One of the first questions I remember having about Midyear was: do I even need to go? Might sound basic, but it’s asked by more students than you’d expect! You’ve always heard from classmates and faculty about how important Midyear is for getting a residency/fellowship – but how much truth to that is there? Well, after a year's experience, I feel like I’ve compiled a decently accurate answer (usual disclaimer: everything below is 100% my opinion; take with grain of salt, etc.).
So first of all, let’s lay out exactly what Midyear has to offer.
As a P4 student, I felt like it mostly consisted of two main areas of interest, that is: The Stuff Everyone Goes For™. Because, let’s be real – while the vendor exhibits and CE workshops are nice… that’s not what we as students are there for. For us, the essentials of Midyear can really be boiled down to:
And that’s about it. If you or your friends have poster presentations, you’ll also have to attend that – but everything else at the conference is pretty much add-on.
Now you might be asking, “How important is it for me to attend Midyear?”
And my diplomatic answer would be: depends. In my opinion, it IS more important for some students than others.
Who I think SHOULD go to Midyear:
Who I think SHOULDN’T go to Midyear:
How important it is to attend Midyear varies purely on an individual basis. While Midyear is a great opportunity for everyone, do not feel like it’s an obligation for you to attend.
So do a little self-reflection, decide what you want to get out of the conference, and make your decision from there.
If you have any questions (about Midyear, fellowship, or otherwise), let me know!