Himani Divatia, DO
Every fall for the last 4 years I have looked forward to attending the AAP National Conference and Exhibition and the Annual NMPRA meeting for many reasons, and this year again I am so excited that my wonderful chief residents have saved this date for me.
These two conferences are very near and dear to my heart, and have taught me what leadership truly means on a national level. As a 4th year medical student, I attended my first national PediatricsConference where I took part in various workshops. Topics ranged from congenital heart disease totransitional care for young adults with special health care needs to updates in Peds ID or Peds ER. I had the opportunity to meet attendings from across the nation, as well as participate in the Section of Med Students, Residents and Fellows. The exhibit hall exposed me to various exhibitors, in addition to teaching art of purposeful questioning. The experiences and new friends that I gained at that conference were incomparable to past experiences. And they have kept me coming back for years.
Beyond this, The National Med-Peds Resident Association Annual Meeting is the highlight of my annual meeting experiences. Memories of seeing the NMPRA board talk enthusiastically about Med-Peds and deliver prestigious awards such as the NMPRA Travel Grants and the Howard Schubiner award promptedme to join NMPRA on a national level. Every annual NMPRA meeting I have attended has been inclusive, fun, engaging, and inspiring. It has continued to embody all that NMPRA represents, year after year.
And I cannot end without mentioning one of our biggest endeavors, The Physician Health and Wellnesss (PHW) Program, which I have been privileged to experience and co-coordinate over the past few years. This program enables students, residents and attendings, interested and trained in Med-Peds to serve as Internists for the Pediatricians attending the conference, and share with them the most up to date adultpreventative health care guidelines. The goal of this program is to educate and guide Pediatricians to care for themselves, as they continue to care for their own patients. It has also enabled me to meet various Med-Peds trained physicians throughout the nation and continue to be inspired by excellent role models. PHW continues into it’s 4th year this year. I remain excited by the student, resident, and attending interest we have thus far generated. I look forward to sharing this experience with others this year.
I encourage you to get involved in NMPRA and sign up for the national conference. It is what exposed me to the diversity and richness of Med-Peds, the meaning of leadership, and built relationships of a lifetime.