I am off in the very early morning to go to San Diego for a few days of ASMBS. I will land in San Diego and meet up with none other than Michelle of The World According to Eggface, and we will be roommates because she doesn't sleep and I can keep her entertained at times. True story.
ASMBS is yearly event for bariatric professionals, like surgeons, patient coordinators, nurses, nutritionists. ASMBS is an opportunity for these pros to get together to learn about new techniques, studies, products and services for the care of the bariatric patient. It's the biggest event each year, attended by thousands.
The pros attend seminars, classes and lots of informational type events while vendors prepare and offer their goods to the pros. It's one of the only opportunities that the docs and offices get to talk to these companies one-on-one and see if their products or services match the surgeons/others needs.
I have been very fortunate to attend in 2010, 2011 and this year, 2012. I attended via a couple vendors the first year, and worked for another vendor last year, and this year I am not working the event, but just going for a couple days to get my fill of the products and services for our community -- and to attend the OAC reception.
Like I have said before: the ASMBS vendor exhibition hall is like going to the candy-store for me, a blogger who writes about mostly bariatric surgery and products suitable for the bariatric patient. As if I needed more -- I have the opportunity to sample new product and bring it home to you. This pleases me, as I am all about products and want to somehow work in the field of product marketing when I grow up. That said it's likely that going as an attendee is more fun that working at a booth. Although, I would give anything to get in to some of the educational seminars and pretend I was Dr. MM. Just saying.
I will see you on Facebook until I get home!