In the Spotlight… Again

You may remember last summer that we launched a new offering called “CMEpalooza Company Spotlight.” No, you say, you don’t remember? For shame, pilgrim, for shame!

OK, OK, I’ll forgive you this time and provide a quick refresher. The CMEpalooza Company Spotlight was launched as an opportunity for MECCs/universities/providers/etc. to take advantage of the CMEpalooza brand and our built-in audience to get out information about all of the cool and innovative things your organization is doing. You can check out the pilot we did with Educational Measures on the Spotlight tab of our website.

In a nutshell, here is how these Spotlights work:

  1. You go to this link and complete the form expressing interest in being a “spotlighted” company (alas, these are not free, but really, how many new Ferraris do you need for your garage?)
  2. We work with you to come up with a focus for your spotlight. Seeing as we are an external audience of sorts, hopefully we’ll be able to help you come up with issues that our broader Palooza audience would be interested in learning about. The last thing anyone wants is a snoozer presentation.
  3. You can have up to 4 people from your organization participate as panelists. You can create slides if you want. We’re flexible.
  4. We’ll schedule a time for your 30 minute spotlight. We’re planning on holding these from noon-12:30 p.m. ET on Wednesday afternoons. How many will we schedule? No idea. Could be 1, could be 10. Won’t be 500.
  5. We’ll use our social media channels to build interest and an audience. I will “moderate” the session based on a jointly agreed-upon discussion guide that highlights the value of your organization/company and is of prospective interest to our viewers.
  6. As with all CMEpalooza sessions, anyone can watch live. For free. Anyone can watch after the broadcast is over. For free. As an added bonus, you can take the video and embed it onto your website if you want. We’ll have a special tab set up on the CMEpalooza website so that people can watch these easily on our site whenever they want.

I’m embarrassed for Derek that he spent hours coming up with this concept only to see it gain momentum at about the same rate as the new Justine Bateman workout video. It’s not pretty seeing a grown man cry (though it can sometimes be funny).

Anyway, feel free to reach out to either of us if you have any questions or want more information. We need the entertainment.

Archive Update & Something Weird

This is a tale of two men.

One of the men — let’s call him, oh, how about…Skott? — used his downtime after CMEpalooza Fall to do something productive. Skott was a busy beaver and updated the CMEpalooza archive by taking all of the new CMEpalooza Fall sessions and adding them to the archive page by category. Good job, Skott!

If you’ve never had a chance to check out the archive page, you really should, especially if you have a particular topic you’re interested in. Need a refresher on educational design? There are eleven sessions you can watch. Suddenly thrust into the role of “outcomes expert” at your organization? Get a crash course in outcomes from the fourteen(!) sessions housed in the archive. It’s a pretty handy resource.

The other man — let’s call him Erek for anonymity’s sake — used his extra free time to write a 3000 word CMEpalooza-themed ghost story supposedly based on the events that transpired the night before CMEpalooza Fall. Erek is a bit of a wacko and admits that this may not have been the best use of his time. Skott just thinks it’s weird. In his defense, Erek would like to point out that he once wrote an even longer story about a hard-boiled CME Detective, so this should come as no surprise to anyone. He has posted a link to it here for those bored enough to take a gander.

Both of these men would like to once again thank everyone who participated in last week’s successful CMEpalooza Fall and wish you all a Happy Halloween!

Closing Time: Last Call for CMEpalooza Surveys

Would you like to take a survey?



If you watched any of our CMEpalooza Fall sessions yesterday and haven’t yet taken our survey/evaluation (64 people have done it so far), we would really really appreciate it if you would take 60 seconds, click the TOTALLY AWESOME SURVEY link (now with even more awesome!!!), and fill it out: TOTALLY AWESOME SURVEY

It helps us get a better idea of how many people participated and we really do use the comments to guide our planning process. And if you have taken our survey, then thank you, thank you, thank you!


A Slow Tease

We know. The minutes are ticking by slowly. It’s agonizing. Tick, tick, tick…

Alas, while we have many powers at CMEpalooza headquarters (Derek leads a Sound of Music singalong today at 3 p.m. in the lobby), we can’t control the flow of time. So you’ll just have to wait until 9 a.m. ET tomorrow (Wednesday, Oct. 21) to get your full dose of education.

In the meantime, though, several of our panels have put together materials you can devour in advance of their discussion which might better inform the discussion and any possible questions that come from the audience.

