Well, here I am, back in the Wonderful Land of Oz and trying to get things back on track while I prepare for another week of seeing patients. :-)
I got back to the KC area late yesterday afternoon and had a fall get together with friends & staff so this is really the first time I've gotten a chance to let you know my overall feelings from the ADA meeting.
First of all, this meeting was amazing! I'm not sure of what the attendance was, but the exhibit hall was full a good deal of the time and the vendors I spoke with reported good overall sales.
It seems to me that the economy is starting to rebound in our sector and that as it begins to take hold, we'll see a tide that begins to float all boats. Doctors from the west coast seemed optimistic and that is always a good sign.
I did 2 lectures as part of the Pride Best in Class Technology Awards and the attendance was almost double what was expected. After some of the lectures became standing room only, the ADA brought in about 100 more seats to accommodate the crowd. As you can see from the photo above, the attendance was unbelievable.
So… my overall impressions are very favorable. Vendors were happy, doctors were excited, and I was thrilled to be part of it all. If you've never made it to an ADA meeting before, plan now on attending in 2013. It's going to be in New Orleans for the first time since 2002 and will be an awesome time. Start planning now! I've already agreed to present there, so I'm hoping lots of you will be joining me!