I’m happy to report that ACEP14 in Chicago broke our all-time attendance record. The total four-day registration number was an astounding 6,590, easily surpassing the mark of 6,224 at ACEP13 in Seattle. What’s more important is the positive feedback we received from members who attended the conference and reported that the experience was top-notch, from the educational sessions to the Exhibit Hall to the networking to the closing and opening parties.
Besides setting a record for attendance, we also set new records for our exhibits. Last year, we had 370 companies that offered a look at their latest emergency medicine products and services. This year, we had 406. innovatED, part of the Exhibit Hall experience, continues to be very popular. When we launched this interactive emergency department space, we had 35 companies that participated. This year, we had 55.
Something new this year was having a ticketless course entry system. Registering for specific courses was not required this year, and seating was on a first-come, first-served basis. Many other organizations do it this way, and we believe the vast majority of our members found it more convenient. We welcome your feedback.