May 28, 2021
I have been attending the virtual 41st EAPCCT Congress, which has been delightful. Fortunately, video is not required. My hair is fresh from the pillow, as I sit in my robe squinting into light of the computer that illuminates the room at 3:00 AM. This circumstance has even simulated “jet lag” so I feel like I have traveled to Europe. Disruption of circadian rhythms is the norm in emergency medicine and this time it is really worth it. The quality of the symposia, abstracts and posters from an international cast has been outstanding. I have been thoroughly educated, but I miss the people.
This kind of mental stimulation is getting me excited to attend NACCT 2021. If you can make it there, we would love to see your smile in person. If you cannot attend in person, we will have a virtual option too. The pre-meeting symposia by ACMT and AACT will be virtual only. The ACMT symposium Oct 13 is titled, “Critical Measures: Intensive Care Toxicology” and the AACT symposium Oct 14 is titled, “Drop Dead Gorgeous.” A day of critical care topics followed by a day of the repercussions of human vanity. This AACT pre-symposium will be like nothing you have ever seen before. There will be discussion surrounding the toxicity of dieting, weight loss agents, liposuction, cosmetics, cleanses, oils, injectables, enemas and abortifacients.
October 15 will be a travel day or play day. Oct 16-18 will be the main conference with all of the usual symposia, some meetings (depending on the group) and authors with posters. Social events will be largely up to you. Get your hotel room NOW and conference registration will open June 7th. More information will be coming.
Memorial Day is next Monday, and as fellow Americans we should not forget the ultimate sacrifice our fellow citizens have made, and will make to protect and defend our country. I personally use this day to show my gratitude for everyone who has served or is serving in the Armed Forces. Enjoy your long weekend!
Kirk Cumpston, DO