HCEA Top 50 Largest Medical Meetings Grow Professional Attendance by 3.2 Percent
The Healthcare Convention & Exhibitors Association (HCEA) released its list of the top 50 largest U.S. medical meetings held in 2011, and the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) regains the top spot for total reported attendance at 59,097. The Greater New York Dental Meeting (GNYDM) came in second for total reported attendance at 53,789; however, GNYDM ranks first for the largest medical meeting when ranked by professional attendance. Coming in a very close third was the FIME Show with 52,723 total attendees. American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) and Society for Neuroscience (SfN) round out the top five medical meetings with 31,800 and 31,500 total reported attendees, respectively.
Average reported professional attendance increased 3.2 percent from 2010, while average reported total attendance increased 2.2 percent, which suggests an uptick in the number of medical professionals deciding to attend these bellwether events.
The medical meetings represented in the HCEA Top 50 include both events that draw globally and nationally. The top five events (RSNA, GNYDM, FIME, ASCO and SfN) represent nearly a quarter of all attendance reported for the HCEA Top 50, demonstrating their size and scale.
HCEA published two lists this year, one ranked by total attendance and the other ranked by professional attendance. Total attendance is defined as all reported registrants at an event, including exhibitors, spouses and media. Professional attendance is defined as physicians, nurses and other medical professionals who are considered regular event attendees.
Both lists are available at www.hcea.org/research_top50.asp.
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