Back to Blog

Why every Trainee should go to the International Congress

Study leave is a precious and limited resource for trainees. There are many fantastic and interesting conferences and courses to attend but limited time and funds to do it.

So, how do you choose which conferences to go to?

Well, I can tell you why the Royal College of Psychiatrists International Congress - #RCPsychIC - is the only conference that a trainee needs.

Why choose between multiple, single topic conferences when you can have a bit of everything? As a core trainee at my 4th international congress,  here are my top three reasons why every trainee should attend the Royal College of Psychiatrists International Congress.

Reason 1: It's a fantastic networking opportunity!

Firstly, the International Congress is a fantastic way to meet new people and also to catch up with old friends.

You will find anyone and everyone at the Congress! You might even find yourself casually mingling at the coffee station with an eminent expert clinician or researcher or bumping into the President of the Royal College on your way to a session.

You might also meet carers, service users, psychologists, occupational therapists, medical students and doctors of all levels.

The relaxed, open atmosphere and inclusive environment means that everyone is welcome. It is also great for catching up with those former colleagues you lost contact with after you rotated jobs.

And, of course, you never know what opportunities might open up through connections you make at the Congress. 

Reason 2: There are sessions especially for trainees

“Ok, but what if I hate networking?” I hear you scream. Well, don’t worry, there is something for you too.

Did you know that there are sessions specifically for trainees? This year, for example, there’s a talk on research training including the top ten tips for success in clinical research for trainees. 

There is also “The Mess”, the student and trainees lounge that holds various events throughout the congress specifically aimed at trainees.

This year, these include meeting the chief examiner, a Q&A session with the college officers and an e-portfolio troubleshooting demonstration. 

Reason 3: You can showcase your work 

Lastly, there is one very good reason to attend the International Congress; poster presentations.

You know those audits that you dedicated hours of your precious time to? Well, the International Congress is a great place to showcase your work.

With hundreds of poster board spaces, daily rapid-fire oral presentations and prizes for the best pieces of work, this is a fantastic opportunity for trainees.

Plus you get a certificate for your portfolio too, and we all know trainees love a good certificate! 

Come along and see for yourselves

So, there you have it, three reasons (of many!) why every trainee should attend the International Congress and if you aren’t persuaded yet, well, come along and see for yourselves!

Blog Author
Natalie Ashburner

RCPsych International Congress social media champion