How to Avoid 3 Common Hotel Scams

How to Avoid 3 Common Hotel Scams

CREF’s primary purpose is to provide quality education, and recently we’ve learned that sometimes that means offering practical tips on how to keep our attendees, speakers, and exhibitors safe from hotel scams and credit-card fraud involving increasingly savvy hotel pirates, poachers, and front-desk impersonators.

1. Hotel Pirates

Here’s how this scam works: A fictitious business recruits aggressive salespeople via social media, creates a professional-looking website, names the business something like “Exhibitors Housing Services” or “Convention Hotel Services,” and then actively reaches out to faculty, exhibiting companies, or even attendees listed on a conference website. They then contact those individuals and explain that they are working with the conference organizer to secure hotel rooms and that rooms must be booked immediately due to low inventory. They charge the attendees’ credit cards but do not reserve rooms. 

To avoid falling victim to hotel pirates, follow these simple tips:

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CREF CME + CEU Totals Awarded

CREF CME Credit & CEUs for the Entire Cardiac OR Team

CREF CME credit and CEU credits have been awarded by the accredited organizations listed below. All CREF continuing-education includes Category 1 CME and CEU credits.

The American Board of Cardiovascular Perfusion and the California Board of Registered Nursing allot 44.1 Category 1 CEUs to perfusionists and nurses in attendance.

The Institute for Medical Studies designates this live activity for a maximum of 27.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™ for physiciansin attendance. The American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) accepts AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ from ACCME-accredited organizations.

For additional details, including daily CREF CME and CEU totals, visit our website. Continue reading “CREF CME + CEU Totals Awarded”

Swain Scholarship Winner Announced

Swain Scholarship Winner: Kali Begum RN BSN

CREF 2019 Mini-BrochureCongratulations to Kali Begum RN BSN, who has been selected from a pool of highly qualified applicants to receive the CREF 2019 Swain Scholarship. CREF Program Committee members award this scholarship to the top perfusion student or recent graduate.

Prior to entering perfusion school, Begum worked as a cardiothoracic ICU nurse. She is currently pursuing a Master of Science in Cardiovascular Perfusion degree from the Medical University of South Carolina and expects to graduate in May 2020. Begum will present the following original research at this year’s conference: “Is Goal-Directed Perfusion Using Lean Body Weight Predictive of Acute Kidney Injury? A Retrospective Review.”

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Preliminary CREF Brochure Ready to Download

CREF Brochure Gives a Snapshot of the CREF 2019 Experience

The CREF brochure is hot off our digital press, so have a look!

CREF Brochure 2019Click here or on the image at the left to see all that’s in store for you this October: an impressive lineup of internationally renowned speakers, scientific agenda, abstract submission guidelines, registration information, hotel details, accreditation information, San Diego highlights, and more.

You can download the CREF brochure to view on your own computer or also print a copy if you prefer. Continue reading “Preliminary CREF Brochure Ready to Download”

Free Hands-On Workshops at CREF

CREF Hands-On Workshops: A Feature of “Attendee-Choice” Afternoons

CREF hands-on workshops — a meeting highlight since 2006 — provide experiential education, a welcome break from PowerPoint presentations, and additional CEUs — at no added cost:

  • “[Workshops were] by far the best educational experience. Hands on great.”
  • “Another great meeting! I love the hands-on workshops.”
  • “I like that . . . [at CREF] there are hands-on things to do compared to other meetings.”

Offered during attendee-choice afternoons, workshops repeat so that participants may attend as many as they wish. Below are brief descriptions of three workshops offered this fall:

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Happy Perfusion Appreciation Week!

Join Us in Honoring Perfusionists Across the Globe
Vilmary ZambranoCREF is excited to celebrate Perfusion Appreciation Week, recognizing perfusionists the world over who play a crucial role in any successful cardiovascular surgical team.

A heartfelt thank you for your dedication to saving lives and helping people live and love longer.

Preliminary CREF Program Now Available

See What’s in Store for You This October
The CREF advance program is now available online at www.crefmeeting.com. View detailed information about our 39th annual symposium: Continue reading “Happy Perfusion Appreciation Week!”