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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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!”

Confirmed CREF 2019 Faculty Speakers

International Faculty Promote Quality Healthcare
Enhance your professional education by learning about the latest evidence-based practice recommendations from our 2019 faculty:

• Robert A. Baker PhD CCP(Aust) – Flinders Med Center
• Hilary P. Grocott MD – Univ of Manitoba; Duke Univ
• Serdar Gunaydin MD PhD – Ankara Numune
• Shahna L. Helmick CCP – Univ of Iowa
• Ashley B. Hodge MBA CCP FPP – Nationwide Children’s
• Robert S. Kramer MD FACS – Maine Medical Ctr
• C. David Mazer MD FRCPC – Univ of Toronto
• Richard F. Newland BSc CCP – Flinders Med Ctr
• Frank W. Sellke MD – Brown University
• Zachary M. Shinar MD – UC San Diego & USC
• Linda Shore-Lesserson MD – Montefiore Medical Center
• Alfred H. Stammers MSA CCP – SpecialtyCare, Inc.

The preliminary agenda will be available on our website soon. Follow us on social media to be the first to hear about our important announcements and special promotions! Continue reading “Confirmed CREF 2019 Faculty Speakers”

Happy Valentine’s Day from CREF!

Wishing you a day filled with an abundance of love.
And since it’s also American Heart Month, why not enjoy the opportunity to focus on your own big, generous heart for a moment? Listen closely to what it says—and then follow it! Happy Valentine’s Day from the CREF team to you and yours.

Two Keynote Speakers Announced

Hilary P. Grocott MD
Hilary P. Grocott MDDr. Hilary P. Grocott is Professor in the Departments of both Anesthesia & Perioperative Medicine and Surgery at University of Manitoba. He concurrently serves as Adjunct Professor of Anesthesiology at Duke University. Dr. Grocott’s primary research interest has focused on the impact of cardiopulmonary bypass on the brain. As Editor-in-Chief of the Canadian Journal of Anesthesia, Dr. Grocott oversees the annual peer review of more than 750 manuscripts in anesthesia, critical care, and pain medicine.

Linda Shore-Lesserson MD
Dr. Linda Shore-Lesserson serves as the Chief of Cardiothoracic Anesthesia, Professor of Anesthesiology, and Director of Cardiovascular Anesthesiology at Montefiore Medical Center in New York. Dr. Shore-Lesserson’s research interests include hemostasis and thrombosis as they relate to cardiovascular disease. She recently served as the lead author on an innovative joint STS / SCA / AmSECT study providing clinical practice guidelines on anticoagulation best practices for cardiopulmonary bypass surgery.

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View Our First Two Featured Speakers

Two Keynote Speakers Announced

Robert A. Baker PhD CCP(Aus)
Robert A. Baker PhD CCPProfessor Baker is Director of Cardiac Surgery Research & Perfusion at Flinders Medical Centre in South Australia. His research interests include blood management, practice improvement, data management, guidelines, neurocognitive effects of cardiac surgery, pharmacological interventions, postoperative outcomes, and quality-of-life outcomes. Professor Baker works locally, nationally, and internationally to achieve better outcomes for patients undergoing cardiac surgery.

Frank W. Sellke MD
Frank W. Sellke MDDr. Frank Sellke is the chief of cardiothoracic surgery at Rhode Island Hospital and The Miriam Hospital, and is Professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Brown University. His research interests include the regulation of microcirculation in health and disease, ischemic injury and inflammation during cardiac surgery, collateral vascular formation, and the use of growth factors and cell therapy to increase blood flow to ischemic tissue. Continue reading “View Our First Two Featured Speakers”

A Toast to You for a Happy New Year from CREF!

Wishing You Peace, Love, Joy, and Good Health
From all of us who work throughout the year to plan the Cardiothoracic Surgery Symposium, Happy New Year from CREF!

You’re invited to help us celebrate our 39th anniversary in October. Should auld acquaintance be forgot and never brought to mind, then come rub elbows with old friends, make some new ones, and share an unforgettable real-time experience with your colleagues in beautiful San Diego!

Top 10 Reasons to Attend CREF in 2019

Submit your request to attend CREF October 9 – 13, 2019, because you won’t want to miss these 10 highlights:

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