I just got back from Essentials of Emergency Medicine 2011. In my opinion, this is the première Emergency Medicine Conference in the world! Mel Herbert continues to be the master of EM education.
There were three people I very much wanted to hang out with…
The visionary behind the life in the fast lane blog–Mike did not disappoint. The words that come to mind are iconoclastic genius. The first night I met Mike, he saved my butt. My presentations this year were mostly video, and since I'm a PC guy and essentials is an all Mac event, not a single one of the videos worked. The AV folks were busy getting set up and did not respond to my pleading eyes and frank begging. I was not a happy camper, especially after not having slept for 38 hours at this point. I finally could not handle keeping my eyes open for a moment longer and figured I would just deal with it the next day. Mike stayed up for I don't know how many hours and actually fixed the computer of the AV company to get my videos to work. Mike–I owe you mate, you are a gracious and kind man!
Mike did a series of three incredible lectures on social media that will soon be posted on life in the fast lane.
I got to meet da dog for the first time at essentials prior to him performing 10 minutes of stand-up gold at the conference. He is exactly how I imagined he would be–funny, smart, and cynical with a heart of gold (gold as in golden shower-playa). If you have not watched his videos, what the hell is wrong with you. Got to zdoggmd.com IMMEDIATELY!
I met Rob once before, but I couldn't wait to see him again. I feel like Rob's precocious younger brother. We talk by skype all the time and I feel like I know him well despite this only being the second time we have met. Rob's ERCAST is some of the best general EM podcasting out there.
Rob gave 3 lectures that established him as a presentation pro.