tickets may be available for purchase on site, but there are no guarantees! Note that CPS has also negotiated discounts on local parks passes and attractions, including Disney, Universal and SeaWorld. Your credit card will be charged upon placing your order on-line; tickets will be mailed 2 weeks prior to the meeting.

All tours will start and finish at the Orange County Convention Center at the times indicated. Please allow yourself some extra time before stated departure times.

Click here for detailed descriptions and to purchase tickets for AAPM Tours.
Tour Cancellation Policy: Tours which do not meet minimum capacity may be canceled within 2 weeks of the event. If a tour is canceled, registrants will be notified and refunded in full.

Sunday, July 30
9:00am - 1:00pm
Ageless Airboat Eco-Guided Adventure
Cost: Adult $66.00; Child (3 - 11) $52

Monday, July 31
9:00am - 1:00pm
Animal Kingdom's Backstage Safari CANCELED, due to lack of interest
Cost: $104.00
Must be 16 years or older for this tour.

Tuesday, August 1
9:30am - 1:30pm
Shop Till you Drop at Premium Outlet Mall CANCELED, due to lack of interest
Cost: $22.00

Wednesday, August 2
8:30am - 4:30pm
Kennedy Space Center
Cost: Adult $71.00; Child (3 - 11) $61.50

Look for the CPS Tour Desk on-site in Orlando, located on Level III of the convention center near the Companions' Welcome Center.

Awards Ceremony and Reception

Monday, July 31 • 6:00pm - 7:30pm
AAPM Awards Ceremony
Valencia A, Convention Center

followed by a Reception in Valencia D
7:30pm - 8:30pm

Tickets are $14 per person. Please note that this ticket is included in some registration categories.

The American Association of Physicists in Medicine will honor AAPM award winners during a ceremony followed by a wine and cheese reception on Monday, July 31. The ceremony will take place in the Valencia Ballroom on Level IV of the Convention Center. Please remember your tickets.

Night Out

Tuesday, August 1 • 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Night Out
Universal CityWalk

Ticket prices are $56 ( 21 and over), $52 ( ages 10 - 20), $42 (ages 3 - 9) and free for children 2 and under.

The Universal CityWalk Block Party will include entertainment at five different venues during our own private block party. Pat O'Brien's will have dueling piano players; Bob Marley's will have a live Reggae band; CityJazz will feature jazz music; The Groove will play your favorite dance music; and the Latin Quarter will be our 'quiet' venue where you can chat with colleagues. Buffet tables will be set along the Promenade.

Please note: Each adult Night Out ticket will include 1 drink ticket, good for imported/domestic beer or a glass of wine. Once your ticket is used, cash will be accepted. Nonalcoholic drinks will not require a ticket from 6:00pm-9:00pm.

Beginning at 5:45pm, bus transportation will be provided from the convention center, Peabody, Rosen Centre, Rosen Plaza, Sheraton World, Embassy Suites and Hampton Inn. Homewood Suites guests are asked to use the buses from the convention center or the Embassy Suites for transportation. Please remember to bring your tickets as you board the bus. 

After 9:00pm Citywalk is open to the public.  Any guest who wishes to continue the party may either pay cover charges at the clubs, or purchase a Universal CityWalk party pass.  Last AAPM return bus leaves Citywalk at 10:00pm.  CityWalk is open until 2:00am.  Cabs are available at the Transportation Center until 2:00am.

Show Your Badge and Save at Universal Orlando® Resort

Universal Orlando ResortShow Your Badge and Save at Universal Orlando® Resort!

AAPM and Universal Orlando® Resort are offering meeting attendees an evening discount. After 5:30pm you can get an entire Universe of action, thrills and excitement for only $20 plus tax at Universal Orlando® Resort. That's two amazing theme parks, non-stop nightlife and more, all in one convenient location. Experience the action of the movies at Universal Studios®, and enjoy the all new Universal 360 – A Cinesphere Spectacular. Feel the rush of adrenaline at Universal’s Islands of Adventure®. There is plenty of casual and fine dining, dancing, movies and more at Universal CityWalk®. Theme Park Hours

Show your Badge and Save tickets are $20.00 plus tax and are valid for one (1) guest admission after 5:30pm admission to either Universal Studios Florida or Universal's Islands of Adventure. Offer and admission ticket is valid from July 29, 2006 through August 4, 2006. Tickets are only available for purchase at a Universal Orlando front gate ticket window. Limit of one (1) after 5:00pm ticket per each valid American Association of Physicists in Medicine Convention badge when accompanied by matching Photo ID. Offer not valid with any other specials, promotions, discounts or for separately ticketed special events. Prices, dates, times, attractions, and entertainment subject to change without notice. No rain checks, returns or refunds. Ticket does not include sales tax or parking. Free Parking after 6:00pm. Restrictions may apply. Offer subject to change without notice.

Exhibitor Sponsored Events

Links to Exhibitor Sponsored Events are posted here as a service to our exhibitors. There is no endorsement implied by AAPM.

Thomson Nielsen - Best Medical Canada 10th Annual MOSFET User Group Meeting
Tuesday, August 1, Rosen Plaza Hotel

Varian's Annual Eclipse and On-Board Imager Users Meeting
Saturday, July 29, The Peabody Orlando

Varian’s 2006 Annual AAPM Symposium
Sunday, July 30, The Peabody Orlando

Only companies officially exhibiting at AAPM '06 may submit event annoucements to be posted. To have a link to your event announcement posted here, send the url to Karen MacFarland.