Are you looking for a way to network with others around a specialized topic or interest during and after MLA ’18? If so, consider joining one or more of the available Special Interest Groups (SIGs).
Often held early in the morning or during lunchtime, SIG meetings allow MLA members to share ideas, challenges, resources, and more. For example:
- During the IPE SIG meeting, four panelists shared their work around interprofessional education and practice, and the co-conveners highlighted resources offered through organizations like the Interprofessional Education Collaborative (IPEC) and the National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education.
- Attendees at the Data SIG meeting discussed the progress of a working group drafting a data sharing policy for JMLA and shared updates on projects and services through a Round Robin.
- The co-conveners of the Medical Humanities SIG invited attendees to visit the group on Facebook, while attendees shared various initiatives and projects, including the Examined Life conference and the NLM Graphic Medicine Exhibition.
- Attendees at the Systematic Reviews SIG broke into groups to discuss future initiatives, including online Tuesday Talks, a mentoring program, and a certification.
Under the Proposed Model for MLA Communities, SIGs would convert to Affinity Groups. If you would like to provide feedback on this new structure, you can either attend the Communities Strategic Goal Task Force Meeting on Wednesday morning (5/23) from 7:30 to 8:55 in the International Ballroom North (International Tower, Ballroom Level) or connect with any of the members of the Taskforce via email.
You can easily join a SIG through the Member tab on the MLA website. There is no charge to join, and as a member, you are subscribed to the SIG’s forum.