Scoliosis Research Society presents

FAQs

GENERAL

What is IMAST?

The 29th IMAST is a in person and web-based meeting experience that provides a scientific forum for leading spine surgeons, innovative researchers, and the most advanced spine technologies from around the world to come together to demonstrate recent advances in spine surgery. The program includes both live and self-paced enduring material and focuses on innovative and new methods/techniques for spinal pathology. Educational content includes didactic presentations, papers on current research, e-posters, case discussions, debates, instructional course lectures, and video demonstrations all lead by a multidisciplinary and international faculty.

What is appropriate attire for IMAST?

Business casual attire (collared shirts, and jeans or khakis) is appropriate for IMAST sessions.

Who can attend IMAST?

IMAST invites those who include spinal surgery techniques or technology in their profession, including spine surgeons (both orthopedic and neurological surgeons), residents, fellows, nurses, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, engineers, and company personnel.

What language is spoken at IMAST?

Presentations and meeting materials will be provided in English.

Where is IMAST 2022?

The 29th IMAST will be held at the InterContinental Miami, Miami, FL, USA

What does it mean to be a hybrid meeting?

The 29th IMAST will be a hybrid event which includes both an in-person program live from the InterContinental Miami as well as a virtual component where delegates are able to enjoy IMAST from the comfort of their home or office.


COVID-19

What are the COVID-19 safety protocols in place for this meeting?

To ensure the safety and well-being of attendees at the 29th IMAST, SRS is taking necessary precautions and will be following all local and state guidelines.

We recommend that only those who have received and completed their vaccinations for COVID-19 should consider attending the meeting in-person. We encourage anyone planning to attend IMAST in-person to review the Considerations for Attending IMAST In-Person.


REGISTRATION

How do I register for IMAST?

Registration for the 29th IMAST will open on December 15, 2022. Registering during the Advanced Registration period is encouraged. Please view the Registration Page for registration options and rates.

How long will registration be open?

Advanced registration for the in-person meeting will close on March 24, 2022 (on-site registrations will be available beginning April 6, 2022). Virtual-only registration will be open throughout the duration of virtual meeting access, closing on June 30, 2022.

What is included in my Registration?

In-Person Registration

In-person registration includes onsite access to IMAST in Miami, Florida, USA and access to the virtual meeting platform. 

Virtual Only Registration 

Virtual only registration includes access to IMAST content being streamed live from the meeting allowing offsite attendees to experience many of the meeting elements in real time. The live broadcasting will provide an engaging and interactive experience similar to that enjoyed by the attendees physically present at the venue. If you are not able to coordinate times with the live sessions taking place in Eastern Time, recordings of the sessions will be made available on-demand after the event for all IMAST delegates. Virtual only registration will remain open through the online access cut-off date of December 31, 2022. After December 31, the virtual meeting platform will close and delegates will no longer be able to access the IMAST content. 

How do I receive the reduced resident/fellow/medical student registration rate?

To register as a resident, fellow or medical student you will need to select "Other" when you are asked what is your specialty/practice during the online registration process. Selecting "Other" will allow you to receive the reduced resident/fellow/medical student registration rate.

How do I receive the Reduced Rate Country Registration rate?

Click here to view a list of countries that qualify for reduced rate registration.

Individuals residing in the countries listed at the link above qualify for reduced registration rates. When registering online, delegates will automatically be placed in the correct registration class based on the details collected during sign-in process.

Can I pay for my registration by Wire Transfer?

Please contact SRS at meetings@srs.org for more information on payment options.

How do I register multiple people to IMAST?

For information on registering a group of five (5) individuals or more, please email SRS at meetings@srs.org

How do I obtain an invitation letter to attend IMAST in-person?

Only participants registered for the in-person meeting can obtain a personal invitation letter. Individuals that require an invitation letter to obtain a visa in order to attend the meeting must:

  1. Register for the in-person meeting.
  2. Request a Letter of Invitation by emailing the information below to the SRS Meetings Team at meetings@srs.org.
    • Full Name and Designation
    • Company/Institution
    • Address
    • City
    • Country
    • Passport Number (only if required)

SRS cannot assist participants with the visa application process and cannot intervene with embassies or consulates on behalf of participants. The letter of invitation does not financially obligate the Scoliosis Research Society in any way. Please see the Travel page for more information on invitation letters to obtain a visa.

