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If you’re in the medical field, you’ve almost certainly heard of medical conferences, and even considered going to a few. Or perhaps you’ve already gone to some, but did not see the entire benefit of doing so. There are actually several good reasons that anyone connected to the medical field should attend conferences, and once you realize these reasons, going to conferences won’t seem so bad.
You’ll Learn Something New
The most important reason to attend a conference is that you’ll learn something new. The medical field is constantly changing, with new technologies or methods being developed, and making the old way of doing things obsolete. A failure to keep up with the times can harm not only your career, but it could put your patients at risk. These conferences are largely held to instruct the attendees, and so it is important to learn as much as you can while you’re there. If you go to these conferences and just bide your time until you can leave, you are missing the entire point.
Network Among Other Professionals
Another benefit of attending a conference is that it allows you to network with other professionals. In order to advance your career, you’ll likely need to get to know other people, and a conference is a great place to do that. Since everyone there is attached to the medical field, you can make important connections that will help your career. While you’re at the conference, take some time to get to know other people there, and attend networking events. You never know how it will pay off in the future.
Catch Up With Old Colleagues
Over the course of your career, you’ll end up working with a lot of different people. You’ll make friends with some, only to see them leave for other jobs, or you yourself will move on. A conference is a great way to catch up with people you once worked with, but who you haven’t gotten to see in a while. While conferences are great for meeting new people, they are also great for seeing people you don’t get to see any more. Before you head to your next conference, reach out to some of your past colleagues and see if they are going – attending events will be a little more fun if you have a friend to go with you.
Another way to advance your career is to make a name for yourself. If you’ve recently published a paper, a conference is a great time to present your findings. This allows you to make a name for yourself, and to get a little recognition. When it comes time to make another step in your career, having a bit of name recognition will certainly help. If you’re nervous about giving a talk in front of other people, you can check out these tips for public speaking.
Get Away For A Weekend
Conferences don’t have to be all about work however. Some conferences are held in fun locations, and if you can get your work to pay for your travel, it’s practically a free weekend away. Sure, you’ll have to attend some events and do a little networking, but once that is done your time is your own. For instance, next year’s intervertional cardiology conferences are held in Washington, DC. So after you’ve learned all you can, and met some new people, head on over to check out some of this country’s most famous landmarks.
Finally, the most important reason to attend a conference is simply because your job requires it. More than likely you will be required to attend conferences throughout your career, or you will risk losing your job. So if you have to go, then you might as well make the most of it. By going into these conferences with a positive attitude – knowing you’ll learn something new, meet some new people, advance your career and maybe have a bit of fun – will make attending these conferences easier.
Hopefully the above reasons were enough to convince you that conferences are not all bad. Many people dread going to them because they are busy enough as it is, and don’t want to give up a weekend. But if you go in with the right attitude, they become a little more bearable, and can do wonders for your career.