Just got back from a medical conference in Florida (had to stare at the beach while in meetings all day >sigh<), and I couldn't help it -- my head started to compare this conference to romance writers conferences. Granted this was a conference targeted toward a mix of all specialties and some of the topics trended toward second career/post-retirement/transitional work. So, it's a skewed age group maybe, but there you go.
Romance conference = full age spread (20-80) and 90% female (scents of nice perfume)
Medical conference = age spread 40 up to 75 and 70% male (scents of old spice and ben gay)
Medical conference = acronyms for research studies promoting treatments that reduce morbidity
Romance conference = acronyms for "parts that go into parts" (m to v, v to p, etc.) promoting heaving bosoms and rapid breathing
Medical conference = how to survive ACA changes, new drugs to improve erectile dysfunction (data cited throughout study, no diagrams)
Romance conference = how to survive first BDSM experience, numerous open discussions about sexuality (diagrams and/or verbal description provided in copious amounts)
Medical conference = salad, chicken, cheesecake
Romance conference = salad, chicken, cheesecake
Chatting with folks sitting next to me:
Medical conference = "Hi Bob, how is implementation of EMR going/use of drug-eluting stents/administrative work burden due to prior authorizations going?"
Romance conference = "Hi Dewy Desire, how is the scene about sex in zero-G going/use of rocket propulsion to improve orgasm/twitter feeds to improve marketing going?"
Medical conference = Hospital paid me to go.
Romance conference = I footed 100% of bill.
Medical conference = Great information. Frustrating medical trends in physician autonomy and burdens of paperwork and bureaucracy. More tired at the end of conference.
Romance conference = Great information. Exciting trends in author autonomy/options for publication, discussion of marketing work needed. More energized at the end of conference.
Author, daydreamer, and practitioner of trying very hard to duct tape folks together and help when I can.