Regional Events Will Connect Hospitals, Vendors
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The April MD Expo (Irvine) was re-scheduled to be held in Irvine, California on July 27-29. However, Hotel Irvine (the venue) recently announced that it will remain closed through July, and likely for the remainder of the year.
“This is a situation unlike any we’ve faced previously. We had an event planned, but no venue to hold it. So, we took this opportunity to redesign how this program will look because MD Publishing wants to be a leader in restoring conferences to the HTM community,” according to an email. “We are moving forward with our events in 2020 with a new, safer format that supports state HTM associations.”
The scheduled MD Expo Irvine has been replaced with three smaller, regional HTM Mixers in Colorado, Wisconsin and California.
“We understand that participants may be hesitant or unable to travel so by providing local, regional conferences, we will be able to provide the education and networking that they need,” the email adds. “If hospitals can’t come to us, we will go to them.”
What are HTM Mixers?
Think of them as MD Expo 2.0 – a slightly modified, smaller, shorter-duration, less-crowded and safer-environment event that still provides valuable continuing education, networking and vendor engagement opportunities.
“We took this opportunity to redesign how this program will look because MD Publishing wants to be a leader in restoring conferences to the HTM community,” MD Publishing President and Founder John Krieg said.
The first HTM Mixer is scheduled for Denver, Colorado on August 19 and 20. It is being held with the support of CABMET.
“Cancelling our CABMET symposium was the hardest decision we have had to make as an organization,” CABMET’s Robert Smothers, CBET, said. “The timing was during the height of the pandemic, and the future was very uncertain. We decided, in an abundance of caution, to cancel it for this year. First time we have had to do that since the beginning of our annual symposium. Now, with the future a little clearer, we very much look forward to the opportunity you folks have provided us with the HTM mixer.”
CABMET President Leticia Reynolds said the HTM Mixer has the biomed community excited.
“I think the CABMET members will be excited to be part of the HTM Mixer. It will be a chance to relax and just see people again that maybe we haven’t had the opportunity to see in awhile,” she said.
The second HTM Mixer is set for October 1 and 2 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin with support from the newly renamed Wisconsin Biomed Association.
WBA Board Member and Treasurer Melissa Wilke said the timing of the HTM Mixer is perfect.
“The HTM Mixer plays an integral part of building the foundation of our newly rebranded Wisconsin Biomedical Association. This event brings excitement with exposure to the latest medical equipment technology, the opportunity for education and to establish new relationships or catch up with old friends,” she explained. “We feel being a part of events such as this are essential in building and shaping ourselves personally and professionally. The WBA members feel very fortunate and indebted to TechNation for including our association in their efforts to promote the HTM field.
“The HTM Mixer will be an occasion that we are expecting to top any other WBA event we have had before. We are anticipating the turnout to be over 120 technicians and managers from all over the state of Wisconsin, Minnesota and Illinois,” Wilke added.
The third HTM Mixer, will mark a return to California. The event is set to be held December 9 and 10 in Costa Mesa, California.