Growing your professional network is something that almost all physicians want to do. Networking is vital for career advancement yet women are often disadvantaged in their access.

We know that putting yourself out there can feel daunting. That’s why we asked our community for their top networking tips.

1) Go to conferences

2) Don’t be afraid to ask

3) Engage with professional societies

4) Be yourself

5) Collaborate

6) Find a mentor

7) Don’t give up

1) Go to conferences

Conferences are a great opportunity to meet like-minded people that you know you’ll have something in common with. Preparation beforehand can help too – think about what you’re going to do and who you want to interact with. Many conferences also have social events which could be a great place to start – you never know who you could be sitting next to!

2) Get on Twitter

Social media in medicine is commonly used to share information, gain knowledge, network, and advocate for patients. The pairing of social media with healthcare has also been shown to be very successful. Joining this well-established platform will undoubtedly help you connect with people around the world. Tip: following hashtags like #MedTwitter and #WIM could be a good place to start!

3) Don’t be afraid to ask

The worst someone can do is say no. Stand up tall, (do a mental power pose or two) and ask! You got this.

4) Engage with professional societies

Professional associations can be one of the best ways to learn what’s going on and access new opportunities. You know that you’ll have shared interests with fellow physicians to be able to have conversations with them.

5) Be yourself

Research shows that your identity influences the networks that people will develop. Make sure that wherever you network you take your whole and true self so that you develop networks you want to be part of.

6) Collaborate

Successful networking involves shared, mutually beneficial interactions. Seek out and share opportunities where you can work together.

7) Find a mentor

Being targeted with your networking efforts can help to ensure you are successful. Identify physicians in your field that could act as a mentor for you and approach them. If you want to find a mentor, or be a mentor, the 2023 Escalator Awards open for application submissions in mid-August 2022!

8) Don’t give up

There are endless opportunities for you to grow your network. If your first attempt doesn’t go to plan, learn from it, and try again.

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