SEMSS: 2019 Symposium Program Overview

October 12-13, 2019

University of Alabama at Birmingham

Birmingham, AL 

All room assignments are in Volker Hall (1670 University Blvd, Birmingham, AL)

**All times and sessions subject to adjustment**


Saturday, October 12th:

12:00pm – 1:00pm: Symposium Registration

1:00pm – 1:25pm: Opening Remarks UAB SEMSS Committee and APSA Representative

 1:30pm – 2:25pm: Keynote #1: Robin Lorenz, MD, PhD Senior Director of the Pathology Department, Genentech, Inc.

 2:30pm – 3:25pm: Breakout Session #1:

1A: “Medical School Admissions Panel” Are you applying for medical school? Come interact with admissions committee members to learn how you can put your best foot forward during the application process.”

1B: “Creating a 5-year Plan” Do you want to get the most out of every stage in your clinical and research training? Individual Development Plans (IDPs) help you plan the best steps to reach your short- and long-term goals both in your career and your personal life. Come learn more about how creating your IDP can help optimize each stage of your training!

1C: “Small Group Discussions with Residents/Residency Directors” Is the residency application process on your mind? Take advantage of this great opportunity to network with various residents and residency directors to help you put your best foot forward.

3:30pm – 4:25pm: Poster Session #1

4:30pm – 5:25pm: Keynote #2: Duane Wesemann, MD, PhD Assistant Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School

5:30pm – 6:25pm: Breakout Session #2:

2A: “A Closer Look at the Medical School Application Process and Coursework” Come learn more about interviewing for medical school by watching an admissions committee member simulate an interview with an applicant. We will finish with a panel of current students where you can ask questions about everything medical school, from applications to coursework.

2B: “Young Investigator Research Panel” Do you want to take a leap into the research world? Learn from funded faculty members on how to turn a research idea into a fundable project, how to go about choosing a mentor, how to apply for various sources of funding, and more!

2C: “Learning More about Physician Scientist Training Programs (PSTPs)” Are you interested in doing research while you are in a residency program? Have you heard about combined research/residency programs such as PSTP or ABIM programs? If you are interested, come listen to ABIM/PSTP directors from UAB and Vanderbilt discuss the advantages of these programs.

6:30pm – 7:25pm: Poster Session #2

7:00pm – 9:00pm: Reception at Hilton Birmingham at UAB


Sunday, October 13th:

9:00am – 9:55am: Oral Presentations

10:00am – 10:55am: Breakout Session #3:

3A: “Productivity and Time Management: The Key to Success” Perhaps the most critical skills for a successful physician scientist to master is time and productivity management. Join us for a discussion on techniques you can adopt and put into practice today led by a panel of productivity experts.

3B: “Diversity in Science” Join us as we offer a range of perspectives discussing how diversity has both benefitted and challenged different leaders in academic medicine and how it has fostered work on both personal and peer-to-peer advocacy.

3C: “Work/Life Integration” Medical school and a career as a physician scientist can be difficult and stressful, but it’s also rewarding and enjoyable. Join our panel to learn how to indulge in hobbies, explore your interests, and cultivate relationships while in school and beyond!

11:00am – 11:55am: Keynote #3: Karin Hardiman, MD, PhD Associate Professor of Medicine, University of Alabama Birmingham

12:00pm – 12:25pm: Awards & Closing Remarks