Memphis Speaks

I took a chance and stepped out against my usual speaking engagements to deliver a scientific talk on Constipation and Irritable Bowel Syndrome in the elderly.  It involved overnight travel to the University of Memphis.  Overall the talk went well.  Of course before I actually spoke on my required speech, I had to give the usual “KATRINA” update.  It is as if KATRINA was yesterday in some parts of the 9th Ward, New Orleans East, and St. Bernard parishes is what I said, as various audience members showed shock and surprise on their faces.  Well, it’s sad, but true.

Anyway, the subject of constipation is where we must continue.  Hence, after the speech, many were interested and focused on filling out the post-test for their 1 hr CE.  Therefore, no questions regarding chronic constipation were asked or solicited.  This was a comfort.  I found the staff and waiters at the University of Memphis Holiday Inn to be surprisingly helpful and genuine.  The hotel was nice too.  I was not sure of what to expect, but when I saw that room service was available, I knew my 2 night stay would be “right up my alley”.  I honestly did not know that Holiday Inn’s had room service?

Will I speak on behalf of a pharmaceutical company again?  I think so.  The only real issue for me was I expected more support with some of the slide content which is customary from most pharm companies…just not this one. Oh well, I guess you can’t have it all.  My overall regret was not getting out to Interstate BBQ or Neely’s BBQ!

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