Since completing my MPH, SER is my primary source for continuing education. I was introduced to SER last year when I told a colleague I wanted to learn new methods and expand my skills. I first tuned in to SERdigital – two engaging lectures by experts in the field followed by presentations by doctoral students on related topics. It was incredibly exciting to be learning again. I attended the annual meeting for the first time in 2016 and left energized with tons of notes, ideas about applying the new concepts I had learned to my work, papers to read and an expanded network of contacts. The resources available through SER enable me to perform my job better and keep me intellectually stimulated.
-Rachael Ross, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
SER is my professional home, or my home away from home. I can engage with colleagues and friends in healthy debates, exchange of ideas, and good laughs. I get inspired by the presentations and intellectual depth of the membership, and I always come back re-energized with hundreds of ideas of what I should be writing next. It is also the place where fellows or young investigators flourish and you see that happening with your own eyes. And most importantly, SER’s scope is broad enough that you can learn not only exciting new findings within your own field, but also in other fields of epidemiology.
– Enrique Schisterman, Epidemiology Branch, DIPHR, NICHD
I first attended SER in 2009, during my postdoc – a late bloomer, I guess – but it immediately felt like home. SER frequently became a highlight of both my academic and social calendars.
Perhaps my best endorsement is that I never leave SER with my voice intact: between the loud and raucous energy of the poster sessions, the high-intensity hallway convers-arguments, and the endless laughter, I am hoarse from a day into the meeting until four days afterwards.
– Daniel Westreich, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
SER has been a vital fixture at every point along my career path, and is more important to me now than ever before. As a junior faculty member at a smaller institution with no school of public health, SER has become my home base for presenting research, staying current with methodological developments, hatching collaborative projects, and connecting with other epidemiologists. No other society has offered quite so much for my professional development.
-Thomas Ahern, University of Vermont
The SER annual meeting is the only scientific meeting I attend where I am able to rub shoulders with like-minded and similarly trained individuals with whom I can discuss methodological challenges; it’s where I can develop my craft through attending high-quality scientific sessions and workshops on topics not available at my other scientific meetings; and it’s where I can expand my network and “recruit” others to participate in my content area. As one of relatively few epidemiologists working in oral health, these benefits of membership are vital to maintaining my status as a card-carrying epidemiologist. On a more social level, it provides opportunity to re-connect with those friends that I trained with and those that I learned from. I look forward to it every year!
I am a member of SER because SER is the preeminent professional home for epidemiologists. The connections I’ve made through SER, particularly at the annual meeting, have been critical to my development and success. In addition to the annual meeting, the website offers regularly updated invaluable content for epidemiologists at all points in their career (e.g., SERexperts, SERplaylists). Looking ahead, I’m thrilled to be a part of SER as it embarks on a very exciting time. The 2016 annual meeting is an Epidemiology Congress of the Americas meeting in Miami – a special event that only happens once every four years where numerous epidemiology societies join together for one meeting. Read moreWe are also already looking ahead to 2017 and planning the 50th anniversary celebration of SER in Seattle, which is going to include special scientific and social anniversary programming in addition to the regular annual meeting content. There has never been a better time to join the vibrant community of epidemiologists who are SER! -Jaimie Gradus, VA Boston Healthcare System
SER is the most important professional association for epidemiologists. Topic-specific associations are fine, but the methodological orientation of SER is vital and can’t be beat. Membership not only keeps me up to date about scientific advances and professional development — AJE, Epi Reviews, SERnews, and more recently social media (@societyforepi) are outstanding outlets — the annual meeting is a must-attend. Not only have I enjoyed presenting at the meetings, I have learned a lot by listening and interacting with others. What is more, I have made and maintain some great friends through the association. Recent student-focused initiatives make me proud to be a longtime SER member.
-Michael Oakes, University of Minnesota
I’ve been a member of SER for almost 3 decades. During the early years, the annual meeting was a great venue to network with colleagues with similar research interests and skills that complemented my own. I learned about differences in academic life across various schools and life outside of academia as well! But more importantly, I learned about new methods and approaches toward research with leaders in the field who were very approachable. This still holds true today! But now, there is so much more available to members beyond that of our annual meeting with webinars, playlists, and other professional development resources. Read moreI’ve also had the pleasure of imparting my own experiences on to others as I move toward the latter part of my career. It is so rewarding to share your love of epidemiology and population-oriented research with your peers. It’s truly a home for epidemiologists! – Bernard Harlow, Boston University
I am a member of SER for three reasons: the annual meeting, the commitment to early-career researchers, and the society’s innovative work reimagining what a professional organization can offer. First, the annual meeting: I’ve attended SER meetings since I was a first-year graduate student in 2002. (I vividly remember Jamie Robins giving his talk while writing, in real-time, on blank overhead projector transparency sheets.) I keep returning because engaging with the talks and posters is the most fun and efficient way I’ve found to keep up with the ever-growing literature on new study designs and methods. Read moreSecond, as a student and post-doc, I benefited from activities like the dissertation workshop, meet-the-expert roundtables, and excellent professional development seminars. I love supporting an organization that prioritizes developing the profession’s future leaders. Finally, I see SER innovating. While many professional societies are shrinking and failing to adapt their missions and offerings, SER is experimenting to find the best ways to serve its membership. The playlists, the social media promotion of members’ publications, and experimentation with remote talks and meetings are evidence of a responsive, nimble, and vibrant organization. – Whitney Robinson, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill