Sue Pelletier

Editor, Medical Meetings/MeetingsNet's mad blogger

After spending my first 10 journalistic years mired in sewage sludge and garbage as a writer and editor of national and international trade magazines for the environmental industry from my former home base in Boulder, Colo., I can't tell you how much I appreciate and enjoy covering the meetings industry for The Meetings Group. I can't believe I've been here since 1998--time sure flies when you're having fun! Back in my enviro days, I actually attempted to help plan a technical trade conference and exhibition before deciding to stick with what I do best, so I have a first-hand appreciation of some of what people in this industry deal with day to day (and an even deeper appreciation that I don't have to do it myself--definitely wasn't cut out to be a meeting professional).

Since I've started covering this industry, I've developed a huge interest in adult education in all its many facets, and a fascination with how all the elements come together to create a learning environment that actually gives people the tools they need to do their jobs better once they get home. Meeting planning covers pretty much every aspect of business, from marketing and promotion to logistics to strategic planning--who wouldn't be fascinated? And this industry has done well by me, with my coverage earning several industry awards that make me proud to be a part of it all.

In those rare times I'm not chained to my keyboard, I like to hike the woods around my home in rural Massachusetts with my husband and my surrogate child, Mango the Australian shepherd. I also paint pet portraits, and do obedience and freestyle with Mango.

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This Week’s Medical Education Roundup
On our radar this week: Limitations in effect size in outcomes assessment; decreasing commercial support's potential effect on oncology; and "10 Signs You Might Work in CME."
”Locked-Out” Union Workers Protest in Philly
Members of the unions that didn’t sign onto a new work rule agreement demonstrate at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.
5 Best Practices for Open Payments Compliance 1
What you need to know to keep your life sciences meetings on the right side of the new tracking and reporting requirements
This Week’s Medical Education Roundup
ACCME outlines what JAMA got wrong; more on the commercial supporter logo ban; and what adopting ACCME’s Standards for Commercial Support might mean for Recognized Accreditor systems.
Responding to Carpenters Union Strike, Pennsylvania Convention Center Authority Renews Demands
PCCA urges unions to take a “cooperative path forward” in implementing new customer satisfaction agreement.
ACCME Rules Out Logos in Educational Materials
To the dismay of some, the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education has banned the use of commercial supporter’s logos in disclosures and other CME materials.
ACCME Proposes New Accreditation with Commendation Criteria
The Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education offers new menu of 15 ways CME providers can achieve its top accreditation.
5 Things that Keep Medical Meeting Managers Up at Night
Forget TED Talks—at PCMA’s annual convention, one session was aptly called Med Talks. Here’s what medical meeting managers had to say about today’s top challenges.
Medical Meetings Across the Pond: What Doesn’t Kill Us Makes Us Stronger
Industry sponsors, medical associations, and third parties feel uneasy but optimistic about the future of medical meetings in Europe, according to a recent survey.
Space Is Still the Final Meeting Frontier 
How to add a little pizazz—and a lot more learning—to your events
ProPublica’s Latest Salvo Against Physician/Pharma Relationships: Fair or Foul?
A Forbes editorial points out fallacies in the latest of the nonprofit’s Dollars for Docs series; ProPublica defends its reporting and its methodology.
Try This: Pitch-Slam
Cross a poetry slam with the TV show “Shark Tank,” and you get a great way to connect new entrepreneurs and those who can help them bring their products to market.
Time to Deep-Six the Panels? 3
Results of a recent survey find that, while they're ubiquitous, the panel discussion model just isn't working for many attendees. Here's a list of pet panel peeves, and suggestions on how to improve them.
Gallery: Learning, Networking, and Sharing at Pharma Forum 2014 
The 2014 Pharma Forum, held March 23-26 at the Orlando World Center Marriott, was all about content and networking. Here are some of the people who made it all happen in the sessions, on the trade show floor, and at the networking events.
Tales from Pharma Forum 2014
Pharma Forum 2014 kicked off with stories that reflected many of the strange and wonderful aspects of planning meetings for the life sciences industry.

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