RSNA 2018 Checklist: Preparing for the year’s largest radiology convention

November 6, 2018

The biggest mistake you can make when attending RSNA is to not be prepared for the constant amount of information headed your way and to stroll about with a lack of direction. You may be interested in a multitude of topics and have a long list of things you want to do, but the McCormick Center is large (spanning multiple city blocks) so becoming overwhelmed is very common. But rest easy, we have you covered! Follow our checklist and you won’t go home disappointed!

Make a schedule

The RSNA program is already online and it’s never too early to look at what who will be there and what talks are worth your time. There are thousands of conversations happening and you will hard pressed to decide on anything at the convention when so many talks are occurring simultaneously. For instance there will be 327 events for Musculoskeletal Radiology, 356 events for Neuroradiology, 205 events for Breast imaging and interventional radiology, and 143 events for Artificial Intelligence: just to name a few. This is why it’s so important to pour over the schedule in advance and make sure that you know the exact talks you want to listen to and vendors you want to see as well as where they are located.  You certainly don’t want to spend all your time wandering idly through the convention hall. It’s even a great idea to map out your visits to vendors that are nearby each other during the same timeframe so you’re not constantly walking the halls from end to end.

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Pre-book demos

Pre-booking demos from vendors you are interested in is important. You can read all about it in our recent blog post 5 Tips to Best Plan Out Your RSNA 2018 Exhibitor Hall Visit. Hundreds of vendors will be trying to get your attention all at once. With so much information bombardment it is easy to get distracted by advertising gimmicks rather than focusing on valuable content. Pre-booking will ensure that you get the dedicated time that you deserve and have your questions answered to your satisfaction without being interrupted.


Know when to relax and when to network

After being hit with so much information it is nice to take a breather and stroll through some of the educational posters or even grab a bite to eat. If you feel yourself becoming fatigued by the sheer scale of the convention, you can always visit one of the subspecialty areas to mingle with likeminded individuals and network. It’s important that you bring  more business cards for this event than you might think necessary as RSNA is a valuable place for contact exchange.

Rank topics for backup plans

It’s not uncommon to believe that you will be interested in a talk based on the title but then quickly realize that the information being presented is not actually what you thought you were going to hear. If this occurs, you should plan to join another information session so that you can get the most out of your schedule. Look for nearby events so that you are always in the same part of the convention center at the same time so it won’t be an issue if you have to quickly find another topic to jump into.

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