ExpedMed National Conference in Little Rock, AK, March 9-10, 2018

ExpedMed National Conference in Little Rock, AK, March 9-10, 2018


Attending an ExpedMed event is a refreshing alternative to the typical CME course. Our ExpedMed CME curriculum is based on the textbook entitled Expedition and Wilderness Medicine edited by Drs. Gregory Bledsoe, Michael Manyak, and David Townes. Drawing from a wide range of wilderness medicine and expedition medicine topics — with a particular emphasis on wilderness, tropical, and travel medicine — an ExpedMed CME course will provide you with the information you need on a variety of important topics, all in a concise and practical format.

Past faculty at our ExpedMed events include Dr. Luanne Freer, Dr. Michael VanRooyen, Dr. Tim Erickson, Dr. David Warrell, Dr. Howard Donner, Dr. Alan Magill, Dr. Rich Williams, Dr. Ken Kamler, Dr. Martin Nweeia, Dr. David Townes, Dr. Michael Callahan, Dr. Karen VanHoesen, Dr. Howard Backer, and many others.

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Fear of the Unknown in Cosmetic Surgery

A study commissioned by CCR Expo reveals that only half of the women who are interested in cosmetic surgery actually undergo the procedure.

Aside from cost, CCR Expo research reveals that there is actually fear of botched treatment as seen in media, wariness in the results (patients fear that they might not like what they will see in the mirror), and not knowing if the practitioners themselves are qualified to perform the procedure.

The annual CCR Expo, or the Clinical Cosmetic and Reconstructive Expo 2015, will be held on October 8-9, 2015 at the Olympia National Hall, London, United Kingdom. Prior to the event, three surveys were conducted among to know the opinion of various individuals including aesthetic practitioners, medics such as general practitioners and dentists, and the women patients who constitute majority of the patients undergoing such treatments.

Notwithstanding the governments efforts to regulate and "clean up" the cosmetic surgery arena, research revealed that patients and practitioners alike have a lot of fears. This is attributed to the fact that the aesthetic sector is largely unregulated.

Practitioner's View 

  •  There are too many untrained cosmetic providers who perform procedures that damage the reputation of credible and qualified practitioners.
  •  There is a lack of training and expertise in the following: facial anatomy, diagnosing and coping with complications, wrong treatments, and the use of unproven products.
  • Medical colleagues see that there is a strong prejudice for practicing aestheticians and the later are regardes as "beneath them". On the other hand, the survey also revealed that colleagues saw the field as lucrative but they got scared to enter because of lack of knowledge.
  • 90% of the surveyed GPs and dentists had considered providing aesthetic treatments, yet they did not push through because of: lack of specialized training, concerns in tax regulations and botched jobs, not understanding its legal frameworks, and the marketing involved.

According to CCR Expo organizer Peter Jones:

We don’t necessarily encourage more clinicians to join the aesthetics arena, but our research clearly shows there is a strong desire for more clarity in the sector, alongside some understandable concerns. At CCR Expo our logic is, if you’re going to do it, then do it right! This is why we have put together a full programme and roster of experts who can offer support and guidance to those who do wish to enter this field, so they have the tools enabling them to practise ethically and safely.

Clinicians have honed their careers over many years – sometimes decades, and being protective of their reputation is entirely natural. We are here to help them train andmaintain their hard-earned standing, whilst also helping keep the public safe. They certainly deserve no less.

More on: https://www.prime-journal.com/fears-continue-to-grow-around-aesthetics-sector/

Aesthetic Show 2015: We are Invited!

On July 9-12, 2015, the Aesthetic Show will bring together new procedures and breakthrough products related to running a Medical Spa.  This will be held at The Wynn Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada.

This is a sales-oriented show that is an avenue for medical professionals, buyers and potentials partners to meet. Continuing education credits are provided for attendees.

This is great opportunity to learn about marketing strategies, discover new products and meet other Medical Spa practitioners.

According to its website, the show presents Advanced Techniques for Practice Success courses which are helpful in building, growing and marketing an aesthetic business. Some of the lecture topics include Internet and digital marketing, expanding practice and profitability, analysis of one's business model, mastering patient consultations, improving staff management skills, and real world success examples.

There will also be discussions about emerging procedures and techniques, use of energy-based treatments for skin resurfacing and tightening, and updates about injections techniques and tips from experts among others.

