It’s a cliché, sure, but it’s true. It’s not really the gifts or the decorations or the food that make us truly happy around the holiday season. For most of us, it’s the time spent with family and friends, and connecting with our community. Social science backs this up. Study after study show that wealth and material possessions are only a small part of what makes people feel satisfied with their life. The quality of our relationships is much more important.
Of course, when it comes to networking, personal relationships and improving financial security go hand in hand!
Networking and relationship-building is one of the greatest benefits the AAPPM can provide for its members. Of course, you wouldn’t join if we were just a “social club.” Training materials, seminars, certification programs, and conferences are important pieces of what we do, too. But at the same time, there’s no substitute for being able to connect with a colleague at a conference, or spend some one-on-one time with a mentor, or even just pick up the phone and talk to someone who knows what you’re going through.
At the AAPPM, we believe in harnessing the collective wisdom of our members. Each of us possesses knowledge and experience—with both success and failure—that can teach others and help them become better physicians, better business owners, better managers of our employees, our time, our finances. Partly that’s reflected in the wide breadth of curriculum, lectures, training materials, and webinars we produce and share.
But it’s also reflected, perhaps most meaningfully, in the one-on-one relationships and friendships you develop with the people you meet here. Discussion between colleagues—whether in formal breakout sessions or informal chats over breakfast or beers—often provides the spark that opens your mind to new ideas and new solutions to the most vexing problems in your practice.
So, give yourself the gift of networking this Christmas! Reconnect with that colleague you met at the last conference and ask that question you’ve been wondering about. Send a personal thank you to someone who has mentored you in the past. And don’t forget to join or renew your membership with the AAPPM! Let’s help each other succeed!