The 2015 Indianapolis Pediatric Convention was one of the major conferences for pediatricians from all over the country during that year, and I happened to receive an invitation to that. In the beginning, I was genuinely hesitant to go, even though many of my colleagues would be attending too. My thought was that it was unnecessary, that I got everything covered already. However, the convention showed me that going to events similar to this one offers more benefits than I know about.
These are the perks of attending pediatric conferences now:
1. Improved Understanding Of Medical Regulations
When you are in an event that focuses on your field of expertise, it is impossible not to hear about the rules that govern you. That is a good thing because regulations can change over time even in the medical world. If you remain cooped up in your clinic and you don’t read the news, you may be unaware of them and disobey the law later.
2. Better Networking Possibilities
A convention is the best place for socializing and connecting with people who are working in the same area as you. You can strike a conversation over coffee or dinner with anyone. You may even be able to speak with the members of the panel during the discussion period. The opportunities to build your network, therefore, are limitless.
3. A Way Out Of Burnout
Lastly, going to a conference allows you to stay away from your workplace for at least a couple of days and unwind with peers. The purpose of such events does not only cover the presentation of new medical approaches and regulations, after all. The organizers prepare activities as well that may be unrelated to the field but can reduce the level of stress that every pediatrician in the crowd is probably carrying.
Look for the next pediatric convention that will take place in your country soon to achieve the benefits mentioned above. Good luck!