It’s always nice when our CMEpalooza Spring participants dress up for their on-screen appearances. It’s even better when they fly in a stylist from Milan, employ a wardrobe coach to overhaul their closets, and spend thousands of dollars on sparkly new jewelry. Not that the latest victim (er, subject) of our “5 Minutes with…” series did any of that, but those of you who know Karen Roy will have to agree that she is the most stylish of our moderators yet. Apologies to everyone else who was vying for the crown.
Karen, who is Principal of the Ardgillan Group and a CMEpalooza 3-timer, is moderating our 3 p.m. ET session entitled “Style and Substance: The Evolution of Content Presentation in Medical Education.” A few fun things you’ll learn during the course of our 5 minute-ish interview:
- How close the world came to “Good morning, Miss Karen. I’ve got to go poop!”
- Why we’re innovative in designing education and measuring outcomes, but stagnant in organizing and presenting content
- The accent? It’s fake
Oh, and that’s a root beer in my hands folks! Though we’d be happy to have a sponsor come along who wants to have an “Official Beer of CMEpalooza.” I am sure we could come up with a very inexpensive arrangement.
The CMEpalooza Spring countdown is into the single digits (9 days from today!), which means that our presenters are starting to get serious thinking about their sessions. Derek and I aren’t meanies who require slides weeks and months in advance. Not that either of us has created a presentation on a plane the day before the event — no, of course not, not us — but we recognize that it happens sometimes. To other people. Not us. No, of course not.
Nonetheless, we are always impressed with those presentation teams who get their acts together weeks in advance and start coming up with a semi-formal agenda. One of those teams — our 3 p.m. ET session focused on Style and Substance: The Evolution of Content Presentation in Medical Education — is asking for input from our prospective viewing audience to help guide their session.
If you can please take a few minutes to click on the following link — www.infograph-ed.com/palooza-presentation.html, you’ll be asked to review a few potential presentation components and complete a quick quiz. Consider it your personal favor to us for the day.
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
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.
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:
- 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.
- Hear Scott correctly pronounce “Otsuka.” I was duly impressed.
Check out the video below.
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…”
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:
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!):
Medical Education Companies
You can find out more information about all of these companies (some even have videos — how high tech!) on our Sponsor page.
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:
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:
- What is your CME story?
- 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!