Are you a physician looking to attend a pediatric conference?
Not sure how to plan out things to make the most out of such events?
It’s only natural how people often turn up clueless at the first medical conference of their lives.
Keeping a check on expenses, bumping into key industry people, and aspiring to network better—there are tons of things that need a mull-over.
Fret not! We’ve got you covered.
In this post, we take a look at multiple things that one must consider before attending a pediatric conference.
Why Attend A Pediatric Conference?
Although it’s an obvious question that meets an obvious answer (which is earning your credits), there’s more than just that.
For instance, will the pediatric conference hold a cue for you to learn advanced medical procedures?
When you plan out your goals in advance, attending such events can turn out to be a fruitful affair every single time. For clarity, you might want to check the master schedule well in advance and chalk out things.
No matter what, your objectives should be clear right from the beginning.
Whether you want to learn stuff and update yourself, be inspired to meet the industry leaders, evaluate a new work that you haven’t presented to the world before, or it could be a pure pleasure to take some time off from the general humdrum and take things easy for a day.
How Do I Network Better?
Pediatric conferences, as touched upon before, are all about networking.
However, there’s a method to it.
If you plan on casual interactions, you wouldn’t be requiring any planning from before. However, if you are sure to bump into well-known figures in the medical industry, you will need to prepare well.
And what’s the best way to network? Pre-network.
And here’s how to play it wisely:
- Find out the names of the distinguished individuals attending the pediatric conference and read about them well ahead to know what they are working on currently.
- Next, follow them on social media (since almost everyone has a social profile today), and if you get a chance, drop them an introduction message to get comfy and try to schedule a brief meetup to discuss your objectives.
- Remember, always seek their permission to meet post and not before the pediatric conference. Doing so will give you plenty of stuff to talk about and can also be a real good icebreaker when you are meeting someone for the first time, especially if they have been a keynote speaker at the event.
- Start the conversation by dropping a compliment and mentioning that you have been longing to meet them. Also, talk less and listen more as it will give you more insight into things and strike a good rapport.
- Also, a typical pediatric conference can have several things going on together or one after another. From discussions, panels, workshops, product demos, and much more. And if you are specifically inclined, you don’t want to waste time on other stuff. Hence, check out the program schedule thoroughly and make plans so that you are free around the time when things aligned with your specialty or interest are on.
Let’s Talk Expenses
If you are a medical student or a practicing physician at a hospital, chances are your expenses will be covered by your institution. So, it’s always advised to keep a check on the expenses you make at the conference.
Whether your attendance at the pediatric conference is paid for or you are all by yourself, the following tips should come in handy.
- Look for an early registration discount or check for any conference funding window to apply.
- Do some online research, and find the best deal for your travel and accommodation needs. Don’t just book things in a jiffy, take time to compare.
- Usually, the hotel where the conference is held will have rooms that will be in high demand and thus pricey. Instead, aim for nearby motels or ask around to find a fellow conference attendee to share a room. You will usually be in luck as many others will be doing the same thing.
Attending a pediatric conference has come a long way from a mandatory thing for people to earn their credits to a hub of knowledge and learning.
These days, young, dynamic medicos look forward to such medical conferences where they can network with some of the best minds in the business and take their career up a notch.
If you are one among several medical individuals with a thirst for learning and zeal to serve better, a pediatric conference can be your primrose pathway to professional excellence.
Now that you know what you need to consider before you show up at the event, you can shake off that frown from your forehead!
Have you ever attended a pediatric conference before? How was your experience?
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