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Professional Networking

John Luther looks at some of the benefits of networking within the health care profession.

In any profession, be it medicine, teaching, marketing or even business, joining a professional group and networking is the main link to professional and personal development. In the healthcare industry, networking is even more important. To find success in the healthcare industry, networking is almost always the only sure way to achieve it.

Professional networking can help in the search for new opportunities and exploring different career prospects within health care. Most medical job vacancies are filled through referred contacts or known colleagues working in the same industry. Networking for doctors, nurses, and other professions in the healthcare industry should, therefore, be encouraged as early as when they are still students or as soon in their careers as possible.

As you start joining professional groups and attending networking events, you will see that you will build new relationships. You may meet the right person at the right time and thus catapult your career to a whole new level.

Due to time constraints, especially in the medical field, networking seems like an almost impossible feat. With the demands of the medical profession ever-growing to be more and more demanding, not to mention the invention of new medical procedures that one must keep up with, the use of time management skills is almost as important as the career itself.

However, there has been an emergence of social sites for doctors, physicians, and other medical professionals. These online sites take into consideration the time constraints that hinder most doctors from failing in attending networking events and providing for the same online.

Networking online is very important to both young and older professionals in the healthcare field. As a doctor, you will run into moments where you need help on a specific procedure or troublesome case. You may look for a colleague to help and find that they too have the same problem or are not available.

If you are registered to an online doctors' community that can assist you in your woes, you will indeed be saved from the stress that would arise from trying to figure it out all on your own.

No matter how old you are, or where you are located in the country, you will find that the doctors registered on these online platforms or social sites are there to help and communicate. Their need is almost similar to your own.

Most of the older doctors are open to talking to students and young professionals and offering advice on the various techniques and experiences they have had.

The following are some of the reasons why networking is considered to be a significant part of medical professionals:

  • For mentorship purposes
  • To get to know about volunteer opportunities
  • To get to know about different vacancies available in other hospitals
  • For the younger professionals, you get information on job shadowing
  • To learn about different cases and experiences of other doctors in the same or different field as your own
  • To talk about the latest healthcare issues and learn about the latest discoveries made in the field of your interest


Networking should be considered a top priority for all medical professionals. If you are not registered on a social site tailored for medical professionals, join one today and get to experience the difference it will make in your career.

Page Reference

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  • LUTHER, J. (2016) Professional Networking [WWW] Available from: [Accessed

About the Author

John Luther has been a medical doctor in Texas for more than twenty years. He has been part of an online doctors' community for more than half of his career and encourages all doctors to join one.