How to Prepare for a Conference

How to Prepare for a Conference

ASN is right around the corner. Are you ready?

Conferences are an excellent opportunity to learn about emerging clinical trends, network with colleagues and even find your first nephrology job. As a second year fellow, it is important that you make the most of this gathering of professionals. This is your chance to meet with several hiring practices all at once and you should be prepared at any moment for an impromptu interview. Below are a few preparation tips.

  • Make sure your CV is up to date. If you need help with your CV, click here for tips from DaVita SOURCE and to see a sample CV. Print out copies of your CV and email yourself a PDF version so you can easily forward your CV to a practice for consideration.
  • Bring a notebook with you so that you can take notes about practices you meet with and connections you make. There is a lot going on throughout a conference and it can be difficult to remember all of the important details and contacts you made once you leave.
  • Know your priorities before you go. Try to organize your thoughts about the general location, practice size and type of practice you most want to join. We advise not meeting with groups that are well outside of your range of desirable practice traits as it is a waste of both your time and the hiring practices’. For example, if you know you could never accept a part time position in a rural market, then politely decline that interview.
  • Review and practice general interview questions. As we mentioned before, impromptu interviews are to be expected at conferences so preparing some answers ahead of time will help smooth those conversations when they come. Click here to see our tips for interviews and a list of general interview questions.
  • Inform yourself of trends that affect the nephrology marketplace. Look at sites such as NNI, RPA, Renal and Urology News, Physicians Practice and NKF to stay up to date. Having an understanding of the industry will help you stand out as a savvy candidate and can provide talking points for you if an interview starts to stall.
  • Dress to impress. If you are a job seeker, make some extra effort in your professional appearance. Remember, you could run into a hiring manager or physician at any point during the conference and you only have one chance at that first impression.
  • Visit the DaVita SOURCE booth. We attend most major nephrology conferences throughout the year, including: ASN, RRI, RPA and NKF. The recruitment team will be at the booth and can help you look for open positions and help prepare you for an interview.
  • Follow up. After you get home from the conference make sure to send thank you emails or notes to all of the hiring practices with which you spoke. Even if you met with a practice that wasn’t right for you, we still recommend thanking them for their time. Nephrology is a small community and establishing good relations with any practicing physician is just good manners.

If you have questions about what to expect when attending a Nephrology conference or want to set up some time to meet with us while you’re there, e-mail us at fellowshipoutreach@davita.com.

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