EMBRAACE Statement

As you are aware, the World Health Organization declared on January 31, 2020, the coronavirus constitutes a “public health emergency of international concern.” The confirmed cases in the DC metro area led the mayor of DC to declare a state of emergency on March 11, 2020 and the Washington DC Department of Health has issued an emergency rulemaking prohibiting mass gathering. Similarly, President Trump declared a nationwide state of emergency on March 13, 2020. On Sunday, March 15, 2020, the Centers for Disease Control issued a recommendation that events of more than 50 people scheduled over the next 8 weeks be cancelled or postponed.

In consideration of these declarations, Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and World Health Organization (WHO) information, and numerous travel restrictions issued by companies and medical institutions, the Executive Committee of the AACE Board of Directors has made the difficult, but necessary and responsible decision to comply with the CDC recommendation and cancel EMBRAACE 2020, the AACE 29th Annual Scientific & Clinical Congress, scheduled to take place May 6 through 10 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.

Protecting the health, safety and well-being of our members, attendees and ultimately their patients is paramount. Many of our members and attendees are on the frontline of care for those who are at highest risk, and they are most needed in their communities at this time.

Unfortunately, postponement is not an option because of the event size and the limited number of cities with the availability to accommodate us. Neither do we anticipate a near-term solution to contain the spread of COVID-19.

All registrations and in-block hotel reservations for EMBRAACE 2020 will be cancelled and you can expect to receive a full refund of fees paid. Please see this FAQ for further details on cancellations.

Preparing for the meeting involves the time, talent and creativity of a great many of our physician volunteers, speakers, exhibitors and event partners. We are incredibly grateful for this and deeply disappointed not to be able to hold the meeting as planned.

We share your disappointment and sincerely thank you for your understanding of this very difficult decision. AACE remains committed to delivering state of the art education. Be on the lookout for new learning opportunities in the future.

If you have further questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us by the methods below:

Sincerely,

Sandra L. Weber, MD, FACP, FACE
AACE President