Mark your calendar for our 2020 Virtual Patient Summits!
FSR has made the decision to transition our in-person Patient Education Summits to be Virtual Summits. This decision was made due to the ongoing challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic in order to be proactive about the health and comfort of our community. While we are saddened to be unable to host in-person events to connect our community, we’re thrilled with the tools available to make virtual gatherings a meaningful experience in these challenging times. Additionally, the transition of our Patient Education Summits to virtual events will further increase accessibility for those who would otherwise be unable to travel to attend an event in person.
FSR’s planned Patient Education Summits will be replaced with two day-long online education events:
Tuesday, September 22, 2020
8AM – 5PM CST
Apply for a September Summit Fee Waiver Request
Saturday, November 14, 2020
8AM – 5PM CST
Apply for a November Summit Fee Waiver
These summits are designed to implement the changes that conference attendees of the past have reported wanting to see at future events. Some additions include more presentations from expert physicians and researchers, as well as lectures and exercises in lifestyle, emotional well-being, legal and financial matters, and FSR resources. Patients will be able to choose which presentations to attend based on which are the most relevant to their lives. There will also be a self-care station and ample opportunities for attendees to relax and recharge between sessions. We’re excited for the ability the summit format will allow to cater to each attendee’s individual needs and interests!
2020 will also include an expansion in the number of locations at which in-person education programs will be available through a “Sarcoidosis Patient Seminar in a Box” program. This new opportunity will be offered to engaged volunteers and well-established sarcoidosis clinics through a competitive grant process, increasing the quantity and geographic accessibility of in-person educational events.