My dad, an internist, always encourages me to network with other physicians and take opportunities to job shadow and volunteer. You really never know who you will meet, or who you will run into. A few weeks ago, I went to a medical headquarters center because my mom had a nurse manager’s retreat. Afterward, we hung out with some of her colleagues at a local sushi restaurant. The woman I ended up chatting with for a few hours was actually a medical physician who was also a supervisor in her department and told me to contact her if she could be of any assistance when I was getting ready to apply for residency programs. If you put yourself out there, you never know who you’re going to run into and meet!
Networking in the medical field is essential. Lots of physicians I know are constantly going to dinners and CME courses to expand their networks and get to know other medical professionals. It’s important, as medical students, to take advantage of opportunities for networking early on because those people might be a huge part of your medical career someday. The beauty of networking is that you can’t look at a person and automatically know what they do and who they are. It’s important to break out of our shells and not be afraid to get out there and show initiative. Putting yourself out there in the medical field through volunteering, shadowing, and simply making small talk can really do wonders for your future as a physician!