AMA hosted speed-networking event for medical students
Published: Thursday, December 6, 2012
Updated: Thursday, December 6, 2012 23:12
The Marshall University American Medical Association chapter hosted specialty speed dating Thursday to give current medical students the opportunity to meet physicians in specialty fields.
John Davitt, chair of Marshall University’s American Medical Association chapter, said the event was created to give Marshall medical students an idea of what it is like to be in a specialty field.
“Basically, the event is just for medical students to meet physicians from various specialties and kind of get an idea of what it really involves being in a specialty,” Davitt said.
The event featured five 15-minute rounds of networking with professionals about their specialty field.
Nafeeza Hussain, first year Marshall medical student, said she participated in the event to gain information on specialty fields medical students do not have the answers to. “What really drew me to the event was that there was a lot of the specialties in one room,” Hussain said. “You could go from table to table from surgery to neurology to OBG-YN and be able to talk to the doctors and ask them the questions that medical students don’t necessarily have the answers to because they are in the fields, they know what it’s like.”
Hussain also said the event was a good opportunity to learn about how a specialty field can effect the doctors personal lives.
“You get to find out about their home life, family life, how they can create their own schedule, felxibilty and all those things,” Hussain said. “It was nice to get an insider perspective on the field.”
Anna Clarke, first year Marshall medical student, said the event was very helpful with giving her insight on a variety of fields she did not know a lot about.
“I’m just a first year so I’m not really sure what I’m going to go into,” Clarke said. “I felt like it was helpful because there were specialties that I just had kind of an inkling towards but now I know a little more about that so it was great.”
Clarke also said attending the event provided a great opportunity to meet physicians and build relationships for the future.
“I definitely felt like it was very helpful,” Clarke said. “Meeting different physicians and sort of putting in the face time so when I meet them in the future we might have more of a relationship.”
Hussain said first year medical students are always swamped with the academics of medicine and the event offered a great opportunity to actually see what all of the specialties available to them are.
Ashley Killingsworth can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.