Frequently Asked Questions
Why is the 2020 State of the Science cancelled?
After closely monitoring updates and recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), World Health Organization (WHO), state and local governments, and following travel advisories and restrictions, the AAHPM Board of Directors have decided to cancel the 2020 State of the Science due to COVID-19.
Will the State of the Science be postponed until a later date or rescheduled?
We are currently looking into a future date for the State of the Science in 2021 or 2022.
Will any sesssions be made virtually?
Depending on the capacity and availability of presenters, AAHPM plans to record and provide the opening plenary session and oral sessions on demand. In addition, posters and abstracts will be accessible in an e-gallery in May.
All abstracts from the 2020 State of the Science will be published in the July 2020 issue of the Journal of Pain and Symptom Management.
Will attendees and exhibitors be refunded by AAHPM for hotel and airline costs?
You will need to cancel your hotel reservations immediately. AAHPM will not be able to reimburse you for your travel expenses. We suggest you contact your airline and request a refund. If they are unwilling to grant a full refund, they may be willing to reschedule you for another flight in the future.
Will registration and exhibit fees be refunded?
We expect to issue all refunds within the next 60-90 days and will let you know if we need any additional information. Please be patient as we process more than 300 refunds for attendees, exhibitors, and supporting partners.
Can I apply my refund to a future AAHPM meeting or event?
No, it is our policy to refund registration fees when an event is cancelled. You will need to register separately for future AAHPM events.
If I wanted to support AAHPM with a donation or donate back my registration fee, how can I do that?
Thank you for your support and thoughtfulness. Although we cannot transfer your registration fee to a donation fund, you can make a donation directly to AAHPM.
I was scheduled to present at the State of the Science. Does the cancellation of the meeting mean I can no longer list my presentation on my resume or CV?
In discussion with several leaders in the academic community, it is their opinion it is acceptable to include your presentation or poster on your CV and note the conference was cancelled. You are also advised to inquire with your own division/department leadership if you are up for promotion soon.
Sample listing: Presentation/poster title, indicate accepted (alternatively invited if asked to present), developed, scheduled to be delivered on ___ (date) yet not delivered due to reason (conference cancellation/travel restriction reason)