Your CREF Registration

Your CREF conference registration includes the following:

  • Conference materials
  • Registration for hands-on workshops
  • Continental breakfast each day
  • No-host Welcome Reception in the Exhibit Hall  Wednesday evening
  • Lunch in the Exhibit Hall on Thursday
  • Morning and afternoon coffee breaks each day
  • Admission to all industry-hosted events
  • A 5K/10K Fun-Run on Sunday morning

CME and CEU Credit Procedures

All registered attendees will receive CME or CEU credit, or both, equal to the number of hours they attend. To obtain continuing-education credit, attendees must (1) show photo identification when they check in at the registration desk and (2) sign in once each day.

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How to Register for CREF: 4 Easy Steps

Safely and conveniently register for CREF online:

  1. Click the “Register for CREF” sidebar button or this registration link, which will open the CREF 2021 registration portal.
  2. Once there, follow the instructions provided. You will have the option to add another registrant before providing payment information.
  3. You may pay by American Express, MasterCard, Visa, Discover, or check. To pay by check, simply mark the “pay by check” button on the payment page, and submit your registration, and mail your check to the CREF office.
  4. After completing your CREF registration, you will receive a confirmation by email. Later, if you need to print, modify, or check your registration for any reason, simply log in using your email address and account password.

CREF Registration Fees

The table below shows the CREF registration fees for advanced-practice providers, nurses, perfusionists, industry professionals, residents, students, and guests.

NOTE: you may use only one discount per registration, and discounts may not be combined.

Group Discount

If three or more colleagues from the same hospital or medical center register together, each will receive a 10% registration discount to attend CREF 2021.

Guest Registration

Guest registration is available only for an individual who accompanies a full-conference attendee with a legitimate professional interest in the course content. The guest's registration fee is applied to that person's food or beverage costs, permitting him or her to attend CREF-sponsored social functions, meals, or coffee breaks.

Because of strict AdvaMed, ACCME, MedTech Europe, and Physician Payments Sunshine Act / Open Payments regulations, guest registration may not include:

  1. Participation in medical education designed for healthcare professionals (HCPs)
  2. Certification of continuing-education credit (CME or CEU)
  3. Attendance at industry-sponsored gatherings

Refund Options

Conference registration refunds for the 40th Annual Cardiothoracic Surgery Symposium will be given only if written (emailed) notice is received by September 1, 2021.

No refunds will be given after September 1, 2021. 

When you register for CREF 2021, you agree to abide by the terms and conditions imposed with respect to your conference registration.

Cancellation Terms

The Cardiothoracic Research & Education Forum ("CREF") is not responsible for airfare, hotel, or other costs incurred by participants in the event of program or registration cancellation.

In the event that the 40th Cardiothoracic Surgery Symposium is abbreviated or canceled because of circumstances beyond the control of CREF, including, but not limited to, civil disturbance, earthquake, electrical outage, explosion, fire, freight embargo, strike or labor unrest, flood, hurricane, tornado, or other acts of God, an act of war, terrorism, or the act of any government (de facto or de jure), or any government agency or official, CREF reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to unilaterally terminate the conference. In these circumstances, the registrant expressly agrees to waive any claim that he, she, or it may have against CREF for damages or compensation, including, but not limited to, fees for housing, airfare, and/or incidental charges.

ADA Accommodation

In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, we will make every reasonable effort to accommodate your needs. For special requests, please contact CREF by August 1, 2021.

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