You may visit the Aesthetic Show website for more information: http://www.aestheticshow.com/ or call +1 (949) 830-5409. 

AMEC 2014: October 24-25 In Paris

The 2nd Aesthetic and Anti-aging Medicine European Congress will be held in Paris, 24–25 October 2014.

It's been the case for a while now that physicians in Canada, the US, and Austrailia have been benefitting from the advances in aesthetic treatments out of Europe. If you happen to be able to to make your way to Paris in October and would like to expense your trip you now have a great opportunity.

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The Beauty and the Buzz at ASLMS

Just like many of you, my day is scheduled from morning to night and I am lucky if I can grab a bite to eat in between patients. It’s a real challenge to carve out time for professional development (and lunch). That’s why I appreciate the annual conferences hosted by the professional organizations. I can block out that time months in advance knowing that I will come back with new ideas.  

The American Society for Laser Medicine & Surgery (ASLMS) is on my must attend list year after year. It’s probably the best in the world for exchanging ideas and real science in the world of aesthetics, and not just marketing hype.

This year was no different. The 2014 meeting held in Phoenix, AZ was full of ideas. So many ideas that I wish I had a longer flight home to research them all.

When I returned my staff asked “What was the highlight”? The truth is there were so many highlights. I came home with so many pearls of wisdom about so many different areas of practice. I’d like to share a few of them with you.

Privacy Laws    
This year brings changes in HIPAA privacy and security rules. There are new rules addressing the sale of protected health information for marketing and fund raising purposes. There are new rules surrounding business associates that you contract with. There are also new waves of audits to ensure compliance. The meeting was a call to action to get my staff prepared for the new guidelines.
Under Eye Bags
For those of you not familiar with Neotensil, I suggest you take a look. It is a new film-like substance, made by a hair care line Living Proof, which reduces the appearance of undereye bags. It’s sold through physicians’ offices, but applied by the patient at home.  
Injectable Filler Technique
Take that extra care, that extra wipe step, with Voluma and other facial fillers. When injecting fillers in the hollows of the lateral orbit, think microcannulas with a lateral point temple zygomatic point of entry.  And on those crow’s feet, think of almost individual dosing per severity of lines at those two to three lateral orbit injection points. I also learned about pre-injection disinfecting wipe pads that combine clorhexidine with isopropyl alcohol.
Acne Suppression
There was a lot of buzz about keeping acne at bay using combinations of both short pulsed and long pulsed YAG lasers. It seems a paradox, but patients did better long term when they did laser acne treatments after finishing a course of antibiotics.  For patients with unresponsive rosacea pustular acne, think SIBO or small intestinal bacterial overgrowth and order a lactulose breath test screen.  
For that post treatment unintended or inconvenient bruise, think of speeding up its disappearing act with an IPL treatment about 2 days after.  
Tattoo Removal
Here is a tip for tattoo removal for those of you not yet into Picosecond lasers. Treat the area through a hydrocolloid dressing, such as Second Skin.  
Noninvasive Fat Removal
There was a ton of chatter, all of it exciting, about noninvasive fat removal. The players are CoolSculpting,  Liposonix and the newest kid on the block, Vanquish.

Some of the above ideas are reality for me. We added Vanquish to our list of noninvasive fat removal a few months back. It’s a great fit for our practice and patients. Other ideas may not be a fit. But that’s the beauty of the meeting. With so many new products and protocols shared in one space, you are bound to come back with ideas to push your practice forward.  

Medfusion: The Nonclinical Medical Conference

Julie Silver MDJulie Silver MD at Medfusion 2011

I went to Medfusion last year and was really impressed. This year I was blown away.

I got back from the Medical Fusion Conference last night and I wanted to set down my thoughts while they're still fresh in my mind, so here are some of my take-aways kind of as a stream of consciousness.

  • The Aria is a nice hotel for conferences and the Sky Suites are sweet. From the time that I parked the car (I drove down) I didn't step foot outside of the hotel until I left on Sunday. (I've been to Vegas a lot so no need to dawdle.)
  • The conference always surprises me with how savvy the physicians are who attend. If you're looking to keep you head down and love to toil in obscurity, this is not the conference for you.
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The BODY Conference & Aesthetic Summer Ball At The Royal Society Of Medicine In London

If you're in the UK and in aesthetic medicine, the BODY Conference would be the place to be this November 5th and 6th.

