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Tips for Getting Approval to Attend the Medical Student Educators Development Institute

You will make huge personal career gains by participating in the institute, but this is not the primary benefit to your employer.   

Be Prepared. Review the Tips Below Before Making the "Ask:"

  • Explain what you will get out of attending and how that will benefit your work, organization, and patients.
  • Make it clear that you sincerely want to go. Say so.
  • Assure your supervisor (or approving person) that you are committed to the organization and you want to gain the skills to contribute more. 
  • Emphasize that they are putting resources toward the organization’s faculty, not toward you personally. Offer to prepare and deliver a short presentation and Q&A to your colleagues to share what you learned. That way others on faculty at your department will get the benefits of your attendance, too.
  • Be ready with a plan that shows options for coverage while you are attending the conference.
  • Offer to share a room to reduce hotel expenses.

Facts to Share With Your Supervisor:

  • For the investment, the institute will provide you with more experience and skill development than most professional development opportunities.  
  • Conferences are a terrific educational experience, but the consistency of working with the same faculty, mentor and colleagues for an entire year will create a synergy that is more valuable than one-time conference attendance.
  • In the long term, participation in the institute will be financially beneficial to the organization. 

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