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tealover96
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Hi everyone! So my abstract recently got accepted to be presented as a poster at the RCP conference in april. My consultant that helped conduct the audit offered to go as the presenting author. I'm not sure whether it is beneficial for me to attend, as I'm also thinkng about costs (would cost me about £250 + possible accomodation costs!) and the fact that that's 2 days gone where I won't really be able to do any work. I'll still be the lead author and the abstract will still get published so does it really make a difference who presents it? any advice would be appreciated. Thank you!
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Depends what you're applying for down the line. Won't help for FY1/2 but for things like IMT (new core medical training) you get points for having a poster presented, even if not present, but obviously for less points.

https://www.imtrecruitment.org.uk/re...cation-scoring

There's plenty of time to do this once working as an FY1/2 doc though.... I would only really consider going if I could get the fees heavily subsidised or paid for by the uni or department.
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thanks for the reply! Fair enough, I'll look into uni funding for this and most likely let the consultant go.
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In your position, I'd personally want to attend and be presenting author too.

You'd still have the published abstract without doing this, but application scoring systems often state that you need to have personally presented the poster (which I do find odd tbh).
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I think it is probably worth attending and presenting if you can, both for the CV points and for the experience. Particularly if its in an area you want to specialise in, as starting to get your name/face out there and make contacts can be useful in the future (e.g. if you email someone about projects you might be able to work on with them in the future, having met them at a conference/being familiar with their work can be helpful). Most medical schools should have some kind of funding you can apply for. If it is going to cost you a ton of money and there is no funding available then don't break the bank to go though. Or perhaps see if you could just go on the day of your poster presentation to reduce costs? You have done well to get an abstract accepted as a student so congratulations!
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Will be worth it, at least so that you don't have to bother during Fy1 to prove that you've done an audit imo.
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(Original post by hslakaal)
Will be worth it, at least so that you don't have to bother during Fy1 to prove that you've done an audit imo.
I was under the impression you still have to do an audit in FY1 even if you've done one previously? Thought it was part of the foundation requirements.
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(Original post by Brachioradialis)
I was under the impression you still have to do an audit in FY1 even if you've done one previously? Thought it was part of the foundation requirements.
Yeah but you can avoid having to put in additional efforts to present it
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