So You Want to Sponsor CMEpalooza?

Ugh. This is one of those blog posts I have to write where I brag about CMEpalooza in order to make a point about CMEpalooza even though I really really don’t like bragging about CMEpalooza because it makes me feel icky. Not that CMEpalooza is icky (It’s not. It’s great.), but bragging in general is icky (side note: I am the worst salesperson in the world. Never hire me to be your business development guy. I’ll just say things like “Well, yeah, we’re pretty good at XYZ, but other companies are good at it, too. We might be better than them at it, though I haven’t seen their work lately, so it’s not for me to judge.”)

Anyway, the point of all this is that are planning to release our CMEpalooza Sponsorship Prospectus next Wednesday (December 7) and — here comes the braggy part — a lot of the sponsorship opportunities sell out very quickly. Once the prospectus is released, we award sponsorships on a first-come, first-served basis. Last year, all of our Gold Sponsorships were snapped up on the day the prospectus was released (I think. Scott can correct me here.) (note from Scott: Much as I love to correct Derek, he’s right this time)

(Here comes more bragging.) The reason I bring this up is that this year, for the first time ever, we are pre-releasing our Platinum Sponsorship ahead of the rest of the prospectus. We’ve offered the Platinum Sponsorship each of the last 3 years, but so far, there have been no takers. We understand that it’s a big ask financially, but as Jennifer Tilly so eloquently put it during one of the epic scenes of Let It Ride, “What is it they say? Nothing ventured…nothing ventured.”

For anyone who may be interested in venturing into this new realm, this is your opportunity to lock in our premium sponsorship ahead of time and brag to the whole CME community about how you are at the top of the CMEpalooza sponsor heap. A Platinum Sponsorship includes all of the following:

  • The opportunity to work with the CMEpalooza planning committee (that’s Scott and I) to develop a sponsored breakfast or lunch panel that can include representatives of your company for both CMEpalooza Spring and Fall
  • A CMEpalooza Spotlight session (held on a different day than either of the CMEpaloozas)
  • The ability to contribute a sponsored post to the CMEpalooza blog twice during the year
  • Special exclusive events for your staff hosted by the CMEpalooza team. This could be a trivia night (with prizes), a stand-up comedy night (Scott thinks he is funny), or something else we’ll brainstorm with you.
  • All of the other usual CMEpalooza Sponsor goodies, including a premium listing at the top of the Sponsor recognition web page and your own acknowledgment slide at the beginning of each and every CMEpalooza session
  • And more… (who wants a set of Ginsu knives?)

The cost for a Platinum Sponsorship is $25,000. Maybe you want the chance to make CMEpalooza history. Maybe you see this as the way to launch your organization forward in 2023. Or maybe your accountant is telling you to reduce your organizational income by the end of the year. Whatever the reason, if your organization is potentially interested in the Platinum sponsorship, contact me (thecmeguy@gmail.com) or Scott (scott@excaliburmeded.com) ASAP and we can discuss.

CMEpalooza Archive Update

Here is a re-creation of Scott’s reaction when he found out I had already updated the CMEpalooza archive page with all of the sessions from CMEpalooza Fall (the role of “Scott” is played by Bert):

Rude but understandable since I usually don’t update the archive until, oh, around the time we are announcing the next Palooza agenda. (note from Scott: Are you picturing Derek/Ernie playing with his rubber ducky at his desk instead of updating the agenda? I sure am.)

Anyway, a big thank you to our friends over at Array for sponsoring the CMEpalooza archive and giving me the motivation to update it a little (lot) quicker than usual.

Lastly, a huge thanks to all of you who watched CMEpalooza Fall 2022 and made it a success. We had more than 200 live viewers for half of the sessions and are well over that mark for most of the rest if we include on-demand viewers of the archived versions. We continue to be amazed and humbled by the support you all have given to our little conference. See you in the spring!

Reminder of Two Upcoming Events

Happy Monday! Are you tired of hearing from us, yet? Yes? Too bad! Scott and I are delaying our usual post-CMEpalooza hibernation by a couple weeks because we just have so darned much to tell you about. I promise to keep it short and sweet.

First up, our good friends over at the ACCME have a very cool opportunity for you to contribute your educational leadership to the ACCME 2023 Meeting. They asked if we could remind everyone that they are accepting proposals for their May 16-18, 2023 annual meeting, which will take in-person at the Sheraton Chicago Hotel. You can visit the ACCME 2023 Meeting website for more information. The deadline for submissions is Friday, October 28, 2022, so get cracking!

Second, our CMEpalooza Spotlight with Broadcast Beat Studios is coming up at 11 am ET on Tuesday, Nov. 1. We’ll be talking with the team 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. Scott promises that it won’t be boring, which immediately elevates it over almost anything else you were planning to do during that time…unless during that time you were planning to do a ride along with Formula One champ Max Verstappen (note from Scott: Way to dig deep into random sports references than fewer than usual people will understand, Derek!). That would admittedly likely be more exciting, but not by much!

And lastly, here are the winners from the CMEpalooza Scavenger Hunt. Thanks again to Broadcast Beat Studios for sponsoring:

  • Antonio Meo, Associate Director, Medical Proficiency Acceleration Center, Daiichi Sankyo, Inc.
  • Jill Hays, Executive Director, Primary Care Network
  • Lauren Rieck, Manager, Medical Education Grants, National Jewish Health
  • Heather Ranels, Director of Education, MPL Association
  • Amanda Kaczerski, Director, Grant Officer, Global Medical Grants, Pfizer
  • Angelique Vinther, CME Outcomes and Reporting/Analytics Expert
  • Kimberly Moore, Medical Outcomes Science Liaison, AbbVie
  • Erica Gunderson, Physician Performance Improvement Manager, Methodist Hospital Northeast
  • Jennifer Wahl, Director, Educational Content, American College of Rheumatology
  • Kathryn Hedges, Director of Editorial Services, Physicians Postgraduate Press