Attending professional conferences
It is worthwhile to have aims and objectives before you go
- By: Louise Roper
The Royal Society of Medicine lists a conference on almost every day in 2012 on its website. With so many to choose from students and junior doctors might consider themselves “spoilt for choice.” Despite this, relatively few students attend professional conferences. The reasons for these low numbers could be: firstly, many students and young doctors are not aware of the many benefits of attending a conference; secondly, given the abundance of such meetings, students and junior doctors might feel overwhelmed, and so avoid doing the research and making the decision about which conference is best to attend by not signing up; thirdly, having selected an appropriate conference, some might be concerned that they will be out of their depth and not gain anything from the experience.
Many conferences have poster boards where delegates display completed or on going research. Discussing your poster with other attendees is a fantastic way to