Here is a compilation:

Best Practices in Faculty Management – Tips and tricks to get you ready for our 9 a.m. ET session, “You Can’t Always Get What You Want, But You Can Get What You Need (From Faculty)”

Generational Shift in the Physician Workforce: What Are the Implications for CME – The folks at Clinical Care Options put this whitepaper together earlier in the year. It’s a great introduction to our 11 a.m. ET session, “Preparing for Tomorrow’s Learners… Today”

Slides and Suggested Readings on the Evolution of Grand Rounds – The panel for our session at 3 p.m. ET entitled “Grand Rounds in the 21st Century: Fixing the Historical Model” put together a whole slew of materials to get interested individuals up to speed on the issues they’ll be discussing.

Where Do I Watch CMEpalooza Fall?

Where do I watch CMEpalooza Fall?
You watch it on the LIVE page.

Will people be able to hear me on the Hangout?
No. You are not on the Hangout. You are only watching a video feed of the Hangout. You can sing Tiptoe Through the Tulips at the top of your lungs and no one will hear you except your neighbors, who might call the police, who might interrupt you while watching CMEpalooza. So, don’t sing Tiptoe Through the Tulips at the top of your lungs while watching CMEpalooza.

Can I watch CMEpalooza Fall at the office?

Can I watch CMEpalooza Fall at home?

Can I watch CMEpalooza Fall in a conference room with 50 other people?
Please do.

Can I watch CMEpalooza Fall at the gym? 
Yes (show-off).

Can I watch CMEpalooza Fall with The Mountain from Game of Thrones?
I don’t know. Let’s ask him.

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Perhaps not.

Do I have to pre-register or register?

Do I have to pay anything to watch CMEpalooza Fall? I love paying registration fees.
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Yeah, right. The answer is no. You don’t have to pay anything to watch CMEpalooza.

Do I have to take a survey afterward?
Well, you don’t have to, but it would be nice if you did. It’s only seven questions and shouldn’t take you more than 60 seconds. If it does take you more than 60 seconds, Scott will buy you a pumpkin spice latte.

Do I have to watch all the sessions?
YES! No. Watch what interests you.

What if I’m busy during the day of the live broadcast?
All the sessions will be archived on the website, probably within 15 minutes of the conclusion of the session. How are we able to do it so fast? We have a new intern who is a real crackerjack on the interwebs. Here he is hard at work, writing our latest blog post.

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The Few, The Proud, The Wise… Our Sponsors

Since we began offering sponsorships of CMEpalooza last fall, Derek and I have been pleasantly surprised by the both the number and diverse nature of companies who have chosen to align themselves with our events. Not that it isn’t worth it (of course it’s worth it), but with any new idea, you never know what’s going to stick and what’s going to fall flat.

Fortunately, this is one of the many aspects of CMEpalooza that seems to have resonated with the CME community, and we’re once again grateful to all of the sponsors of CMEpalooza Fall. You can (and should) visit the Sponsor tab on our website to find out more about each of these companies, but I’ll provide you with the quick and dirty here.

Pharmaceutical Companies
Genentech (Gold Sponsor)

Medical Education Companies (MECCs)
PlatformQ Health Education (Gold Sponsor)
Imedex (Silver Sponsor)
Paradigm Medical Communications (Silver Sponsor)
AsIM (Bronze Sponsor)
Clinical Care Options (Bronze Sponsor)
CMEology (Bronze Sponsor)
Forefront Collaborative (Bronze Sponsor)
Global Academy for Medical Education (Bronze Sponsor)
PVI (Bronze Sponsor)
Vindico Medical Education (Bronze Sponsor)
Global Education Group (Banner Ad)

Technology Providers
Educational Measures (Silver Sponsor)

Delivery Platforms
RealCME (Bronze Sponsor)

CE Support Services
CTI Meeting Technology (Silver Sponsor)
HighMarks CE
 (Bronze Sponsor)

Medical Education Conglomerates
MedPageToday (Silver Sponsor)

Content Development Services
Thistle Editorial (Bronze Sponsor)

Putting Our Toe Into the Flipped Classroom

Here at CMEpalooza headquarters (don’t even try to get past security), we’re big fans of innovation in education. Not that innovation is always successful, but you never make progress by standing still. Consequently, when the panelists for the anchor session of CMEpalooza Fall entitled “Grand Rounds in the 21st Century: Fixing the Historical Model,” approached us with an idea to try a “flipped classroom” session, we were all for it.

