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The music was rocking and the cameras were rolling at the Midwest Regional SAEM 2020 Virtual Meeting. Thanks to every one of the 255 registrants who attended, with a great mix of students, residents, and staff physicians. With “Emergency Medicine Inspires Innovation” as the theme, the immediate pivot to a virtual event felt more innovative than ever. Produced by Cleveland based “Rock The House” (we can’t sing their praises enough), the day was filled with cutting-edge content. The lecture series, highlighted by the plenary “On the Shoulders of Giants” by Dr. Richard Wolfe, featured innovations in education, resuscitation, ultrasound, medical education, and innovative approaches the opioid epidemic. In our “Meet the experts” sessions provided guidance for medical students and early-career faculty and residents as they navigate our specialty with the challenges of today. Over sixty quality research presentations provided a much needed opportunity opportunity, especially for young investigators, to present their research and get valuable feedback. The CPC competition, won by University Hospitals of Cleveland, will hopefully begin a fun Midwest rivalry for years to come. I guess they get to name the inaugural trophy.
Thanks again to “Rock The House” for their excellent production. And thanks to SAEM for the opportunity to host The Midwest Regional SAEM 2020 Virtual Meeting in the Home of Rock and Roll.