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.
I hope to attend the annual meeting next year! Everyone who came to my poster or who I spoke with over lunch or at a session was very friendly and encouraging. This group of professionals are people who I’d really like to work with, and they all were addressing research with a patient-focused mindset which is really important to me in a future career.
I had not worked with patients living with MS prior to this project, and this meeting helped me better understand and learn about how many people truly are working, at so many different sites, from many different areas of expertise, to help these patients. It helped me better understand the level of growth and initiative for teamwork in this specialty, which is something I will keep in mind as I continue to explore this career path.
This experience was eye opening to say the least. While many ground breaking advancements have been made in multiple sclerosis research, there is still so much to learn and investigate in order to understand how we can one day beat this disease. I thoroughly enjoyed my research experience and it has certainly greatly influenced my goals as to the kind of clinician I aspire to be.
As a mentor in the Medical Student Research program I have to say that this Workforce of the Future program is very important and needed. It is one of the few programs which give us the possibility of mentoring medical students and this is very important in creating the next generation of leaders in MS. (more…)
I was touched by the consistent focus on the patient with MS, not just the disease. While CMSC’s focus was on education, treatment, and innovation surrounding MS, the patient was never forgotten. The respect and concern for each patient’s experience and symptoms was remarkable. Patients will benefit from the 2018 CMSC conference.