General information for LINNC Seminar 2018 - US Edition
What is LINNC Seminar?
LINNC Seminar 2018 in New York is the American meeting of the LINNC family of neuroradiology and neurosurgery courses.
Using pre-recorded cases specially chosen to illuminate the key issues in the specialty today, LINNC SEMINAR has been designed to encourage open discussions and debates on such topics as aneurysms, AVMs, management of complications, cerebral stroke and percutaneous techniques, among others.
Designed for smaller groups than the expansive LINNC course itself, LINNC SEMINAR offers an innovative and “one-on-one” opportunity for the exchange of ideas and clinical knowledge.
LINNC SEMINAR 2018 - US EDITION
March 16-17, 2018
New York Hilton Midtown
1335 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10019, USA
In support of improving patient care, this activity is planned and implemented by Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science, Live Interventional Neuroradiology & Neurosurgery Course (LINNC) and NEURI Brain Vascular Centre. Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.
The Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science designates this live activity for a maximum of 14.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
Your invitation letter for visa application will be available during the registration process.
Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA)
All eligible international travelers who wish to travel to the United States under the Visa Waiver Program must apply for authorization, preferably at least three days (or 72 hours) prior to travel to the United States.
Language: All documents used during the Seminar will be written in English.
Food: Participants are provided free of charge with food and beverages for coffee breaks and luncheons.
Wifi: Throughout the Seminar, a wifi service will be available free of charge to attendees.
Currency: The official currency in United States is the Dollar (US $).
Dialling Code: +1 (national), +212 (Manhattan), other boroughs have different codes
GMT: GMT/UTC -5 (Eastern Time)
Electricity: 110-120V AC, 60Hz, two-pin flat bladed pins are standard.
Health: No vaccinations are required for entry into United States.
New York Tourist Office: > New York City Tourism website
Arriving & Departing: New York City is served by three major airports, three smaller suburban airports, two major train stations and several interstate bus terminals.
Visitors can navigate from the airport to the city via public transportation, cabs, shuttle buses or car rentals. If you flew into JFK, a free and reliable service-desk can help you sort through the options and book ground transportation arrangements.
From JFK, use Airtrain ($5 per person, plus $1 if you need a new MetroCard) to get from terminals to subways or the Long Island Railroad. Airtrain’s Howard Beach line connects to the A train, which runs through Queens and Brooklyn before entering lower Manhattan; its Jamaica branch goes to Jamaica station, Queens, where you can connect to either the Long Island Railroad (LIRR) or the E or J/Z subway lines into Manhattan.
From Newark, Airtrain travels to NJ Transit Northeast corridor railroad line, which goes to Penn Station. For those on a tight budget (and not in a rush), use the PATH, aka the Hudson Tubes, formally known as the Port Authority Trans Hudson Lines. You will probably have to make subway or bus transfers so this option is time consuming (up to two hours of travel), but it only costs $4.75 total.
From LGA, the least expensive way (and often the fastest) to Manhattan is via the M60 bus, or the Q70 or Q48 buses. Basic fare is $2.50 per person. You will need to use coins or buy a MetroCard in advance of getting on the bus, because city buses do not accept bills. See this MTA webpage for bus and subway details for JFK and LGA. Metrocards are sold at LaGuardia Airport. The M60 stops at all terminals and at the Astoria Blvd Station of the N and Q trains in Queens before going along 125 St in Manhattan and stopping at four different subway lines in Manhattan. The others go for shorter distances to subway stations in Queens.
Note that the Q33, no longer goes to LGA; that service has been replaced by the Q70 Limited bus, which stops at "61 St.-Woodside Station" on the 7 and <7> express (as well as the Long Island Railroad), and at "74th St-Bway" (Queens) on the 7 local, which is the same station as "Roosevelt Avenue-Jackson Heights" on the E, F, M, R trains of the Queens Blvd. line. After those two station stops, the Q70 bus runs non-stop on a highway right into the Airport. Note that the Q70 does not stop at the Marine Air Terminal; but the Q47 from Jackson Hts and the Q48 from 111 St (Queens) on the 7 line still stop there.
To go from LGA to JFK, take the Q70 bus to the first stop off the airport. (Jackson Heights), take the Jamaica-bound E train to "Sutphin-JFK", and the JFK Air Train to the terminals (for a total price of $7.50).
*More public transit details listed below.
Official taxi lines are outside each of the terminals. From JFK or Newark to anywhere in Manhattan, taxis are fixed rates ($52.50 from JFK and $50 from Newark, plus tip and tolls). Taxis from LGA run on the meter so fares will be affected by heavy traffic; it usually costs $20-$25 to reach Upper or Mid Manhattan and $25-$30 to get to Lower Manhattan. You can find the current fare rate on the websites of NYC Taxi & Limousine Commission and Newark Airport .
If you decide to invest in a cab, only use official NYC Yellow Taxis from the taxi dispatcher or a pre-arranged car service. It is illegal for livery cars, Lincoln Town Car (“black car”) services or limousine drivers to solicit you at the terminals; these drivers run scams and will ask for more money once you arrive at your destination. However, booking a car service in advance (using a service like Dial7 or Groundlink) can add some convenience to your trip. Cars can be booked and paid in advance. You can also request that the driver meet you at baggage claim to help with luggage. If traveling solo or in a small group, a new online platform, " Cab With Me " allows New Yorkers to find other people nearby with whom they can share the taxi and save money.
JFK, La Guardia and Newark all have shared van rides into the city. It’s less expensive than a cab if you’re traveling alone, but it takes longer because you may need to stop at other hotels or addresses before arriving at your destination. From LGA or JFK, the Airport Express bus service goes to several locations for $13-$16 one-way. The NYC Airporter also provides shuttle service to and from LGA-Manhattan and to and from JFK-Manhattan for about $13.00 one-way. Be warned, GoAirlink Shuttle gets terrible reviews.
With heavy traffic and limited parking, NYC is not an easy place to drive, and if you rent a car, you’ll probably leave it parked in the lot. Unless you are planning extensive travel outside of New York City itself, renting a car is a waste of time and money.
If you do need a rental car for travel to areas that are not well served by public transit, use a general travel booking site that can compare rates from various car rental agencies.
Taking a train to a station outside of NYC and renting a car there can be more affordable and less stressful than picking up a car in NYC. The best options will depend on where you are ultimately traveling with the car, and whether you intend to return to NYC when you are through.