Blog | Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Best of convention hopping


After a whirlwind of conventions, it's time to head back to the office. But, before I go, a few non-clinical highlights:

Most unusual swag: It looks like a highlighter, but one end is a hand sanitizer spray, and the other is lip balm.

Rudest attendee: Raised his hand in the MIDDLE of a session and said, "I don't mean to be rude, but this is a little boring."

Strangest group psychology: the outsized appeal of free food. It's not as if any conference attendees would have trouble affording a couple of bucks for a snack. In fact, many of us are on expense accounts. But throw out a tray of muffins or a case of soda and we're stuffing our pockets like a horde of street urchins.

Weirdest souvenir: The ACR daily paper encouraged attendees to purchase a "Rodman Commemorative Gout Print." Your guess is as good as mine.

Strangest wardrobe: It may have related to the high percentage of foreign attendees, but spotted at ACR were a mullet, a pink fringed suit, and a study author's top so sparkly it could have blinded a cameraman.

Marketing gone wildest: In a montage promoting MGMA 2009, screen faded from e=mc2 to DEN=mc2, to DENVER. Hunh?

Most mysterious session title: Indian Hedgehog and Parathyroid Hormone-related Protein Regulate Articular Chondrocyte Differentiation.