Our World Muscle Society (WMS) community is a supportive and welcoming one. We celebrate science and discovery, share knowledge and support one another in pursuit of scientific advances.
The WMS considers early career researchers and clinicians as individuals who are within 10 years of their last degree, or who have been in the neuromuscular field for less than 10 years, or who self-identify as an early-career researcher or clinician.
The field of neuromuscular disorders is broad, encompassing a range of conditions that impair the functioning of the muscles, either directly, being pathologies of the voluntary muscle, or indirectly, being pathologies of the peripheral nervous system or neuromuscular junctions.
For early career researchers and clinicians, knowing how to access the right support and meet the people who have the potential to influence your career can seem overwhelming.
At the WMS, as part of our commitment to advancing the science around neuromuscular disorders, we are committed to supporting early career researchers & clinicians.
At this year's Congress, we have tried to cater for early career researchers and clinicians. The Congress provides an ideal opportunity to meet other people working in the field, learn from them, discover new breakthroughs and share your own experiences.
Our Pre-Congress Teaching Course, where neuromuscular specialists provide an in-depth overview of the field of neuromuscular disorders including modern approaches to patient evaluation and developments in myology runs immediately before the main congress. We encourage all physicians, researchers, therapists, and neuropathologists interested in learning more about neuromuscular disorders from leaders in the field to attend.
To make WMS 2024 more accessible, this year we have:
All these initiatives are designed to reduce the financial burden of attending the Congress in person. Of course, we also have our full programme available remotely via our virtual platform for those unable to travel, but we can’t quite replicate the value of being in the room and making those human connections.
In addition, we are building on new sessions launched at the 2023 Congress to help early career researchers and clincians make the most of their time at the Congress. We will share more details on where and when theses sessions will take place close to the Congress:
Replacing last year's New Members' event, this year we will host a "Meet the Experts" session. Early career researchers and clincians and new WMS members are invited to join an informal session to ask questions of established experts in our field.
Whether you're a new member, a student, an early career researcher or clinician, someone who's experienced in the field of neuromuscular disorders and wants to share the knowledge you have gained with those who are just starting out, or you are just looking for wisdom and some time out to think about careers and strategies, we invite you to join our Career Development Workshop.
This will be a facilitated Q&A panel discussion around all things career-related: mentoring, barriers faced, opportunites, applying for positions and grants, balancing work and life, collaborations, networking and more.
Our experienced panel will be on hand to answer questions and guide discussions to help you get the most out of the session.
Those who have attended the Pre-Congress Teaching Course will have found this part of the course particularly interesting. This year we are introducing an additional session in the Congress Programme with the aim of using our combined, global knowledge in our field to solve difficult, unusual or as yet unsolved cases.
WMS members may already be aware of our bi-monthly virtual networking events. For WMS 2024, we are once again bringing the virtual into the real world.
Thoughout the Congress, we will have a series of Café sessions dedicated to different disucssion topics. You'll have the opportunity to meet some of our committees and influence what they focus on over the coming months. You'll get to meet colleages from around the world to discuss the latest advances in the field of neuromuscular disorders. And you'll get to sit in a comfortable and modern coffee bar and enjoy your favourite barista-made beverage.
The WMS is here for you. We want to do all we can to support your professional advancement as you work to advance the science and care of patients with neuromuscular disorders.
To support early career researchers and clinicians as you raise your professional profile, we are adding headshot sessions to the programme:
These sessions will take place in the media room (room TBC). Come along to any of these sessions (no need to pre-book) for a professional profile photo that you'll be able to use for presentations, programmes, profiles and more.