54th Congress

Important Dates

  • Dec 11–12
    Asthma Educator Certification Preparation Course
  • Dec 12
    Noninvasive Ventilation Course
  • Dec 13–16
    Respiratory Care 2008, the 54th AARC International Respiratory Congress

News & Updates

  • The popular Asthma Educator Certification Preparation Course is being offered in Anaheim on Dec 11–12 preceding the Congress.
  • Check out these scenes from Congress 2007
  • Audio recordings are available from Congress 2007. Presentations are available on CD or mp3 download.



Respiratory Care 2008 Attendee Information

Combine a sunny, beautiful location with the best in continuing respiratory education and you’ll find yourself at Respiratory Care 2008. This year we’ll be in the heart of southern California in Anaheim/Orange County aka “The OC”. And this year the AARC Congress continues its reputation as the best four days in respiratory care. With expert speakers presenting today’s hottest issues and the largest respiratory care exhibit hall in the world, you’ll find what you’re looking for in education, innovation, peer-to-peer networking and the latest technology all geared specifically for respiratory care professionals. Plus there are a variety of onsite activities and resources such as the Sputum Bowl competition, AARC Store, 5K, Welcome Party, and much more. Join your colleagues from across the country and around the world who are actively seeking increased knowledge and new ideas to meet their personal and professional career goals. Join us at Respiratory Care 2008 and make it your best four days of the year.

For scenes and news from last year’s event, see the 2007 Gazette and last year’s Congress program.

P.S. If you’re new to the profession or this annual event and want to see if the Congress is right for you, here are some things to consider.

Why Should You Attend?

Gain All the CRCEs You Need

Extend your professional knowledge and earn all the CRCEs you need for licensing in one 4-day event. Choose from more than 250 programs in every area of respiratory care presented by leaders in the field, names that you know. If you’re an earlybird, breakfast sessions provide even more credits. And you can maximize your travel investment, too, with the pre-Congress Asthma Educator Preparation Course.

Learn From the Latest Research

Hear original research during 18 RESPIRATORY CARE OPEN FORUM sessions as practitioners present results of their scientific studies. Sessions are offered daily over the 4 days of Congress, with similarly focused abstracts combined into separate symposia and interactive discussion encouraged. Posters expand the information being presented. Together these 300+ abstracts will cover management, asthma, COPD, ventilation, bench studies, rehabilitation, smoking cessation, home care, sleep apnea, education, neonatal/pediatrics, and more.

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Discover the Latest in Products, Services and Trends

This is your one-stop opportunity to evaluate and compare all the products, services and solutions that are most important to you in the largest respiratory care exhibit hall in the world. Everyone who’s anyone in the field will be there, ready to demonstrate the latest advances and answer your questions. It’s a “buying show,” too, so you can even purchase products and take advantage of onsite exhibitor promotions.

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Network with Colleagues and Peers

Nowhere else will you find more of your peers assembled for an educational event than at the AARC Congress. Connect with respiratory therapists, managers and educators who face the same challenges you do. Benefit from sharing your real-world experiences.

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Meet the “Who’s Who” in Respiratory Care

Come face-to-face with speakers, authors and other influential people in the profession. The names you know will definitely be there.

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Explore Alternate Career Paths

Attend a section meeting to find out what’s going in your chosen specialty or investigate other specialties. Visit other meetings like the breakfast symposiums. Review new research. Network with others who have made the leap from direct care to management or education.

Look for Employment Opportunities

If you’re a student or recent graduate, this is a perfect place to connect with respiratory care practitioners from all over the country who may have exactly the right spot for you.

All Work and No Play? Not in the OC.

Turn your trip to the AARC International Respiratory Congress in Orange County into a getaway or an ultimate vacation. Whether arriving before or extending your stay around the Congress, you will find plenty to do in the area. Sample the diverse flavors of California cuisine. Stir things up after dark at trendy nightlife hotspots, lively downtown districts, popular ultra lounges, or the Disney resorts. Explore the exciting and beautiful beaches. Shop at fashion-forward centers and boutiques. Relax and unwind in the comfort of an award-winning spa. Shoot for par at amazing championship golf courses. Whatever you choose, make your visit all work, but even more play.

Enjoy It All at an Event Loaded with Events

By now, you know this annual respiratory care meeting is loaded with education, new research, exhibits and more that will specifically enhance your professional knowledge. But if you step outside the usual sessions you’ll find even more…premier keynote speakers…the Sputum Bowl competition…orientation for first time attendees…free breakfast sessions…and social activities that give you plenty of time to greet old friends and make new ones.

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Get Inspired with Fresh Ideas

Anyone who’s ever attended Congress will tell you it’s an excellent opportunity to learn and network. But what you’ll also hear is that it’s something else, something special. It’s the largest, most focused gathering of respiratory care professionals in the world. And that makes it the perfect forum for sharing ideas and gathering feedback on the issues that are most important to you. It’s the place to meet people from other places who do the same job, but can inspire you with their own perspectives.

