No matter your education, experience, specialty, or place of practice, there's one tool that can professionally strengthen all anesthesiologists: networking. In its many forms, networking can lead to new opportunities, relationships, and knowledge, which will inevitably lead to a more fulfilling career and life. From simply striking up a conversation to developing a larger presence in national associations, networking offers anesthesiologists a chance to grow within their fields, creating meaningful connections along the way.

Daniel J. Cole, MD, FASA, Professor of Clinical Anesthesiology at the University of California at Los Angeles, Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation president, and ASA Past President (2016), said networking is more meaningful than a momentary transaction. It is an activity to develop common interests, learn from others, and connect to a higher purpose in a collective and human sense.

The best way to get started on the road to networking? Simply talk. Daniel I. Sessler, MD,...

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