I am on the airplane flight back home to Cairns. SMACC 2013 is over.
Here are my thoughts.
Inspirational. Despite being totally exhausted, I left Sydney feeling elated with sense of community and kindred spirit.
I met heroes. Not just mine but true heroes of emergency medicine, critical care, remote medicine, medical education, FOAMEd.
I met supporters of PHARM blog and podcast, from Australia and internationally. I was so humbled by those who came and conveyed their gratitude. There were some who said that I had helped them to stay inspired during training and their own professional development. This is what we live for as educators, teachers, mentors.
I met my own mentors in FOAMEd. It felt like a meeting of old friends, despite it being the first physical encounter for many.
I met leaders. Medicine can be such an isolated, individualistic life path and rarely do we come across true leaders. I did at SMACC 2013.
I heard stories of loss, inspiration, victory, struggle, birth, death, tragedy, strength, beauty. Rarely does a medical conference convey such emotional and cognitive engagement.
I learnt new things to aid my clinical work. Advanced ultrasound pointers, updates in fluid resuscitation concepts, ED critical care concepts, resuscitative surgery concepts in prehospital medicine
I laughed. Rarely does a medical conference inject such humour and creativity into the program and ambience.
BUt above all I was inspired. How often do you leave a medical conference with that feeling?
SMACC 2013 thankyou.