Last month, PCP chapter leaders from around the country met in Cambridge, MA, for the third annual Gregg Stracks Leadership Summit. They shared stories of the challenges of pursuing a career in primary care in an educational system and in a health care system that usually don't value that choice. They learned community organizing skills that will help them harness the passion and talents of fellow primary care advocates across professions to raise the profile of primary care on their campuses and in the health care system. In the coming weeks, we will read stories by summit participants. Here's one of them.
By Catherine "Katie" Derington
Having never been to a conference before, I didn’t have many expectations before PCP’s third annual Gregg Stracks Leadership Summit. I just hoped to learn a lot, get inspired, and have fun. Specifically, I wanted to learn about how to grow as a leader, inspire others, work more effectively in teams, and handle conflict with those who may not share my vision.
My list of apprehensions, however, was longer than my list of expectations: being in a new city, catching flights, icebreaker activities, appearing like a naïve student, making good impressions, not being taken seriously as a student, studying for the multitude of quizzes I had the next week, and finding time to sleep.