CREF 2020 Perfusion Meeting and Cardiac Surgery Conference Host City San Diego, California

The CREF Planning Committee has decided to reschedule our 40th anniversary meeting to next year, September 22 – 26, 2021. It will be held at the same venue, the Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina, and in the same meeting space.

Why Reschedule CREF?

Rescheduling instead of cancelling CREF 2020 is our most responsible and financially viable option. Here’s why:

  1. Safety remains our top priority, and we want to do everything we can to ensure that all of our participants stay safe.
  2. Many registered attendees have requested cancellations because their hospitals are not permitting them to travel until next year.
  3. As we recently learned, in California’s four-stage timeline to reopen, conferences like CREF fall under the final “Stage 4” category. Governor Newsom will allow them to convene only after treatments or a vaccine have been developed, which is unlikely before Labor Day.

Given the above, among other reasons, our Planning Committee believes that rescheduling CREF and postponing the meeting to next year is the right thing to do.

Options for Registered Attendees

All individuals who have paid in full for their CREF 2020 registration may choose to either transfer their registration to the rescheduled CREF 2021 meeting or receive a full refund. If this applies to you, contact CREF on or before July 1 to indicate which option you prefer.

Anyone who has not responded by July 1 will automatically be registered for the CREF 2021 meeting, and standard cancellation terms (see registration confirmation email) will apply.

Options for Registered Exhibitors

Deposit Paid: Companies that have paid for a 2020 exhibit may choose to either transfer their booth fee to the rescheduled CREF 2021 meeting, which will hold their current (or another available) location in the exhibit hall, or request a full refund. If this applies to your company, contact CREF on or before July 1 to indicate which option you prefer.

Companies that have not responded by July 1 will automatically be registered for the 2021 meeting, and standard cancellation terms (refer to contract) will apply after that date.

Deposit Outstanding: Companies that have submitted an application but not paid a deposit may choose to either release the hold on their space or submit a 50% deposit by June 1, which will forward their booth fee to the rescheduled CREF 2021 meeting and hold their current location (or another available) in the exhibit hall. The remaining balance will be due in 2021. If this applies to your company, contact CREF on or before June 1 to indicate which option you prefer.

Companies that have not responded by June 1 will need to reapply to exhibit at CREF 2021, and standard cancellation terms (refer to contract) will apply.

Webinars for CEUs

CREF is preparing to offer webinars for CEUs this fall, and anyone who has subscribed to our monthly newsletter will receive information about that as soon as we have some details to share.

Recertification Points

If you’re a perfusionist who needs points for recertification in 2021, consider appealing to the American Board of Cardiovascular Perfusion to request an extension. That would allow you to attend the rescheduled CREF meeting in fall 2021 and submit your points by December 31. Check the ABCP website for details.

Thank You!

On behalf of the entire CREF team, thank you for your support. We are all disappointed to have to postpone the meeting to next year. We look forward to seeing you in fall 2021, when we hope to celebrate not only the 40th anniversary of CREF but also the end of this pandemic and the beginning of an economic recovery!