Now in its third year, BODY2011 is the sister conference to& FACE – the UK’s largest conference on facial aesthetics. It follows the same format in aiming to provide the highest quality national and international speakers in their respective fields of scientific interest to update your clinical knowledge and explore new market opportunities in the dynamic BODY aesthetics industry.

Many practitioners attend events focused around their individual specialty or area of expertise, and do not often meet practitioners with different training and backgrounds working in the UK aesthetic industry.

BODY provides a broader scientific agenda that brings all specialties together at one meeting to provide a unique opportunity for debate and to learn more about the specifics of the many different market segments that make up the BODY aesthetic market place. BODY 2011 will be the largest UK congress this year devoted to the rapidly expanding non-surgical and surgical BODY Aesthetics sector of the Cosmetic Market, and is a must attend event for practitioners and clinics operating in this exciting market segment.

Why can't we have some medical conferences with a Ball over here?

I've been in email contact with Raffi Eghiayan who puts on these conferences and maybe we can get something done.

I'll Be Speaking At The Medical Fusion Conference, Nov 11-13

Medical Fusion Conference

I'll be speaking (twice) at the non-clincal Medical Fusion Conference on November 11-13th in Las Vegas.

The Medical Fusion Conference is a unique event that allows clinical physicians the opportunity to learn about unique niches where they can apply their clinical knowledge and gain real control of your income and lifestyle. (Isn't that why most docs are in cosmetic medicine in the first place?)

I've been to a lot of aesthetic and cosmetic conferences and trade shows, but this conference is different. I went to it last year and the result was that we launched Freelance MD!

Medical Fusion is purposely small. It allows you to sit down (multiple times) with any or all of the speakers and pick their brains. (If you've been to any of the big conferences you know that a the end of a talk or session there's a pack of people around the speaker for ten minutes and that's about it. Not at Medical Fusion.)

Who is Medical Fusion for?

Any physician who wants more control of their income, career, and lifestyle.

  • A plastic surgeon who want's to learn how to invest in real estate.
  • An internal medicine doc who want's to retire and write a book.
  • A dermatologist who want's to leave clinical practice and consult to big pharma.
  • A family practitioner who want's to leave Medicare and Medicate and start a concierge practice.
  • A surgeon who want's to make sure his retirement is secure.
  • An ER doc who want's to travel and work internationally.
  • A Pediatrician who want's to publish a children's book.
  • A cosmetic surgeon who's ready to grow his cosmetic practice or medical spa.  ; )
  • Any doctor who's thinking of leaving clinical practice.
  • Any doctor who want's to spend more time with your family and kids.
  • Any doctor who's looking to increase their income.
  • Any doctor who's looking for a change.

And that's just a part. In short, if you're a physician who want's to take control of your life, this is the conference for you.

Read what other physicians are saying about the Medical Fusion Conference

I'll be speaking on two topics; how to start/add/run and grow a cosmetic practice, and how to use online technologies to make money as a physician.

There will also be speakers on personal finance, investing, product development, and a bunch of other stuff including concierge medicine which a lot of you have expressed interest in. (More about that in another post.)

Medical Conference

Register before October 10th and reserve your room at the beautiful Aria Resort for a special discounted room rate of only $179 plus resort fee. These rooms are regularly around $400. (You must book your room at the Aria prior to October 10th to lock in these special rates!)

Take a look at some of these videos that Greg made about Medfusion and then run over and register for the Medical Fusion Conference.

Discover all of the options available to you as a physician.

Medical Fusion isn't just another conference where you're sitting around and listening to an endless parade of speakers that lecture from behind a podium. Instead, you'll have every opportunity to talk to any speaker you're interested in learning more from. Our Accelerator Sessions are a perfect chance to make connections and deep-dive into the areas that are of interest to you.

More about our Accelerator Sessions


Getting The Most From Medical Conferences

By Michelle Mudge-Riley DO, MHA

Making The Most Of Your Time & Money

Last week I attended the American Medical Group Association (AMGA) Annual Conference, “Learning from the Best” at the Gaylord National Resort in Washington, D.C.   This was my first AMGA conference and the first conference I’ve been able to attend for several years. 

