September 20, 2019

Conferences 2018 – Could One Spark A New Career?





Eeny, Meeny, Miny, Moe,
Catch a conference by the toe.
If there’s interest have a go.
If there isn’t, just say no!
Eeny, Meeny, Miny, Moe.

If you’ll pardon my silly variation on this children’s rhyme, I’m using it to introduce the 2018 list of upcoming conferences. Yay! I’m continuing this tradition started last year to share with you a variety of events that may be of interest if you’re looking for a new career direction or a possible side gig.

I’ve been to a number of the following conferences myself and love the chance to learn something new, make valuable connections, and investigate opportunities for my clients. It never hurts when there’s fun to be had too. So far, nothing has topped the armadillo races and late night boogying at the AAIM Life Insurance conference!

Before even going to a conference, simply perusing the agenda can often give you a clue about your interest level. Are you eagerly consulting your calendar and hitting the “Register” button? Or do you merely give it a “meh” and move on?

I often advise my clients to pay attention to where their energy naturally flows when assessing a career direction. If you have the energy to take the time and spend the money to attend a conference (they aren’t cheap), it says a lot about your interest level. Actually being at the conference will give you a chance to further evaluate this direction and see if these people feel like your “tribe.”

Here are some tips for getting the most out of a conference:

  • Bring business cards with your personal contact info
  • Pump yourself up to network (yes, even introverts can do this well)
  • Join others for meals and social events – don’t hole up in your hotel room
  • Talk with the vendors in the Exhibitor Hall to see if their company hires physicians
  • Take notes and follow-up afterwards with key contacts

Below is a select listing of conferences. Don’t see anything you like? Feel free to recommend others to be added. There’s no need to limit yourself to work-related conferences. It can be quite reinvigorating to go to a workshop related to one of your hobbies or a retreat for personal growth.  Anything that engages your heart and provides a new perspective helps with your career situation – one way or another.

Have fun and let us know what you find out!

Chart Review/Disability
SEAK Seminar: How to Start, Build and Run a Successful Disability and File Review Practice
February 10 – 11, 2018  Clearwater Beach, FL

Coaching – Leadership, Wellness, Health, Lifestyle, Career, etc.
Harvard Institute  of Coaching in Leadership and Healthcare Conference
September 28 – 29, 2018  Boston, MA
Check out the 2017 conference agenda

ENRICH Healthcare Communication Course & Research Forum
May 31 – Jun 3, 2018  Tampa, FL
Check out the 2017 conference brochure

Small Business Expo
Free one-day events at various cities and dates throughout the country

Startup Grind Conference
February 12 – 14, 2018  Redwood City, CA

U.S. Chamber of Commerce National Small Business Summit
Summit and Master Classes in various cities and dates

Expert Witness
How to Start and Build a Successful Medical Expert Witness Practice
February 8 -9, 2018 Clearwater Beach FL

Functional Medicine
Institute for Functional Medicine Conference
March 19 – 23, 2018  San Diego, CA
October 1 – 5, 2018  Washington, DC

Health Policy
National Health Policy Conference
February 5 – 6, 2018  Washington, DC

Informatics/Electronic Medical Record
HIMMS Conference (largest informatics/EMR conference)
March 5 – 9, 2018  Las Vegas, NV
Check out the 2018 conference brochure

AMIA Symposium (smaller informatics/EMR conference)
November 3 – 7, 2018  San Francisco, CA
Check out the 2017 conference agenda

Integrative Medicine
Integrative Healthcare Symposium Conference
February 22 – 24, 2018  New York, NY

International Congress on Integrative Medicine & Health
May 8 – 11, 2018  Baltimore, MD

AIHM Academy of Integrative Health and Medicine Conference
September 22 – 26, 2018  San Diego, CA

Life Insurance
American Academy of Insurance Medicine Annual Meeting
October 13 – 18, 2018  Seattle, WA
Check out the 2017 conference brochure

Lifestyle Medicine
American College of Lifestyle Medicine Conference
October 21 – 24, 2018  Indianapolis, IN

Medical Writing/Writing
The Examined Life Conference – Explore Medicine’s Creative Side
October 25 – 27, 2018  Iowa City, IA
Check out the 2017 conference program

American Medical Writers Association Conference
November 1 – 3, 2018  Washington, DC
Check out the 2017 conference session materials

How to Earn Money As A Physician Writer
February 8-9, 2018 Clearwater Beach, FL

Non-Clinical Careers
SEAK Non-Clinical Careers for Physicians Conference
October 20 – 21, 2018  Chicago, IL

SEAK’s ongoing seminars on expert witness, consulting, IMEs, etc

Plant-Based Nutrition Healthcare Conference
September 14 – 17, 2018  San Diego, CA

DIA Global Meeting (largest pharma conference in the US)
June 24 – 28, 2018  Boston, MA
Check out the 2017 conference program

World Drug Safety Congress
April 10 – 11, 2018  Philadelphia, PA
Check out the 2018 conference agenda

Physician Advisor
Click here to read about the physician advisor role

National Physician Advisor Conference / SEPAS
April 30 – May 2, 2018  Greenville, SC

Physician Advisor and Utilization Review Team Boot Camp
July 25 – 27, 2018  Los Angeles, CA
Check out the 2017 conference brochure

Physician Leadership
American Association for Physician Leadership
Ongoing Live Institutes throughout the year
Spring Institute April 26 – 30, 2018  (host city TBA)
Check out the schedule from the 2017 Fall Institute

Physician Wellness Retreats
Institute for Physical Wellness Retreat: Self-Compassion and Mindfulness in Medicine
April 6 – 8, 2018  Big Sur, CA

Omega Retreat: Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction in Mind-Body Medicine
March 4 – 11, 2018  Scotts Valley, CA
June 1 – 8, 2018  Rhinebeck, NY
Note: Participants will learn techniques from the University of Massachusetts Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Clinic.

Public Speaking
Toastmasters Annual Conference
August 22 – 25, 2018 Chicago, IL
Click here for the 2017 Agenda

Health Datapalooza Conference
April 26 – 27, 2018  Washington, DC
Check out the 2017 conference agenda

Exponential Medicine Conference
November 4 – 7, 2018  San Diego, CA
Check out the 2017 conference program

American Telemedicine Association Conference
April 29 – May 1, 2018 Chicago, IL
Check out the 2018 conference program

GRIT for Women in Medicine:  Growth, Resilience, Inspiration, & Tenacity
September 20 – 22, 2018  Truckee, CA

A special “Thank you” to my assistant, Dr. Ashley Antony, for her invaluable help in preparing this blog! 


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