Program chair Jesse Fann, MD, MPH, FACLP, and executive program chair Jane Walker, MBCHB, PhD, report on plans for CLP 2020 in Phoenix.
We are delighted to invite you to join us at CLP 2020, the Academy’s 67th annual meeting, which will be held at the Arizona Grand Resort & Spa, Phoenix, Arizona, from November 11 to 14, 2020.
We will celebrate the steady growth of the Academy and the progress that our members have made in advancing the integration of psychiatry into medical care. Our theme this year both celebrates that progress and challenges us to think how we can do even better for our patients.
Along with Michael Sharpe, MD, FACLP, our president, and our subcommittee chairs, we are developing a stimulating and thought-provoking meeting program that will include both submitted papers, symposia, and workshops and carefully selected invited speakers. We are aiming for a program that will appeal to both new and more seasoned attendees.
The meeting will start on Wednesday, November 11, with preconference Essentials and Skills courses. Then, after three more days of presentations, interactive sessions, and special events, we will end with a big party on the evening of Saturday, November 14.
We know that connecting and networking with friends and colleagues, both old and new, is one of the most important features of the meeting. We have planned ample time and activities for doing this, including breaks outdoors to take in the spectacular sunshine and scenery.
The Arizona Grand is a beautiful resort, located only 10 minutes from the airport. We will use every opportunity to take advantage of the beautiful outdoor spaces that the meeting venue offers.
All the hotel guest rooms are suites, each of which includes a bedroom and separate living area. There is a huge gym and fitness area, a lane pool, and no fewer than five other heated swimming pools. The resort also has an amazing golf course and an excellent spa, as well as three great restaurants.
For those of you who are feeling more energetic, morning runs, hiking, and mountain biking (local rental is available) offer unforgettable experiences in this amazing setting. The awesome South Mountain desert preserve is only a few minutes’ walk away and linked by a tunnel to the resort grounds.
As well as enjoying the warmth and beauty of the Southwestern desert you will be able to visit sites in the city of Phoenix, a cosmopolitan city with outstanding restaurants and shopping. There are great local activities nearby (most only 20 minutes by car) for CLP 2020 attendees and their families—for example, take time to hike Camelback Mountain, explore the Desert Botanical Garden, or visit the Heard Museum of American Native Art. Slightly further afield, consider a trip to the Sedona Red Rock Country, or the Grand Canyon.
We will be keeping you up to date of the meeting plans as they evolve. Please check up on developments by visiting our CLP 2020 website here.
We also look forward to receiving your abstract submissions which are now open.
See you in Phoenix!