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Importance of Networking in Infection Prevention – Martin Levesque

In a recent engaging dialogue for Voice for Infection Prevention, Martin Levesque MBA, MPH, CIC, FAPIC, the System Director of Infection Prevention and Control at Henry Ford Health System, shared insightful reflections with host Jacob Hutcherson, the founder and CEO of Clutch Recruitment. The conversation delved into the multifaceted journey of an Infection Preventionist (IP), underscoring an often underestimated yet crucial aspect of the profession—networking.

Levesque’s recount of his early misinterpretation of networking as mere socializing resonated as a common misstep among professionals embarking on their careers in Infection Prevention. He candidly shared how the initial perception of networking as casual social interactions evolved over time into a profound understanding of its value in building enduring professional relationships.

As Levesque articulated, the essence of networking transcends beyond the superficial to a realm where mutual support during challenging times becomes a cornerstone. He emphasized that the relationships forged through networking are reciprocal in nature; a conduit through which professionals can lend support to each other through the inevitable adversities encountered in the field.

Levesque’s narrative amplifies the importance of networking as an avenue for not only personal growth but also for contributing to the collective resilience and advancement of the Infection Prevention community. His encouragement to actively engage in local and national APIC (Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology) chapters illuminates a pathway for IPs to broaden their horizons, share knowledge, and foster a supportive professional ecosystem.

Furthermore, Levesque extolled the rewards that emanate from active networking, which he noted, extended beyond the immediate gratification to long-term professional enrichment and a deeper sense of communal belonging.

This dialogue between Levesque and Hutcherson sheds light on an indispensable yet often overlooked dimension of building a fulfilling career in Infection Prevention. It underscores that while technical knowledge and hands-on experience are fundamental, the relationships nurtured through active networking are invaluable assets in navigating the complex and demanding landscape of Infection Prevention and Control. Through sharing his experience, Levesque provides a compelling testament to the immense potential that lies in embracing networking as a vital element of professional growth and communal support in the realm of Infection Prevention.

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