You’ll soon find that one of the best things about National Conference is the energy. Physicians, residents, and students bring the excitement about all things family medicine from day one.
In fact, one of my favorite memories from National Conference was my opening session. The room was practically humming. It left me eager to see all the opportunities I had to learn and connect over three days.
Speaking of opportunities, family medicine itself is such a diverse specialty where anyone can find their place. You learn such a breadth of medicine and serve many patient populations. And the advocacy that physicians and trainees take up on behalf of their patients is one of my favorite parts of family medicine.
When I entered medical school, I was interested in both family medicine and OB/GYN, but as I met more family physicians, I was intrigued by the diversity of their practices and their service to their communities. I knew I’d found my place.
So, when I attended my first in-person conference, I knew meeting with different residency programs would be invaluable to me. It opened my eyes to programs I hadn’t considered before and allowed me to build in-person connections.
At my first National Conference, I was also exposed to the process of Student Congress and the power of organized medicine. It was great to see the power students can hold and how organized medicine affects change.
My advice to you? Attend National Conference! And try to split your time between workshops, Congress activities, and exploring residency programs in the Expo Hall. You’ll be glad you got to experience all National Conference has to offer.
No matter where you are in your medical training, National Conference is the place to discover new opportunities in family medicine, run for a national leadership position, develop leadership skills, be energized and inspired, and find your people through networking opportunities and more.
Go beyond med school to explore the broadest and most dynamic medical specialty. Learn what family physicians do through workshops, Main Stage sessions, and discussions with your peers, residents, and attendings.
Prepare for clerkship through educational programming designed to enhance your family medicine journey and get a jump-start on your residency and career.
Strengthen your path to family medicine. Hone procedural skills, visit residency programs, and learn what all you can do as a family physician.
Get the energy and inspiration you need to transition into residency and network with residents who went through the same experiences.