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How virtual conferences are changing the dynamics of traditional conferences. A reply to “Why and how to attend a medical conference”


 Department of Microbiology, Dr. D. Y. Patil Medical College, Hospital and Research Centre, Dr. D. Y. Patil Vidyapeeth, Pimpri, Pune, Maharashtra, India

Date of Submission05-Jan-2022
Date of Acceptance30-Mar-2022

Correspondence Address:
Sahjid Mukhida,
Department of Microbiology, Dr. D. Y. Patil Medical College, Hospital and Research Centre, Dr. D. Y. Patil Vidyapeeth, Pimpri, Pune - 411018, Maharashtra
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DOI: 10.4103/mjdrdypu.mjdrdypu_13_22



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Das NK, Kannuri S, Bhaumik S, Mukhida S. How virtual conferences are changing the dynamics of traditional conferences. A reply to “Why and how to attend a medical conference”. Med J DY Patil Vidyapeeth [Epub ahead of print] [cited 2022 Dec 6]. Available from: https://www.mjdrdypv.org/preprintarticle.asp?id=346442



Thanks for writing this article “Why and How to attend a medical conference” in such a simple and lucid manner[1]. This article just refreshes our memory when we attended any conference in our post-graduation days. Just that after reading this piece we realized that everyone goes through that same roller-costar ride. It's very nice that you brought out that, one must not be overwhelmed with the feast of academic activities going on. As a post graduate it is very easy to be intimidated. We would like to give some of our inputs regarding attendance of conferences. It is always better to present a study, a concept, or a clinical case in form of a paper or in form of a poster in a conference. One should also strive for attending a pre-conference workshop if available. This will boost your skills, which may not be available in your parent college. Some conferences also conduct undergraduate and post graduate quizzes. It's a fun way to compete and also to win prizes. It also puts the identity of you and your institute in limelight. Another area of exploration can be the event sponsor's gallery. They sometimes put up some futuristic prototypes. This may help you in gathering information regarding what the subject holds for us in future. After the conference, some centers may encourage the post graduate students to present some of the highlights of the conference to the department as many of the people may not have been able to attend the conference. Some of the institute encourages conference participation by sanctioning special leaves and also by reimbursing the conference fees. It's better to take up a lifetime membership of subject society, as it significantly reduces the participation fees. As many a times, these conference fees can be very hefty.

But due to the Covid-19 pandemic, all the dynamics of a conference have changed significantly (Both for good and bad). It is now being held in a blended manner. A virtual conference can give a lot of leverage to the organizers in terms of flexibility and budget. An organizer can host to any number of delegates and has no geographical restrictions. It has also shown improved attendance; assess to highly seek after keynote speakers[2]. The travel and lodging expenses are hence reduced significantly[3]. Virtual conference also comes with its share of problems. It is liable for technical hiccups, inability of face to face networking[4]. However it takes out the local flavor of the venue of the conference. This may also impact the business of the local traders[5].

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Sharma MV. Why and how to attend a medical conference. Med J DY Patil Vidyapeeth 2021;14:614-6.  Back to cited text no. 1
    
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Virtual conferences: 7 benefits of taking your conference online. Available from https://www.vfairs.com/virtual-conferences-7-benefits-of-taking-your-conference-online/. [Last assessed on 2022 Jan 04].  Back to cited text no. 2
    
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Top 5 benefits of attending a virtual conference. Available from https://www.scopism.com/top-5-benefits-of-attending-a-virtual-conference/. [Last assessed on 2022 Jan 04].  Back to cited text no. 3
    
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LePage E. Attending a virtual conference for the first time? 5 experts share their tips. Available from https://unito.io/blog/virtual-conference-online-event-tips/. [Last assessed on 2022 Feb 04].  Back to cited text no. 4
    
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Caputo P, Jackson AJ, Murali R, Rauch M, Terry B. Return to a world transformed. How the pandemic is reshaping corporate travel. Available from https://www2.deloitte.com/us/en/insights/focus/transportation/future-of-business-travel-post-covid.html. [Last assessed on 2022 Feb 04].  Back to cited text no. 5
    




 

 
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