So, I have an idea. It’s probably not a very good idea. In fact, it might be a very bad idea, considering that it came to me after reading an article about Burning Man (I promise there is no nudity involved in this idea) – an article I read shortly after receiving an email informing me that my abstract for the Alliance’s Annual Conference had been accepted, but, for the second year in a row, only under the condition that it be altered from my original vision. I’m not complaining. Really, I’m not. I’m honored they accepted it, just as I was last year. But…I would love to be able to give my presentation they way I intended to give my presentation, sans influence from the outside. I want to do it the way I want to do it.
This is my idea: CMEpalooza. A conference for CME/CE professionals that lets anyone talk about anything, anyway they want. No abstract gets rejected, unless it has absolutely no connection to continuing education for health care professionals. Individuals can shape their presentations in whatever way they want. There are no limits on topics, formats, number of presenters, or length of presentation. You can do it the way you want to do it. A 5 minute blogging demo done in iambic pentameter? Fine. A two hour session on physician learning preferences using 10 panel members each speaking a different language? Sure.
Actually, there is one restriction: you need to be able to do whatever you’re going to do in front of a webcam, because that’s how we’re pulling this off. We’re going to use Google’s Hangouts On Air platform to stream presentations from whatever location each presenter is at. Participants can either watch them streaming live (from the conference’s Google+ page, YouTube channel, or conference blog) or view the archived versions later.
The way I see this working is that we pick a two or three day stretch for CMEpalooza, maybe sometime in the spring. People send me an abstract with their name, presentation title, preferred day, approximate length of time needed, and whatever other info they want participants to know. Based on that, I put together an agenda, post it online, and participants can tune into the specific sessions they want to see or watch later. Obviously, there’s still kinks to be worked out, but I actually don’t think it would be that difficult to do.
So, what do you think? Totally ridiculous? Kind of cool? I really like the idea of just turning people loose and seeing what ideas they have. Or maybe it could be a platform for those who submitted an abstract to the Alliance but didn’t get accepted. Or maybe somebody who isn’t comfortable getting up in front of a crowd of people and talking would feel more comfortable presenting in this kind of format. I don’t know. Clearly, this is just in the brainstorming stage right now and maybe won’t ever get past that. But, please feel free to drop me a note and let me know your thoughts and ideas. Would you present at something like this? Would you watch live sessions? Would an archive be valuable? Comment below or email me at dwarnick@theCMEguy.com.
Oh, I’m not totally sold on the name, either…