5 Questions With… Greg Liptak

Today on the blog, we spend a few minutes with Greg Liptak, President of Intelligent Medical Decisions. Inc., a gold sponsor of CMEpalooza Spring. Greg will be moderating the kickoff session of CMEpalooza Spring at 9 a.m. ET on Wednesday, April 8, bringing together an unique collection of panelists to talk about Bridging the Knowing-Doing Gap: Quality Improvement as a Path to Change.

Greg was dealing with some car issues on the day of our interview — hence the tagline of “Burning Rubber” beneath his name — but he rallied to rev up his engine of wisdom and share his CME story. Among the things you’ll learn about:

  • Why Greg lives in the greatest neighborhood in the greatest city in the United States (ie, Fairmount in Philadelphia, but I needn’t have told you that)
  • “The girl who got away…” and how we have love to thank (or blame) for bringing both Greg and Derek to the city of Brotherly Love and sorta kinda into the world of CME
  • How to start wrapping your brain around the whole Quality Improvement movement in preparation for your immersion during his CMEpalooza Spring session

5 Minutes With…Brian McGowan

First up this week in our “5 Minutes With…” series is Brian McGowan, PhD, Chief Learning Officer & Co-Founder at ArcheMedX, Inc. ArcheMedX is one of our gold-level sponsors, and they are sponsoring the lunchtime panel session Brian has put together on Data-Driven and Agile Educational Design: Ensuring Your Courses Intelligently Evolve. Brian has been part of every iteration of CMEpalooza and joins Karen Roy as the only members of the exclusive CMEpalooza Three-peat Club (note to Brian and Karen: remember to present your card and give Bruno the Bouncer the secret handshake when entering the club).

I’ll admit that this is closer to a “10 Minutes With…” interview, which I’m sure comes as no surprise to any of you who have spent time with Brian. He is an excellent presenter, always a pleasure to listen to, and does a really nice job telling his “CME story” and outlining his CMEpalooza Spring session. I think you will enjoy the extra few minutes we spent with him.

5 Minutes With…Greselda Butler

Sit down, grab a cup of coffee (splash of cream, no sugar), pull up a chair, and spend “5 Minutes With…Greselda Butler.” Greselda is Manager, Professional Education at Otsuka America Pharmaceutical Inc., and is moderating the 10 a.m. CMEpalooza Spring session, Let the Sun Shine In: Perspectives and Insights on the Implementation of the Physician Payment Sunshine Act. If for nothing else, you should tune in for these two reasons alone:

  1. Hear Greselda confirm that this session will be more than just a discussion about meals. I think we’ve all had enough of that to last a lifetime.
  2. Hear Scott correctly pronounce “Otsuka.” I was duly impressed.

Check out the video below.

5 Minutes With…Wendy Turell

Today we spend a few minutes with Wendy Turell, DrPH, Senior Director, CME Outcomes and Analytics, PlatformQ Health. Wendy is a CMEpalooza veteran — having participated in the original CMEpalooza last year — and is making her triumphant return to CMEpalooza Spring with a solo session on 5 Tips to Make You a Survey Measurement Rock Star. Check out our interview with Wendy below to learn a little more about her session and find out how she got started in CME (SPOILER ALERT: she didn’t start out her career with a plan to work in CME. Shocking, I know.)

As a side note — yes, the video does extend beyond the supposed 5 minute time limit indicated in the title. I had things perfectly on track until Scott threw in a last second question that screwed up my timing, so blame him. Perhaps we should rename these “5-ish Minutes With…”

5 minutes with… Kurt Boyce

It’s always nice when our moderators get into the spirit of our ultra-casual dress code, but no one has quite nailed it like Kurt Boyce, our recent guest in the CMEpalooza Spring “5 Minutes With…” preview series. Kurt, who currently serves as Director of CME & Compliance at Applied Clinical Education, will be part of a 2-person team that will present during the 1 p.m. ET session on the topic of Achieving Level 7 Outcomes: A MEC Perspective.

Kurt has a long history in CME, which he talks about in our “hard-hitting” interview.

