The Second MESI Partner Conference took place between September 29th and October 2nd. This year, the conference brought together even more participants—almost sixty guests from 34 countries. Interest for the conference was huge, so we had to expand our original plan to accommodate the additional participants.
We once again hosted our partners at the Grand Hotel Union in the heart of Ljubljana. The event started on Sunday, with a short boat tour of Ljubljana. We cruised along the Ljubljanica River enjoying a guided tour, so our guests could get to know their host city.
The conference officially opened on Monday morning with welcome speeches and the start of the first day of lectures. Our guest Ms Kelly Buxey and medi UK presented interesting information from the field—the use of the MESI ABPI MD in a Wound Care Practice and the impact the device had on their work. We also introduced the Toe-Brachial Index (TBI), first from a clinical point of view and then the MESI mTABLET TBI, which made its debut at the conference.
We also touched upon cooperation with pharmaceutical companies and the benefits of connecting early diagnosis and treatment of PAD. During the lectures, the participants got to ask a lot of questions, either live, or using an app. Some of them were answered, while others will become a part of our FAQ.
In the evening, our partners were invited to an evening reception at Švicarija in Tivoli Park. The partners had a chance to mingle with the entire MESI Team. We also held a short Awards Ceremony, where we awarded partners who achieved excellent results in different areas last year. The evening was made special by the incredible voices of the acapella group Bassless.
On Tuesday, our programme focused mainly on the mTABLET System. We had some interesting guest lectures, including Prof. Peter Macfarlane from the University of Glasgow, who helped develop the Glasgow ECG Interpretation algorithm and dr. Neža Žorž, MD, who told us about ECG results interpretation and clinical aspects of ECG.
In the afternoon, we embarked on a short trip around Slovenia, this time heading eastwards. Our first stop was the Beer Fountain in Žalec, where our participants got to try many different local beer varieties. Next, we stopped in Rogaška Slatina to enjoy a tour of the local glassworks and the old centre.
On the last day, lectures focused on marketing: we listened to Ms Manca Korelc, B2B LinkedIn Specialist and the MESI marketing team, who shared best practice examples. After lunch, we invited the participants to join us for a tour of the MESI Offices; the lucky participants who decided to extend their stay also visited the legendary Postojna Cave.
All in all, the participants were treated to a lively social and educational programme and got to meet each other as well as the entire MESI Team. We have already started planning next year’s conference. It will take place between October 4th and 7th 2020 and will feature an even more diverse educational programme.
We look forward to seeing you there!