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interested in attending professional conferences to help further
your education or career? Are you a novice to attending
professional meetings? ACP Council of Student Members recollected
their experience at Internal Medicine 2012 in order to compile
helpful tips for future professional conferences. Below you will
find some "High Yield" tips to make the most out of your next or
even first professional conference.
Many organizations reserve funds for student expenses at
conferences. Check with your school interest groups, student
government association, local state chapters, or even national
chapters for student funding. Many medical school Departments of
Medicine are willing to support student attendance and possibly
travel, particularly if you are presenting or participating in
other specific activities at the meeting - check with your
department office, internal medicine clerkship director or
residency program director who may be able tell you if this is an
option. Registration for professional conferences can be expensive
(over $500 for ACP physicians); however, ACP's Internal Medicine
meeting registration is free for ACP Medical Student Members. You
can also receive additional funds by submitting research
If you submit your abstract and are chosen as a winner, ACP will
provide flight, hotel, and a small stipend ($225) to attend the
conference. Abstracts are divided into four categories: Clinical
Vignette, Basic Research, Clinical Research, and Quality
Improvement - Patient Safety. Visit
www.acponline.org/abstracts for more information.
During pre-registration or on-site registration you will likely
receive complimentary bags, official tags, and numerous papers,
pamphlets, and books. The amount of information can be
overwhelming. Take some time to prepare a plan of what scientific
courses, exhibits, or clinical skills sessions you are most
interested in attending. If you are short on time then look for the
Council of Student Member's preplanned schedule tailored to medical
students. If you do not have your own personalized planner, try
using the official ACP Internal Medicine Meeting Planner to help
organize your schedule Check back at http://im2013.acponline.org/ for
next year's online planner.
You will probably see a full spectrum of different attires at
professional conferences. Attendees will wear formal business
clothes, business casual, or t-shirts/jeans. Check with the
conference Web site for any specifics, but when in doubt or if you
are presenting at the meeting then wear formal business attire.
During sessions some would suggest to take notes. Keeping track
of all the information you will hear at the conference can be
difficult. Most attendees use the standard paper and pencil, but
more students and professionals are using tablet computers, such as
the iPad, to record their notes. Please note that laptops may be a
burden to carry throughout the conference.
Go through the exhibit hall at least once during the conference.
You can see the latest medical products and technology. Along the
way through the exhibits, you can pick up pens, highlighters, hand
sanitizers, snacks, and other free promotional gifts. You can also
network in the career center.
If you are not presenting a poster, stop by the poster sessions
even if it is just for a few minutes. You might be interested to
see what other medical students are researching.
One of the most unique and highly acclaimed parts of the
Internal Medicine Meeting is the Hebert S. Waxman Clinical Skills
Center. Here you can enhance your clinical skills throughout many
of the stations. Practice some procedures (advanced airway
techniques, arthrocentesis, lumbar punctures or PICC line
placement). Learn surgical techniques (toenail removal, suturing
skills, skin biopsy, and cryosurgery). You can even get hands-on
experience with the physical examination tutorials. In these
tutorials, you can perform male urogenital, breast, or pelvic
examinations with live actors/teachers. Because each session fills
up quickly, reserve your sessions early.
Take the time to network with physicians and other medical
students. Professional conferences will you give many opportunities
to network. The ACP Student Mentoring breakfast is a great way to
meet physician-mentors at other medical institutions for invaluable
advice. You can also attend your local chapter at the Chapter
Receptions to meet people from your area. Most physicians will be
pleased to discuss their careers with students. To meet with other
students stop by the student hospitality suite or attend student
socials. Many people now exchange e-mail addresses or Facebook
names in order to network; however, to connect with more
traditional physicians bring personalized business cards.
You can easily spend all of your time
attending the various functions at professional conferences, but
plan to enjoy and explore the city where the conference is being
This could be the only time you will be able to visit some
historic sites, taste native cuisine, or experience local culture.
If you do not want to spend money on travel guide books, try
WikiTravel is a project to create a free and up-to-date worldwide
travel guide. Similar to Wikipedia, WikiTravel is continuously
being created and updated, so be aware that some content can
contain misinformation. Whether you have time to explore the city
or not, enjoy your time while you are there and try to make the
most of your experience.
Ryan Estaris, MS-2
LSU New Orleans School of Medicine
ACP Council of Student Members 2011-2012
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and conference information is subject to change without
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