Conference History: A Snapshot

Rochester, New York – June 9-11, 2017

  • Conference Chairs: Scott Smith & Kathy Miraglia
  • Theme: “Forging Pathways to Health Care Careers”
  • Attendees: 273
  • Volunteers: 31
  • Exhibitors: 8
  • Breakout lunch hosts: 12
  • Committee members: 14
  • Location: National Technical Institute for the Deaf at the Rochester Institute of Technology
  • International attendees:
    • Canada 6
    • Japan 3
    • Uruguay 2
    • Germany 2
    • Finland 1
  • Notes: Expanded the conference student scholarship program – eight awarded. Donated stethoscope raffle resulted in four stethoscopes given away. First conference to offer four tracks over three days. RIT developed a conference app.

Ann Arbor, Michigan – May 15-17, 2015

  • Conference Chair: Philip Zazove, with co-chairs Mike McKee, Mel Whalen, Christa Moran, West Resendes, & Julie Dearing
  • Theme: “The Team: Working Collaboratively”
  • Attendees: 150
  • Volunteers: 15
  • Exhibitors: 10
  • Location: University of Michigan Medical campus, Towsley Center
  • International attendees: six from Canada, one each from Japan and Germany.
  • Notes: Piloted the use of the Clinical Simulation Lab. First conference to offer student scholarships – four awarded. Continued the success of the three-day, three-track program.

Austin, Texas – April 5-7, 2013

  • Conference Chairs: Christopher Moreland & Sarah Bannon
  • Theme: “Diversifying the Future”
  • Attendees: 121
  • Volunteers: 20
  • Exhibitors: 14
  • Location: Texas School for the Deaf campus
  • International attendees: six from Canada.
  • Notes: Brought back the three-track program and expanded conference to three days. First conference to turn a profit. First conference with 3 keynote presentations, including an educator/employer perspective. Collaborated with the Texas School for the Deaf and Austin Deaf communities to provide support for the conference.

Portland, Oregon – August 6-7, 2011

  • Conference Chairs: Candie Corriher & Brian Hartman
  • Attendees: 80
  • Exhibitors: 17
  • Location: Portland Marriott City Center
  • International attendees: two from Canada, one each from Australia and New Zealand.
  • Notes: Largest number of exhibitors to date.

Salt Lake City, Utah – April 12, 2008

  • Conference Chairs: Wendy Eastman, Melody Fico, & Amy Bennett
  • Theme: “Building Professional Relationships and Good Communication”
  • Attendees: 100
  • Volunteers: 20
  • Exhibitors: 7
  • Location: University of Utah Medical School campus
  • Notes: Joint conference with AMPHL & UTRID. Piloted the use of three-track program and introduced a track for interpreters.

Washington, D.C. – September 10-11, 2005

  • Conference Chair: Kim Dodge
  • Attendees: 104
  • Exhibitors: 8
  • Location: Gallaudet University campus
  • Notes: Attendance doubled from previous conferences. Increase in international attendees (Israel, Japan, Sweden, Ireland, and the United Kingdom).

Miamisburg, Ohio – July 20-21, 2002

  • Conference Chairs: Kim Dodge & Danielle Rastetter
  • Attendees: 54
  • Exhibitors: 8
  • Location: Holiday Inn
  • Notes: First conference with exhibitors. First international attendees (Canada, New Zealand).

Cherry Hill, New Jersey – June 23, 2001

  • Conference Chairs: Kim Dodge & Danielle Rastetter
  • Attendees: 60
  • Location: Holiday Inn
  • Notes: Loaner stethoscopes donated from all stethoscope companies for attendees to test out.