“Life isn’t all about sports.”
That’s something I remember my mom telling me when I was a young boy and finishing up a 12-hour television marathon of Penn State vs. BYU football, Wide World of Sports (dog sledding episode), Phillies vs. Giants in Game 161 of another meaningless baseball season, and 76ers preseason basketball vs. Maccabi Tel Aviv. I think there may have been a few minutes of the latest Professional Bowlers Association event thrown in there, but my memory is a bit foggy.
Looking back at things now with a clearer sense of priorities and the wisdom of old(er) age, all I have to say is this:
“It’s a good thing I didn’t listen to her!”
Alas, committing the statistics of yesteryear’s sporting superstars doesn’t pay the bills (though it does encapsulate about 75% of the conversations between Derek and I when we comb through our personal archives to see who can come up with the most obscure tidbit from our childhood) and so we have this CMEpalooza thing that we have to fall back on sometimes.
Which is why, in the midst of all of the winning currently going on here in Philadelphia – yes, we’re bragging because it’s so darn rare – we are revving up the CMEpalooza machine once again at 11 a.m. ET on Tuesday morning for a special, live, free Spotlight broadcast with the fine folks at Broadcast Beat Studios. We did a short test run last week where they showed me some of the technology they have to offer – it’s cool stuff! And while there will be a bit of show and tell, what we’re really going to focus on is the role of the video production studio in today’s CME environment. Whether you are interested in hearing about the current (and future) of hybrid video capabilities, the current state-of-the-art in broadcast studios, or just gawk at some of the cool technology that we can potentially leverage in our education, I’d encourage you to tune in.
Just like our other CMEpalooza live events, you simply need to go to our LIVE tab at the appointed time to join us. We’ll chat for about 30-40 minutes and answer whatever questions you might have. If things start dragging, I may just recite the starting lineup of the 1987 Philadelphia Phillies like a PA announcer (“Leading off… second baseman Juan Samuel!”). But let’s hope it doesn’t come to that.
Phew – what a day!
We had a record 986 of you join us yesterday for a fantastic day of education. Both Derek and I had did a double take when we saw the final number (Derek texted me multiple times, “Are you sure that’s right?” and yes, that’s what our web analytics say. Plus, we can see how many people are watching each live session and it was clear very early that this was going to be a banner year) (note from Derek: I’m still pretty sure Scott is making that number up. I’m not sure how he’s manipulating the WordPress analytics dashboard, but I know he’s watched Weird Science multiple times, so maybe that has something to do with it.) Thanks to all of you for joining us – it’s humbling and rewarding to see the impact that CMEpalooza continues to have on our community.
I always learn a lot as I listen to our panels expound upon their particular areas of expertise, which energizes me as least for the next few days until I go back to relying on caffeine to do that for me.
A few notes and tidbits as we put a bow on this year’s event:
- All of the CMEpalooza Fall sessions are now available to be viewed in the CMEpalooza Archives (thank to our Archive sponsor, Array). Just go to the Fall 2022 tab on our website and find the session you missed and want to watch. Or if there is some nugget of knowledge you missed when the Amazon delivery guy knocked on your door, you can go back and catch it again now.
- There is still time to participate in the special CMEpalooza Scavenger Hunt. Just go to the website of this special promotion’s sponsor, Broadcast Beat Studios and look for the CMEpalooza logo. Click on it and see what happens! I promise it’s nothing bad. We’ll leave this promotion running until this Friday at 5 pm ET before we pick 10 winners of $100 Amazon gift cards.
- If you did not complete the short survey on our LIVE tab after watching our sessions (get to it by clicking here), we’d greatly appreciate if you would do so. It really does give us ideas for the future and allows us to fine tune our education for the CME community. Plus, you get to share your favorite jokes with us (like this one — “Why does a duck have tail feathers? To cover up his butt quack.” Hah!).
- For those of you who simply cannot get enough of CMEpalooza, we’ve got some good news for you. There is more of CMEpalooza on the way very soon! In less than 2 weeks, in fact. Yes, indeedy-do, we’ve got a special CMEpalooza Spotlight on tap at 11 am on Tuesday, Nov. 1. What better way to start a new month than with our smiling faces (no promises on the smiles). For this Spotlight broadcast, we’ll be talking with the team at Broadcast Beat Studios about the role of the live video studio and get some “show and tell” about all of the cool features that today’s production studios offer. So set some time aside now to join us. If nothing else, I promise it won’t be boring.
I know, I know. There are a lot of competitions and giveaways right now in CMEpalooza World (and yes, more are coming on Wednesday, October 19 – just wait and see).
But yesterday, we held our first massive gala to pick the winners of CMEopoly, our special Sponsor event that wrapped up on Friday. Derek gave some sort of long-winded speech about how our announcement should usurp the announcement of the Nobel Prizes going on right now, but that seemed a bit over-the-top, and I stopped listening when he got to No. 18 in his list of reasons (note from Derek: Reason #18 was that Annie Ernaux won the Nobel Prize in Literature over Salman Rushdie. Outrageous!!) I am sure he’ll pick right back up when the list of winners for our CMEpalooza STEPtacular Challenge, sponsored by Talem Health, are announced next week.
Anyway, without further ado, here are your winners of CMEopoly, all of whom were awarded a $100 Amazon gift card to spend on whatever whimsical item they desired (a Phillies rally towel would be totally acceptable):
- Jeannine Creazzo, MLIS, MBA, AHIP, Director, Medical Library, Continuing Education, and Research, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital
- Carrie Roberts, BS, CHCP, Director, Continuing Medical Education, Steward Health Care
- Christina Casanova Lider, Manager, Development Support, PeerView Institute for Medical Education
- Cindy Davidson, Scientific Editor, Global Learning Collaborative
- Dawn Sinclair, Accreditation Coordinator, College of Pharmacy, Office of CE & PD, Purdue University
Thanks to everyone for playing!