Masked attendees enjoyed visiting with exhibitors from throughout the nation at MD Expo Dallas.
MD Expo, MD Publishing’s signature event for healthcare technology management (HTM) professionals, proved the old saying that everything is bigger in Texas!
MD Expo Dallas drew a total of 566 people for continuing education credits, exhibit hall access and networking events. MD Publishing transitioned to smaller HTM Mixers in 2020 for safety reasons as the pandemic created a “new normal” across the country. The MD Expo held in Tampa, Florida in November 2020 saw a shift toward larger conferences. MD Expo Dallas showed tremendous progress in the ability to hold events.
MD Publishing President and Founder John Krieg shared some of the overwhelmingly positive feedback he received from those in attendance at MD Expo Dallas.
“These are just some of the unbelievable testimonials we have received,” Krieg said. “MD Expo started unique and quality meetings 20 years ago, and we aren’t going to stop. What we have proved is people can still meet in a safe and clean environment, continue doing business together, and help our industry grow and prosper.”
HTMjobs.com Recruiting Specialist Kristen Register shares information with Dennis Meurer during exhibit hall hours at MD Expo Dallas.
Attendees and exhibitors alike praised MD Expo Dallas.
D.J. Fingerlos, director of clinical engineering at TKA/Queen of the Valley Medical Center, said this was his fourth or fifth MD Expo.
“This one is the best yet because we are all out in the open again. We have been needing this,” Fingerlos said. “It’s great for continuing education, a great place for networking and seeing what other people are doing in the industry.”
He said the three words he would use to describe MD Expo are “engaging, inviting and successful.”
Bob Smothers, CBET, is treasurer of the Colorado Association of Biomedical Equipment Technicians (CABMET). He also is a field service engineer with HSS Inc. He was impressed with MD Expo and said he picked up a few ideas for the next CABMET Symposium.
“I was very impressed with it,” Smothers said. “There is a wonderful turnout of attendees and exhibitors! I am running into a lot of friendly faces and networking.”
The three words he would use to describe MD Expo are “informative, diverse and joyful.”
Top-notch educational sessions drew hundreds to Dallas for the MD Expo.
Damion McKinzie, an imaging service tech with Common Spirit Health, said he was glad that he was able to attend MD Expo Dallas.
“It meets expectations because there is a diverse group of people from different places discussing a variety of topics,” he said.
He added that it was wonderful that the sponsors and the companies exhibiting made free registration possible for hospital employees, members of the military and students.
“It’s cool that they are paying back into the HTM community with free attendance,” McKinzie said.
Paul Stodolka, manager of biomedical engineering at UT Southwestern Medical Center, said MD Expo was very organized and “very well done.”
He said that he has attended several AAMI conferences in the past and had some concerns about attending the smaller MD Expo. Those concerns evaporated quickly.
“The education is just as good or better compared to the last couples of years at AAMI,” he said. “I’ve been doing this a long time, since 1979, and I got new ideas in the classes.”
He said one example was the educational session “How to Survive a Survey.” Stodolka said the session gave him a solution he plans to implement as soon as he returns to work.
He also said that MD Expo provided great access to vendors in the exhibit hall.
When asked for three words to describe MD Expo, Stodolka shared four words – “networking, affordable, fun and educational.”
Larry Fennigkoh, adjunct professor of biomedical engineering at the Milwaukee School of Engineering, said he loves coming to MD Expo.
Larry Fennigkoh, adjunct professor of biomedical engineering at the Milwaukee School of Engineering, presents a class at MD Expo Dallas 2021.
“I love presenting. I love teaching, but hospital biomed work was my first love and passion,” Fennigkoh said. “My first 22 years were in the hospital environment and many of these attendees, it is going to sound weird, but they almost feel like surrogate kids to me. I love nothing more than to come back here and see these new people, these young people getting wired, amped up and inspired; and taking this energy and this inspiration back to their workplace and maybe passing it along.”
He could not limit himself to three words when asked to describe MD Expo.
“Priceless,” Fennigkoh said. “I want to say educational, but it is really growth. It’s not just the educational sessions and the great information we get from the vendors but consistently what I see is the bonding, the connection, that people make when they are at these meetings that I think just re-inspires them, re-energizes them. I just feel the pride that this community has, and it is just really a treat being around these really dedicated, committed, like-minded geeks and that is how I think we grow. By the validation that people get, again not just from the great educational experiences and information but it is the sense of being a part of something much greater than ourselves.”
MD Publishing’s next event is the Imaging Conference and Expo (ICE) being held in Fort Lauderdale, Florida in May. More information is available at AttendICE.com. More information about upcoming HTM Mixers in Milwaukee and Kansas City can be found at HTMmixer.com. The next MD Expo is set for Las Vegas this November with more information available at MDExpoShow.com.
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