Emergency Medicine is a fast moving field with many innovators and exciting developments. Taking part in national conferences every year of our residency both exposes residents to the advancements in the specialty as well as to the movers and shakers of EM. But it also helps residents showcase themselves through posters, sim wars, presentations and meetings with leaders from different parts of the country. Also, it’s a crazy good time to take a trip with your coresidents - primo bonding time. During our intern year the class votes on which national conference they would like to attend. During PGY-2 year our residents attend the Essentials of EM conference. And during our PGY-3 year, we attend the ACEP Scientific Assembly. The entire length of each conference is protected time - usually 4-5 days off (with a shift reduction!). Conferences are the best.