Networking Tips For Medical Professionals

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Published: 6 Dec 2016      

While what you know is always going to be important, who you know can also have a massive influence on your future career and the opportunities that became available to you. This means that all medical professionals should put some thought into networking and consider every interaction they have as ways to learn more about their professions.

This is an area where many struggle, so keep these pointers in mind to ensure you network effectively.

Treat Everyone With Respect

Every single person you meet during the course of your career has the capacity to teach you something new and you should respect that at all times. You may be in a position of power or hold a prominent position in your medical facility, but this doesn’t mean that you should act like you are better than others or that the advice you receive from people further down the ladder has no worth. Treat everybody as you would like to be treated and you will find that you develop useful contacts while also creating a pleasant working environment.

Organizations

There are many organizations out there that specialize in specific areas of medicine. For example, the British Medical Ultrasound Society offers a place for people in that profession to meet each other and exchange information. You should make the effort to become a member of such an organization, as this will open up new networking opportunities to you, in addition to offering you the chance to learn more about what you do so you can provide better care to your patients.

Use Social Media

Social media sites, particularly LinkedIn, give you the opportunity to mingle with movers and shakers in your profession even if you don’t have the chance to meet them in person. The connections you build through social media can be beneficial in a number of ways, particularly if you take the time to cultivate them while also establishing yourself as an authority in your field on such sites. Social media shouldn’t take up too much time in your day and should definitely not distract away from your patients, but it is a very useful tool for networking.

Attend Events

You will likely be invited to a wide variety of events as part of your medical career, most of which offer you the opportunity to mingle with other people in your profession in a less formal way than you might at work. These functions offer you the chance to show a little more about your own personality, while also helping you to build less formal relationships with people who may be able to help with your career.

Know What makes You Valuable

You should be confident in who you are, what you do and what you may have to offer if you wish to build successful professional relationships. Trust is crucial when networking and people will tend to shy away from those who are unable to give them reasons to trust. Don’t brag about your accomplishments or talents, but don’t hide them away either. It can be a fine line to tread, but knowing what makes you valuable will give you the confidence to get out there and meet people.

 

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