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Five tips to maximize your Trainee and Early Career Networking Hour experience

We’ve got you covered with all the event details and pointers to prepare you for success.
DDW Networking Event
DDW Networking Event

Whether it’s your first or fifth time attending Digestive Disease Week®, it can still be just as overwhelming as exciting. One critical aspect we’ve missed out on after a two-year hiatus is the vital in-person professional networking. Now that we’re back on track, ensure you maximize your time by attending the AGA and DHPA Trainee and Early Career Networking Hour to connect with new peers and GI experts and have some fun in an informal setting during the meeting. And because networking can bring about mixed emotions, we’ve put together some easy-to-implement pointers to prepare you for success.

Five tips for successful networking

  • Plan in advance.

    It’s easy to get lost among all the sessions, exhibits and events. Strategically plan your schedule to make the most of your investment.  

  • Be yourself.

    Letting your authenticity shine through can help settle your nerves and build more meaningful connections.

  • Use icebreakers and ask the right questions.

    Prepare a few questions ahead of time to find common ground efficiently. You can use engaging sessions or meeting buzz as segues into conversations and ask about current work projects, challenges and personal interests.

  • Exchange contact information.

    Email and social handles are great starting points.

  • Follow-up.

    Make the most of your efforts by following up in the days after the meeting to keep in touch and nurture your new relationships.

You’re now ready to put the tips to the test at the AGA and DHPA Trainee and Early Career Networking Hour at DDW. Stop by for a relaxing environment to fuel up, recharge and make lasting connections. We’ll have food and several raffles. Our Trainee and Early Career Committee leaders and DHPA’s private practice leaders can’t wait to connect with you. No registration is required, but be sure to add it to your DDW schedule today. Here are the details:

Trainee and Early Career Networking Hour
Sponsored by the American Gastroenterological Association (AGA) and
the Digestive Health Physician Association (DHPA)

Sunday, May 22, from 2-3 p.m. PDT
DDW Trainee and Early Career GI Lounge
Sails Pavilion
San Diego Convention Center

Raffle Giveaways from Sponsors:

(2) DDSEP10 Complete ($345 value each), (2) PG Course on-demand ($65 value each), (2) Clinicians Companion ($59 value each)
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