They Cracked the Case: Your Cluedo Palooza Winners

Our sponsor events always bring out the Inspector Clouseau in the CME community, and this year was no different. We received thousands of entries (not really) and our interns spent the entire weekend filling out little slips of paper with the names of all of our successful entrants. These then went into one of those giant spinning Bingo baskets which spit out the names of the five winners.

Here they are – each $100 richer (in Amazon funds) thanks to, well, us.

  • Jess Henry, Consultant, Learning, OhioHealth Learning Continuing Medical Education
  • Simon Schrick-Senasac, Assistant Scientific Director, National Association For Continuing Education
  • Judith M. Orvos, Owner, Orvos Communications, LLC
  • Jackie Farley, Educational Projects Coordinator, University of Nebraska Medical Center Center for Continuing Education
  • Melissa Ketchum, Director, Continuing Education, Annenberg Center for Health Sciences at Eisenhower

For all of you wondering about the correct answers from our special event, here is the complete list of clues and solutions. Now don’t be shy congratulating the winners. You put in the effort, you get the reward.

My How Far We Have Come (or Have We?)

So I took a trip down Ol’ Memory Lane last night and called up the very first live online broadcast I ever moderated/produced, even before the days of CMEpalooza. This was way way back in 2013, so only eight years ago, but it honestly seems like much farther in the distant past. It’s kinda cool that you can still dial this up on YouTube. One of the big reasons that Derek and I initially used Google Hangouts On Air and now StreamYard as our platform is that it links directly to YouTube, so archiving things takes exactly zero effort. Which is a great thing for lazy people. Not that we’re lazy… OK, maybe we are sometimes.

Anyway, what struck me while watching this – besides the fact that I had more hair — is how little has changed in the look and feel of what we’re doing with some of our live online broadcasts. Yes, I know that some providers will create really fancy set designs and bring faculty in studio (or at least they used to), but most of what I see these days really looks and feels quite similar to what you see here from the earliest days of live, online CME.

Certainly, we’ve advanced in a few ways. For one, we can actually ask and receive responses to Audience Response Questions now. In 2013, that wasn’t really possible — or if it was, it was beyond my brainpower to figure out. I think we did get some live questions from the audience later in this series through YouTube comments, but obviously that’s common these days. Secondly, we’ve largely been able to thankfully ditch those clunky headsets. Audio and video quality is much more predictable, though still not perfect.

Otherwise, though, not much has changed. You still have physicians participating from their very crowded offices, or homes, or hotel rooms. You still have slides and cases and discussions. You still have the little squares of everyone on video. You still have faculty who don’t look at their cameras.

Good times all around.

With that nostalgia behind me, let’s turn to something more important – today’s deadline for the submission of your Cluedo Palooza forms. I get it, you inherited oodles of money from your oil baron Uncle Cletus, but still, couldn’t you use a $100 Amazon gift card? We’re giving away 5 of them. And it’s not like your chances of winning are miniscule – they are actually pretty darn good (though no promises). So set aside 15 minutes or so today over your lunch break and learn a little.

Our New Sponsor Event: Cluedo Palooza

It’s one of those things that always made me scratch my head but never quite piqued my curiosity enough to research the answer. Why is the board game Clue called Cluedo in the United Kingdom? Is “clue” not an actual word across the pond? I’m pretty sure it is – Sherlock Holmes would sound pretty stupid telling Watson, “Aha, a cluedo!”

Alas, the explanation was not quite as interesting as I had hoped but still doesn’t make a ton of sense. The game was actually first called “Murder!” when it was developed in the 1940s but then morphed into Cluedo, which is a combination of the word “clue” with the word “ludo” (it means “I play” in Latin). But then shouldn’t it have been called Cludo? I mean, you are mushing the “lu” so why keep the “e”? OK, I’m overthinking this.

Anyway, while I liked the board game Clue, I loved the ’80s movie. For all the Millennials out there, no, I’m not talking about the Alicia Silverstone vehicle, “Clueless,” but rather the Martin Mull/Tim Curry masterpiece from the mid-80s.


I used both the board game and movie as inspiration for our CMEpalooza Fall sponsor event, which is creatively called Cluedo Palooza. You see, it takes the word Cluedo and combines it with the second part of CMEpalooza. I know, super creative.

There weren’t enough characters/weapons/rooms in the Clue board game to cover all of the CMEpalooza sponsors, so I pulled a few from the movie to fill everything out.

As with all of our special sponsor events, Cluedo Palooza is a competition where you can win real cash prizes. We’ll be giving out five (5) $100 Amazon gift cards to our winners this fall.

Here is how Cluedo Palooza works:

  1. Click here to download the list of forms you will need to play, both the questions and the answer form
  2. Use the Sponsor tab of the CMEpalooza website to get links to all of the entities involved in this event. You’ll need to visit the Sponsor sites to get the answers to all of our questions. We promise there is nothing that can’t be found within a click or two.
  3. Complete the entry form by coming up with a correct response to three Character questions, two Weapon questions, and two Room questions.
  4. Added bonus this year — you can enter up to three times, as long as you select different sponsors for each entry.
  5. Send your completed entry form to me via email at by 5 p.m. ET on Friday, October 1.
  6. Watch Clue: The Movie