At the Annual Meeting I was able to connect with potential mentors and collaborators. It was also great to have the chance to speak with peers about their research and to generate new ideas for future studies. In doing my research project, I loved being able to work with patients and see the broad spectrum of presentations of MS and related disorders.
My presentation and participation at the CMSC Annual Meeting not only helped me develop my research and analytical skills, but it also encouraged me to pursue neurology as my chosen field during residency. I had very little exposure to neurology before this project, and through this project, I was inspired to learn more and become an advocate for MS, NMOSD, and other demyelinating diseases.
My presentation and participation at the CMSC Annual Meeting has solidified my interest in multiple sclerosis and my interest in attending future CMSC meetings. I learned so much about multiple sclerosis from the short lectures/workshops.
Presenting at a conference is a key part of learning how to develop and conduct research that is pertinent to a field. It also allows students to learn how to communicate the research they do to others in a succinct and well thought out manner. It really opened up the opportunity for upper level research to be conducted as a medical student, which is a rare opportunity.
My presentation and participation at the CMSC Annual Meeting helped me carry through the research project cycle from the start all the way to presentation. It also enabled networking opportunities with people in MS research I would have never met.
From this experience I was able to learn how professionals in different areas can collaborate together in order to work on interdisciplinary translational projects to better understand diseases including MS.
I feel more confident in my decision to pursue neuroimmunology after seeing the exciting ongoing research and I also gained valuable contacts for networking at different institutions.
I am forever grateful for the Annual Meeting Scholarship experience and I cannot think of any way this could be improved. This was such a fun and eye-opening experience into how neurology (and especially MS) is a field that has many recent discoveries, which are helping patients!
I think the culmination of experiences and networking opportunities are really what made the annual meeting so special. I think that hearing neurology specialists talk frankly about their reflections on their career choices and why they chose neurology was incredibly insightful and strongly influenced my desire to continue to pursue neurology as a potential career path for me.
The presentation and participation at the CMSC Annual Meeting made me aware of how much and how diversified the research in MS is across various academic medical institutions. It also made me realize how much of a need there is to gain a better understanding of different aspects of MS, and just how much more there is to explore. During my future practice as a clinician, I will try to support efforts in MS research, and encourage efforts to gain further insights on treating this disease.