Top 10 Things to Do at a Conference
Friday, February 25, 2011
Maybe it's AMSA
, APA regional, PHM
or another fine acronym...
Whether it's your first time attending an (out of town) academic conference, or your 100th, here are some tips or reminders about what to do there. And when you get to the bottom of the list, repeat. Like shampoo instructions: lather, rinse, repeat... right?
- Meet someone new; reacquaint with someone not so new (someone old?)
- See the sights, not just the sites
- Develop the beginnings of a new research idea
- Catch up on: a) reading, b) exercise, c) sleep, d) all of these
- Bring new ideas back to your home institution, clinical practice, peers
- Ask a question
- Learn something that can help your patients and/or students
- Present (a poster, platform, workshop) and be fully present for other people's presentations
- Share information. Tweet the #meeting?
- Bring a souvenir back for those who stayed behind (significant other, kids, office-mates, roommates)
Collaborating on a scholarly project to present at a future meetingAND:
If you haven't been to a conference, remember that many provide discounted registration fees (or wave them entirely) for students, residents, or other trainees. Or you can ask your deans
- What was the last academic conference you went to and what helped make it a successful meeting?
- Or, what meeting do you see in your future?
About the Expert
Terry Kind, MD, MPH, is Director of Pediatric Medical Student Education at Children's National Health System. For the last decade she has also served as a primary care pediatrician at the Children's National Health Center at Martin Luther King, Jr., Avenue, in Washington, DC.