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Boston: National Association of Chain Drug Stores – NACDS Total Store Expo

NACDS is the National Association of Chain Drug Stores, and it’s all about advancing the interests and objectives of the chain community pharmacy industry, fostering its growth and promoting its role as a provider of healthcare services and consumer products. Total Store Expo is their show.  For over 80 years, NACDS has served as a vibrant community of chains and suppliers, making this one of this retail industry sector’s signature events. In the days following the 2014 conference, 97 percent of attendees indicated that they planned to return in 2015.  Were they inspired to come again by keynoters like journalist and author Jane Pauley, or maybe former US Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta?  And while on the subject, what role do drugstore chains play exactly in Keeping America Safe?  Let me count the ways…  #NACDSTSE

Anaheim: California HR Conference – Professionals in Human Resources Association – PIHRA

PIHRA is the California HR Conference.  The acronym stands for the Professionals in Human Resources Association.  As a delegate, you could join more than 2,200 practitioners, providers and presenters at the conference, and maybe earn HR Certification Institute Strategic Business Management, Global, and General certification credits. Concurrent sessions were presented by experienced speakers in Employment Law & Legislation, Business Management & Strategy, Talent Management, International HR, Diversity & Inclusion, Benefits & Compensation, and Personal & Leadership Development, as well as General HR.  Wait, if you’re working in Human Resources, and husbanding all those “human resources”, doesn’t that make you a “human resource” yourself?  In which case… um… how exactly does a resource husband a resource?  Just asking…  #PIHRA

Chicago: American Society for Healthcare Engineering – ASHE

ASHE is the American Society for Healthcare Engineering, a personal membership group of the American Hospital Association. More than 11,000 members count ASHE as a key source of professional development and industry information.  Indeed, more than 3,000 professionals gather on-site to get the vital dope on health care compliance, codes and standards updates, emerging trends, and best practices for efficiency, sustainability, emergency preparedness, and other pressing topics in the field.  There was official recognition for outstanding members for their dedication to improving the health care physical environment.  The Crystal Eagle award, ASHE’s “lifetime achievement” award, was presented to George Mills, director of the Department of Engineering at the Joint Commission. ASHE also recognized members who attained senior (SASHE) and fellow (FASHE) status.   Kind of a FASHEon show….  Next on the catwalk is…

Kansas City: Family Medicine Residents & Students National Conf.

There they all were, fresh-faced, bright-eyed, bushy-tailed and toting their totes, for the Family Medicine Residents & Students National Conference.  Have you noticed how over time the medics seem to get younger and younger?  Each year a portion of this conference’s program is dedicated to a special theme. In 2014, attention focused on health care transformation plus associated topics and issues as they relate to family medicine and the role family physicians have in shaping change.  Enthusiastic young delegates could enhance their clinical skills such as monitoring heart sounds, learning procedures in family medicine, and how to manage chronic pain, in addition to a wide range of additional workshop topics.  They were all there to “capture a vision of Family Medicine”.  Think Little House On The Prairie with stethoscopes….  #AAFP

San Antonio: Nursery & Landscape Expo – TNLA

TNLA is the Nursery & Landscape Expo — the initials stand for Texas Nursery & Landscape Association.  Half a million square feet of the Henry B Gonzalez Convention Center played host to an impressive one thousand vendor booths.  Among the attractions were the Gift & Garden Marketplace, the 2014 Parks & Patio Display, and countless new product innovations.  After a hectic day plant-spotting, delegates could wander at leisure along San Antonio’s riverside walks, take in the old Spanish Governor’s Palace (“the only remaining example in Texas of an aristocratic 18th-century Spanish Colonial townhouse”), historic Mission Churches, and of course the star turn of Old San Anton’s attractions, The Alamo.  Okay, I’m back at the show now.  Which booth has the famous Yellow Rose of Texas?  #TNLAEXPO2014

Miami Beach: FIME Show – Federation of International Medical Equipment Suppliers

FIME stands for Federation of International Medical Equipment Suppliers, and the Show has been going for 24 years.  The FIME trade fair and congress is billed as the largest international event of its kind held in the USA annually.  Over 10,000 healthcare industry professionals came to see the latest in medical equipment, med-tech, services, products and supplies.  Education-wise, there were seven tracks to follow, diverse avenues representing comprehensive learning opportunities for the medical professional:  The Smart Hospital, IntermedCon, BiomedCon, MedisalesCon, CliniCon, MedTekCon and Private PracticeCon. Hmmm… Wait.  That sounds like an awful lot of “Cons”.  Where were the “Pros”…?  Oh, okay, they were the ones waiting in line to get in…  #fime2014

Portland: Farwest Show

Farwest Show is the sought-after ticket to the nursery and retail garden center industry. This year’s Farwest Trade Show was a biggie, whether you were a retailer, grower, landscape professional, wholesale buyer of plants or horticultural services or a supplier.  There were a host of new ideas for all, to increase efficiency, sales and profitability.  Among the 800 booths, there were trends, insights, ideas, new plants and state-of-the-art products to be found. Shortages sometimes appear in the market, we were told, and some plants have been getting more difficult to find, so the Farwest Trade Show was where frustrated buyers could meet up with hundreds of the best growers in the country, and track down that elusive plant-life product.  Okay listen, I don’t know what it’s called, but there’s this cactussy-looking thing with bluish leaves that look like toothbrushes and these really weird bulbous kind of orange-and-purple flowers….  #FarwestShow