Monday, October 17, 2011

Doctors really are technology dinosaurs.

So, here I am at my CME conference.  Like I said yesterday, it's been a while since I've attending a live conference.  They've gone high-tech.  There are no handouts at all- instead we were handed a flash drive, which contains all of the presentations.  I did bring my laptop, so I was all set to go.  I have to say, I'm loving it.  All of the presentations come up in Adobe Reader, and I can just type in notes and comments.  No more hauling around piles of handouts, which inevitably would just get shoved in some drawer in my office for years until I finally got fed up and threw them all out without ever looking at them again...



Everyone also got one of these handy little electronic response cards.  This way, the lecturer can ask questions, we respond, and there is immediate feedback presented.  It's kind of like the "Ask the Audience" option on Who Wants to be a Millionaire, except without Regis Philbin or the big bucks.


One thing that has surprised me is the general level of angst I've seen from the physicians here regarding the lack of a paper-and-pencil option.   Some people are really ticked that there are no handouts.  Keep in mind, we were warned in advance that this was a "green" conference and that all presentations would be electronic.  People just can't seem to grasp the concept.  There is also some confusion regarding the fact that all the evaluations of the course need to be done online.  One middle-aged woman that I was talking to yesterday seemed positively panic-stricken regarding this.

Come on, my fellow physicians!  Let's move into the 21st century!

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