There hasn’t been time for a conference in awhile but suddenly, this year I’m attending three of them. I’ll be a mentor or a speaker at the other two conferences I’m planning to attend this fall. These are the SEAK Non-Clinical Careers for Physicians Conference and the Medical Group Management Association (MGMA) Conference where I’ll speak about physician career strategies and avoiding/healing physician burnout.

Conferences are a great way to build your network and see what companies are doing and what opportunities may exist for you.  They are also a good way to find out more about an industry you want to break into and gain experience in. For this reason, when working with physicians to help them find opportunities to enhance their revenue or find non-clinical opportunities, I often recommend attending a conference.

Here are two recent examples of successful outcomes that resulted from attending a conference:

1. Allscripts is a company many doctors ask me about and getting hired by this company has eluded many very well qualified doctors. I believe personal connections can help physicians get directly in front of decision makers. At the AMGA conference, I visited the Allscripts booth where I introduced myself and asked about physician opportunities. That led to an introduction to another physician, a D.O. (like myself) who works with the company and actually designed a technology that is used at the company. He knows of multiple opportunities available for physicians and wants me to follow up with him so we can find a good fit (or two). 

2. A surgeon who’s been working with me attended the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) conference on my recommendation. He took time out of his clinical practice and traveled without his family to a strange city where he spent several days in a hotel as he attended the conference. That’s a pretty big investment.  I got a call from him two weeks after he got back. He wanted advice pursuing three very promising leads in consulting and IT work. He’d even created an opportunity in his own community for this work, based on some of the things he saw and learned about at the HIMSS conference.

Attending a conference can be expensive after you pay the conference fee, travel to the geographic location (often far away from you), stay in a hotel and eat while you are there. That means attending a conference requires a plan so you can get the most out of the time and money you spend. Here are some tips I’ve found to be helpful for the physicians I work with to help them make the most out of a conference.

1. Remember it’s going to appear overwhelming.  There will be lots of people you’ve never seen all gathered in one place. It might seem like everyone knows everyone else but in reality, most people don’t know more than two or three other people at the conference. Many are there alone. Introduce yourself to someone. You will be pleasantly surprised that it’s not as hard as it seems to strike up a conversation with a stranger. After all, you already share one thing in common – you’re at the same conference. 

2. Bring business cards – but collect more.  You may have already thought about your own business cards but remember, most people misplace one or two (or more) of the cards they get.  You don’t want to be waiting for the call or e-mail that never comes from someone you really hit it off with and hope to work with in the future.  Be sure to collect the cards and write notes to yourself on the back of each one, reminding you why you enjoyed talking to that individual and what you hope to gain when you follow up.

3. Follow up within a week of the conference.  Going to a conference and networking are useless without follow-up. You may have had the best conversation in the world with someone but without further conversations, you aren’t going to actually move that opportunity forward and work with someone. On this same note, don’t worry if you don’t feel like you made the best impression on someone you met.  The real connection will come with the follow-up. But the follow-up is up to you.

4. Spend some time in the vendor area. It’s a good idea to consider spending at least a quarter of your time here. This is where you will discover companies you didn’t know existed that might be interested in hiring a physician either directly or as a consultant. Ask about this and get contact names/information for people within the company. This will help you avoid the “HR trap” of cold calling a company.

5. Approach the speakers and get their contact information. These are experts in their field and if they are speaking at a conference, they are probably interested in helping someone in the area they know about and understand.  Not only will they be good individuals to ask questions about the industry, they are likely well connected and may be able to provide an introduction or two for you to others in the field.

Good luck! Feel free to comment on what’s worked (or hasn’t worked) for you when you’ve attended a conference.

About: Dr. Michelle Mudge-Riley blogs at Freelance MD.

Health 2.0 San Diego

What can you expect to see at Health 2.0 San Diego?

Companies and creative leaders who are pushing the curve on innovation to tackle three major challenges of our time in health care: prevention, wellness, and the role of food; the user-driven disruption of traditional clinical research; and how smart technology and service design canlower the cost of healthcare. All with the audience mix and engaging format that only a Health 2.0 conference can deliver! 

Register here

San Diego 2011

Following our biggest and highest rated Fall Conference ever, Health 2.0 announces its Spring Fling for 2011. Following trips to Boston and Paris in our two previous Spring Conferences, we’re returning to the scene of our first Spring Fling in 2008 — San Diego.

