Identify your meeting goals – Determine what you want to accomplish. If you are the sole OMS from your practice or university, ask colleagues what information they want you to gather. This can help broaden your scope and allow you to return with a wealth of knowledge to share.
Set a foundation for learning – Start the Annual Meeting with a solid foundation by attending the Anesthesia Update preconference program, which will focus on the surgeon’s role in navigating the care of patients with mental health illness. Register now, as space is limited for this popular session.
Don’t overbook yourself – While your schedule might not appear full, sitting in sessions and participating in events can be demanding, especially when dealing with a time zone change. Establish your priorities and – if you need time to recharge – stroll through the Exhibit Hall. Browse specialty-related products and services from 100-plus exhibitors and check out Eat, Drink and be Industry-Educated sessions and Industry Symposiums that highlight the latest technologies and innovations for practices.
Take advantage of networking opportunities – A major benefit of the Annual Meeting is networking. Before the meeting, check your business card inventory, follow AAOMS on LinkedIn and access the online community for AAOMS members, AAOMS Connect. These steps are important if you are looking for a research partner, business associate or job opportunity – all of which can be found by visiting the AAOMS Store and Membership Services booth in the Exhibit Hall. Starting Sept. 3 through the Annual Meeting, receive 20 percent off a job posting or banner ad package on the AAOMS CareerLine website using the AAOMS2021 promotion code. Call 888-884-8242 to speak to a representative.
Explore wellness and diversity – Take part in a new two-hour symposium incorporating the meeting theme of Ensuring Our Future through Wellness and Diversity. Topics covered will include faculty and resident burnout, surgeon wellness, racial diversity and gender inclusion.