I have some random thoughts about this year's meeting:
- This meeting seems to be much less well-attended than the last few I went to -- less people around, little crowds, no pushing or being pushed.
- Neurobowl (neurology trivia contest) is still fun.
- There are a lot fewer freebies from the drug and device companies, which is fine with me.
- Fewer Europeans seem to be here this year than last year, but that may be a function of the West Coast location.
- The "free" seminars and lectures are the usual combination of completely obscure ("A Tat-Immune Complex Binds the NMDA Receptor, Preventing Receptor Activation and Excitotoxicity"), unrelated to anything I might ever do or see ("Predictive Value of Brainstem Auditory Evoked Potentials (BAEPs) in Decreasing Post Operative Neurological Deficit During Expanded Endonasal Approach (EEA) to Skull Base Surgeries"), interesting ("The Transition of REM Sleep Behavior Disorder to Neurodegenerative Disease") and something that may seriously affect what I do on a daily basis ("Improving Reliability of Stroke Disability Assessment in Clinical Trials and Clinical Practice: The Focused Assessment for the Modified Rankin Scale").
- Neurology of Sleep was (unfortunately) well-named. It was really hard to stay awake.
- I chatted with the former chairman of the Dept of Neurology at my medical school. He was very supportive of me when I was a med student, and I hadn't seen him in years. He didn't remember seeing me at my Boards.
- It's much more fun to come to these meetings with coworkers.
- KOLs can be pompous and annoying, but often they have very interesting theories, ideas, projects, and clinical trials.