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Experience Our Growing International Presence

The AARC International Respiratory Congress is the largest event in the world dedicated to the field of respiratory care. Attendees come from around the globe—40 nations were represented last year—to learn, share information, and discover best practices that can be used in their home countries. Be a part of this exceptional event as we continue to expand globally.

Capture the Professional Spirit

Come see the Congress excitement for yourself and renew your energy and enthusiasm as you interact with others who share your love for the profession. Learn from the educational sessions, explore the exhibits, and enjoy all the social events, too. The spirit at this meeting is contagious…catch it, take it home and spread it around!

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Call for Abstracts

Submit your ideas and research for presentation at the RESPIRATORY CARE OPEN FORUM this December during the AARC Congress in Anaheim. With our online submission format, you’ll be strolling down Easy Street. Be sure to act soon—the deadline is June 1, 2008.


Make Respiratory Care 2008 your perfect destination this year. Register online now and save! Early bird registration rates are available until April 30, 2008 whether you register online or download a printable registration form and mail it.

Maximize your investment of travel and time by coming early for the Asthma Educator Certification Preparation Course on December 11–12. See the AARC Meetings page for the latest information.

The Program

The AARC Congress offers 4 days of concurrent educational sessions—over 250 sessions that touch every area of respiratory care. Tailor your agenda to fit your personal goals and earn all the CRCEs you’ll need for licensing in one event! The detailed Advance Program is due out later this year. But watch this spot for a list of topics to be posted in the future.

Other activities and events on the schedule include:

  • 3-day Exhibit Hall
  • Breakfast Symposia for the earlybirds
  • Sputum Bowl Competition
  • Specialty Sections meetings
  • Welcome Party
  • Educator Academy
  • Awards Ceremony
  • 5K Fun Run & Walk
  • Orientation for 1st time attendees
  • Agency Updates (AARC, ARCF, CoARC and NBRC)

Maximize your investment of travel and time by coming early for the Asthma Educator Certification Preparation Course on December 11–12. See the AARC Meetings page for the latest information.

Want More?

For scenes and news from last year’s event, see the 2007 Gazette and last year’s Congress program.

Anaheim/Orange County—It’s So California!

In the center of Southern California, Anaheim/Orange County is the center of fun, the center of attraction, the center of style, the center of attention, and the center of the AARC International Respiratory Congress. All eyes will be on Orange County this December when the Congress hits town. In addition to the Congress, the OC has even more to offer travelers. Visit http://www.anaheimoc.org/AARC for more destination information.

Site Information

The Anaheim Convention Center is the site of all official Congress lectures, exhibits, and social functions. This beautiful facility, transformed in 2001, is the cornerstone of the Anaheim Resort District, located near all the major entertainment venues. Just footsteps away is the new Anaheim GardenWalk featuring cool shops, great restaurants and trendy entertainment. And there’s a visitor shuttle system for easy access, too. Under sunny or starry skies, this is the place to be!

Anaheim Convention Center
800 W. Katella Avenue
Anaheim, CA 92802, USA
Phone: 714-765-8950

Travel Information

Discounts may be obtained only through these web sites and toll free numbers. Discounts are available for AARC Congress attendees, family members and friends.

American Airlines

Congress attendees are eligible for a discount of 5% off the lowest applicable fare with American Airlines. Reservations can be made online at www.aa.com by entering A46D8AA in the Promotion Code box. There is no booking fee online. You can also call, or have your travel agent call, American Airlines Meeting Services at 800-433-1790 between 6:00 am and 12:00 midnight Central Time daily. Refer to Authorization A46D8AA. Reservations for the hearing and speech impaired are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, at 800-543-1586. Receive the discount and earn AAdvantage® miles for your trip at the same time. The discount is available for travel to these Anaheim area airports: Los Angeles International (LAX), Ontario International Airport (ONT), and Orange County/John Wayne Airport (SNA).

Budget Rent A Car

Budget Rent A Car is offering discounted rates for Congress attendees. Reservations can be booked online at www.budget.com or by calling toll free 800-772-3773. Reference the Convention Discount #U064639. You will receive the lowest Budget retail rate or the AARC meeting discount rate, whichever is lower.

Exhibitor List

Thanks for taking an early look at the largest respiratory care exhibit hall in the industry. This year’s list is still in the works, but a look back at the 2007 exhibitors tells the story. Major exhibitors listed will be back in 2008 to provide a face-to-face look at the newest products, services and trends in respiratory care.

Want More?

For scenes and news from last year’s event, see the 2007 Gazette and last year’s Congress program.


All photos courtesy of Anaheim/Orange County Visitor & Convention Bureau