The COVID-19 Pandemic continues to affect us in so many ways, including the way we learn and present new science. Virtual meetings have become the norm in 2020, and AHA’s Scientific Sessions will be no different. In my prior experience attending national meetings, despite the excitement around all the new things being presented, it was easy to get overwhelmed with all the simultaneous sessions happening.
As one of this year’s Social Media Ambassadors and AHA FIT & Early Career bloggers, I think it’s only fair that we start off this year’s meeting with some tips for success.
- First, download the AHA conferences app on your smartphone. It’s your go-to resource for game-planning the sessions. You can search for featured sessions or browse programs by topic and/or daily schedule.
- Follow along on social media. @AHAmeetings on Twitter has provided the list of all your Social Media Ambassadors for this year’s sessions. Use the hashtags #AHA20 #AHAFIT and #AHAEarlyCareerBlogger to stay up-to-date on all the latest content.
- Plan ahead! Find the topics you’re interested in and save them to your AHA calendar located on the app.
- Take advantage of the dedicated AHA FIT programming which includes: networking opportunities, career planning, and more. Some of the highlighted programmings include:
Racism in Medicine: What Medical Centers & Training Programs Can Do to To Be Antiracist (SimuLive/On-Demand)
Panelists: Clyde Yancy, Michelle Albert, Ileana Piña, Sharonne Hayes
FIT Moderators: AJ Grant, Christina Rodriguez Ruiz, Stephen Broughton
Chat with panelists on Friday, 11/13 at 12:00 PM Central on SimuLive Channel.
Launching and Advancing Careers in the Age of the Pandemic (Simulive/On-Demand)
Panelists: Bob Harrington, John Warner, Elliott Antman, Donna Arnett
Moderator: Janice Chyou, Chair of AHA Early Career Committee
Chat with the panelists on Friday, 11/13 at 9:00 AM Central on SimuLIve Channel.
Fellowship Training During A Pandemic (On-Demand)
Panelists: Janet Han, Antonio Cabrera, Salim Virani, Michelle Kittleson
FIT Moderators: Nosheen Reza, Jeff Hsu, Michael Brener
Cultivating a Successful Mentor/Mentee Relationship (On-Demand)
Panelists: Karen Joynt-Maddox, Rishi Wadhera, Nancy Sweitzer, Sophia Airhart, Alan Daugherty, Shayan Mohammadmoradi
FIT Moderators: Beth Dineen, Hena Patel, Pina Patel
Building Your Brand: Research Career Planning and Scientific Writing (On-Demand)
Panelists: Erin Michos, Louise McCullough, Andrew Landstrom, Pradeep Natarajan
FIT Moderators: Anum Saeed, Lauren Fournier, Saraschandra Vallabhajosyula
5. Last, but not least, have fun! AHA Scientific Sessions is always a great opportunity to connect, reinvigorate that thirst for knowledge, and expand your horizons.
We sincerely hope you enjoy this year’s meeting. You can follow me @AdnanKhalifMD.
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Adnan Khalif is the Chief Cardiology Fellow at the Allegheny Health Network in Pittsburgh, PA. He will be completing his training in Interventional Cardiology with plans to pursue additional training in critical care. He is passionate about acute care cardiology and medical education. His interest in blogging began after recognizing the impact that social media has had on his medical education. You can follow him on Twitter @AdnanKhalifMD.