With the New Year upon us, now is a great time to look into any conferences you’d like to attend in 2013. If you’re considering a non-clinical career direction, here is a selection of conferences with different learning and networking opportunities. Note that you can save money on some by registering early.
Date & Location: March 21-22, 2013, Orlando, FL
*Discount before January 18th
Focus: Physician Advisor Role
Description: Recommended for physicians who are interested in becoming a physician advisor or learning more about this position. Emphasis is on physician advisors working in-house for hospitals and managed care organizations.
Date & Location: March 3- 7, 2013, New Orleans, LA
*Discount before February 4th.
Focus: Medical Informatics, Electronic Medical Records
Description: The largest annual conference on medical informatics in the US. Physician IT Symposium. Exhibition hall with representatives from a large number of EMR companies.
Date and Location: March 14 – 16, 2013, Cambridge, MA
Focus: Publishing and Medical Writing
Description: CME course for those wanting to publish information for either consumers or professionals, or both. Will provide tools and techniques for publishing in various venues including books, magazines, newspapers, blogs, patient brochures, mobile apps, etc.
Date and Location: November 6-9, 2013, Columbus, OH
Focus: Medical Writing, Networking
Description: Speakers, panels, and workshops on all areas of medical writing. Networking with physician and non-physician medical writers. Information on medical writing courses.
Date & Location: June 23 -27, 2013, Boston, MA
Description: Large multidisciplinary conference covering all major areas of the pharmaceutical industry, such as drug safety, regulatory affairs, marketing, clinical trials, research, etc. Will provide a “crash course” in all things pharma.
Date & Location: April 26-30, 2013, New York City, NY
Discount before February 22nd
Focus: Physician leadership
Description: Interact with physician executives from around the world. Attend seminars and workshops on topics such as management, negotiations, leadership, finance and communications.
Date & Location: October 19 -20, 2013, Chicago IL
Focus: For physicians, resident-physicians, and medical students considering a non-clinical careers.
Description: Two-day seminar on non-clinical careers for physicians. Wide variety of speakers and mentors from many of the non-clinical areas. Recruiters. Preconference workshops. See the SEAK website for other non-clinical workshops.
Perhaps instead of (or in addition to) a non-clinical conference you’d like to take time to explore a long lost interest or go on a retreat. There are many programs that combine various offerings such as writing, art, music, dance, yoga, meditation, outdoor activities, etc. with ample downtime, great food and a beautiful location. I don’t know anyone who couldn’t use some rest and relaxation and a chance to flex some different muscles. Doing a Google search on your area of interest plus “retreat” or “workshop” will usually result in a variety of options. Good luck and feel free to share your impressions from any conferences you attend.
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