Updated for The Liver Meeting® 2017
It’s natural to feel overwhelmed the first time you attend The Liver Meeting®. The meeting program is packed with overlapping sessions and the convention center is packed with thousands of people. I wish someone had written a guide for beginners for my first Liver Meeting®, so I wrote one for you. After you read this, you’ll know where to begin and you’ll start to see The Liver Meeting® not only as the premiere place to learn about the latest advances in liver disease, but also the place to learn some of the basics, network with your peers, and meet new people.
Plan your schedule in advance. There is no single Liver Meeting® for everyone. The meeting is designed to have many things happening at once because attendees have varying interests. There will inevitably be simultaneous sessions that you want to attend and you’ll have to make choices. But if you can’t decide or don’t want to, take a look at the suggested schedule in Table 1. The best part of this schedule is there is nothing overlapping. Consider this your starting point. If you don’t want to make any more choices, go with this schedule and I promise you won’t go wrong. For more tips, see Table 2.
Don’t miss Trainee Day. This is a day of events programmed just for you (see Table 1). You’re going to want to go to these sessions.
Build time in your schedule to do nothing. You will need to take a break once in a while, to network, meet up with friends or just relax and take in all you’re learning.
Build your network and have fun. It may be hard to believe at your first Liver Meeting®, but the world of hepatology is relatively small. Networking at this meeting is as critical to your career as learning about the latest research. Make an effort to meet new people, including your peers and AASLD leaders. These are people you will see again and again at future meetings, on the interview trail and throughout your career. The connections you make at this meeting can open doors and lead to significant opportunities, and can also lead to strong, lasting friendships. Take time to nurture these new relationships.
The following events are great opportunities for networking at The Liver Meeting®:
- Trainee Reception: Friday, October 20, 7:00 – 9:00 pm, Marriott Marquis Rooms University of DC & Catholic University
- Opening Reception: Saturday, October 21, 5:00 – 7:30 pm, Exhibit Hall D
AASLD Members’ Reception: Sunday, October 22, 7:30 – 11:00 pm, Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History
Table 1. The Ultimate Resident/Fellow’s Schedule for The Liver Meeting® 2017.
|Friday, October 20 – TRAINEE DAY|
|9:00 am – 12:00 pm||Convention Center Room 151||Clinical Research Workshop
“The Art of Translation: From Bench to Bedside”
|3:00 – 5:00 pm||Convention Center Room 152||Career Development Workshop
Learn about options for hepatology training and career tracks. Obtain practical advice from experts about interviews and contract negotiation.
|5:15 – 7:00 pm||Convention Center Room 151||Academic Debates
This is not to be missed! Watch hepatology fellows debate controversial topics in a fun and stimulating session. Expert panelists will keep the debate teams on their toes, but this year the audience will decide the winners!
|7:00 – 9:00 pm||Marriott Marquis Rooms: University of DC & Catholic University||Trainee Reception
Meet members of the AASLD Governing Board and other leaders and trainees at a reception just for you.
|Saturday, October 21|
|8:00 am – 5:15 pm||Convention Center Ballroom||Postgraduate Course
“21st Century Hepatology: Translating Discoveries into Practice” (additional fee required)
|5:00 – 7:30 pm||Exhibit Hall D||Opening Reception / Exhibits Open|
|Sunday, October 22|
|8:00 – 9:30 am||Convention Center Ballroom||Liver Transplant Plenary I|
|9:30 – 10:00 am||Convention Center Ballroom||Thomas E. Starzl Transplant Surgery State-of-the-Art Lecture
“Equity in Access to Organ Allocation”
Speaker: John R. Lake, MD, FAASLD
|10:30 am – 12:00 pm||Convention Center Ballroom||Transplant Plenary II|
|1:00 – 3:00 pm||Convention Center Room 202||Value-based Medicine in Hepatology
The Business Case for Value-based Care
|3:00 – 4:30 pm||Convention Center Ballroom||General Hepatology Update|
|4:30 – 4:45 pm||Convention Center Ballroom||Presidential Address|
|5:00 – 7:00 pm||Convention Center Room 145||Transplant Hepatology Fellowship Workshop
Get updates and learn about challenges facing transplant hepatology fellowships. New this year: this workshop has something for fellows, prospective fellows, and program directors.