2011 Medical Fusion Conferenece Faculty & Agenda

Medical Fusion ConferenceBy Greg Bledsoe MD

At every Medical Fusion Conference we attempt to cover the most pertinent topics for clinical physicians who are attempting to branch out from their clinical careers.  

For 2011, we've once again assembled a stellar faculty comprised of leaders in many diverse niches from around the country, and have included many hot topics that physicians should be exposed to in this ever-changing healthcare environment.

Our 2011 faculty list was recently published on Freelance MD, but we've added a few more names so I've decided to list our entire 2011 Medical Fusion Conference faculty once again.  Many of these faculty members are authors on Freelance MD so you can read about their backgrounds and perspectives. I'm also listing our agenda below so you can get an idea of what's going to be discussed at this year's event.

The 2011 Medical Fusion Conference is November 11-13, 2011 and space is limited.  If you're interested in attending you can register online or call 866-924-7969 .

Our 2011 Medical Fusion Conference faculty:

Our conference topics this year are wide-ranging and cover many niches within and around clinical medicine.  Our 2011 agenda is the following:

Friday, November 11th

8:00  Leaving the Tribe, Silbaugh
9:00  Physician Career Transition, Wendel
10:00 Break
10:30  Prescriptions for Financial Success, Mazumdar
11:30  Living and Working Abroad, Bledsoe
12:30  Lunch
2:00  Concierge Medicine, Knope
3:00  Cosmetic Medicine Profits Blueprint, Barson
4:00  Real Estate Investing, Taff
5:00  Should You Get Your MBA?, Cohn
6:00  Accelerator I

Saturday, November 12th

8:00  Writing & Publishing I, Silver
9:00  Writing & Publishing II, Silver
10:00  Break
10:30  Internet Entrepreneurship I, Woo-Ming
11:30  Internet Entrepreneurship II,  Woo-Ming
12:30  Lunch
2:30  Product Development, Silver
3:30  How to be a Rockstar Physician, Barson
4:30  Independent Consulting, Cohn
5:30  Accelerator II

Sunday, November 13th

8:00  Believe Me: The Importance of Building an Unforgettable Brand, Gulati
9:00  Careers for Physicians in Managed Care and Health Insurance, Peskin
10:00  Break
10:30  Introduction to Disability Review, Neuren
11:30  Online Marketing for Physicians: The Essentials, Quatre


I wanted to make sure I highlighted our two Accelerator sessions at the end of each day.  Our Accelerators are some of our most popular times spent at the Medical Fusion Conference since each faculty and mentor has a table, and participants are allowed to wander from faculty member to faculty member and ask any and all questions of the speakers.  No other event allows you this much face-time with nationally known leaders.  Our participants raved about our Accelerator sessions in 2010 and we know that our 2011 participants will also enjoy this time. 

As you can see from our faculty list and our agenda, Medical Fusion participants will be given exposure to a wide array of interesting topics and significant time with our stellar faculty. There's no event like the Medical Fusion Conference and there's only one Medical Fusion Conference in 2011: November 11-13, at the Aria Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. It's the  most exciting and invigorating medical conference in the country.

Health 2.0 Spring Fling: San Diego

Health 2.0 has brand new updates for the Spring Fling Conference in San Diego on March 21-22, 2010.

Even though the spring conference is quickly approaching, at Health 2.0 we are always keeping our eyes out for something new and exciting to bring to our audience. We have recently added documentaries, panels, presentations, and speakers to the agenda. You can’t afford to miss this conference. You can register here.

Health 2.0 San Diego 2011

The Health 2.0 Spring Fling Conference will focus on three themes where Health 2.0 can make a difference: making health care cheaper; the evolution of research; and prevention, wellness, exercise and food. Surrounding these three themes we have an exciting line-up of demonstrations, panel discussions, documentaries, and speakers that will both intrigue and inspire our audience.

Here are some additions to the San Diego agenda:

We have a great morning session scheduled called The Future of Research! The emergence of user-generated content, and the rise of patient involvement in Health 2.0 is radically changing research in both discovery and clinical practice. This panel may have the most impressive line-up of people changing the research process ever assembled. It includes:

  • Susan Love, the pioneering cancer surgeon behind the Army of Women clinical trial recruiting program.
  • George Lundberg, the former JAMA & Medscape Editor who’s now at Cancer Commons
    shaking up medical research publishing.
  • Gilles Frydman, of ACOR, the Founder of one of the oldest and most research savvy patient communities.
  • Josh Sommer, the young patient activist who’s building the Chordoma Foundation to accelerate specific medical research.
  • Paul Wallace, Kaiser Permanente’s lead on patient engagement and board member at the Society for Participatory Medicine.
  • Deborah Estrin, Professor of Computer Science at UCLA who’s leading very different ethnographic hands-on research studies in the inner city.

