New Haiku On The Block: It’s CMEpalooza Haiku!

my response when asked
why do you write in haiku:
why do you breathe air?

tune in next wednesday
would recommend. great. five stars.
you can watch it here

9 AM ET – How Digital Platforms, Artificial Intelligence, and Cognitive Learning Are Transforming the CME Learning Experience

let’s hope this session
doesn’t transform us into
the terminator

10 AM ET – Surviving 2021: Lessons Learned from Surviving 2020

we survived ‘20
can we survive ’21?
that’s rhetorical

11 AM ET – Two Truths and a Lie: An In-Depth Look at the New ACCME Standards for Integrity and Independence in Accredited Continuing Education

born in delaware,
can juggle fire. brown eyes
can you spot the lie?

Noon ET – Making Your Target Audience Your Outcomes Audience: Partnering to Share Our Value

only one ship can
help share your ce story
the good ship partner

1 PM ET – The Masked Provider

It’s not who I am
underneath, but what I do
that will define me

2 PM ET – Would You Rather: Grantor/Provider Edition

a would you rather:
this session done in haiku
or a musical?

3 PM ET – I Know the Answer, But What’s the Question?

A wise man once said
find the answer you seek by
the question you ask

4 PM ET – CME Pop Trivia II

like aerosmith sang
cme pop trivia
back in the saddle


such a fine reward
for sponsoring palooza
haiku with a link


yay Med Learning Group
back in the gold-life again
after a brief break

hey ho do you know
the PER head honcho
it’s Phil Talamo

a gold sponsorship
shows there is truth in their name
Projects in Knowledge


Academy for
Continued Healthcare Learning

perfect haiku name

former gold sponsor
now a silver fox

socratic method
plus healthcare plus a cool app
makes epocrates

founded in oh-six
Integrity CE gives
CE honestly

when a peer appeared
to peer at PeerAudience
a pier disappeared always a pleasure
to see friends from PlatformQ
in the sponsor queue

LAST CHANCE: Submit Questions for the “Surviving 2021” Panel

A quick reminder to get your questions in for the Surviving 2021: Lessons Learned from Surviving 2020 panel by the end of the day today. The panel is anxious to know what questions you may have related to how COVID-19 and social justice issues have impacted the health of under-represented communities and would like to spend part of the 10 a.m. ET session addressing them. Thanks to everyone who has submitted questions so far.

Today: Questions. Tomorrow: Haiku.

Hmm, Something Looks Different…

Every so often when Derek and I chat, one of us will come up with a “Wouldn’t it be nice if…” idea.

“Hey Scott, wouldn’t it be nice if we could design a costume for a CMEpalooza mascot?”

“Hey Scott, wouldn’t it be nice if we required every one of our panelists to write a personal mission statement as a haiku?”

“Hey Scott, wouldn’t it be nice if I juggle during every CMEpalooza session just to change things up?”

Needless to say, Derek’s “Wouldn’t it be nice…” ideas typically don’t make it very far.

But we do have our rare moments of genius (OK, maybe not genius, but mild competence). Probably three years ago, one of us (probably me) suggested that it was perhaps time to update the CMEpalooza website. Since our humble beginnings, we have used the DIY site that Derek designed on his own. And to give credit where it’s due, it always functioned just fine. It was simple and basic, just like Derek (note from Derek: True.)

But it also looked like a DIY site, kinda like that ’74 Chevy Nova that is sitting in your garage with parts from, well, who knows because you can’t get the original panels, wheels, or upholstery. It works, but it sure ain’t pretty.

After poking around informally for a while, we finally took the plunge a few months ago and hired a local designer to give our site a quick tune-up. Nothing major that would require you to re-learn how to navigate around our site (I hate when companies do that), but just a few tweaks that would hopefully improve your overall CMEpalooza experience.

We’re happy to formally unveil the brand new CMEpalooza website today just in time for CMEpalooza Spring next week. You may note the cosmetic differences with fonts and colors, but there are some more substantive modifications as well. The biggest is that we created an archive for our blog, so if you want to go and see what Derek wrote about on the very first CMEpalooza post in October 2013, it’s easy to find. If you search hard enough, maybe you’ll even stumble upon an Easter Egg that will lead you to Derek’s old “Confessions of a Medical Educator” website (note from Derek: the first person to find the old blog post where I adapted Allen Ginsberg’s “Howl” to vent about the state of CME wins a prize!)

We don’t think there are any glitches to the new site, but please do let us know if you find anything and we’ll get them fixed faster than you can say, “Donald Igwebuike.” Thanks everyone.