Excitement is in the air at the AARC, because for the first time since the pandemic began, the Association will host an in-person Congress this Nov. 9-12 in New Orleans, LA.
After two long years of virtual events, respiratory therapists and their colleagues in medicine and other disciplines will be able to gather face-to-face for four days of educational content and other activities unrivaled anywhere else in the respiratory care profession.
How can this annual meeting of the minds boost your own career in respiratory care? AARC Program Committee Chair J. Brady Scott, PhD, RRT, RRT-ACCS, AE-C, FAARC, FCCP, shared six ways he believes AARC Congress 2022 can give you the leg up you need to reach your professional goals —
- You’ll hear from, and interact with, leaders of the profession: At Congress, you will learn from the leaders of the profession. Many will present research they have conducted, processes they’ve implemented, and topics pertinent to your everyday work life. You can interact with them, ask questions, and take what you have learned back to your institution.
- You’ll learn about the research being conducted in respiratory care: During the RESPIRATORY CARE Journal OPEN FORUM sessions, you will be immersed in projects presented by researchers from all over the world. During these sessions, you can talk poster-side with the researchers, gain insight on how they performed their research, and perhaps even get ideas on how to do your own.
- You’ll get to network with respiratory care professionals from around the world: You’ll find respiratory therapists from all over the country and, indeed, the world at Congress. It’s a great place to meet people who could one day be a colleague, a project collaborator, or even your new boss.
- You’ll get to see and chat about new technology: At Congress, you can visit the exhibit hall to see exciting new devices and technology — and chat with industry representatives about products that improve patient care and outcomes.
- You’ll get to recharge your batteries. Being an RT was already a challenging job before the pandemic. Now, many RTs are understandably burned out from the pandemic and staffing shortages. At Congress, you will be surrounded by RTs that share the same passion for patient care and the profession as you.
- It’s the Big Easy! The Congress is heading to New Orleans this year! It’s a perfect place to unwind and explore music, culture, food, art, and history (after a full of day of Congress activities, of course). How does this boost your career? Balance. You can be a great RT and love good food/music/art at the same time.
So save the date — Nov. 9-12 — and take a few moments to learn more about what Congress has to offer in this preview of what those four days will hold.