There’s no way around it – you’re going to register for meetings and get your credits. If you take a look at our meeting calendar, there’s no doubt there are SEVERAL that you can choose from.
So how do you choose? What are the factors that force you to say, “that’s where I want to invest my education dollars.”
You may choose a meeting that’s close to home. If you don’t need a hotel room because you can commute during the few days… bonus. You may also choose a meeting because it’s just the one you’ve always gone to. But what if saving a few bucks or maintaining tradition keeps you from gaining a truly useful experience?
Ask yourself this…
No matter in what area of work anyone spends their daily lives, it’s easy to get stuck in a rut. Luckily, physicians are in a unique position where they are FORCED to continue their education vs. just showing up to work and going through the same motions every day; “doing it the way we’ve always done it” until retirement. Ultimately, you can turn this obligation into a mandatory reason to become further inspired or re-inspired to grow your skill set and your practice.
You may not even realize that there are niche meetings that can feed your passion, your strengths, and inspire you to create a practice that specializes in the types of patients you want to see every day.
After you’ve asked yourself if you are selecting meetings that feed your passion, ask a second question… what types of patients do I want to see on a daily basis, and where can I elevate my skill set to be the leading practice in my market?
There are many niche meetings that can help hone the skills you desire to keep both your practice thriving and your brain engaged. A few that come to mind include:
  • AAPSM: Sports Medicine
  • ACFAP: Pediatrics
  • AMIFAS: Minimally Invasive Surgery
  • DERMfoot: Dermatology
  • DFCon: Diabetes
Bottom line, if you’re going to invest in something, invest in what will inspire you and will have a greater chance at helping you achieve practice growth.