FAQ for Conference Attendees

The Physicians Committee

International Conference on Diabetes: Powerful Interventions to Address the Epidemic

Friday, July 18, and Saturday, July 19, 2014
9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Washington, D.C.


Frequently Asked Questions for Conference Attendees


Onsite Registration

Please check in downstairs on the Independence Ballroom level of the Grand Hyatt. You can receive your program booklet and confirm your attendance for continuing education credits at the registration desk which will be open at the following times: Thursday, July 17, 4-7 p.m. Friday, July 18, 7:30 a.m.-10 a.m.

Continuing Education Credits

In order to receive continuing education credits, you must visit the conference registration desk upon arrival and fill out an evaluation upon completion of the program. We will also have an online evaluation available after the conference. Physicians, nurses, and dietitians are accredited under this program. If you are outside of these professions, you are welcome to submit the certificate to your accrediting board for its consideration.

How do I get my certificate for continuing education credits?

You may turn in a hand-written evaluation at the end of the program or complete an online evaluation.

Speaker Presentations

Before the conference, we invite you to print or save the PDF presentations. During the conference, we will have a limited number of thumb drives available to upload the presentations of your choice during the conference. These will be located at the registration desk.

Are there going to be breakout sessions?

The entire program will be in the Independence Ballroom; there are no breakout sessions.

Will there be Q-and-A after each talk?

There will be a limited amount of time for questions and answers following each presentation. You will be welcomed to come to the microphone to ask your question as time allows.

Are you recording the program?

Yes, the program will be recorded and offered for viewing as individual webinars on the Physicians Committee’s continuing education site, NutritionCME.org. These will be available later this year, and we will notify all attendees.

Tell me more about the Friday evening reception?

The Friday evening reception will begin immediately after the last session on Friday. Over 15 posters will be presented and you will have the chance to network with other attendees and meet your local Certified Food for Life Instructors whom can help bring valuable nutrition information to your patients. Complimentary hors d'oeuvres will be served along with a cash bar. This reception is sponsored by Vitamix.

Saturday Morning Exercise

All attendees are invited to join renowned plant-based fitness expert, Lani Muelrath for an indoor exercise session on Saturday at 7 a.m. in the Constitution Ballroom. Wear comfortable clothes.

Transportation and Parking

For information on getting to the Grand Hyatt Washington from the airport or via car, click here. Parking is available at the hotel or at surrounding lots proximate to the hotel, click here for the details.


Included in your registration are two breakfasts and two lunches. Dinner is on your own; suggestions will be provided in your program booklet.


Please see the program schedule for scheduled breaks; there are two 15 minute breaks in addition to lunch.

What are the best options for dining out in Washington, D.C.?

Included in your program booklet will be a list of restaurants to consider for dining out. The hotel restaurant, Cure Bar & Bistro, will have a variety of plant-based meal options. For directions or reservations to local dining options, contact the Grand Hyatt hotel concierge.

What is the closest airport to the program?

The closest airport to the conference is Ronald Reagan National Airport located in Arlington, Va. Other area airports include Dulles International and Baltimore Washington International.

How do I get from the hotel to the airport or Amtrak station?

From National Airport, you can take the DC Metro Rail Blue Line to Metro Center station. Follow the 11th Street exit to the lobby of Grand Hyatt Washington hotel. Cost is about $3.50, per person, one-way depending on the time you ride. From Union Station Amtrak Station, you can take the DC Metro Rail Red Line to Metro Center and follow the 11th Street exit to the lobby of the hotel as stated above. Here are other options.

What is the Physicians Committee? Can I join?

The Physicians Committee is one of the sponsors of the International Conference on Diabetes and is a nonprofit headquartered in Washington, D.C. With more than 150,000 members, including 10,000 physicians, and many more health care professionals, we work to promote preventive medicine through good nutrition and encourage higher standards in ethics and effectiveness in research.

Become a member and lend your voice to this health care revolution. To join the Physicians Committee as a member during the conference, please visit our literature and membership table, and for $20, you will receive a special Physicians Committee Member conference ribbon, a membership certificate suitable for framing, subscription to our quarterly magazine, Good Medicine, breaking medical news alerts, and invitations to special events in your area. Contributions are tax-deductible.

You can also visit us online at PCRM.org to learn more about the Physicians Committee and become a member.


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Thanks to the following sponsors:



International Conference on Diabetes sponsor PharmedOUT.org

Treeline Treenut Cheese

Whole Foods Market Friendship Heights