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How do I build an effective professional network?

You can build a professional network throughout your career as a medical practitioner. Your network will range from university classmates to your GP educators, colleagues, peers and leaders you meet during placements, practice, events and training.

An effective professional network gives you options when seeking advice, support and even referrals. It is important to work at maintaining your professional bonds. Some ways to do this:

• Volunteer – continuous professional development is one thing, but volunteering in areas you love will allow you up to meet like-minded people in your field.
• Follow up – don’t just meet, greet and forget. Make sure you stay in contact, be it online, over the phone or at meetings.
• Keep an online presence – LinkedIn, DoctorConnect and your medical specialty college are all examples of online communities that can become an active part of your network.

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