With ASHP’s announcement that Midyear will be a virtual conference this year, you may be wondering how this is going to go. You are not alone! The residency showcase, poster sessions, and interviews are all top of mind. You may be feeling a little disappointed, yet understand this is the safest option right now. You don’t have to wait until the official programming comes out to start preparing for this conference.
Here are some tips to get you started:
1. Networking. Time is not slowing down. In fact, you’re getting closer and closer to graduation. Now is the time to create and update your LinkedIn account (see this resource guide as a starter). Create a list of companies/residencies/fellowships that you want to learn more about. Utilize the search bar in LinkedIn to search by organization (not someone’s name) and you will see everyone in your network who has ever worked or trained there. You will also see people who are 2nd and 3rd connections. Connect with these people and tell them you are interested in learning more about their company/program. Beat the rush of the Midyear ‘crowd’ and start an email exchange now. You will need more time for back-and-forth communication so starting now will help you make an informed decision when it comes time for applications. Not ready to send a personal message? Then follow them and see what kinds of activities they post. Comment on their posts if it interests you. Read more about networking here!
2. Get used to having your camera on. For most students, you can turn your camera off during virtual classes. For Midyear, you will need to have your camera on, with an appropriate upper outfit and background. Start getting used to this so it’s not so new and awkward when it comes time for interviews. Sign up for virtual mock interviews that your college offers and practice with friends.
3. Consider applying for more programs than you originally intended. Conference registration will likely be lower than previous years and you likely will not fly for any interviews in early 2021. What will you do with the money you are saving from those expenses? Each application usually costs an extra fee, which is a challenging expense for some students. The overall reduced cost of this cycle will give you the opportunity to decide what to do with those savings.
For the first time, Midyear will be coming to YOU. Take advantage of this!
What are your thoughts on having a virtual Midyear meeting? Post your comments below!
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