Health 2.0 always shows the most cutting edge technology demonstrations. A few of the demos you’ll see in the panel on Prevention, Wellness, Exercise and Food include; Keas (Linsey Volckmann), Shopwell (Brian Witlin) and Fooducate (Hemi Weingarten).

Also just added to the list, Will Roesenzwieg, Physic Ventures, investor in food & wellness start-ups, Abbe Don, health maven at legendary design company IDEO, and Arnie Milstein, famed medical director of the Pacific Business Group on Health, and now leading the new Clinical Excellence Research Center at Stanford.

We’ll also be highlighting winners of the Health 2.0 Developer Challenge.

Health 2.0 Developer ChallengeSan Francisco Bay Area Code-a-thon is January 29th at Google! This Code-a-thon is focused on making information easily accessible to individuals. All teams will have the chance to get their hands on newly opened API’s and both public and private healthcare data-sets. We’ll have technical talks from Roni Zeiger, Google, Sastry Nanduri, HealthTap, and Alex Tam, frog design. We are also happy to announce that the Lucile Packard Foundation has issued a challenge to benefit children with special health care needs.

Future Code-a-thons:

The Washington DC Code-a-thon will be on February 12th at Georgetown University’s Department of Health Systems Integration.

The Boston Code-a-thon will be on February 19th at the Microsoft New England Research & Development Center.

These events occur over the course of one day, bringing together developers, designers and raw data sets to build exciting new applications and tools for improving health care. Attendees quickly form teams and dive into the task of creatively designing new tools. Winning teams will get the chance to present their application in front of a distinguished group of judges at the Health 2.0 Spring Fling Confernce in San Diego, March 21-22, 2011. Registration is FREE!

The 2011 Adventure CME Medical Conference Schedule: Carpe Diem

By Greg Bledsoe MD

It's 2011 and we've got lots of fantastic CME physician conferences scheduled.

Over the next few months we'll be offering numerous opportunities for our Freelance MD members to connect with one another at live events around the country, and earn a little CME as well.

With everything that's happening I thought I would write a quick post detailing our upcoming events for the next 18 months so everyone is able to get them on their calendars. Every year, just before a major event, I get a steady stream of emails from individuals saying "if I only would have known."  For whatever reason they didn't find out until too late about one of our events and they're left waiting until the following year to join us.  Don't let that be you!  For any of our events you can contact us here at Freelance MD or call our registration center at 866-924-7929 to reserve your place.  

Here are the upcoming events that the more adventuresome physicians will be talking about...


Expedition Medicine National Conference: September 16-18, 2011

This September 16th-18th will be the five-year anniversary of our Expedition Medicine National Conference.  We hold this event every year in Washington, DC and always receive rave reviews.  Here are a few of the comments from past participants of our Expedition Medicine National Conference:

“Very well done – well organized! Great venue! Speakers are excellent. I would recommend this course and plan to attend again!" -Craig Hollinger MD, California

“This was a wonderful conference!  For the first time, I’ve met so many doctors who also like wilderness and adventure!  The speakers were amazing!” -Margaret Budzianowska-Kwiatkowski MD, British Columbia

"This conference is truly one of the best I have attended in 50+ years of actively practicing medicine. All of your speakers were outstanding. The material was very interesting and useful to my activities.” -Joseph English MD, Pennsylvania

Participants at this event will receive 20 hours of Category I CME taught by renowned experts from around the world and all will also receive our Expedition & Wilderness Medicine textbook ($150 value) free.  The event will be at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, DC.


ExpedMed CME Polar Bear Adventure: October 20-25, 2011

In October, ExpedMed will be teaming up with Frontiers North Adventures to take a handful of hardy souls to visit the polar bears of Churchill, Canada.  During the months of September and October, Churchill is the best place in the world to see polar bears in the wild.  We'll be staying at the famed Tundra Buggy Lodge and earning 25 hours of Category I CME (20 hours online prior to the trip and 5 hours of live instruction during the trip). 

