The ritual of networking at medical conferences often involves waiting to chat with a speaker after a session or finessing an introduction in a busy hallway. That’s why, at the Student-Resident Luncheon, organized by SHM’s Physicians-in-Training Committee, Tuesday, May 2, at noon, trainees will have a chance to interact with experts in the field in a much more relaxed setting.
The free luncheon will include several tables, each dedicated to a specific topic, such as pediatric hospital medicine, with an experienced hospitalist at each one. The residents and students who attend can choose their table and will have a chance to sit at two different tables. There will also be an “open forum” segment at the end, when the trainees can seek out other experts, said Darlene Tad-y, MD, committee chair and assistant professor of medicine at the University of Colorado at Denver, Aurora.
“The purpose behind it was to bring our trainees together so that they can meet each other and to bring some of the SHM leaders to them so that they can learn about what [the leaders] do in hospital medicine and see the breadth of work that hospitalists are doing around the country,” she said.
Pediatric hospital medicine, medical education, and global health are three of the confirmed topics that will be covered at the luncheon, Dr. Tad-y said. There will be a maximum of 10 people at each table, including the expert.
“We wanted it to be very immediate for the students and residents who are going to be there,” she said. “It’s a pretty small group setting.”
The event has been getting more popular each year and is now in its third year. SHM said 500 students and residents participated last year. Residents and students who register for the annual meeting receive an invitation to attend the luncheon. Those who decide on-site that they want to attend will have the ability to do so, Dr. Tad-y said.
Such close interaction with people whose literature they may have read can be very helpful for trainees, she said. They can “sit at a table with them and hear their story and learn how they got to where they were. I think it’s quite impactful.