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July 4, 2012

Usefulness of Medical Conferences

Author Affiliations

Letters Section Editor: Jody W. Zylke, MD, Senior Editor.

Author Affiliation: Scarborough, Maine (markbraunmd@aol.com).

JAMA. 2012;308(1):31-33. doi:10.1001/jama.2012.6376

To the Editor: The Viewpoint1 on medical conferences asked a good question, but I did not see anything in the piece that represents the enthusiasm that I have for several conferences that I attend, or the reasons for my enthusiasm. Many conferences I have attended have been stimulating for various reasons, including (1) the content, such as new perspectives, new information and how to apply it, reviews of topics, and reviews of skills or introduction of new skills; (2) the opportunity to talk directly to experts; (3) the opportunity to see how my colleagues think (both in the presentations as well as in the question and answer parts of the sessions); and (4) the ability to network with new and old friends in the profession.

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