It’s in San Francisco this year, and starts in the morning. While I’m NOT a morning person I’m going to make as much of it as I can, as the lectures are good, and worth the time.
I plan to live-tweet my conferences tomorrow, so if you’re interested follow along on Twitter @gruntdoc. Last year I had more than 200, and some people liked them. We shall see, some lectures, and lecturers, are more quotable than others.
Yes, people watching here.
Update: Seems I’m not alone, I got this today (October 4th):
VERIFY YOUR PACKET CONTENTS!
Due to a printer error, some course tickets do not match course schedules in the mailed packets. Corrections have been made by the printer and were mailed on October 4. Please bring both packets with you to San Francisco. If you do not receive your corrected tickets before you leave for San Francisco, a set will be waiting for you at ACEP Registration, Moscone Center South.
Well, good. Here’s hoping the correct ones arrive on time.
Original post: I have a problem. I didn’t get what I needed from the pre-registration for this years’ SA.
When I look online, I have a full schedule, Sat-Tuesday, and while this makes me an extra-special dork, it makes me sad.
Sad, as yesterday I got my SA materials (kudos for the effort!) which have me with 2 classes on Saturday, 3 on Sunday, a full boat on Monday and none on Tuesday. Bonus, you say, but you’re wrong (again).
I just checked the ACEP SA site, and I have all the classes I signed up for online, which makes me think there’s a big disconnect between the SA site and what ACEP sent me. This matters, as ACEP gives us ‘tickets’ for every class, which are checked at the door, and in the immortal words of Indiana Jones, “No Ticket!”.
Wish me luck in about 9 days doing battle with the nice people at the registration desk…
We love you a lot! Your life has progressed in the last seven years (see the following post), we’ve been happy to have raised you (so far), and we wish you the best. First year out of the teens. Congrats. Still can’t drink.
Looking at the blog I found this trip down memory lane turned up this ‘gem’ from several years ago:
Today’s the first day of teendom for my littlest girl. She still talks to me, and that’s encouraging, but usually only about horses, or how much she loves horses, or how I should get her a horse.
Tonight we were eating TCBY, and I commented how tall something was. “It’s about 13 hands” was her reply. Horse crazy.
However, no horse this year, and she’s OK with it (though secretly resentful, in the way I still am that I didn’t get either an airplane or a motorcycle for my 13th birthday).
Happy Birthday, honey, from all of us. You are loved more than you can know.
4,474 dead, thousands more wounded.
BAGHDAD (AP) — August marked the first month since the 2003 U.S.-led invasion of Iraq that no American forces have died, according to an Associated Press tally.
Figures compiled by the AP show that no American forces died in Iraq in August either in combat or non-combat related situations, a significant achievement in a conflict that has claimed the lives of 4,474 American service members since it began.
Let their sacrifices not have been in vain.
Announcing the second annual Poetry Contest!
An award will be given to the writer who submits for consideration the most outstanding poem within the realm of health, science, or medicine.
The contest starts today and ends September 31st, 2011. The winners will be chosen shortly thereafter by an elite group of 8 judges (other doctors, friends with literary training, and select bloggers).
I’d love to see a limerick win. Make me proud…
TrendsMD is the blog of Texas Medical Liability Trust, and it has some informative things on it.
I look forward to the first insurer blog flamewar, though….
Dr. Edwin Leap (he of the excellently written and quite frequently updated EdwinLeap.com has started a second blog, to which he seeks submissions.
I think from the title of his new effort, Impeding progress, you can get a feel for what he’s after.
Interesting idea, and while it’ll give all of a place to vent our spleens, I find blogs that are all negative rants to be cringeworthy after a while. I’m sure Dr. Leap (whom I met at ACEP this year, and he didn’t know me from Adam), will do a good editorial job.
So, go hither and submit your case of impeding progress!
Fort Worth teen wins first Google Global Science Fair
Shree Bose, 17, found that a metabolic enzyme affects ovarian cancer cells that can cause them to become resistant to certain treatments and discovered a way to improve cancer treatment when such resistance happens.
The Fort Worth Country Day senior wins $50,000 in scholarships, a trip to the Galapagos Islands for her project and a three-day internship to the prominent European Organization for Nuclear Research near Geneva, known by its French acronym as CERN. Fair winners were announced last night at Google’s headquarters in Mountain View, Calif.
Bose was inspired to research cancer after her grandfather died from the illness two years ago. She has presented related work to various science fairs, winning some top honors in the Fort Worth Regional Science and Engineering Fair and the Exxonmobil Texas Science and Engineering Fair. She was one of 15 finalists in the Google competition.
Okay, a little snark for a gender switchup, but good for Ms. Bose!
The second disease ever defeated by man.
The OIE was able to declare yesterday that “the 198 countries with rinderpest-susceptible animals had been declared free of the disease”.OIE director general Bernard Vallat said: “Today we witness a historical event as rinderpest is the first animal disease ever to be eradicated by humankind.”
The other: smallpox.
This is good news.
I’m off to Fresno tomorrow, to give a chat about EPIC (our EMR), Scribes and how we see patients with all three in my ED. I’m talking to the residency that mistakenly kept me long enough to graduate, and it’ll be interesting to see their new ED (which I was told would be ready for my last residency year, joke’s on me), and the faculty that remains.
I have been given an hour and a half. I can easily talk all day about seeing patients with EPIC, an hour on scribes and hours and hours about our cascading acuity shift system, so it’s been fun writing a talk to hit the major points without going over. I think I’ve hit the right balance, but time will literally tell.
I’m still debating renting a car vs. the hotel shuttle and a couple of taxi rides. I like the freedom of having my own wheels, but as I’m there for right at 27 hours (many of which will be spent sleeping) it seems kind of a waste. Still debating.
Couldn’t be a better time to be flying, right? This week I will not gripe about everyone going through the TSA’s enhanced interrogation.
(I wonder if any of the Fresno EM residents twitter, that would be interesting…)