The 11th Annual NYSACSP Educational Seminar and Vendor Fair, “One Team, One Mission” was held June 6, 2013 – June 8, 2013 in Rochester, NY.
Prior to the seminar, the seminar’s organizers came up with the Top Ten Reasons to Attend this Year’s Educational Event! We questioned, “What’s in it for the program’s participants?” “Would they appreciate the quality of the speakers, the message being brought forward, and networking with peers?” “Would we be able to provide real value for the attendees, especially during these trying economic times?” As anyone can imagine, planning, coordinating and orchestrating an event of this magnitude can be a daunting task, especially when the goal is to provide a truly memorable experience for the attendees.
The tenth and ninth reasons for attending the seminar were twofold, “Gain information to improve professional performance as an integral member of the surgical team” and “Hear outstanding speakers who are experts in the Perioperative Arena.” Whether you were riveted by renowned neurosurgeon, Dr. Maurer’s dynamic, anecdotal and humorous presentation, enthralled by Rose Seavey’s account of the Wild, Wild West of Decontamination, intrigued by Cynthia Spry’s update on the new AAMI standards, fascinated by Mitch Pearson’s presentation on Leadership, captivated by Chuck Hughes tenets on Surviving a Joint Commission Survey, inspired by Martha Young’s Quality Control presentation, or Dave Jagrosses’ thought provoking reminders regarding the importance of IFU’s, I believe we achieved those objectives.
The eighth reason to attend was to “Discover the latest trends in automation, innovation and medical devices.” The 25+ Vendor Exhibits highlighted what’s new and current in the PeriOperative arena. Browsing up and down the vendor aisles was informative and educational. “Penelope the Robot” you can’t get more innovative than Penelope!
The seventh reason to attend, “was to enjoy the beginning of summer in beautiful Rochester, NY. The Finger Lakes Region is alive with diverse activities, fine and casual dining, outdoor entertainment, and great wines and jazz. Of course we cannot forget the wonderful people who live and work in the Rochester area.
The sixth reason to attend the NYSACSP Seminar is to “Socialize with speakers and colleagues at the Welcoming Reception and Cocktail Party.” Not only did we have a Welcoming Reception on Thursday Night sponsored by Spectrum, we also were feted with local wines and hor d’ors by a Cocktail Party Reception on Friday night, sponsored by Getinge. Both events were hugely successful as everyone had a chance to mingle with co-workers, colleagues, speakers, board members and staff. Another objective met.
The fifth reason to attend was to “Develop critical skills in order to maximize efficiencies, reduce errors, and foster an environment of continuous quality improvement.” All of our speakers contributed to this. Another objective met!
The fourth reason to attend, “Build upon your problem solving skills.” As part of the perioperative team we are all the sum total of our very integral parts. Problem solving and critical thinking skills are necessary components of a successful team. The two interactive workshops, “The Road to Certification” and “What Can You Do For Your Chapter?” laid the groundwork for fine tuning and building upon those essential skills.
The third reason to attend was to “Renew your commitment to being the best you can be!” By your very attendance at the conference, this objective was met!
The second reason to attend was to “Take a mini vacation from life.” Anytime we can get away from the stresses of everyday life in order to refocus on ourselves is important to our sense of self and self worth. Three days away without thinking about preparing meals, making beds, or not waking the kids, is wonderful; Another objective met!
The NUMBER 1 Reason to attend the 11th Annual NYSACSP Educational Seminar and Vendor Fair is to “network with wonderful colleagues, thought leaders and friends” Mission Accomplished!
We have already begun thinking about next year’s program especially in light of the recent passage of Mandatory Certification in New York State. Next year’s program will be one of celebration as we come together to celebrate this truly significant milestone in our profession. If you have any ideas, thoughts, or suggestions on how we can make the 12th Annual Educational Seminar and Vendor Fair even better please let us know. We welcome your comments, suggestions and ideas! Looking forward to seeing everyone at next year’s conference.
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