The logic behind a flipped classroom activity is sound – you provide materials to learners in advance so that they have something to think about and mentally prepare for the upcoming education. In practice, our experience has been mixed. Obviously, there is no way to ensure that learners will look at or think about your session before it begins, although there is nothing wrong with putting materials out there in the hope that they will.

We’ll see how it goes.

There are currently reference materials that can be accessed by participants prior to this specific session – these are on the fall agenda page next to this session listing, and we’ll also provide them here for you. Participants can review the presentation slides and review the suggested readings in advance. The hope is that participants will at least glance at these materials and be prepared to actively engage with our panel.

A Real Conversation About CMEpalooza Fall*

*Not a real conversation. I am totally making this up.

Caller: So I heard a friend of mine talking about CMEpalooza, and I’m interested in attending. Where is the meeting being held this year?

Me: Same place as last time and the time before. On your computer. Or your tablet. Or your cell phone. It’s all online. This is not an in-person meeting.

Caller: Really? I’ve never heard of such a thing.

Me: Have you ever been on a webinar? It’s kinda like a whole series of those scheduled back-to-back-to-back, but much more interesting.

Caller: Um, OK. So do you provide lunch for all attendees? And a coffee break? I find that unless I have something to eat and drink every 2 hours, I start to doze off.

Me: No, not really. Since we’re not technically there with you, food and drink are on you. But really, feel free to get up and refill your pumpkin spice latte and grab an apple cider doughnut whenever you want. We even build in short, 5-minute breaks between sessions so that is a good time to refresh yourself.

Caller: That’s weird. So if you don’t give us food and drink, what exactly do we get for our registration fee?

Me: There is no registration fee. CMEpalooza is free for everyone.

Caller: Come again.

Me: It’s free. F-R-E-E.

Caller: Very funny, smart guy. But really, my employer puts aside a certain amount of money each year for “professional development.” Just tell me where to go to pay. It’s not a big deal.

Me: Sorry, but there is nowhere to go to pay. CMEpalooza is free. Always has been, always will be. But if you really have money you absolutely, positively need to spend, you can just send me a personal check. Here, let me spell my last name for you. K-O-B-

Caller: Yeah, yeah, yeah. So this CMEpalooza thing is all online and free? Who exactly wrote the business plan for this event? A 4-year-old?

Me: Something like that.

Caller: Whatever, it’s your deal. So where do I go to register?

Me: There is no pre-registration.

Caller: No pre-registration.

Me: Right.

Caller: So then how exactly do you know if people are going to show up?

Me: We’ve been doing this for a little while now. We’re pretty sure we won’t be speaking to an empty room.

Caller: Room? What room? I thought you said this wasn’t a live meeting.

Me: It was an expression.

Caller: Stop trying to confuse me.

Me: Sorry. I’ll only use words with less than 3 syllables from now on.

Caller: So no meeting room, no cost, no pre-registration. I guess I shouldn’t be surprised. I mean, why would anything about CMEpalooza be, you know, normal?

Me: That’s sort of the point, actually. We offer something very different for the CME community. We make it as convenient as possible.

Caller: Since you seem to have all the answers, what do I do when I wake up on October 21?

Me: Optimally, you’d brush your teeth, put on some clothes, that kind of thing. But hey, if you want to watch CMEpalooza in your bathrobe, you can. All you need to do is go to the LIVE tab on our website at 9 a.m. ET to watch the first live panel broadcast. Every hour, refresh your screen at the top of the hour and the next broadcast will begin. Really, it’s quite simple.

Caller: Says you. I’m kind of an idiot when it comes to computers. I used the CD-ROM drive on my old laptop as a cup holder for 2 years before someone explained to me what I was doing wrong.

Me: Seems like an honest error.

Caller: Now you are just patronizing me. But with all the things I don’t have to do to watch CMEpalooza, why exactly is it worth my time?

Me: Ultimately, that’s your call, but we try our best to put together an interesting agenda of topics and speakers that will resonate with people who work in every aspect of CME. One area where we don’t skimp is in the quality of our education. We’re as excited as ever for this fall’s agenda.

Caller: Did you mail out a brochure with the agenda? I didn’t get anything!

Me: No, it’s all online on our website. There is no brochure and there was nothing mailed. You got exactly the same amount of material in the mail as everyone else – nothing.

Caller: OK, I’m looking at the agenda. Seems interesting… I know this woman, she’s good… Huh, I like that topic… Wait a minute, what the heck is pecha kucha?

Me (rolling my eyes): Call Derek.