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Too many Podiatry conferences?

Discussion in 'Conferences' started by Industry Guru, Jul 11, 2018.

  1. Industry Guru

    Industry Guru Member

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    It seems there is a podiatry conference or meeting every week. My colleagues and I have ascertained that there are simply to many meetings to support a segment that has been stagnant in growth, if not declined in recent years. You look at the Midwest Conference as a prime example. 6-7 years ago the Midwest was the best podiatry conference by far; now its a shadow of its former self with less docs in attendance and the vendors exhibiting have declined dramatically. Even the APMA National has suffered greatly. What's the answer? Less conferences? Combining conferences like the Midwest and APMA?
    I would think combining meetings would be the best option. I hear others say that many meetings have the same sessions and topics year after year. Thus, many clinicians do not waste their time away from the office to attend.
    It seems many who organize these meetings, whether it be the New York conference, Midwest, Western or APMA - ALL seem to have an attitude that if they cannot have a stand alone meeting, they will take their ball and go home. I find this attitude very childish and counterproductive to podiatry in general. Its time the industry tried other options. The organizers of such conferences certainly need to get the younger clinicians involved as well. These days, you rarely see any clinicians in their mid 30's and younger attend the meetings. That has to change as well.
    Any thoughts?
  2. Craig Payne

    Craig Payne Moderator

    Yes, there are probably too many globally.

    The landscape is changing.

    There has been a lot of discussion in recent times on the future of the "big" conference given that there are so many "boutique" conferences and all the learning options for now online, not to mention the live streaming of conferences that are becoming more common.
  3. Tyler Mintz

    Tyler Mintz Welcome New Poster

    I think a lot of people go to average conventions and figure "I could do better", but its hard to do when spread so thin.
  4. FootRobot

    FootRobot Member

    too many academic types trying to make a name for themselves by starting a conference.
  5. Craig Payne

    Craig Payne Moderator

    geez, I said that in 2018 before the COVID-19 pandemic!
  6. serna

    serna Member

    What are some upcoming podiatry conferences in London?
  7. serna

    serna Member

    Can you recommend any podiatry conferences specifically tailored for beginners?

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