Harnessing the Power of Professional Development


The start of a new year offers an ideal time to reflect on our career goals and what we need to do to achieve them. As your professional home, the Endocrine Society offers a myriad of opportunities to help build your CV and advance your career.

This is an ideal time to register for our annual meeting, ENDO 2024, and start thinking about ways you can make the most of your time in Boston, Mass. The meeting will take place from June 1 to 4. Applications for many of our ENDO travel grants and the Early Investigator Awards are due this month. These programs help ensure early-career researchers who have submitted abstracts can take advantage of ENDO’s amazing networking opportunities and be exposed to emerging science.

Another way to meet your peers and build new professional relationships is to attend our Type 1 Diabetes Fellows Series event, which precedes ENDO 2024. This program, which will be held May 30-31, provides comprehensive education on type 1 diabetes care and gives fellows extensive opportunities to connect with leading experts in the field. Fellows who are invited to attend will receive complimentary ENDO 2024 registration as well as a travel stipend. This is an excellent opportunity to form new connections in an intimate setting.

ENDO 2024 also will feature a career fair, a full slate of Career Development Workshops, and other opportunities for professional development.  These include the popular Early Career Forum, held the day before the meeting. The Early Career Forum offers graduate and medical students, postdoctoral and clinical fellows, and internal medicine residents a unique opportunity to connect with today’s leading endocrine professionals. The deadline to apply is Jan. 20.

We also will be hosting our second Endocrinology Mentor Day, which is designed to educate medical students and residents from the Boston area about the endocrinology field. We are proud to offer these opportunities to position the next generation of endocrinologists for success.

There is still time to submit a late-breaking abstract for presentation at ENDO 2024. Watch your inbox for announcements about the submission process, which is scheduled to take place from March 19 to April 10.

Throughout the year, we provide opportunities to expand your horizons and meet individuals who share your interests. We are making the most of digital platforms to allow you to access the resources you need at your convenience.

In addition to ENDO, we offer numerous opportunities for learning and career development throughout the year. This spring, we’ll be holding our Future Leaders Advancing Research in Endocrinology (FLARE) and Excellence in Clinical Endocrinology Leadership (ExCEL) workshops. These in-person sessions allow early-career clinicians and researchers from underrecognized groups to receive comprehensive leadership training and mentorship. We inspire the next generation of leaders with a space and caring network that includes tools and contacts they need to set up and operate successful labs and/or practices.  

Throughout the year, we provide opportunities to expand your horizons and meet individuals who share your interests. We are making the most of digital platforms to allow you to access the resources you need at your convenience:

  • Our DocMatter online community gives you a venue to ask questions and collaborate with fellow Society members in real time.
  • Through our Special Interest Groups, you can connect with peers who share your passion for specific endocrine topics and attend educational webinars.
  • Our Center for Learning makes it easy for you to access educational materials about a variety of topics and to earn the continuing education credits you need.
  • And you can search for new career opportunities on your schedule using our EndoCareers site. These and a host of other tools are at your disposal as you look for ways to advance your career this year and beyond.

You also have an important opportunity to influence the direction of the Society. Voting is now open for our next President-Elect, whose term will begin in June 2024. This is your chance to shape the future of the Society and our field, so please make sure to cast your ballot!

Stephen R. Hammes, MD, PhD

President, Endocrine Society

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