The Congress of Future Medical Leaders Overnight Program FAQs
June 26-28, 2024 | Lowell, MA
What is the Overnight Program?
The Overnight Program is an optional add-on for Delegates traveling alone that includes hotel accommodations, breakfast, and ground travel for the duration of the Congress of Future Medical Leaders. The Overnight Program is not available to parents.
When should I arrive?
Plan your travel so that you arrive in Boston at either Boston Logan International Airport or Amtrak’s Boston South Train Station between 8:00 AM and 4:00 PM on Wednesday, June 26, 2024. This will allow you enough time to travel to the UMass Lowell campus and check in before the Congress begins.
When should I depart?
Plan on taking a flight or train that departs on Saturday, June 29th, 2024 between the hours of 6:00 AM and 5:00 PM.
What do I do after I arrive at the Airport or Train Station? How do I get to UMass Lowell?
After you arrive, you’ll check in with our on-site team. Our team will be positioned in a specific area inside the terminal from 6:00 AM. We’ll provide instructions to you on how to find them closer to your travel day. From here, our team will help you board a bus to The Tsongas Center. Buses depart beginning at 9:00 AM and ending at 5:00 PM, ensuring that you get to the Congress on time.
If your plane or train arrives before 9AM on Wednesday, June 26th, you will need to wait with our team for the first bus. If you do not check in with our on-site transportation team by 5:00 PM to board the last bus, we will arrange separate transportation for you via UBER at your expense (min. $50). For this reason, you should plan to arrive between 8:00 AM and 4:00 PM to limit inconvenience.
What happens after I get to the Tsongas Center?
Upon arrival, you will head over to the Overnight Program check-in desk, which will be set up near the entrance to the Tsongas Center. At that location, you will pick up your Congress Badge, and drop your baggage.
What do I do with my baggage upon arrival on night one?
Upon arrival at the Tsongas Center on June 26, you will drop off your bags at the Overnight Program check-in desk. In exchange for dropping your bags, you will receive a claim ticket. Keep this ticket on you at all times! We will store your baggage securely while you enjoy the Congress on opening night. You’ll give the ticket back to our team to receive your bags after the Congress ends before you board the bus. This bag check service is complimentary. Ensure that your bags are clearly labeled with your name and phone number.
Where will I stay?
You will enjoy modern, clean hotel accommodations located a short drive from the Tsongas Center. You will find out which hotel you will be staying at closer to your arrival.
Who will my roommate be?
Rooms will be single-gender, and double occupancy (with everyone in their own bed). You’ll meet your roommate when you arrive at the hotel after the Congress finishes on opening night.
How will I get to the hotel and to the Tsongas Center each day?
On the 27th and 28th, buses will be lined up at the front entrance of the hotel to bring you to the Tsongas Center after you finish breakfast. Be sure to wake up on time, get a breakfast in (it’s included!), and be ready to board the bus starting from 8:30 AM. The last bus leaves at 9:30 AM.
Each evening after The Congress, buses will be lined up and ready to bring you back to the hotel in the pickup/drop off lot, located just outside the front entrance of the Tsongas Center. By the time you arrive, you’ll know which hotel you’ll be staying at, and the buses will have a sign displaying which hotel they are going to. The last bus leaves at 10:30 PM.
Don’t be late! If you miss the last bus, we will arrange a separate transfer for you via UBER at your own expense (min. $50).
Who will look out for me?
Students will be overseen by a dedicated Overnight Chaperone Team during their stay. Our chaperones are professional, courteous, and experienced individuals who are excited to meet you! Delegates are required to check in with the Overnight Team frequently. Chaperones will stay on-site in hotel rooms and will be available around the clock to address any concerns.
Who should I contact if my flight is canceled or delayed?
Immediately call the main Overnight Program Hotline to inform our team of your delay. This phone number will be sent out closer to the Congress date (If your flight is canceled prior to the Congress start, please call the Admissions Office). Neither the Congress nor the Overnight Program staff is able to rebook canceled or delayed flights on behalf of any Delegate. The main Overnight Program support line will be available from June 26 - June 29th.
Are meals included?
Breakfast will be served June 27, 28, and 29 from 6:00 AM at the hotel. An all-you-can-eat buffet, with hot and cold choices, will be available. If you are arriving early on June 26, lunch is available for cash purchase at the Tsongas Center. You will be responsible for purchasing your own lunch and dinner. Bring enough spending money to cover both meals for each day of the Congress, plus any extra money you would like for snacks. The Tsongas Center offers multiple meal and snack options for students to purchase on the concourse level during meal breaks.
What are the meal options for lunch and dinner at The Congress?
The Tsongas Center, where the Congress will be held, has a full range of hearty food and lighter sandwiches and salads, as well as snacks and assorted beverages. Complete combo meals will be in the $11-$13 range. There are also individual items like pizza, chicken tenders, etc., in the $4-$8 range. The Tsongas Center accepts cash, credit, and debit cards.
What if I am traveling as an Unaccompanied Minor?
We are unable to accommodate any delegates traveling as an unaccompanied minor unless required by the airline due to the delegate’s age. Each airline has its own policy for who is required to have Unaccompanied Minor services and what flights Unaccompanied Minors can take. Most airlines charge an additional fee for this service, so it’s important that you check the policy of your airline and determine whether Unaccompanied Minor status is required before you purchase your ticket.
Parents, if your airline requires your delegate to travel as an unaccompanied minor, you must make us aware by June 1, 2024. Further details will be provided upon enrollment.