The Long Beach and Boston offices came together for a week long retreat to discuss current developments and methodological issues in our field: patient experience data, regulatory issues, classical and modern psychometrics, interpretation of meaningful change on PROs, interviewing difficult research participants, placebo response in clinical trials, wearable devices, readability testing, the use of cartoon illustrations in pediatric studies and reporting of cognitive interview results.  The retreat concluded with a cruise around the Boston harbor and tours of several local craft breweries.