Five tips to get the most out of your conference

Edwin Kruys

25/10/2017 12:00:00 AM

Dr Edwin Kruys, author of  Doctor's Bag, GP, current Chair of RACGP Queensland and Vice-President of the RACGP, shares his tips to get the most out of attending a conference.

Edwin Kruys
Edwin Kruys

1. Your comfort zone
Look for sessions that fit in with your learning goals. We often tend to pick the workshops we like – topics we’re interested in or know much about. This may work out just fine but sometimes it can be good to get out of our comfort zone and select a session about a topic we’re not very familiar with. What are your strengths and weaknesses? Where can you improve? How can you better meet the needs of your patients or community? One way of developing a personal learning plan to guide your CPD activities is through the RACGP’s planning learning and need (PLAN)

2. Share!
Share what you have learned with colleagues or patients. It's good fun and chances are, it will be appreciated. A great way of sharing is through social media: tweet about a new insight or take-home message – just make sure you quote and attribute the source correctly and mention the conference hashtag in your posts.

3. Change something
Think about something you want to change in your day-to-day practise as a result of what you have learned. Schedule a meeting with your colleagues, practice manager or team to introduce something new in the weeks after the conference, preferably while the knowledge is still fresh.
4. Contribute
You don’t have to be a scientist or PhD student to participate. Maybe you would like to chair a session or be involved with organising part of the conference?
5. Meet people
Participate in the social conference program. It’s nice to relax after a day of learning. Meeting colleagues can be inspiring and refreshing. Have a coffee with that person you haven’t seen for a while. Take a few students or registrars out for lunch or meet new people at the conference dinner.
Have fun and enjoy your conference time!



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