Career Development Activities

Trainee Lunch: During the trainee lunch, trainees and mentors will have an opportunity to informally connect over lunch to share career development advice or discuss research interests.  Following lunch, there is a “speed networking” event where trainees meet with a mentor in small groups for a short period of time (~5 min) and then rotate to a new mentor. Trainees meet 5-6 mentors in total during this activity and it is an excellent opportunity for attendees to initiate a discussion with a broad group of experts and others who have similar interests.

Sunday, October 14 from 12:30 – 1:30 PM. $5 USD for Trainees, $20 USD for Mentors. Registration required.

Career Development Workshop: Preparing for the Job Market: This workshop will give trainees a chance to obtain constructive feedback from mentors on a specific topic. Mentees will have an opportunity to have mentors review their CV, cover letters or other job market materials and obtain feedback. Mentors will also be available to provide feedback on an elevator pitch and help trainees craft a succinct introduction about themselves and their career goals.

Tuesday, October 16 from 12:00 - 1:00 PM, free to attend; pre-registration is required.

Career Development Panel: This panel discussion is held during the annual meeting to provide trainees with exposure to potential career paths, and an open forum to ask questions. Each year’s panel centers on a theme.  In 2018, the theme will be “Learning from Failures.”

Tuesday, October 16 from 1:00 – 2:00 PM. Speakers TBD, no registration required, free to attend for all.

One-To-One Mentoring Program: Our one-to-one mentoring sessions at the Annual Meeting offer the opportunity for new meeting attendees, trainees, junior faculty, and others to meet and get advice from established members of the Society in an informal setting. Mentees are matched with mentors based on common research interests and often discuss career development issues, tips on navigating the conference, pathways to success in the field of medical decision-making, advice and insight about professional development, or how to become more active in the Society.  

Mentors and Mentees will be paired prior to the conference with the expectation that they will meet and network at the conference. Mentor and Mentee sign-up information will be e-mailed in August 2018.

Dinners with Experts: Explore the restaurant scene in Montreal and enjoy a relaxed discussion among a group of junior and senior members with similar interests! One or more individuals can host these dinners. Lists of restaurants will be provided and sign up will be coordinated online by SMDM. More information will be posted in the coming months.

Sunday, October 14 and Tuesday, October 16. Pre-Registration Required. All dinners are self-pay.

Job Book: Looking for new opportunities? Looking for great candidates? Submit your CV or job posting to the CV/Job book (available electronically). CV and Job Book submission information will be e-mailed in August 2018.