ARM weekend kicked off yesterday with the annual meetings of 12 of AcademyHealth's Interest Groups. These full- and half-day sessions attracted more than 600 individuals, who gathered with their peers to dig deeply into topics aligned with their research interests. IG meeting agendas, call for papers and posters are all driven by member volunteers, and the annual meetings reflect the breadth and variety of each group's work. They also provide an important opportunity to network with peers, increase skills and recognize notable achievements. Participants told us that the smaller size and focused agenda of the IGs led to highly interactive sessions with great discussion. John Cutler, J.D., U.S. Office of Personal Management, attended the long term care session and reported, “What interested me was there was discussion. People would finish talking and there would be all these questions, really good, insightful questions.” Audrey Jones, UCLA, a participant in the Behavioral Health Services Research meeting came to the IG meeting for professional development and found something unexpected, “One of the things that was interesting to me was hearing findings that were different from my expectations or what I had seen in the literature.” Like many sessions, the Gender and Health IG meeting offered networking opportunities and new ideas. “I’m really happy that I took the extra day to come to the Interest Group and be with a smaller group of people with interests close to mine,” said Rachel Kimerling, Ph.D. “I met a really interesting group of people that are contacts for future work.” To see the full list of Interest Group Meetings and their agendas, visit our website.

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