Professional conferences are good for the brain.

First, connection with others are neurologically beneficial. Matthew Lieberman’s Social: Why Our Brains Are Wired to Connect details “why relationships are a central—though increasingly absent—part of a flourishing life.” He points to psychology and neuroscience research to confirm this. “Just as human beings have a basic need for food and shelter,” a review ascertains, “we also have a basic need to belong to a group and form relationships.” 

Secondly, learning neurobiologically changes the brain. According to a study out of University of California, Berkeley shows “moderate stress is beneficial for learning… [and] active learning takes advantage of processes that stimulate multiple neural connections in the brain and promote memory.”

Finally, getting out of the normal routine for fun, or “play,” is great for the brain. An article from Psychology Today explains, “Play is a banquet for the brain, a smorgasbord for the senses, providing nourishment for body and spirit.” Studies from across the ages, from psychologists as far back as Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung, show that play has “beneficial effects on the prefrontal cortex.”

Here are 3 not-to-be-missed healthcare conferences to attend:

MGMA18 | The Annual Conference

MGMA is best known for its mission to transform healthcare, and its annual session truly delivers, attracting the nation’s top healthcare professionals and offering renowned educators who work together to revolutionize healthcare. This year’s event is coming up fast, September 30-October 3, and the lineup includes: dozens of hours of CE-accredited educational sessions; Simon Sinek on how to innovate out of problem areas to build a stronger organization; Mel Robbins on sharing ideas in such a way that inspire others to embrace them; and, Robin Farmanfarmaian, who offers a glimpse into the future of healthcare industry innovation. 1:1 consultations provide custom and actionable learnings for each attendee. Between sessions and in downtime, attendees can explore all the historic city of Boston has to offer: Walk Freedom Trail, tour Fenway Park, enjoy the famed Faneuil Hall Marketplace or take a day trip to America’s favorite beach destination, Martha’s Vineyard. Registration is now open.


With a focus on smarter health, Cerner Health Conference (CHC) is the place to be for all the latest innovations in healthcare and information technology. They bill their exhibit hall as “90,000 square feet of experiential learning,” and encourage attendees to, “be inspired by cutting-edge innovations and connect directly with Cerner associates and partners. Bring your workflow questions, learn how to get the most from your existing resources and discover how Cerner’s solutions and services can work together to support both your daily tasks and your long-term goals.” Beyond that, the conference boasts hundreds of CE-accredited educational sessions and networking opportunities. This year’s meeting will be held October 8-11 in Kansas City. Registration is now open.


Dedicated to health information and technology, this conference offers world-class education, one of the most engaging exhibit floors in the industry and a myriad of networking opportunities around topics such as clinical engagements, health informatics education and telehealth. In their words: “The HIMSS Global Conference & Exhibition brings together 40,000+ health information and technology professionals, clinicians, executives and market suppliers from around the world. Exceptional education, world-class speakers, cutting-edge products and powerful networking are hallmarks of this industry-leading conference.” The 2019 event will take place in Orlando February 11 – 15. Save the date.

Get out of the clinic or office for a little connection, learning and fun. It will do your brain good.

1. Social Connection Makes a Better Brain, The Atlantic
2. Neuroscience and How Students Learn from Berkeley Graduate Division
3. The Importance of Play: Having Fun Must be Taken Seriously, Psychology Today