Special Events & Programs

Companion Program

Cost: $290 on or before March 18, 2019; $340 after March 18 and on site in Boston

The Companion Program offers activities designed to encourage connecting with others, seeing old friends and making new ones. In addition to a complimentary ticket to the Welcome Reception and to the President’s Reception and Banquet, the Companion Program includes exclusive access to a Companion Hospitality Suite Monday through Wednesday, 8:00 – 10:00 a.m. A continental breakfast will be served each day (a $45/day value!) and a professional concierge will be on hand to assist companions with making plans in the Boston area. Registered companions must present their badge for admittance.

Benjy Brooks Society Meeting 

Date: Sunday, May 19
Time: 9:00 - 11:00 a.m.; social 9:00 - 10:00 a.m., brunch 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. 
Location: Grand Ballroom Salons H-J, 4th Fl
Cost: $65 USD per person; brunch is included

Discuss issues that women are currently facing in the pediatric surgery arena and talk about the society’s future. All are welcome.

APSA Welcome Reception

Date: Sunday, May 19
Time: 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Location: 3rd and 4th Floors
Cost: One ticket is included in each APSA 50th Anniversary Meeting full and companion registration. Additional tickets are $75 USD per person and are available during registration and on site in Boston.

Get ready for a "Taste of Boston" New England clambake! The buffet dinner will also include non-seafood items if that's not your cup of tea. It's a great opportunity to expand your network and catch up with colleagues you may only see a few times a year and use this time to expand your network. 

John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum Tour

Date: Tuesday, May 21
Time: 2:00 - 5:30 p.m.
Location: John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum
Cost: $30 USD per person and includes private luxury motor coach transportation, admission, self-guided tour, boxed lunch and refreshments.
NOTE: due to the popularity of this event pre-registration is required.
A Visit to the John F. Kennedy Library — a Moving Celebration of the Leadership and Legacy of John F. Kennedy 

APSA is proud to present to meeting attendees and their family members a visit to the JFK Library during the free afternoon in the meeting schedule. This trip to one of the most-visited sites in Boston includes private luxury motor coach transportation, admission, self-guided tour and boxed lunch. The cost for APSA meeting attendees and their family members is $30 per person, which is a 60% discount.  

At the JFK Library & Museum you will view a 17-minute film introducing John F Kennedy, “the candidate,” and browse the self-guided exhibits of John F. Kennedy, “the President.” In the museum you will enter the recreated world of the Kennedy Presidency for a first-hand experience of John F. Kennedy’s life, legacy and leadership. See events of the 1960’s through President Kennedy’s eyes and narrated in his voice; relive the time during the Kennedy Presidential Campaign, the Kennedy & Nixon debates, the Kennedy Presidency and the Cuban Missile Crisis; and experience his optimism and wit and be inspired by the hope and idealism that captivated America.

Stop the Bleed Community Outreach

Date: Tuesday, May 21

stop the bleedThe APSA Trauma Committee, in partnership with APSNA and Boston Children's Hospital, will provide “Stop the Bleed” training for the Boston Public School nurses during their continuing education time. Fittingly, this day falls between the day of the Boston Marathon bombing, April 15, and National Stop the Bleed Day, May 23. The heart of “Stop the Bleed” training is to equip all people to become immediate responders in the face of life-threatening bleeding. Our APSA Stop the Bleed Instructor Training Video incorporates the story of a school nurse who used this training for a student with major bleeding. School nurses are a crucial group to bring these interventions to injured children, and we are privileged to provide this training to them. We desire all interested APSA members to become “Stop the Bleed” instructors and take this training home to school nurses and others in their communities. 

Residents Reception

Date: Monday, May 20
Time: 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.
Location: Regis, 3rd Fl
Cost: Complimentary for general surgery residents, fellows and students attending the APSA 50th Anniversary Meeting

Build your network and get insider knowledge on the pediatric surgery field. Interact with current fellows, program directors and pediatric surgeons who are active in both academic and private practice. For the first time, we will have a panel of representatives from across the country and Canada, who will discuss pediatric surgery and how it relates to fellowships. After, you will have the opportunity to talk one-on-one with panel members to learn more about the presented topics. Light refreshments will be served.

Panel members include Jeffery S. Upperman, MD, Children's Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA); William Middlesworth, MD, Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital of NewYork-Presbyterian; Sanjay Krishnaswami, MD, Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU); Brad W. Warner, MD, St. Louis Children's Hospital; Nicole M. Chandler, MD, Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital; and Robert J. Baird, MSc, MDCM, British Columbia Children's Hospital.

President's Reception and Banquet

Date: Wednesday, May 22
Time: 6:00 - 11:00 p.m.
Location:  Reception is in the Grand Ballroom Foyer, 4th Fl and the Banquet is in Grand Ballroom A-F, 4th Floor
Cost: One ticket is included in each APSA 50th Anniversary Meeting full and companion registration. Additional tickets are $150 USD per person and are available during registration and on site in Boston.

Celebrate your profession and honor the year's award recipients. Attendees will savor a wonderful dinner customized by the Marriott Boston Copley Place chef especially for the President’s Banquet. Then get your groove on with dance hits from local favorites Soul of Boston.  

Your ticket includes dinner and limited complimentary wine service during dinner.