Go south from the “O.C.” – Orange County, California, where the sun shines on the beaches and girls in bikinis play volleyball, and you find yourself in San Diego, land of the surfers in the shadow of a large U.S. Navy base.
It’s also home to a large convention center right by the Pacific. And that’s where 30,000 blood doctors and researchers from around the world are about to converge for the annual American Society of Hematology (ASH) annual meeting. Beginning December 10, they’ll absorb study data for blood related cancers like leukemia and lymphoma and blood conditions like sickle cell disease and hemophilia.
Tucked off to one corner is the news media – the regulars like The New York Times and USA Today and a host of journals read by doctors around the world. And then there’s Patient Power. This year Read more »
*This blog post was originally published at Andrew's Blog*
Since 1990, the annual TED conference (Technology, Entertainment, and Design) has been a popular destination for inspirational, invitation-only speakers offering “ideas worth spreading.” Well, that spreading spilled over into healthcare and inspired the creation of TEDMED, a veritable who’s who of innovators in medicine who happen to be outstanding speakers and entertainers. Unfortunately, TEDMED is a bit pricey and exclusive – charging $4000/ticket to attend – and so some creative young folks decided to create a free sister conference at the same venue. They called it “BIL:PIL” as a kind of riff on Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure, and keeping “PIL” for a rhyming medical theme. Pretty funny.
Funnier still is that my friend and Better Health contributor Jonathan Sheffi has lured me into presenting at BIL:PIL. I’ll be joined by some speakers from TEDMED and a gaggle of social media and medical technology innovators. In fact, it’s not too late to register or vote for your favorite speaker at BIL:PIL as programming will not be finalized until September 30th.
The meeting will be held October 30th and 31st at the San Diego State University BioScience Center in San Diego, California.
When an open conference in medicine is named after Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure – you know it’s going to be entertaining. Hope you can join us. Go sign up now… 😉