From Slate Star Codex, on the 2018 APA conference:
The first thing you notice at the American Psychiatric Association meeting is its size. By conservative estimates, a quarter of the psychiatrists in the United States are packed into a single giant San Francisco convention center, more than 15,000 people.
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The second thing you notice at the American Psychiatric Association meeting is that the staircase is shaming you for not knowing enough about [fill in the medication].
The author lists 10 things you notice at the APA meeting.
The pharma marketing in the photo essay is striking. Check it out.
Looks like the 2018 conference had 209 exhibitors. The 2019 exhibitor fees start at $1500, with most booths costing $2000 or $2300. That brings the exhibitor fees to somewhere between $400k and $500k. I wonder about the value of all the meals and swag exhibitors bought for attendees, let alone the speaking deals set up. Wow.