This week as we all know is a large conference dedicated to the latest developments in the field. Experts present papers, research and videos. Vendors display the latest technology. And I put on my khakis, blue blazer and a tie and meet with some of the experts about ongoing projects.
I am of course talking about the World Congress of Endoscopic Surgery!
This year we are at the Gaylord National, a cavernous structure just upriver from Washington.
Several vendors including Sony are displaying 3D video systems, robotic surgery devices and innumerable new instruments for minimally invasive surgery.
The Gaylord is surrounded by a prefabricated Disney-like town with hotels, restaurants and condos. Washington DC is apparently pretty nearby, but there is no easy way to get there. No worries, have a conference in DC proper later in the year.
That being said, there are some decent restaurants and it is an easy walk to and from the meeting.
As usual we have our exhibit, where we display our book and DVD products, take some orders and meet and greet doctors from around the world.
Today I also attended a meeting of a medical society whose website we manage, and then stood in the hotel lobby having informal discussions with numerous surgeons who passed by.
We have several long-term projects in which we primarily work via phone and email, so it is always good to get a few minutes of face time with people you don't see the rest of the year.
The location is actually quite pleasant - the weather is warm, there is a slight breeze coming off the river and the sunsets are nice.
This is one of the times each year when we leave the office to interact in person with our customers. It is always busy leading up to it and it goes fast. Pay attention, or you might miss something.
Thanks for visiting.