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AAGP president's column:
Why you should care about research at the AAGP
Annual Meeting

from By David C. Steffens, MD, MHS, AAGP President

I was pondering what I should focus on for the president's column, and then I received an email reminder about upcoming deadlines for poster submissions for the AAGP Annual Meeting in Orlando, Florida, March 14–17. Specifically, I noted that New Research Posters are due Oct. 1, and Early Investigator Posters are due Oct. 15. I was inspired at the thought of the terrific amount of research presented at our meeting and decided to spotlight these efforts in today’s column.

In my professional career, I have been fortunate to have had clinical, administrative and educational roles, but my primary identification has been as a researcher. There is no doubt in my mind that AAGP played a pivotal role in my research career. Our Annual Meeting provides a unique venue to network, to present research ideas, and to serve on important committees and in leadership positions, all essential activities for an academic researcher.

In terms of networking, the AAGP Annual Meeting is the place to meet and have meaningful conversations with leaders in our field who are active in cutting-edge research that moves our field forward. What is particularly special about AAGP is that these luminaries of geriatric mental health research make themselves available not only to fellow researchers but to all attendees—clinicians, educators, trainees and students. But for an up-and-coming junior researcher, the ability to interact with and "learn the ropes" academically is key to shaping one's development. It is also important that the network of AAGP attendees includes members from federal agencies such as the National Institutes of Health, from industry, and from important foundations that fund research. more

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