Professional networking is a great way for making connections and finding work. However, it also has a greater role in building a strong and diverse community that is crucial for doctors. It embeds you within a valuable group of people filled with abundant knowledge and experience.

Here are some more reasons why professional networking is important for doctors.

1. Gain Benefit from Others Experience

Imagine your father sharing his first day at job experience or your mother sharing her first living alone experience. What do you think, why they do so? Well, of course, to make you familiar with the upcoming changes and how to manage in those situations.

Similarly, when a doctor works under some highly experienced personnel and interacts with them, they gain knowledge about various things related to their field.

For instance, what possible complications can occur during a certain procedure or what to do if a patient’s disease is undiagnosable or what could be another way to treat a particular condition?

Believe it or not, there is no better way to learn about medicine and surgery than from professionals who have already been there and done that. Whether you are in the prime of your career or an experienced doctor, getting tips and insights from experts is priceless.

2. Key to New Opportunities

According to a survey, approximately 85% of the jobs are found through networking. As a matter of fact, it is true. There exist a lot of organizations and institutions who do not broadcast hiring opportunities on a mass level. And, yet, their positions fill faster than anything. How does this happen?

Well, to be honest, it is all because of professional networking. People recommend people they know and the ones they like. It is a universal rule and applies to every field big or small. In case of doctors, it is very crucial to be a part of professional networking.

For a simple reason, there could be an underlying opportunity for internal promotion, or moving to a more challenging role. To bag that opportunity, a well-defined network is a must. Besides, candidates with great recommendations are often considered well-suited for the job.

3. Exposure to Broader Spectrum of the Industry

There’s a famous proverb, best conversations and discussions often happen with like-minded people. Imagine being a part of a community where everyone is acquiring their own set of information and sharing it on a common platform. That’s when professional networking comes into play.

Being a doctor, you have to be up-to-date with all the major revolutionary technologies and procedures that have a powerful impact on the medical industry. What approaches do other doctors apply, what is the prevalence of a certain disease in a particular region, etc.

Networking can help you stay on the progressive side of the medical industry. Besides, being aware of new information always gives you an upper hand over your competitors. You may also feel satisfied by learning and implementing new and fresh ways of doing things.

4. Enhances Interpersonal Skills

Networking is the key to unlock hesitation and communicate well. When you converse with a certain set of brilliant doctors, it has a positive effect on your personality too. You realize how infusing mere words of politeness in your speech can change your whole persona.

Besides, how delightful it makes others to speak with you! You will understand how important this skill is for you as it further leads to harmonious relations with your patients. Moreover, at any given time, you will be able to effectively communicate with your mentors or your peers in the industry.

5. Offers a Different Perspective

As a doctor, when you deal with a complicated case, there happen to be many ifs and buts that remain unresolved. Even if you try googling those answers, you may not be able to devise a precise answer to those queries.

This is where professional networking comes into the picture again. Speaking with other professionals and discussing your areas of concern can help you resolve these questions.

Therefore, your professional network basically functions as your resource. You can ask for their opinion and knowledge whenever you need to.

6. Makes You Approachable

What many professionals fail to realize is that the fight for competition does not end once you get the job. In fact, communicating and making yourself more visible in the workplace is one of the major tasks.

One of the benefits of networking is that it helps you become more visible. You become that one person that knows everyone and can be asked to make introductions or provide views on clients, associates etc.

Sometimes, a simple smiling hello to your peers can put out a good word for you. Besides, it may also set you apart from the rest of your colleagues and make you easily approachable.

As a matter of fact, everyone admires people who try and come forward to interact. You might not become very close to them in the first instance, but it gives you visibility.

7. Endless Support & Guidance Network

As a doctor, you’re likely to face several different tests and tribulations throughout your career. But life becomes easy when there’s someone to guide you at the time of need and put pressure whenever it’s necessary. This guide could be your mentor from the medical college or your current senior. However, to get their support and supervision, you have to maintain a professional rapport with them.

By opening barricades of communication, you will be able to provide a chance for mutually beneficial relationships that will facilitate the success of your career. Moreover, it will help you achieve your goals, and unlock great opportunities for the future.

8. Boosts Self-Esteem

Interacting with experienced professionals, being asked about your outlook, and getting asked to introduce people is quite a social thrill. It can make you feel confident, part of the community, and happy. Besides, it is exactly what you need, especially if you are an introvert who’s looking to mix themselves in a cut-throat environment.

9. Personal Benefits

Professional networking can also provide a great number of personal benefits. It can help identify practical solutions to everyday problems in your personal life.

For example, if you’re going out to attend a medical seminar at a certain location where you might have some contacts, you can easily get to know where to stay, what places to visit, where to eat etc. Often, due to professional terms, doctors may also waive the amount of consultation fee for their peers.

Given that, you can make some great friends at networking events that have similar interests and will be there for you always.

Being a part of a professional network can work wonders be it getting a job, promotion or even leveraging a raise. However, to attain these things, you have to leave your comfort zone and start connecting with people in your field. Always remember, you can’t just build the relationships, you need to nurture.

Written By
Ayushi Bhatnagar works at Sharda Hospital, and loves sharing insights about networking. Her undergraduate studies and keen interest in medical industry allows her to communicate with doctors and medical professionals. It also presents her the opportunity to jot down the viewpoints of the expert doctors and benefit the readers through it.