In April, members of the Pediatric CHILL Lab went to New Orleans for the Society of Pediatric Society Annual Conference.
Attending a national conference every year provides me with exposure to the most recent research being done in my field and allows me an opportunity to build connections. This past April, members of the Pediatric CHILL Lab attended the Society of Pediatric Society Annual Conference (SPPAC) in New Orleans, LA. What I love about SPPAC is the exposure to many different areas of pediatric psychology that I might not have exposure to through my research and clinical training. Last year when I attended this conference, I happened to attend a talk focused on an unfamiliar area of pediatrics, integrative primary care. Through this presentation, I realized how well this field aligned with my interests; integrative primary care has a community based component and also a focus on interdisciplinary care.
After gaining knowledge about this field, I made it my goal to learn about the field by attending relevant poster sessions and talks. SPPAC offers an exciting opportunity for trainees to attend a mentoring lunch to connect with an established clinician or researcher in the field. I met with a pediatric psychologist who works in integrative primary care which allowed me an opportunity to ask questions about the field and find ways to gain training in primary care.
Attending a national conference is a one-stop shop place to build connections, learn about research, and connect with old friends. I always leave conferences feeling inspired and excited to explore new ideas.