This trip is going to be one of those rare experiences that create lifelong memories, and yes, spouses and non-medical people are welcome.

For more information on this trip, feel free to call our registration number (866-924-7929), visit the Frontiers North website, or read our information page on the trip here at Freelance MD


Medical Fusion Conference: November 11-13, 2011

I've mentioned it before but it's worth repeating, our 2011 Medical Fusion Conference will be November 11th-13th at the amazing Aria Resort on the Strip in Las Vegas.  We'll be announcing our 2011 faculty very soon, but suffice it to say that this year will be an incredible opportunity for you to learn more about how you can use your medical training in unique ways.  Topics for 2011 include internet entrepreneurship, monetizing your blog, cosmetic medicine practice, becoming an independent consultant, writing and publishing, concierge medicine, and much more.  Stay tuned to Freelance MD for more announcements regarding this event, and book early since space is limited.


ExpedMed CME Kilimanjaro Climb: March 24-April 6, 2012

For those of you who want to strike something off your "bucket list" and earn CME along the way, you really need to check out our ExpedMed CME Kilimanjaro climb.

ExpedMed has partnered with Tusker Trail to provide an excellent opportunity for participants to learn Expedition and Wilderness Medicine while climbing one of the world's most famous peaks.  Tusker is one of the premiere safari and climbing outfits in the world, and were our chosen team to support ExpedMed's 2009 Kilimanjaro summit.  

Check out this trip early as space is very limited, and be watching Freelance MD for more information on this incredible opportunity to have a little educational adventure in 2012.

So there you have it.  Four excellent ways for you to connect with others and learn skills that will further your career.  If you have any questions, feel free to let us know and of course, if you're interested in attending any of these events, please book early as they always fill up very quickly.

About: Greg Bledsoe blogs regularly at Freelance MD

Physician Entreprenurs & Cosmetic Medicine

The Medical Fusion Conference was held this last weekend in Las Vegas.

A number of the physicians that I've interviewed on the Medical Spa MD Podcast were there as speakers, and a number of physicians that I met at the conference are going to be on the podast.

The Medical Fusion Conference is still relatively small. I think there were less than 100 physicians attending.

(There were a few Medical Spa MD Members that I got to say hello to which was very nice. I didn't come close to going bankrupt with my offer to pay for a month of Frontdesk SEO oursource marketing services which I think of with somewhat mixed blessings.)

I'd attended the conference for a number of reasons; Medical Fusion is one of our Select Partners, I wanted to find out what value the conference held for physicians, and I wanted to guage the reaction of the physicians who attended.

Across the board it was all positive. Every physician I spoke to gave the conference two thumbs up and described it as an excellent overview of potential options in non-clinical medicine that had the wheels spinning. One of the take-aways was that every physician is looking for what the military world calls 'actionable intelligence', ways to put these strategies and information into action.

As a result, I'm launching a new site for physicians that want to gain more control of their career, income and lifestyle.

The Medical Fusion Conference

The Medical Fusion Conference is this weekend in Las Vegas.

I'll be there. (If you're going to be there make sure you say hello.)

As a last chance reminder; if you're a Medical Spa MD Member and you attend, I'll cover you for a full month of business services from Frontdesk SEO, which is regularly something like $1200. (The DIY SEO accounts are much cheaper but the full service business account gets you a host of other stuff that includes Facebook, Twitter, Youtube as well as interviews and secret-shopper calls. Killer stuff.)

A number of the physicians that I've interviewed on the Medical Spa MD Podcast will be speaking so if you liked them recorded, you'll probably love them in person.

Special Offer: If you're a Medical Spa MD Member, I will pay for you to go to the Medical Fusion Conference!

If you're a Medical Spa MD Member and you go to the Medical Fusion Conference, I'll pay for you to go.

There's just a couple of small catchs to this offer. First, you'll need to tell them that you're a Medspa MD Member at the time of your booking to get this deal. Second, there are a limited number.

(Listen to the new Medical Spa MD Podcast, episode 1, in which Dr. Greg Bledsoe talks about the Medical Fusion Conference.)