What is the meeting registration cancellation and refund policy?

Full refunds, less a 10% processing fee, will be granted for the cancellation of in-person or virtual only meeting registration, if received in writing within 48-hours from the time of registration. After 48-hours, in-person registration may only be reduced to virtual only registration and virtual only registration is non-refundable and non-transferable. If you wish to change your in-person registration to virtual only registration, SRS will grant a full refund, less the difference of the virtual only registration rate. No refunds will be granted after March 14, 2022. Cancellation and refund requests should be sent in writing via email to meetings@srs.org or faxed to 414-276-3349. Delegates will receive a confirmation and refund within 14 days of receipt of their cancellation notice.


HOUSING

Where is the headquarters Hotel?

The headquarters hotel and meeting venue is the InterContinental Miami, located at 100 Chopin Plaza, Miami, FL, USA 33131

Where do I reserve housing? What is the room rate?

Please visit the Housing tab of this website for information about the headquarter hotel, room rates, and to reserve a room within the SRS hotel block.


CME & MEMBERSHIP

How do I get my CME Certificate

To claim CME and download attendance certificates, go to the CME webpage and sign in with your last (family) name and your SRS ID#. You will need to indicate the sessions you attended and then a PDF certificate will be generated for you to download and print. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Does virtual attendance count towards my SRS Membership meeting attendance requirement?

Yes, participation in the virtual IMAST will count towards your SRS Membership meeting attendance requirement.


VIRTUAL MEETING ACCESS

How do I access the Virtual Meeting?

  1. Click here.
  2. Select "I have an account on the SRS website", enter your username and password, and click "Continue" to proceed.
  3. Under "My Courses" select 29th IMAST virtual offering. If you do not see 29th IMAST listed under "My Courses", please see the registration page for instructions on how to complete your registration.

Once you enter the virtual meeting, you will be greeted with the Welcome Widget for a quick introduction on how to navigate the online meeting portal. If you have questions on how to navigate the online meeting portal, please contact the SRS Education team at education@srs.org.


AFFILIATE MEETING SPACE

All affiliate function requests need to be submitted online. Click here for the online Affiliate Space Request Form.

Once approved, SRS will handle all space requests on a first-come, first-served basis. All requests must go through the online approval process before space will be granted.

Please remember the following guidelines when requesting space for an affiliate function:

  • No entertainment functions, meetings, courses or social functions involving surgeon delegates may be scheduled to conflict with SRS meeting program hours, activity hours, exhibit hours or social events. Internal corporate meetings involving supporter or affiliate organization staff only are exempt from this limitation.
  • Entertainment and social functions must be in good taste and conform to the purpose of the meeting, as well as complying with all AdvaMed guidelines governing interaction with physicians.
  • SRS should be notified in writing of any special activities (whether entertainment, education or promotional in nature) planned by an affiliated company for the period during which SRS meeting function occur.
  • Announcements and invitations addressed to members of the medical profession concerning such industry events should clearly indicate the name of the corporate support and must in no manner imply directly or indirectly that the event is part of, or an official activity of, SRS.
  • Attendee lists provided by SRS to Corporate Supporters, either as part of the Benefits of Support outlined in the Corporate Support Program are intended for a one-time, meeting-related use only.  All announcements and invitations addressed to SRS meeting delegates should be pre-approved by SRS.
  • Company is responsible for ordering F&B and/or AV needs for affiliate space. Company is responsible for all expenses and billing will be handled directly between the company and hotel.

STILL HAVE QUESTIONS?

Contact:

Scoliosis Research Society
Meetings Department
555 E. Wells Street, Suite 1100
Milwaukee, WI 53202
Phone: +1-414-289-9107
Fax: +1-414-276-3349
Email: meetings@srs.org