Trainee Talk: 7 Tips for Trainees Attending the 2023 AANEM Annual Meeting

Published October 10, 2023

Trainee Talk

Submitted by: Michael Skolka, MD, AANEM Young Leadership Council Co-chair

As a medical student, resident, or fellow, attending an annual meeting is an exciting time to take a break from clinical duties, network with colleagues, and learn new information. However, given all the available opportunities, sometimes it’s hard to know where to start. So, I’ve put together a few tips for trainees like myself that might help as you navigate the AANEM Annual Meeting.

1. Plan Ahead

Take some time either before coming to the conference or at the beginning of the conference to look at the sessions offered, and plan ahead for what you might want to attend. I would encourage you to attend sessions that are both inside and outside of your comfort zone. There are sessions planned for people to refine the skills they already have or to learn something new. Educational learners at all levels are welcome at the conference.

2. Download the AANEM Meeting App

I think one of the easiest ways to see what is being offered and navigate your week is to download the AANEM Annual Meeting app. It’s free on the app store, and it has everything you need to know about the meeting, sessions, times and locations, and ways to register for events – a must have. 

3. Consider Last-Minute Workshop Openings

AANEM’s “Resident & Fellow Rush” allows trainees to claim free, last-minute tickets for workshops with open seats. This is a great way to get into that ultrasound workshop you might not have otherwise attended. Visit the conference registration booth to learn more.

4. Attend EMG Talk

I highly recommend this relaxed, educational session hosted by Spike and Wave. While both facilitators are EMG experts, they use this time for an informal and fun educational experience. Of course, drinks and snacks are provided. And, participation may win you a very coveted EMG talk hat! I finally earned mine last year for writing a limerick about radiculopathies. 

5. Visit the Poster Hall 

Walking through the poster hall and attending poster presentation sessions are great ways to see new and upcoming research that is being done in the field and also meet new colleagues. Feel free to ask questions! 

6. Introduce Yourself and Make Connections

The annual meeting is a great way to network, meet new colleagues in your field, and catch up with old friends. Everyone is friendly and looking to make your acquaintance. Please, introduce yourself and ask for ways to get connected. 

7. Most importantly, have fun!