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Conquering Conferences

Tuesday, April 20th, 2010

We just finished a round of faculty development grants in the Department of Medicine. It is always a happy task to award money to deserving applicants.

The faculty we reviewed plan to attend conferences on topics from doctor-patient communication to academic leadership. I remember my first professional conference. I diligently highlighted sessions in the agenda ahead of time but was then disappointed when I was one of only a handful of people in the meeting rooms.

Soon I discovered that most of the action happens at the hotel bar or in the corridors. The networking opportunities–not the paper presentations–were the most valuable part of the experience. ¬†One expert who elaborates on this advice has a blog post about how to maximize conference participation.