If you are interested in meeting with an experienced colleague to discuss your questions about teaching, research and/or policy in communication in healthcare, we are pleased to invite you to participate in the “Pairing with Colleagues” programme as part of the online ICCH conference in April. This programme allows less experienced colleagues to have an opportunity for dedicated time to meet with more experienced persons in the field during the meeting. Though we refer to participants as juniors and seniors, this is not meant to reflect age but rather that a “senior” is someone who would be comfortable sharing their expertise in the field of communication and healthcare and a “junior” is someone who is interested in benefitting from this expertise and receiving some guidance in their own work and career.
Anyone attending the ICCH online conference can participate. We have set up a webpage which contains the names, expertise and interests of people who have volunteered to meet with less experienced colleagues. Final confirmation of matches and information on how to contact your colleague will be sent out at the end of March.
The “junior” colleague will then contact the person with whom they are matched to set up a meeting time. There are designated meeting times for the Pairing program on the ICCH programme (Thursday 15 12:30 – 14:00 GMT+1, Friday 16 12:30 – 14:00 GMT+1). However, if the designated times don’t work for your schedule, Pairs are welcome to find another time around or during the conference to meet.
If you are interested in participating as a junior colleague, please select your senior colleague here.
If you have any questions about the program or require help in completing the survey please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Below are some comments about the benefits of the programme from junior and senior participants from previous years:
“Many of the same interests; a thoughtful and thought-provoking opportunity for both of us.”
“The senior colleague was very encouraging, validating my skills and experiences and their applicability to future work. The senior colleague also offered concrete suggestions and introduced me to some people at the conference.”
“Getting to know someone who shares many interests with me. Feeling inspired and energized by the other’s energy.”
“Bravo for this initiative, from the junior perspective it was a very enriching experience.”
“I learned something about the perspective of a younger colleague at a different location; I had an opportunity to share my own experiences.”
“What a wonderful way to meet new/newer conference participants.”
“Pairing with Colleagues” programme committee