Blog entry by Meguid El Nahas
Every time I attend an international mega congress or conference, I cant help reflecting as to the true purpose of these huge agglomeration of doctors, specialists and in our case Nephrologists.
The true education value is at best modest; mostly senior speakers repeating well rehearsed mantras....
Mostly unpublishable free communications and posters....in fact previous studies showed that less than 25% of these free communications or posters ever make it to print due to poor and unpublishable and poor quality; I suspect at some meetings the percentage is even lower...
So perhaps, we should forget CME and look for other benefits...
They are a great opportunity to meet and see some of the good and great of our profession!
They are a great opportunity to meet friends and colleagues and network.
They are a great opportunity to discuss issues, research as well as plan collaborative initiatives.
They are a great opportunity to familiarise oneself with the working of influences within medical societies and their impact on our practice and leadership. Some spend more times in committee rooms than in lecture halls.
They are great opportunity to witness the best and worst of Big Pharma.
They are great touristical opportunities as they are always held in distractingly beautiful cities where there is no competition between staying in door in badly lit conference hall or going out in the glorious sunshine....surely not teh best recipe to keep delegates attending lectures and talks...!!!
PERHAPS, WE SHOULD NOT LOOK FOR EDUCATIONAL VALUE IN THE CONVENTIONAL SENSE BUT LOOK FOR PARALLEL AND ALTERNATE EDUCATIONAL VALUES OF INTERNATIONAL CONGRESSES!
So lets share on OLA the true value of the ERA EDTA congress to those who attended; tell us what you gained from the Congress.