What is the role of a national conference? What can we do to make them better? As it turns out, I'm deep in the minutiae of creating my own conference. It's a fairly complicated affair, with three separate tracks for people in different roles, and the whole exercise has forced me to think hard about what purpose a conference actually serves. Why do we have so many conferences, and what is their purpose in the profession?

One purpose, of course, is to deliver CE credits. But most of you know far more convenient ways to stay educated and prove that you've done so. There are webinars, virtual conferences - and of course you can read this magazine and take the CE Quiz on page 70.

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