This year marks the 25th anniversary of WIMD/WPC– 25 years of inspiring, connecting and equipping women physicians and dentists. We invite you to come and help us celebrate this special occasion at our Annual WPC Conference in the beautiful and historic Renaissance Battle House Resort and Spa in the heart of downtown Mobile, Alabama.
We will be meeting at The Battle House Renaissance Hotel & Spa is the honored recipient of the 4 Diamond rating, and has a guest recommendation score of 95%. If you plan to come early or stay late, you can choose from one of three highly rated on-site restaurants or visit any of the restaurants in the downtown area. (Meals for conference attendees are included in your registration fee from the Thursday evening reception/dinner through Sunday breakfast.)
If you want to tie the conference to a relaxing cruise after, you have many options for cruises from the Cruise Terminal just a mile from the hotel. Or beach lovers can tag on a few days on Dauphin Island, which is at the entrance to Mobile Bay. Dauphin Island features stretches of white sandy beaches, 19th century Fort Gaines with original cannons and a blacksmith shop, a lighthouse, a ferry, and fishing charters. The Audubon Bird Sanctuary is located there with migrating birds as well as the Dauphin Isaland Sea Lab’s Estuarium which offers aquariums and a living marsh boardwalk. Dauphin Island is located 37 miles from Mobile.
For history buffs, the hotel stands on the site of an old military headquarters set up by Andrew Jackson during the war of 1812. Fresh from his victory at Horseshoe Bend, Jackson had arrived in Mobile to ward off invasion. When British forces made it clear they were headed toward New Orleans, Old Hickory marched to meet them from this hallowed spot. The hotel was built in 1852 and served as a hospital for Confederate soldiers during the Civil War. In 1860, Stephen A. Douglas stayed at the Battle House the night he lost the presidency to Abraham Lincoln. In 1905 the hotel was destroyed but rebuilt in 1908. More details on historic happenings at the hotel are available on the site www.historichotels.org.
A little more about Mobile from www.mobile.org:
“WELCOME TO MOBILE
Mobile has a certain magic that keeps you on your toes. Where a melting pot of people, flavors, cultures, and traditions become one voice to lead all of life’s celebrations. Join the jubilee and welcome every day with an enduring passion and a little soulful hospitality, because life is the ultimate gift. This is the spirit of living. This is what we’re born to do.
Funky, feisty and festive. Historic, hip and happening. Or colorful, cool and cultured. You can call this coastal town a lot of things when you have a vibrant 300-year history with lots of stories to tell and long-standing traditions celebrated on a regular basis. Once called the Paris of the South, Mobile has long been the cultural center of the Gulf Coast and you’ll find an authentic experience like nowhere else in the southern United States.
As the oldest city in Alabama, Mobile has a rich past spanning centuries. French, Spanish, British, Creole, Catholic, Greek and African legacies have influenced everything from architecture to cuisine, creating a miniature melting pot in the Port City. Brush up on your trivia at the History Museum of Mobile, explore the battlegrounds of Forts Morgan, Gaines and Condé, or simply walk the streets of historic downtown. What other place in the U.S. boasts a battleship, a black history trail complete with an Underground Railroad bike tour and a 200-year-old live oak named for a legendary American general? In addition to enriching institutions, such as the Mobile Carnival Museum and Mobile Medical Museum, a number of historic homes on the Bay boast guided tours. City tours are available just steps from our Welcome Center housed in the History Museum of Mobile, a block from the Mobile River.”
You can find out much more about mobile at www.mobile.org
Hope to see you in Mobile this September! For questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Full registration covers meals from Thursday evening through Sunday breakfast.
Hotel reservations are made by the individual and attendees receive a special WPC discounted room rate.
Early Bird Registration: Available on registrations received by Feb. 22, 2019.
Late Registrations: $100 late registration fee added after Aug. 22, 2019.
All Registration Closes: September 13, 2019 at midnight.
Cancellation Policy: if cancelled before Aug. 23, 2019, $50 cancellation fee. On or after Aug. 23, 2019, no refund.
Student Scholarships for the conference registration fee are available to currently enrolled medical and dental students. You can apply at this link: Scholarships. Our Resident and Student reps help students arrange shared housing to reduce lodging costs for the conference.
The Battle House Renaissance Mobile Hotel & Spa is located in the heart of downtown near an array of attractions such as the USS Alabama Battleship Memorial Park, Mobile Civic Center and Mobile Alabama Cruise Terminal. The hotel features a luxurious spa, complimentary wi-fi, plus bedding and room service. The hotel also features a rooftop pool and tennis court, a driving range and ping pong table, a fitness center, and is pet friendly.
Lodging choices include a King room, 2 Queens room, or a larger guest room with 1 King, is a corner room and has a balcony. We are excited that the confirmed room rates for WPC conference attendees is $135. This rate is good 3 days prior and 3 days post-conference. The complimentary registration link to receive the special WPC discount will be posted to this site by January 10.
Renaissance Battle House Hotel & Spa
26 North Royal Street
Mobile, Alabama 36602.
Toll-free reservations: 1-866-316-5957, request WPC discount.
Ellie Lofaro, Heart Mind & Soul Ministries;
David Stevens, MD, MA (Ethics)
CEO, Christian Medical & Dental Associations
Pre-conference CME workshops (pending approval): Thursday Noon-4:30.
Welcome Reception/Dinner Thursday evening. Workshops and plenaries on Friday, dinner & speaker Friday evening. Workshops Saturday until 1 p.m. Free time activities until 6:30. Banquet and Plenary Saturday evening.
Worship and communion Sunday morning.
All meals provided from Thursday evening through Sunday breakfast.
12 hours CME credits applied for, pending approval. $40 flat CME fee.
Special WPC hotel rates available for 3 days prior and 3 days post-conference for attendees.
Early Bird discounts rates on most registrations through Feb. 22, $100 off.
Student scholarships to conference available, apply through WPC website.