NEC Symposium

The NEC Symposium is made possible through a partnership between the NEC Society and Section of Pediatric Surgery at the University of Michigan, with support from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) and the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD). The Symposium will take place on the University of Michigan campus June 2 – 5, 2019.

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NEC Symposium

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Welcome, NEC Symposium exhibitors!

To learn more about exhibiting at the NEC Symposium, please review our exhibitor prospectus. 
To register as an exhibitor, please email Jennifer 


The NEC Society, in partnership with the Section of Pediatric Surgery at the University of Michigan, with support from the PCORI, is proud to announce the following updates. Please email Jennifer with any questions. 

The NEC Symposium follows an immensely successful NEC Society conference held in 2017 through a partnership with the University of California at Davis and support from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI). The 2017 NEC Symposium’s highlight reel showcases the meeting’s momentum and commitment to innovative solutions. The executive summary for the first NEC meeting in North America provides a concise overview of every session and key points that were presented at the 2017 meeting at UC Davis.


The NEC Symposium is certified as a Patients Included meeting. Visit the Patients Included website to learn more. Integrating patient-families throughout the NEC Society’s research, Symposium, and efforts is fundamental to our organization’s mission. 

The NEC Symposium chairs certify that the NEC Symposium meets the five Patients Included Conference Charter Clauses:

1. Patients or caregivers with experience relevant to the conference’s central theme actively participate in the design and planning of the event, including the selection of themes, topics, and speakers.

Jennifer Canvasser (founder and co-director of the NEC Society) and Erin Umberger (co-director of the NEC Society) are patient-families and co-chairs of the NEC Symposium, along with Dr. Samir Gadepalli (NEC Society advisor and pediatric surgeon at the University of Michigan). 

2. Patients or caregivers with experience of the issues addressed by the event participate in its delivery and appear in its physical audience.

Patient-families will serve as NEC Symposium co-chairs, faculty, panelists, and will participate in every aspect of the meeting. 

3. Travel and accommodation expenses for patients or carers participating in the advertised programme are paid in full, in advance. Scholarships are provided by the meeting organizers to allow patients or carers affected by the relevant issues to attend as delegates.

Travel scholarships will be provided to all patient-families who are serving as faculty or panelists at the NEC Symposium. Additional travel scholarships for patient-families attending the NEC Symposium will be made available as the budget allows. 

4. The disability requirements of participants are accommodated. All applicable sessions, breakouts, ancillary meetings, and other programme elements are open to patient delegates.

The NEC Symposium will be held on the University of Michigan campus and will be accessible to all participants. Specific accessibility needs or requests can be made through 

5. Access for virtual participants is facilitated, with free streaming video provided online, wherever possible.

The NEC Symposium will use the hashtag #NEC2019 and will post live meeting highlights and photos on social media before, during and after the Symposium. The NEC Society will publish videos of the faculty and sessions who agree to be recorded at the NEC Symposium. 

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the University of Michigan Medical School and the NEC Society. The University of Michigan Medical School is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The University of Michigan Medical School designates this live activity for a maximum of 24.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s).™ Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

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