Networking involves connecting and developing relationships with physicians and other health professionals to use as a resource in your career. Liken your network to a database of individuals who may introduce you to various opportunities as well as help you enhance your medical knowledge and skills and generally broaden your horizons. Professional networking is similar to making personal friends — some people skills and etiquette are required for successful connections.

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    Networking is the gathering and sharing of information to help each party meet their professional (and educational) goals. Learn how smart professionals network to build relationships.

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    Conducting informational interviews is a networking strategy to help you obtain more detailed and nuanced specialty and residency information. Learn about the benefits and how to conduct an information interview.

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    Mentors provide the advice and guidance to help you move your career forward. Learn how and why you should build a diverse team of mentors to help shape your professional development.

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    With a little effort and foresight and adherence to a few simple guidelines, a student can maximize the opportunities for his or her advisor — whether assigned by the medical school or selected by the student — to provide meaningful career mentoring.

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