Mahmoud Hashemian: Peer networking is not common in Iran but should be encouraged

Mahmoud Hashemian (Private practitioner of interventional cardiology at Day Hospital, Tehran, Iran) is the Vice President of Iranian Society of Interventional Cardiology. In this commentary, he reviews the benefits of networking and explains why he believes the practice should be encouraged.

Dear Colleagues,

The Daily Wire (the newspaper of EuroPCR) has asked interventional cardiologists from different countries about “networking” in their country — to look at its importance in helping physicians’ careers and, in particular, review the benefits of communicating with peers in terms of education and career advancement.

Let me define networking briefly. It is the exchange of information or services between individuals, groups, or institutions; specifically, the cultivation of productive relationships for employment. or business. For example, usually, the best jobs are not advertised and most high-level positions do not go to people who have sent in their CV [resume] but to people who have heard about the role through a friend or contact “who was looking out for them”. Therefore, you may easily obtain a role through networking (online or in person) — particularly through peer networking.

In Iran, using individual internet communication and social networking is very common. A limited number of groups use the social networking site LinkedIn, but peer networking communication for the exchange of ideas or consultation for complicated cases and issues with non-local colleagues who are experts in that particular area are rare. I believe this type of networking should be encouraged because it can be helpful for finding a job or for career advancement.

Be humble and do not be humiliated by asking questions or by consulting with others. Public media may provide a good way of establishing these internet communications. EuroPCR can also provide opportunities for interventional cardiologists to consult with each other.