Epic UGM 2018 Planning Guide

No your calendar isn't off:  Epic UGM 18 kicks off about a month earlier this year than previous years. The conference begins on August 27, 2018 and ends on August 30, 2018. Executives, directors, clinical staff, and others with a strategic focus in Epic are invited to attend this event in Verona, Wisconsin that attracts close to 20,000 people.

The theme of Epic UGM 2018 is “The Great Outdoors”, a tribute to the opportunity for attendees to survey the ever-changing landscape in healthcare.

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With thousands of people expected to attend Epic UGM 2018, it’s time to start planning before summer kicks into high gear. Last year was a blast and we know this year will be even better. Below is a list of key dates for the conference and tips from Vicki Davis, our Vice President of Epic Training and Optimization.

Epic UGM 2018 Key Dates

June 21        Conference registration opens

June 21        UGM hotel block registration begins

July 19         Last day for Early Bird Registration

July 24        Last day for Regular Reservation

July 26        Hotel reservation cancellation deadline for Madison Area Hotels

July 2           Hotel reservation cancellation for Wisconsin Dells Hotels

Aug 26         First-Time UGM Orientation

Aug 28         UGM Day Two: General Session, CEO Council, Executive Breakouts, Sessions

Aug 29         UGM Day Three: CEO Council, Executive Cybersecurity Forum, Sessions

Aug 30         UGM Day Four: Cybersecurity, Managed Care, and Pop Health Forums

Tips from an Expert Epic UGM Attendee

Our Vice President of Epic Training and Optimization, Vicki Davis, has attended several Epic UGMs. Here is her advice for first-time and returning attendees:

  • Review all of the lectures and plan your agenda beforehand. If you have packed your schedule with lots of back-to-back sessions, do some pruning. Leave yourself time to absorb the content, network with others, and see the amazing Epic campus.
  • Download the mobile app (Apple | Android) for a quick pocket guide to events and a helpful tool for finding your peers onsite.
  • Stay behind to speak to the participants and presenters of lectures. These will be some of your most valuable conversations!
  • Hydrate and pace yourself! It's summer, and you’ll be doing a lot of walking and talking so bring a reusable water bottle and wear comfortable shoes.
  • If it’s your first time, attend the Sunday orientation session. You’ll receive a ton of valuable information and tips from the Epic UGM staff.
  • If you're a physician, nurse or pharmacist, plan to log some valuable continuing education credits. More than 100 Epic UGM 18 sessions qualify for CME, CNE or CPE credits.

Do you have a helpful tip for getting the most out of Epic UGM 2018? Let us know in the comments or on Twitter at HITLeaders.