I'm really excited to have you hear because in this video I'm going to talk about exactly how you can start to take control of your medical career and leverage you medical training in ways that you never thought possible. And then at the end of this video you're going to receive a personal offer from me that's exclusively  to Medical Spa MD Members in which I'm going to pay your way to attend the conference. That's right. I'm so passionate about this conference and it's philosophy that I'm going to personally pay if you attend this conference in Las Vegas. You're going to want to stick around for this.

But first up, let me introduce you to the Fusion Medical Conference while I tell you what's  got me so fired up and energized about it.

First you'll be up for two days of intense learning from physicians who have already made the decision to take their careers in the directions that they choose.  These docs will teach you how they've succeeded, and let you learn from the mistakes they've made. From concierge medicine to  pharmaceutical consulting, you'll learn from doctors who are already walking the walk.

Medical Fusion Conference is about taking control of your career, and your lifestyle. While other conference are packed with vendors and technology companies, Medical Fusion is filled with physicians who have decided to leverage their training and skills to create the career course that they want, from consulting , to writing, to film making. These guys are filled with information that you can use no matter what you current situation is. 

Secondly, Medical Fusion isnt about walking the isles of a sales floor and listening to sales pitches, it's about doing. The difference is glaring. Look, I've been to all the conferences in NY, LA, Miami and Vegas. While the larger expos and conferences are selling you fish, Medical Fusion is handing  you a fishing pole and teaching you how to use it.

Best of all, the thinking around Medical Fusion fits perfectly with cosmetic practices. As a physician practicing cosmetic medicine you need a host of skills, from marketing, to operations. You're in 'retail' medicine after all and the reason that you got in to cosmetic medicine was to gain some control of your practice and your life style. This is exactly the thinking that Medical Fusion is all about.

Ok, so let's talk about what you're going to get and why you'd be smart to step up snatch this offer before it's gone.

You get 2 days of rubbing elbows with physician entrepreneurs who can help you make smart and move your career in the direction that you choose.

You also get this generous bonus of 20 free hours of Category 1 CME credits through ExpedMed, the leader in expedition and wilderness medicine. It's al lot more fun than most CME courses and it's included for all attendees.

But, that's not all. Since you're a Medical Spa MD Member, I'm going to make you an offer that you'd be a fool to pass up on.

If you're a Medical Spa MD Member attending Medical Fusion and you let them know when you sign up, you're going to receive a full month of full service business SEO from Frontdesk. If you haven't looked at Frontdesk before, you should do it right now. There are already a number of Members who use Frontdesk to promote their search engine rankings and market their clinics online. And the business account is Frontdesk's flagship product that they usually charge $1,259 for.

And the reason that you're going to get that free month from Frontdesk is that Medical Spa MD is going to pay for it. That's right. I will pay for you to receive a full month of business services from Frontdesk and it won't cost you a dime.

There are a couple of caveats of course. You'll have to register by phone (866-924-7929) and identify yourself as a Member. And since I'm paying for this out of my own pocket I'm going to limit my total costs to $100,000 retail.  (Yes, I'm getting a discount. No, it is not free. No matter how supportive a business is, they still have to make money and pay their employees as we all know) That means that not everyone who wants to get this bonus is going to be able to.

And since this is my own cash, I'll reserve the right to approve every bonus.  I'll be pretty transparent about this and may publish a list of those who attend and receive this offer.

Lastly, lest you think that I must have some sort of business interest in Medical Fusion to make this kind of offer, not So. I have no business arrangement with the Medical Fusion Conference of any kind. None. Zilch. Nada. I'm making this offer because this conference is awesome and deserves support. That's it.

There you go. This is an absolutely killer deal. If you have any way of putting yourself in Las Vegas on November 5th, 6th, and 7th, do it. Whether you're just getting started, or you fancy yourself a bit of an old hand, you're going to learn how to take control of your career and put yourself on the path to the lifestyle you're looking for.

If you're smart, you'll book right now and snag a full month of Expert SEO services from Frontdesk.

Special Offer Fine Print

The offer I'm making to pay for a full month of SEO services from frontdesk is not part of the Medical Fusion Conference. It's my way of encouraging Members to attend and learn. It is entirely at my discretion and may be withdrawn, amended, discontinued or anything else at my sole discretion. (So don't abuse it.) That being said, you should absolutly take advantage of this ASAP since I'm only going to pay for a limited number of attendees. Yes, you will still have to pay the actual fee, flight and room... but you'll get me to give you a free month of full service SEO from Frontdesk. Get off your duff and sign up.