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Two weeks ago, I was deeply immersed in the wonder of TEDMED. The 2013 conference was hosted at Washington D.C.’s Kennedy Center and proved to be the perfect setting for a conference built around innovation, design, art and science. The theme for this year’s TEDMED was Unexpected Connections.

Using this theme, I shared a five minute review of my three and half days at TEDMED with the attendees of TEDxFortWayne on April 27, 2013. When Craig asked me to share briefly, I wasn’t sure how to express what it meant to have this ‘bucket list’ opportunity and how I gained even more than I imagined. It was difficult to capture the experience and not just the education in such a brief time, but if you’re interested in a visual recap of the experience, my slides follow below.

Over the next few weeks, TEDMED will be releasing the videos of the talks that occurred on the Opera House stage. A few I recommend watching include:

  • “What Happens when Patients Become Leaders on the Health Team?” by America Bracho, Director of Latino Health Access [WATCH]
  • “How Does an Illness Become an Identity?” by Andrew Solomon, winner of the National Book Award [WATCH]
  • “What does a $100 million Pubic Health Data Revolution Look Like?” by Christopher J.L. Murray, Director of the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation [WATCH]
  • “If Truth is Beauty, Can Art Be Science?” by David Odde & Black Label Movement [WATCH]
  • “What Happens When Each Patient Becomes Their Own “Universe” of Unique Medical Data” by Deborah Estrin, Co-founder of Open mHealth [WATCH]
  • “How Did Volunteers Save More than 40,000 Lives in 3 minutes (each) Last Year?” by Eli Beer, Founder and President of United Hatzalah [WATCH]
  • “What if We Treated Violence Like a Contagious Disease?” by Gary Slutkin, Founder and Executive Director of Cure Violence [WATCH]
  • “How Can Design Principles Lead to More Discovery and Better Treatment?” by John Maeda, President of RISD [WATCH]
  • “What Happens When Death is What’s For Dinner?” by Michael Hebb, Food Provocateur and Founder of One Pot [WATCH]
  • “This City is Going on a Diet” by Mick Cornett, Mayor of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma [WATCH]
  • “Is the “Obesity Crisis” Just a Disguise for a Deeper Problem?” by Dr. Peter Attia, Founder and President of Nutrition Science Initiative [WATCH]
  • “When is a Wheelchair an Ultra-Light Submarine?” by Sue Austin, artist [WATCH]
  • “What is the Sound of E. Pluribus Unum?” by Professors of the Washington Conservatory [WATCH]

Were you at TEDMED? Which talks are you recommending to others? If you weren’t, do any of the above peak your interest?