SPA 35th Annual Meeting
October 8, 2021

FAQ

For ALL Attendees

What is the time zone for the SPA 35th Annual Meeting?
Pacific Standard Time (PST)

For In-Person Attendees

Meeting safely in San Diego is a priority for SPA and ASA.  ASA and SPA will follow CDC guidelines, laws, ordinances, and mandates in San Diego.  The state of California currently indicates there will not be any expected restrictions in place by October 8, 2021, the day of the SPA 35th Annual Meeting.

Please visit the California Department of Public Health website to stay updated on guidelines as we approach the SPA 35th Annual Meeting and ASA ANESTHESIOLOGY® 2021. 

How will I access my PBLD?
PBLDs will be offered VIRTUALLY only and will be hosted via Zoom meeting.  The Zoom link will NOT be emailed prior to or during the meeting but will be embedded in the Mobile Meeting Guide.  You will be able to access the Zoom link for your PBLD approximately 10 minutes prior to its start. The Zoom meeting links will only allow access to those who have registered for the activity.  These activities will not be available for on-demand viewing following the meeting.     

Will in-person attendees be able to watch the livestream of the sessions?
No, only those who register for the virtual option will have access to the meeting livestream. 

Will the sessions be recorded and available after the meeting?
Yes! Lectures will become available for on-demand viewing 3 – 5 business days following the conclusion of the live meeting.  Registrants will be notified by email when the on-demand links are available. 

How long will the on-demand links of the recorded lectures and live Q & A sessions be available? Indefinitely for meeting registrants.  See below for CME deadline.   

How and where will I claim CME?
Attendees are to claim CME only for the content they view. You will have 90 days from the conclusion of the live meeting to view content and claim CME credit.  The deadline to claim CME is January 6, 2022.   Access the evaluations through the tab in the Mobile Meeting Guide. Complete the evaluations for each session you view (live or on-demand), as well as general evaluation section. Once complete, you MUST review and SUBMIT your CME credits.

How can I ask the speaker a question?
While viewing the lectures, we encourage meeting attendees to use the “Ask the Speaker” feature. In-person attendees will access the Ask the Speaker function by clicking on the icon posted under the Session titles in the Mobile Meeting Guide.

How can I chat with other meeting attendees?      
Private messages can be sent and received through the Attendee's Corner in the Mobile Meeting Guide or you can chat with your fellow attendees via the Chat function during the sessions. 

For Virtual Attendees

What is the time zone for the SPA 35th Annual Meeting?
Pacific Standard Time (PST)

How do I view the livestream of the general session lectures?
You will not receive a Zoom link to view the session lectures.  In order to view the livestream of the lectures and the live Q&A, you must first log into the Mobile Meeting Guide with the email address you used to register for the meeting. After logging in, navigate to the Program & Syllabus and then select Program & Schedule from the dropdown menuTo view the video window, select the link that says, “View the Livestream”. Please be sure to log in early to familiarize yourself with the Mobile Meeting Guide and its features. Each session will start with a live introduction of the speakers followed by the livestream of the lectures. Each session will conclude with a live Q&A with the session speakers. NOTE: ONLY the virtual attendees will have access to view the livestream of the lectures.

When will the link for the livestream of the general session lectures be available?
The livestream link will be available just before the start of the sessions on the day(s) of the meeting.   NOTE:  All program times are Pacific Standard Time (PST).

How will I access my PBLD?
PBLDs will be offered VIRTUALLY only and will be hosted via Zoom meeting.  The Zoom link will NOT be emailed prior to or during the meeting but will be embedded in the Mobile Meeting Guide.  You will be able to access the Zoom link for your PBLD approximately 10 minutes prior to its start. The Zoom meeting links will only allow access to those who have registered for the activity.  These activities will not be available for on-demand viewing following the meeting.    

How do I increase the volume on the video stream?
There is a volume control in the bottom right of the video window.  Look for the blue bars.  You may also adjust the volume on your computer.  In the bottom right select the speaker and change your current speaker playback device. 

Will the sessions be recorded and available after the meeting?
Yes! Lectures will become available for on-demand viewing 3 – 5 business days following the conclusion of the live meeting.  Registrants will be notified by email when the on-demand links are available. 

How long will the on-demand links of the recorded lectures and live Q & A sessions be available? Indefinitely for meeting registrants.  See below for CME deadline.   

How and where will I claim CME?
Attendees are to claim CME only for the content they view. You will have 90 days from the conclusion of the live meeting to view content and claim CME credit.  The deadline to claim CME is January 6, 2022.   Access the evaluations through the tab in the Mobile Meeting Guide. Complete the evaluations for each session you view (live or on-demand), as well as general evaluation section. Once complete, you MUST review and SUBMIT your CME credits.

How can I best view the meeting?

NOTE:  the best browser for viewing the conference is Google Chrome. Also, While the meeting can be viewed on mobile phones and tablets, resolution may be lower and some functions may not be fully available.

  • Get Ready for the Meeting - Before the meeting begins, make sure you are comfortable in your home office space or where you will view the meeting.
  • Optimize your audio environment– Use headphones to minimize background noise. Considering investing in a pair of noise-cancelling headphones  to stay laser-focused on the meeting.
  • Check your Signal– Test your internet speed using an online testing application like Speedtest.net. A minimum of 10Mbps for download speed is recommended to view the meeting in higher resolution. Use a wired connection for optimum internet signal strength.
  • Minimize other devices using home WIFI – Understand that other devices slow your WIFI performance. Cell phones, tablets, SmartTVs and other computers can be attached to the home WIFI. Online gaming uses a great deal of bandwidth. 
  • Become familiar with the Mobile Meeting Guide (MMG)– Explore the different tabs in the MMG to assist on the meeting day. 
  • Plan your day - to maximize your experience – Breaks are part of the meeting schedule, plan ahead for meals and other possible distractions. 
  • Log in early on meeting day - to avoid missing the start of the meeting.
  • Contact the Help Desk - If you are having trouble accessing the MMG or the meeting – Our staff is available with registration help in advance of the meeting and technical assistance will be a click away on meeting days. 

How can I ask the speaker a question?
While viewing the lectures, we encourage meeting attendees to use the “Ask the Speaker” feature. You may submit questions as follows;

  • Open LIVE stream window to access the Ask the Speaker function for each session.
  • Submit your questions DURING the session – don’t wait for the Q&A!
  • Click “like” if you would like to “upvote” questions

How can I chat with other meeting attendees?      
Private messages can be sent and received through the Attendee's Corner in the Mobile Meeting Guide or you can chat with your fellow attendees via the Chat function during the sessions. 

 

NOTE:  FAQs subject to change and will be updated as necessary.  

 

All Program & Schedule Times are Pacific Standard Time (PST).