Tuesday, April 2, 2013

It's fun to stay at the A.N.Z.C.A!

Next month, for those of you who don't follow meetings outside your own hemisphere, is the annual Australian & New Zealand College of Anaesthetists convention. This year it's being held in Melbourne.

Normally I don't pay attention to ANY meetings. Not even the ones in my own specialty, let alone someone elses' on the other side of the International Date Line. But my reader Rebecca (thank you, Rebecca!) brought this one to my attention.

All these meetings are composed of various lectures and workshops you sign up for, and this one is no different. Here's a sampling of the exciting courses available:





  


If anything sounds more stimulating than a course on coagulation management, I don't know what it is. Oh wait, I do. A can of Diet Coke.

But if you scroll farther down the list, there IS a stimulating course:


Of course, caffeine isn't the only thing you can learn about at the meeting. If your anaesthesia machine (the one that goes "ping!") is all tuned up, why not work on...


After that course, a few cups of coffee, and a bathroom break you'll be ready to move on to...



After a long day of such interesting meetings you've done all sorts of things, but on the way out of the building you discover the elevator has no windows and no doors, which offers you this chilling challenge: to find a way out!

Of course, there's always my way...

13 comments:

Anonymous said...

Fantastic! Now thats what I call a conference! Sign me up...or was this released on April Fools day..?!

Steve, Kel, Rob & Lara said...

Gah! Read that headline and thought for a second you were headed to my hometown! I guess yak herders don't need bicycle maintenance courses, huh..

Packer said...

REI offers Bike Maintenance in stores much closer to home. But there are those times when we all wish we were Australian.

Anonymous said...

$150 for a 90 minute coffee course??

Anonymous said...

Is there a course explaining why they put beets on hamburgers?

Anonymous said...

Sounds like a typical Aussie conference to me. Been to a few but not in the medical field but they do things like this. Glad to see they are sharing their convict heritage with everybody, as it is no longer necessary to have a prison record to enter the country.

If you have ever tried driving in Melbourne you will know why they need caffine and a well maintained bike to cope with all those trams and other drivers.

a kiwi with a slight chip

MSGMD said...

And do you get CME for those courses?

Calliope said...

Ha! April Fools!

I'd rather the Great Ocean Road optional tour myself!

As for the Kiwi "with the slight chip", remember Melbourne is the World's most liveable city! ;p

HHH said...

How do we get this coffee gig for our next AAP meeting? Had my son only seen this he might have thought twice about not applying to medical school!

Anonymous said...

Y'know, these courses are for the most part the same ones listed for many of those in different medical professions (i.e. pharmacy schools, critical care, cardiology, etc.) so the big idea is to get the practice to pay for any old seminar ..., and the spouse gets a free second honeymoon outa da deal? Sometimes, they're 'get your CME on the sea', or 'CE on the Yukatan'. When are the yak herders going to get together for CE in a Yurt?

Powers said...

Haunted Mansion!

Anonymous said...

I’m disturbed the coffee/caffeine course which I doubt counts for any CEUs cost more than all other courses you listed.

Supply and demand I suppose....

Aesop said...

Ah, those madcap anesthesiologists.

But if I could rack up $150/person for teaching a coffee class, I'm in the wrong end of the business.

 
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