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#21 rev ronin

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Posted 06 April 2017 - 02:05 AM

With the availability of free or cheap online CME, are conferences ANYWHERE really worth the time and effort?

 

Between recerting ACLS, PALS, etc. in person; UpToDate credit for things I actually use; teaching EMT class; Journal-based Cat 1 CME; and a few other miscellaneous sources, I routinely exceed 100 hours of Cat 1 CME per year.

 

I would rather network locally than nationally, because I'm already living and working in my chosen community.



#22 EMEDPA

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Posted 06 April 2017 - 03:49 AM

I go to AAPA generally as a social event or because it is in an interesting city. At this point in my career most of the cme in my specialty is presented at a level which is too basic with few exceptions , like the excellent sepsis small group panel I attended last year. this is a great conference if youhave been in practice less than 5 years or are changing specialties. If you are looking for hard core, cutting edge cme in a specialty probably better to go to a specialty specific pa or physician conference(for me this would be sempa or acep).


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#23 LKPAC

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Posted 06 April 2017 - 02:33 PM

I agree with some of you.  CME online is easier and cheaper, but sometimes I like to see a real speaker, maybe even ask a question.  I also like to interact with other PAs.  Maybe run into an old classmate.

 

Regarding Las Vegas, I enjoy it there.  Even for people who don't gamble, there's lots to do: great restaurants, spas, fancy hotels, golfing, some terrific shows, museums, outdoors experiences.  I find that most people who "don't like Las Vegas" don't realize how much it offers.  That's OK.  Less crowded for me.


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#24 DogLovingPA

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Posted 06 April 2017 - 03:47 PM

I too like conferences more than online CME - as online, let's face it, half the time I'm barely paying attention to what I am reading.  But I have all the CME I need for this cycle and I'm already taking 3 weeks away from work/home to go to Iraq so I'd rather not spend another week away when I don't need it.  I'm 4 yrs out from graduation, haven't attended the AAPA conference yet, did go to SEMPA last year. 


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#25 l.a.lewis

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Posted 21 April 2017 - 05:20 AM

My school does a yearly primary care conference.  I think the lectures are relevant, and I get to visit friends/places in my old city.  Win-win!  Vegas is...overrated, in my opinion. 



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Posted 21 April 2017 - 01:45 PM

Aside from a national EMS conference for a couple of years last attended about five years ago, I haven't been to a PA sponsored event in over thirty years. Online/audio CME is fine for me.

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Posted 21 April 2017 - 01:51 PM

Onsite CME is a social thing for me. There is so much free CME available online and locally that I really don't need to travel anywhere for a conference.


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Posted 23 April 2017 - 12:42 AM

I'm going. But nearly didn't. I like conferences, and have never been to Vegas. But gambling bores the snot out of me, I hate vacationing in places where bars allow smoking, and could spend my CME money at more desireable venues. I can see why people are opting out. I chose to go because I thought the AAPA conference in SFO was well run, it's easy to get CME credit quickly, and I can reconnect with PA school classmates.

#29 Reality Check 2

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Posted 23 April 2017 - 12:48 AM

My only time off bank is awful. So, I have to choose between family and CME. 

 

I choose local CME and online and save the days off from work for family.

 

I have a CME budget but it doesn't do any good to use it if I have to use personal PTO for the days.

 

The last AAPA in Vegas - I was there. I wasn't very politically concerned and found AAPA to be HUGE and overwhelming and really got tired of shuttling between buildings in 110 degree heat.

 

Not a gambler - too chicken. Too tired from work to go anywhere or do anything other than sleep and splurge on room service. 

 

Now, I would like to go and work on the issues at hand. Dang it.


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#30 bluepillow

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Posted 23 April 2017 - 04:24 AM

Once you get away from the hotel/casino strip, Nevada/Arizona are spectacular. 30 mins in any direction leads to beautiful state parks and mountains and canyons. I thoroughly enjoyed my visit to Las Vegas earlier this year, and we really only spent a few hours doing stuff on the actual strip. If you don't like Vegas for anything other than weather, you're not trying very much.



#31 UGoLong

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Posted 23 April 2017 - 11:15 AM

I've been to a few AAPA conferences and have enjoyed but I am not a fan of Vegas. Being around literally thousands of PAs is a good thing and I suspect it's where the leadership gets a hands-on view of where the membership are philosophically.

 

Maybe next year in New Orleans. I enjoyed San Antonio and DC is close to family.


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Posted 23 April 2017 - 02:01 PM

I just bought the Virtual SEMPA 360 conference - easier and WAY cheaper.  I'm likley going to my national conference this year, largely because I can stay with a friend and I might be presenting (waiting to hear back).  There is a local one I'm attending as well, and I try to get to EM Grand rounds at the local medical school when I'm able.  If I use Up To Date at work or home, instant credits - we have an institutional account, so no excuse.  I would like to get to SEMPA live once, just to connect with people I don't really know - cross border reciprocity likely got put back a bit with the new POTUS, but we never know.

 

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#33 sas5814

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Posted 23 April 2017 - 04:58 PM

I'm going. But nearly didn't. I like conferences, and have never been to Vegas. But gambling bores the snot out of me, I hate vacationing in places where bars allow smoking, and could spend my CME money at more desireable venues. I can see why people are opting out. I chose to go because I thought the AAPA conference in SFO was well run, it's easy to get CME credit quickly, and I can reconnect with PA school classmates.

I go to Vegas every few years for a few days. Few casinos allow smoking anymore. If you go old school downtown casinos they are like a giant hotbox. I spend very little time gambling... I think I played blackjack for 2 hours and just for grins put $100 in a $100 slot machine and won $550. Walked away. There are a zillion shows, events, places to go and things do and things to see that have nothing to do with gambling. A lot of it is free. Last time we were there at Christmas and the displays were amazing. Lots more than casinos...


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Posted 23 April 2017 - 10:00 PM

Few casinos allow smoking anymore. 

 

Really?  This is very surprising; something I never thought I would see.  Alienating a good part of their target demographic...


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Posted 24 April 2017 - 12:12 AM

Really?  This is very surprising; something I never thought I would see.  Alienating a good part of their target demographic...

 

They like people to return...hard to gamble when you're coughing up a tumour :-D

 

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#36 jdtpac

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Posted 24 April 2017 - 12:33 AM

My friend is going, but hotel alone cost over $1.2K for the week. 

I am going, but here is my beef with the AAPA this year. I’m not staying at the Mandalay Bay because they want $256 per night per room before taxes, which will bring your rooms about $300 a night. I’m staying at the Luxor which is right next door and I’m paying $79 a night for the same size room. I think the AAPA has done a terrible job of negotiating the room rates for this conference. BTW-because of my disability I need to get two rooms, one for myself and my wife, and one for my caregiver. At my cost because I only work part-time and do not get any benefits. It would’ve cost me $3000 for 5 days at the Mandalay Bay. This doesn’t include the cost of airfare for 3 people, conference registration and food plus entertainment,

 

I’m also going because I’m a delegate from Ohio and very interested in all the topics that will be discussed this year at the HOD.



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Posted 25 April 2017 - 11:35 PM

I am going, but here is my beef with the AAPA this year. I’m not staying at the Mandalay Bay because they want $256 per night per room before taxes, which will bring your rooms about $300 a night. I’m staying at the Luxor which is right next door and I’m paying $79 a night for the same size room. I think the AAPA has done a terrible job of negotiating the room rates for this conference. 

 

I have to agree.  I am getting a room at MB on my own for cheaper than the conference rates.


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