|7:30 – 11:00 pm||Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History||AASLD Members’ Reception|
|Monday, October 23|
|8:00 – 9:30 am||Convention Center Ballroom||Presidential Plenary (Clinical)|
|9:30 – 10:00 am||Convention Center Ballroom||Award Presentations for Distinguished Service and Achievement|
|10:00 – 10:30 am||Convention Center Ballroom||Hyman J. Zimmerman Hepatotoxicity State-of-the-Art Lecture
“Assessing DILI Risk in the Life-cycle of Drugs & Biologics: A Challenge for Regulatory Science”
Speaker: Mark I. Avigan, MD
|10:30 am – 12:00 pm||Convention Center Room 202||Emerging Trends Symposium
“Frailty, Sarcopenia and Cirrhosis/Liver Transplant and Interventions to Reverse Frailty”
|2:00 – 2:30 pm||Convention Center Ballroom||Hans Popper Basic Science State-of-the-Art Lecture
“Gut Microbiota and Liver”
Speaker: Bernd Schnabl, MD
|2:30 – 4:30 pm||Convention Center Ballroom||Late-breaking Abstract Session I & Recognition Ceremony|
|4:45 – 6:15 pm||Convention Center Ballroom||Hepatitis C SIG
HCV 2017 Treatment Symposium
|Tuesday, October 24|
|8:00 – 9:00 am||Convention Center Ballroom||Late-breaking Abstract Session II|
|9:00 – 10:30 am||Convention Center Ballroom||Presidential Plenary (Viral Hepatitis)|
|10:30 – 11:00 am||Convention Center Ballroom||Leon Schiff State-of-the-Art Lecture
“Acute on Chronic Liver Failure”
Speaker: Patrick S. Kamath, MD, DM, MBBS
|11:30 am – 12:00 pm||Convention Center Ballroom||Hepatitis Debrief
Speaker: Paul Y. Kwo, MD, FAASLD
|12:00 – 12:30 pm||Convention Center Ballroom||NAFLD Debrief
Speaker: Kimberly Watt, MD
|12:30 – 1:00 pm||Convention Center Ballroom||Clinical Hepatology Debrief
Speaker: Kris V. Kowdley, MD, FAASLD
Table 2. Tips for Your First Time at The Liver Meeting®.
|Start with the schedule in Table 1. You won’t go wrong if you attend most of these sessions.|
|If you have more time, review the program (https://aasld.org/livermeeting)before the meeting and highlight your can’t-miss sessions. Create an itinerary for yourself before the meeting but don’t be afraid to deviate from it as you go.|
|The Liver Transplant Plenaries and Presidential Plenaries are oral presentations of the best abstracts submitted.|
|The various State-of-the-Art lectures are usually thought-provoking talks by speakers at the top of their field.|
|Parallel sessions feature 10-minute research presentations that run concurrently and are grouped by scientific topic. You can usually count on the parallel sessions running on time, so if you want to hear specific abstract presentations, feel free to come and go as you please. There is no obligation to stay for an entire parallel session just to hear one abstract of interest.|
|Poster sessions are organized by topic and different topics are presented on different days, so plan in advance so you don’t miss a topic or poster that’s important to you. Poster presenters will be at their posters for a 1.5-hour window during each poster session (specific times are listed in the program).|
|Prioritize sessions held in the Convention Center Ballroom – there’s a reason those sessions have been scheduled in the biggest room.|
|Popular topics are usually assigned larger rooms but can still quickly become full. Get there early if there’s a talk you absolutely don’t want to miss.|
|For your first time, don’t try to go to a lot of the parallel sessions. Prioritize the larger format and more general sessions (see Table 1).|
|If you have a particular research interest, attend those abstract sessions early and introduce yourself to the moderators, or seek out related posters and introduce yourself to the presenters and ask them about their project.|
|Most sessions are taped and will be available on LiverLearning (https://liverlearning.aasld.org)
(AASLD’s online learning library) after the meeting. If you miss something, or you just want to review what you’ve heard, you will most likely be able to find it later. All abstracts are available in the meeting app and the ePosters will also be available on LiverLearning after the meeting.