• CMEopoly: Our Mea Culpas
    On the Jewish calendar, today is Yom Kippur, our Day of Atonement when we are supposed to acknowledge and repent for our sins over the last year. Since so, so many of you have pointed out various issues and errors with our CMEopoly sponsor event that rolled out on Friday, I thought it would be only be fair to own up to all of the issues in this public forum, even those that aren’t of my own doing,
    1. “There are 12 spaces on the answer form but you said we only needed to provide 11 responses” Yes, my math skills are apparently eroding. Go ahead and skip a color block if you want to. No penalty. Yup, my fault.
    2. “Company X’s website is down” Unbeknownest to us, one of our sponsors was migrating to a new server in the hours when we launched CMEopoly last week, causing all sorts of chaos among those of you delving deep for clue answers. Their site was back up in a few hours. Patience, people, patience. Nope, not my fault.
    3. “There are two ‘Purple Space’ blocks” What can I say, there are only so many colors in my mental color palette. I guess I could have given a Violet or Plum category, but I didn’t. So go ahead and mush all of the purple clues in one big category and give us two answers. Yup, my fault.
    4. “These clues are too easy. Everyone is going to get them right.” The purpose of CMEopoly isn’t to make you work extremely hard to find right answers, but rather to expose you to some of the great work our many sponsors are producing right now. Nope, not my fault.
    5. “You made yourself one of the clue answers. How arrogant.” Call it arrogance, call it laziness, call it shameless self-promotion. I won’t, however, tell you which question this refers to. Yup, my fault.
    6. “The wording of one of these questions is terrible. I don’t understand what you are asking.” This is why we offer multiple options in each category. Writing 36 good clues is a lot of work – they aren’t all going to be perfect. But I did double check to make sure there is nothing erroneous or misleading – we’re good. Nope, not my fault.
    So there you have it – another year where I’ve wiped the slate clean. I’m sure there will be plenty of replenishment in the coming months (note from Derek: I guarantee it.) And just as a reminder, you still have time to complete your CMEopoly entries and earn a chance at winning a $100 Amazon gift card. Entries are due at 5 pm ET on Friday, so get cracking!
  • Our Fall Sponsor Event: CMEopoly
    Here at CMEpalooza HQ, there is nothing we like more than our sponsors (OK, maybe the 76ers – preseason starts next week!!). And to celebrate our sponsors, as well as our loyal blog readers, we love trotting our special events in advance of every live broadcast date to both give exposure to our sponsors as well as pass along some handy spending cash to a few lucky folks. I am sure that Halloween candy has doubled in price once again this year (man, I miss the days when a quarter could buy you a Baby Ruth bar), so we’re once again giving away $500 in Amazon gift cards this year. Five winners will get $100 each. After its successful unveiling in the Spring of 2020, we’re bring back one of our old favorites this Fall – CMEopoly. Yes, yes, Derek prefers that we call it CMonopolE, but when do I ever listen to him? Here is what you need to know to play CMEopoly:
    1. Click on this link to download the necessary forms. That will give you a game board, the full list of “clues,” and an answer sheet.
    2. Call up our Sponsor page, where you can get information about all of the CMEpalooza Fall sponsors as well as links to their websites (this is vitally important since you’ll need them to get all of the answers).
    3. You earn one entry into our prize drawing for answering one question in each color bundle. We have a lot of sponsors this year (36 of ’em!) so there is more work than usual to qualify. Each entry will require 11 correct answers, though to ease your burden, I made the questions easier than usual (note from Derek: Scott is getting soft.) This shouldn’t take you long.
    4. You can submit up to two entries into the prize drawing, but for each entry, you must answer a unique series of clues. Each successful entry earns one chance at winning.
    5. When you complete your answer form(s), email it to me at scott@medcasewriter.com. Make sure to include your name and professional affiliation so that when we announce that you’ve won, everyone can be sufficiently jealous.
    Entries are due on Friday, October 7 at 5 p.m. ET, so get cracking.  
  • Our First Freebie: CMEpalooza Feeds the People
    NOTE: The enrollment for this promotion is full. Those who were among the first 25 respondents will be receiving further information to redeem their gift cards from us shortly. Hold on tight, people – we’re going to be throwing a lot of stuff at you these next few weeks in the lead up to CMEpalooza Fall on Wednesday, October 19 (for the love of God, if you haven’t blocked off your calendar that day with a note that “Uncle George and Aunt Pat need help in the orchard,” please do so immediately). There will be more chances than ever to earn money and other goodies for doing not much more than going about your daily lives. Sounds pretty easy, right? Surely there has to be a catch? What kind of idiots would give away things for doing nothing? (Looks at Derek. Nods glumly) Thanks to our sponsors at Integritas Communications, we’re trotting out our first freebie giveaway today. Good news for you is that it’s also the one that takes the least effort of all. It’s our CMEpalooza Feeds the People initiative, where you can get a $15 Grubhub gift card for doing nothing more than being one of the first 25 individuals to complete the form at the bottom of this post. We’re only asking for three things:
    1. Your name
    2. Your email
    3. Your favorite type of pie
    Our hope is that you will use this gift card to order a lunch delivery on the day of CMEpalooza Fall so that you don’t miss a second of our award-winning education (Derek’s wife voted CMEpalooza the “Most Annoying Topic of Conversation in Our Household” last year, so we are officially an award winner) (note from Derek: it narrowly beat out “Reasons I Love Joel Embiid” for the award), but since we can’t really trace when you use the gift card, I suppose you can use it this weekend to order chicken wings from that place down the street. You’ll just feel really guilty if you do.