Among other gems, you’ll find out:

  • What CME was like in the late 1980s (yes, there was actually a precursor to PowerPoint that cost thousands of dollars every time you used it)
  • How Kurt has gone from designing education to measure Level 1 outcomes to designing education to measure Level 7 outcomes during the span of his career
  • How smart Derek seems when he isn’t talking (he doesn’t say a word the whole time but just smiles glumly — he must have been following the Phillies getting shut out once more in spring training on his iPhone)

Check out Kurt’s video below:

Life is Hard. Let Our Sponsors Make It Easier

When you are stuck in the rut of meeting day-of-day deadlines, it’s easy to forget the wealth of help that is available in the CME community to not only make your professional life easier but often to make it better. I caught myself looking through the CMEpalooza Sponsor listings the other day and marveling at the diverse range of services they provide, so in a personal effort to make the lives of our dedicated audience easier, here is a general classification and description of our current sponsors (with more coming soon!):

Pharmaceutical Companies

Medical Education Companies

Service/Technical Providers   

You can find out more information about all of these companies (some even have videos — how high tech!) on our Sponsor page.

5 Minutes With…Jason Olivieri

This week we truly begin our “5 Minutes With…” video series with the person who I personally thought wrote the most entertaining abstract of all those submitted — Jason Olivieri. Jason is the Manager of Outcome Services at Imedex and will be presenting at 11 AM ET on Secrets of CME Outcome Assessment…Revealed. We had an action-packed five minutes with Jason, which included:

  • A story of criminal masterminds collecting chemical waste
  • My lovely co-producer and moderator Scott going AWOL for a few minutes during the middle of the video
  • Jason’s bird voicing his opinion in the background
  • The word “sexier” being used to describe Level 7 outcomes

Check out Jason’s video below:

5 Minutes With…Scott Kober

We are now just a shade under one month away from CMEpalooza Spring (yikes!), so we thought it would be a good time to introduce a new feature on the blog called “5 Minutes With…”. These will be quick interviews with an individual from each of the CMEpalooza Spring sessions and we’ll be asking them each two questions:

  1. What is your CME story?
  2. What can we expect from your CMEpalooza Spring session?

To kick things off, I forced Scott to do a “5 Minutes With…Scott Kober” session so we could practice. He was less than thrilled about it, but was a good sport and did a nice job. I, on the other hand, am battling a vicious cold which has left me stuffed up and a little loopy and prone to ramble (at least, that’s what I’m blaming it on…). Anyway, here’s the video. Enjoy!

A Brand New Palooza Quiz

Since the initial Palooza quiz I developed back in the fall using Sporcle was so widely praised and played, I figured I’d create a sequel. My logic is that sequels are always better than the original (see Godfather 3, Police Academy 5, etc.).

Here is the link to the quiz — http://www.sporcle.com/games/bakeet14/palooza2.

There is even a hook this time around — get 100% on the quiz on your first play and get a free registration to CMEpalooza Spring. Since the quiz is hard and no one got 100% on the fall quiz, I’m not that worried. But maybe I’ll alert our Accounting Department just in case.

Top 10 Reasons to Watch CMEpalooza Spring on April 8

10. What else are you going to do, work? hahahahahahahahaha!

9. Count how many times I mispronounce our sponsors names (sorry Vivacity Consulting).

8. Hall of Fame induction ceremonies for Brian McGowan and Karen Roy, the only people who have participated in each iteration of CMEpalooza!

7. Celebrity guest stars a la Love Boat (note: in this scenario, I am Captain Stubings; Scott is Gopher).

6. Audible snoring from my 12-year-old labradoodle Barkley (yes, named after Charles Barkley), who sleeps the entire day in his bed next to my desk.

5. Let’s take a break from this list and address the issue of the color of this dress. It is gold and white and I’ll hear no other arguments. Now resuming our regularly scheduled Top 10 list.
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4. There will be several sessions on outcomes, so, you know what that means??? MOORE’S LEVELS OF OUTCOMES DRINKING GAME!!!

3. If enough people tune in, maybe this is the year we can convince Scott to close out the conference with a rousing edition of Danke Schoen.

2. The incredible agenda and amazing presenters, duh.

1. You can watch at home in your slippers and pajamas.