Your Guide to Thrive at ACEP17
- October 9, 2017
- ByHeather Chappell
When and Where is ACEP17?
Sunday, October 29th through Wednesday, November 1st
Walter E. Washington Convention Center | 801 Mt Vernon Pl NW, Washington, DC 20001
Book Your Hotel Early
Reservations for the ACEP Room Block can be made online through their official housing partner, onPeak. No payment is needed up front, so book today! The reservation deadline to book a hotel room is October 20, 2017. Remember: your rate will be lower the earlier you book!
Set Personal Goals for ACEP17
What is your main goal for attending ACEP this year? Are you a resident or fellow looking for your first job? Are you a board-certified physician or APC ready to make a switch to a new hospital or health system? Are you a medical student there to learn? Do you just want to try out the latest EM technology and products? Spend some time thinking about your personal goal for attending ACEP17. Write it down and take it with you to remind yourself each day why you are there. Although that may sound trivial, these four days in Washington, D.C. will be packed with countless courses, activities, networking events, interviews and sessions and you will be exhausted. Make sure you accomplish what you set your mind to at the start.
Sign up for Courses
With so much to see and do at ACEP, you can easily find yourself distracted. There are more than 300 courses and labs to choose from this year including Rapid Fire, ACEP Connect and Fast Facts courses. Choose the courses you would like to attend before you arrive so you have an idea of what’s on your schedule each day. (BONUS TIP: Popular courses fill-up fast, so early registration is key!) Courses are $185 each, unless otherwise noted on the website. You can fill in the rest of your stay with time in the exhibit hall, scheduled mini-interviews, networking parties and ACEP’s Research Forum. Earn even more CME credits this year with pre-conference courses starting Saturday, October 28th.
Do Your Research
If you will be seeking new job opportunities at ACEP, do your research early. What region of the country are you interested in? Do you know the physician groups that have practices in that area? What physician compensation model do you find most appealing? Are you interested in ownership opportunities? While you may be the interviewee, this is a great opportunity for you to also interview each group to see if they are the right fit. Pick out at least three groups you find interesting, contact a recruiter and schedule a time to stop by the booth. Reaching out early ensures the recruiter has time to look over your CV, get a sense of what you are looking for and arrange for the appropriate Regional President or medical director to be at the booth when you come, which can result in a smoother and more enjoyable and informative meeting.
For all of the job seekers and residents, ACEP will often seem like a never-ending job interview which can be stressful. While that may be your main focus for the conference, don’t forget to schedule time to enjoy your trip and have fun. In addition to the official ACEP17 Kickoff Partyand ACEP17 Closing Celebration, there are countless other events to attend in between. Mark your calendars for Sunday, October 29th to come hang out with ApolloMD at the International Spy Museum. We’ll have music, dancing, heavy hors d’oeuvres and cocktails! Bring your significant other to this lively event for a chance to be yourself and get to know the genuine and authentic people of ApolloMD without the pressures of an interview. Details coming soon!
Reflect and Follow Up
Congratulations, you survived ACEP17! Now what? Take some time to rest and reflect on your experience. Before going through your notes, do any of the groups or individuals you spoke with stand out? Do you feel a strong positive connection with a certain company? A strong negative feeling about anything? Follow your instincts and get started sending emails or handwritten notes to follow-up with the connections you made.