Opportunity to Serve on ACI Alliance Conferences Program Committee
American Cochlear Implant Alliance will initiate a new process for development of the scientific program for our annual conferences beginning with CI2021 (April 28-May 1, 2021) in Dallas. Instead of selecting one institution to develop the program, we will form the ACI Alliance Conferences Program Committee comprised of 12 individuals drawn from institutions across the United States. Conferences Committee members will serve a three year term.
A New Format: Conferences Program Committee
Since convening its first CI conference in 2013, conferences organized by American Cochlear Implant Alliance have alternated between collaborations with university partners to determine the conference program and conferences organized and planned programmatically by the ACI Alliance Board of Directors. After the upcoming international conference in March 2020 (a collaboration with the University of North Carolina), we will move to a format in which a program committee is selected through an application process to guide the development of the conference scientific program. This will provide opportunities for wide-ranging members to contribute to our conferences. Our Conferences Program Committee will be: geographically broad; include representatives of wide-ranging institutions; and incorporate diversity of training and knowledge (i.e., clinicians across the care continuum, educators, and scientists).
Locations Selected First to Ensure Efficiency and Geographic Balance
We believe that the new conference organizing method will allow us to competitively select locations and venues that best serve the logistical and economic needs of our conferences. It will also allow us to better respond to member requests to hold the conference in more geographically dispersed locations. The new Conference Program Committee members will serve for three years and then rotate off, permitting continuity in committee membership while encouraging participation of new individuals in program planning. ACI Alliance staff will continue to oversee conference management, allowing for continuous improvement of the meeting.
All Conferences to Cover Pediatric and Adult Content
Another change in future CI conferences is to include pediatric and adult content in all of our meetings. In prior years, the pediatric CI meeting was held every other year. CI2019 was the last pediatric only conference. Given that adults comprise the largest number of new recipients and an increasing number of clinicians wish to focus on cochlear implantation and implantable bone conduction devices in adults and children, there is strong interest in the organization providing tracks for age specific topics. With the rapid rate of change in the field and concerns related to how to manage the growing number of new recipients (along with the installed base of patients who must be cared for over their life-time), our conference interests have expanded to include research to practice topics related to serving this population in a challenging healthcare environment. Additionally, we have been asked that our conferences more intensively explore (re)habilitation in children and adults who receive cochlear implants at our conferences. At the upcoming CI2020 International conference, a special symposium will be held to focus on pediatric habilitation and education of children who are deaf and hard of hearing. The session Data to Delivery: Implementing Research-Based Intervention will be held on Friday afternoon with attendance limited to CI conference attendees.
Application to Serve (Closed at this time)
If you wish to apply to serve on the ACI Alliance Conferences Program Committee, please complete the application below by October 10, 2019. Those individuals selected to serve are required to attend the upcoming CI2020 International Symposium in Orlando to observe and participate in the conference and be part of an initial in-person committee meeting. We also expect that Committee members will attend ACI Alliance CI conferences for the three years in which they serve on the committee. There are no other travel requirements. Our work will be conducted electronically and by telephone conference calls.