This was my first conference while in medical school. A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to attend the American College of Surgeon’s annual conference. I heard about this conference from a resident, who told me about a research project, The History of Surgery Congress poster presentation, where students and residents share research on contributions to surgery, is what brought me to the conference.
However, I learned that there is a 3-day workshop exclusive to medical students at the conference. The ACS conference, which brings in thousands of surgeons worldwide, provides an opportunity for students to discuss networking, suturing and learning about different surgical specialties. This conference is perfect for an M3 or M4 interested in surgery. Program directors come speak, surgeons from different specialties share their perspectives. And in particular, you have the chance to meet other students interested in surgery from other schools. Some of them I’ve met on the interview trail, and others I’ve made as friends because of this conference.
I’d encourage anyone considering surgery to attend this conference. It’s free if you are a member of the ACS. It’s a great chance to network and get inspired.