2019 Symposium Facts

1- Where is the 2019 OHDSI Symposium being held?

The Symposium is being held on Monday, September 16, 2019 at the Bethesda North Marriott Hotel & Conference Center.

2- What is the hotel’s address and phone number?

The Bethesda North Marriott is located at 5701 Marinelli Road, North Bethesda, MD 20852; Phone: (301) 822-9200, Reservations: (877) 212-5752.

3- Is there a fee to attend the Symposium?

No, symposium attendance is free. This year we also have a free registration with donation ticket.

4- How do I register for the Symposium?

Symposium Registration is scheduled to open on Friday, April 12.

5-How do I cancel or change my attendance at the Symposium?

After you register for the symposium, you will receive an Eventbrite email confirmation. That email will ask you to create an Eventbrite account. If you have an Eventbrite account and ordered a free registration ticket, you can log back in and change or cancel your registration.

If you ordered a free registration with donation ticket, please contact us at symposium@ohdsi.org. Donations cannot be refunded but we will cancel your symposium attendance.

6- How do I register for the tutorial workshops on Sunday, September 15 and/or Tuesday, September 17 at the Bethesda North Marriott? Is there a fee for the workshops and may I register for more than one workshop?

Tutorial registration is scheduled to open on Friday, May 17 .

The introductory tutorial workshops on Sunday, Sept. 15 will be free; the advanced tutorial workshops on Tuesday, Sept. 17 will have 2 options: 1) free and waitlisted or 2) paid and guaranteed.

7- How will I know if I am accepted to attend a tutorial ?

For the Introductory workshops, all seats are on a first-come, first-served basis. Once the maximum number of seats are met in the course, a waitlist option will be added. All participants will be notified via email by Monday, August 12, 2019 to confirm tutorial attendance.

For the Advanced workshops, if you paid for a tutorial workshop, you will be guaranteed a seat in the course. If you choose the free waitlist option, you will be be notified via email by Monday, August 12, 2019 to confirm your tutorial attendance.

8- If I am registered for a tutorial am I automatically registered for the Symposium on September 16?

No, Symposium and Tutorial registration are separate.

9- How do I submit my research/work for the collaborator showcase at the Symposium on September 16?

Please see the Collaborator Showcase and Submissions pages for showcase information:

Collaborator Showcase Page

Collaborator Showcase Submissions Page

10- How can I become a sponsor at the 2019 OHDSI Symposium?

Please contact us at symposium@ohdsi.org  for details.

11- Are there hotel rooms being offered at the Bethesda North Marriott for the Symposium?

There is currently no guest-room block being held at the hotel. Please call the hotel reservations number directly to inquire about guest-room rates and availability. We suggest that you call asap as September is a busy month and rooms will probably sell out.

12- Will meals be provided on Monday, Sept, 16, at the Symposium?

Lite breakfast items and lunch will be offered at the Symposium on Monday, Sept. 16, outside the Grand Ballroom. In addition, a reception will take place after the Symposium. Please check the agenda for details as we get closer to the event date.

13- Will there be a webcast of the Symposium?

No, there is no webcast of the symposium. The General Session and Tutorials will be available via video on our website two weeks after the symposium concludes.

14-How can I get directions to the hotel?

Please click here for Driving directions

15- Which airports are close to the Bethesda North Marriott hotel?

Washington Dulles International Airport – IAD     Airport Phone: +1 703 572 2700    Hotel direction: 25 miles NE

This hotel does not provide shuttle service.

  • Alternate transportation: Martin’s Sedan and Limo Service; fee: 75 USD (one way) ;reservation required
  • Bus service, fee: 14 USD  (one way)
  • Estimated taxi fare: 60 USD  (one way)

Visit IAD airport website   Driving directions

Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport – DCA  Airport Phone: +1 703 417 8000  Hotel direction: 23 miles NW

This hotel does not provide shuttle service.

  • Alternate transportation: Martin’s Sedan and Limo Service; fee: 65 USD (one way) ;reservation required
  • Subway service, fee:  6.9 USD  (one way)
  • Estimated taxi fare: 55 USD  (one way)

Visit DCA airport website   Driving directions

16- What other modes of transportation can I take to the Bethesda North Marriott Hotel?

Train Station

Bus Station

Subway Station

17- Is there parking at the Bethesda North Marriott Hotel? What amenities (such as fitness center, restaurants and room-service) does the Bethesda North Marriott hotel offer?

Yes. Parking for registered guests: $15 daily; Conference Center day guests: $2.50 hourly, max of $30 per day

Please refer to the hotel website below for any changes to their policies.

Please click on the button below for general hotel information.

Bethesda North Marriott Hotel Website

18- Can I rent a car near the Bethesda North  Marriott hotel?


Hertz1319 Rockville Pike

Rockville, MD 20852

Phone: +1 240-314-0640

19- Is there a FedEx Printing Store close to the Bethesda North Marriott hotel?

The closest FedEx office to the hotel is approx. 10 minutes away

FedEx Print and Ship: 12125 Rockville Pike ROCKVILLE, MD 20852; phone: (301) 881-6810

E-mail: usa1829@fedex.com

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