“It all comes from building relationships with people,” he added.
The power of networking shouldn’t be lost on otolaryngologists, particularly early-career physicians, fellows, and residents. From attending the annual meetings of the Triological Society and the American Academy of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery to taking part in local mixers and plumbing social media for contacts, building relationships can be a career boon. Sometimes the purpose is to broaden your network in the hopes of advancing on an employment path. At other times it’s to introduce yourself to practice leaders in research or clinical niches. Or you may be looking for exposure to thought leaders, top researchers, and national power brokers who could provide access, insight, or both in the future.
“It’s that connection with other people,” said Robert Miller, MD, MBA, executive director-emeritus of the American Board of Otolaryngology and immediate past editor of ENTtoday. “The goal is you want to be able to connect with others who may be of value to you in your career and who will value you in their careers and business, etc. It’s really a two-way street. If you say, ‘I’ve got to develop this network,’ it almost sounds like this is all for my benefit and not theirs, when, in reality, everyone in the network benefits from it.”