Who’s Hungry? (We’re Buying)

Back early on in the COVID-19 pandemic, Derek and I had one of the brilliant decent mediocre ideas that we’ve become known for over the years. Since we’re all stuck at home, we figured, why not do some good and offer up a special sponsorship that we would call CMEpalooza Feeds the People?

The concept was that we would pass along a few Grubhub gift cards to be used during our live CMEpalooza broadcasts. This way, people wouldn’t have to run out and miss one of our live sessions. Plus, they’d get a nutritious, delicious meal brought right to their front door (who am I kidding? Lots of you probably ordered Taco Bell.)

The initial response to this program in 2020 was excellent, but we shelved things at the start of 2021 figuring that, well, we’d be back to working in the office again by the time CMEpalooza Spring and Fall came around. The vaccines were rolling out, and all would be right again with the world.


So, with many of us still pounding the keyboard from the comfort of our own homes/apartments, we’re again trotting out our CMEpalooza Feeds the People program this spring. Thanks to our friends at Academic CME who agreed to sponsor this giveaway, we’re giving 25 of you the opportunity to earn a $15 Grubhub gift card. All you need to do is complete this extremely thought-provoking survey below. We’ll be in touch with our winning recipients shortly.

Your CMEpalooza Pursuit (Master Edition) Winners

First of all, let me apologize for the noise issues that may have interrupted your work day yesterday. I told Derek that the 5000 watt speakers he had “found in the trash” after a Metallica concert in 1994 would be a bit much for our CMEpalooza Pursuit (Master Edition) prize drawing festivities yesterday, but does the guy ever listen to a word I say?

(This is what we call a rhetorical question, people – the answer is obviously “No” [note from Derek: once he told me he thought St. Anger was “good” I just stopped listening to everything else.])

But just in case you happened to miss the very loud announcement of our winners,  here are the lucky folks who each collected a $100 Amazon gift card thanks to their successful completion of our Sponsor event:

  • Amanda Doughty, MLS — Medical Librarian & Clinical Education Specialist (CME), Eastern Connecticut Health Network
  • Jackie Farley — Educational Project Coordinator, Center for Continuing Education, University of Nebraska Medical Center
  • Ron Murray, Ed.D, CHCP, FACEHP, CBiol, MRSB, PGCE — Independent CPD/CME Professional
  • Vanessa Gray, MHA, CMP, CHCP — Director of Continuing Medical Education, Des Moines University
  • Christina Casanova — Manager, Development Support, PeerView Institute for Medical Education

Congrats to them all. And for anyone interested in the answers to our clues, here is the answer key for you.

CMEpalooza Pursuit (Master Edition): The True Story

I have gotten a number of inquiries over the last few days about some of the clues in our CMEpalooza Pursuit sponsor event that launched on Monday, specifically about those in our “A Day in the Life of Derek Warnick category.” Basically, people are questioning the veracity of the story line behind the clues.

I’m here to clear things up once and for all today — yes, with unquestioned certainty, everything in our clues is absolutely true. Neither Derek nor I would ever create fictitious whimsy to deceive our audience. That would just be mean.

Not sure what I’m talking about? Well then maybe you should set time aside these next few days to complete your entry forms (CMEpalooza Pursuit is an excellent activity to pursue while keeping one eye on March Madness). The details were all in Monday’s blog post announcing our event, but here are the highlights for you once again.

Here is how you play CMEpalooza Pursuit (Master Edition):

  1. Download these forms. This includes an answer sheet along with all of the categories and clues.
  2. Call up the CMEpalooza Sponsor page. This is where you’ll be able to find links to all of the companies that are part of this game. I can promise you that none of the correct answers are layered very deep in each organization’s website – it should take you no more than one (and in rare cases, two) clicks to find each answer.
  3. There are eight CMEpalooza Pursuit (Master Edition) categories. A successful entry includes one correct answer from every category.
  4. Because there are at least three companies in each category, you can submit up to three unique entries. That would give you three entries into our prize drawing. But submitting one or two completed entries is also fine.
  5. Send along your completed entry forms to me via email at scott@excaliburmeded.com. You have one week — the entry deadline is 9 am ET on Monday, March 21. We’ll have the prize drawing in a super secret location (ie, my kitchen) that afternoon and notify our winners soon thereafter.