Day two, things I’ve learned / observed:
Todays’ lectures were good overall, but were uncoordinated, to the point we got the same info several times. (That’s not all bad, we’re ER Docs and repetition is our Friend).
Most people’s Powerpoint presentations are fair, on bad backgrounds. I no longer want to look at speckled-blue backgrounds with yellow type. And, if your graphics look funny on your monitor, they’ll be indecipherable when shined on a big screen.
Don’t read your slides to us: use the bullet points to emphasize what you want to say (something I’m guilty of).
Don’t apologize either for your talk or your slides. We’re paying to hear you and what you know/teach. Do it!
Octreotide can be used as a therapeutic agent in some types of bowel obstructions (it’s an ‘off label’ use). News to me, and I need to learn more.
10% of caucasians lack the enzyme to convert codeine into morphine, the active metabolite. (Aside: It doesn’t matter: 97% of my patients report codeine doesn’t work for them, making me wonder about the enzyme and its prevalence). (The rest are allergic to it).
Nurse speakers have WAY too many certification acrynoms following their names. This is one of those things that’s probably profession-specific, and the more certs a nurse has the better in the nursing world. However, it’s jarring to see a dozen-plus random consonants after a presenters’ name.
Tomorrow, the Main conference begins. More later!