Chicago: AOSSM #AOSSM2013

July 11-14, 2013. AOSSM is the American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine.  The banners over the reception desk portrayed a comely young practitioner of Women’s Soccer, who looked healthy enough that she probably never had a medical-related day off in her life.  But sport, we heard, can be a danger to your health and wellbeing, and this is the branch of the healthcare industry that picks up the pieces when things go wrong.  What kind of things?  Well, “Can Bracing Affect Altered Gait Patterns in Femoroacetabular Impingement?”, for a start.  Then there was the session on “Understanding the Pincer: The Importance of Reference Plane Orientation on Acetabular Rim Evaluation”.  “Arthroscopic Hip Revision Surgery for Residual FAI: Surgical Outcomes” was a must-catch, not forgetting wise words from the Association of Femoral Neck Stress Fractures with Femoral Acetabular Impingement.  When you think about it, running onto a sport field begins to sound insanely risky…

Orlando: Insight Annual Conference

Sept. 24-27, 2013. InSight is the largest independent user group for McKesson Provider Technologies customers in the healthcare field. Whether you were a front-line user, an IT or department manager, or an IT or healthcare executive, your voice through InSight made a difference, we heard, in the decisions made within McKesson Provider Technologies.  The InSight365 2013 Annual Conference brought together InSight members, McKesson Technology Solutions users and providers in Orlando to take advantage of hundreds of education sessions with the latest resources for addressing regulatory challenges, improving technical skills and streamlining workflows. The conference also provided networking opportunities with McKesson customers and McKesson product experts. Fellow users and McKesson product experts provided new knowledge, tips and best practices that could be implemented immediately upon attendees’ return to their facility.  Wait.  Can you shorten McKesson Knowledge to McKnowledge?

Las Vegas: PAINWeek

Sept. 4-6, 2013. Pain is a persistent problem in the treatment of many medical conditions.  These can be as diverse as headache, cystitis, fibromyalgia, rheumatism, facial pain and dental pain.  PAINWeek assembled physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, nurses, pharmacists, psychologists, hospitalists, dentists, social workers, and podiatrists, all there to talk about pain, both acute and chronic.  There were more than 60 exhibits with representatives ready to demonstrate their latest products and offer information on the most advanced equipment, supplies, and services for any medical practice. Special sessions included The Complexity Model: A Novel Approach to Collaborative Pain Management;  Learning to Unlearn: How Coaching Is Changing the Pain Management Landscape;  and Developing a Transformative Vocabulary: How the Words We Use Can Make or Break Chronic Pain.  We knew that “words can never hurt you”.. but they can fix pain…? Seriously?

Orlando: American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons #AAOMS2013

AAOMS is the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons. Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons care for patients with problem wisdom teeth, facial pain, and misaligned jaws. They treat accident victims suffering facial injuries, place dental implants, care for patients with oral cancer, tumors and cysts of the jaws, and perform facial cosmetic surgery. The AAOMS supports the dental specialty of oral and maxillofacial surgery through a variety of activities that address such areas as the safe and effective delivery of office based anesthesia, state and federal government affairs, education and training programs for oral and maxillofacial surgical residents, and the development of continuing educational programming. AAOMS offers a number of workshops, seminars, and courses for every member of the OMS office. There, that brought a smile to your face…

Las Vegas: PAINWeek

Sept. 6-8, 2013. Pain is a persistent problem in the treatment of many medical conditions.  These can be as diverse as headache, cystitis, fibromyalgia, rheumatism, facial pain and dental pain.  PAINWeek assembled physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, nurses, pharmacists, psychologists, hospitalists, dentists, social workers, and podiatrists, all there to talk about pain, both acute and chronic.  There were more than 60 exhibits with representatives ready to demonstrate their latest products and offer information on the most advanced equipment, supplies, and services for any medical practice. Special sessions included The Complexity Model: A Novel Approach to Collaborative Pain Management;  Learning to Unlearn: How Coaching Is Changing the Pain Management Landscape;  and Developing a Transformative Vocabulary: How the Words We Use Can Make or Break Chronic Pain.  We knew that “words can never hurt you”.. but they can fix pain…? Seriously?

Philadelphia: AADE

August 7-10, 2013. AADE stands for the American Association of Diabetes Educators. It’s a multi-disciplinary professional membership organization dedicated to improving diabetes care through education. With more than 13,000 professional members including nurses, dietitians, pharmacists, and others, AADE has a vast network of practitioners involved in the daily treatment of diabetes patients. The association strives to deliver service and support for members and other stakeholders, placing the needs of the diabetes educator at the center of products, programs and activities. Hot topics at present include Adult Immunizations and Diabetes — What You Need to Know;  Diabetes Care and Emergency Preparedness;  and Healthy Fats, Heart Disease & Type 2 Diabetes.  That last one has been looking at new evidence-based research regarding the impact of different types of fat on chronic disease, and which oils to recommend to manage type 2 diabetes.  Sort of like “pouring oil on troubled waters”…?

Miami: FIME

August 7-9, 2013. FIME features four big healthcare industry sectors:  Medical Technology, Medical Products and Supplies, Medical Services and Medical Equipment.  What kind of exhibitor companies did visitors see on the stands?  Well, hospital suppliers, surgical suppliers, suppliers of homecare, diagnostic products and services, laboratory kit, dental products, orthopedic supplies, medical and biomedical services, long-term care, disposable products…  Around 50,000 visitors came through the doors, 80% of them from the USA, but a healthy showing too from Europe, Asia/Pacific, Africa and the Middle East.  Clinicians, physicians and technicians were rubbing shoulders with business managers and government officials.  Those focused on acute care outnumbered the chronic care specialists by about two to one, but, given demographic shifts, that relationship may be changing in favor of longer-term treatment.  Hang in there, patients…