Symposium Program Overview


*Please note that Atlanta, GA is in the Eastern Time Zone

This is a tentative agenda subject to minor changes. Based on feedback from the past few SEMSS meetings, we have increased opportunities for interaction between conference attendees and have increased student presentation opportunities. A full program can be found here (please note this program was updated on 11.15.17)

Saturday, November 18th (Emory Conference Center)

12:00-12:30 PM     On-site Check-in

  • There will be no lunch, but snacks and drinks will be provided throughout the day. A warm appetizer will also be served between 2-3 pm, and there are several restaurant options within a 5-minute walk of the Emory Conference Center at Emory Point

12:30-1:00 PM     Welcome and opening remarks (Emory Amphitheater)

1:00-1:50 PM       Keynote 1 (Emory Amphitheater):  Craig Blackstone, MD, PhD  - National Institutes of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. For more information see our Keynote Speakers page.

2:00-2:50 PM       Breakout session 1: Panelist details TBA

  • Undergraduate Track: Life of an MD/PhD Student (Emory Amphitheater)
    • Current MD/PhD students from Emory, Vanderbilt, UAB, MUSC, Augusta University, and University of Louisville will share their experiences
    • Undergraduates will have ample time to ask questions in a panel and then in a smaller group format
  • Graduate Track: Career Options for Physician Scientists (Oak Amphiteater)

3:00-3:50 PM         Poster session 1 (Lullwater Ballroom)

4:00-4:50 PM         Breakout session 2 - Panelists subject to change

  • Undergraduate Track: MD/PhD Program Admissions Information with MD/PhD Program Directors (Emory Amphitheater)
    • Chris Williams, MD, PhD - Vanderbilt MSTP Director
    • Megan Williams, PhD - Vanderbilt MSTP Assistant Director for Admissions
    • Robin Lorenz, MD, PhD - UAB MSTP Director
    • Louis Justement, PhD - UAB MSTP Associate Director
    • William Geisler, MD, MPH - UAB MSTP Clinical Associate Director
    • Cathy Quinones, PhD - Emory MSTP Associate Director, Administrative Affairs
    • Nancy Demore, MD - Medical University of South Carolina MSTP Program Director
  • Graduate Track: Networking Meet-and-Greet (Azalea Room)
    • Attendees will rotate through small groups of students and faculty throughout the session to learn more about research opportunities and physician-scientist career paths in various clinical specialties at Emory

5:00-5:50 PM        Keynote 2 (Emory Amphitheater): Margaret Baron, MD, PhD - Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. For more information see our Keynote Speakers page.

6:00-6:50 PM        Poster Session 2 (Lullwater Ballroom)

7:00-8:30 PM        Reception (Lullwater Ballroom): Network with fellow colleagues, invited speakers, and invited faculty in the Emory Conference Center Ballroom. Heavy hors d'oeuvres and drinks will be served. Graduate students and faculty will receive 1 drink ticket and a cash bar will be available.

Sunday, November 19th (Emory School of Medicine)

7:30-8:00 AM       Breakfast served (in student oral presentation rooms)

8:00-10:20 AM     Student Oral Presentations (SOM170A, SOM178P, SOM190P - see program for detailed schedule)

10:30-11:20 AM   Keynote 3 (SOM Lecture Hall 120): Lucienne M. Ide, MD, PhD - Healthcare Innovator. For more information see our Keynote Speakers page.    

11:30-12:00 PM   Closing remarks, Announcement of Awards, Lunch (SOM Lecture Hall 120)

Funding for this conference was made possible in part by NIH R13GM109532 from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences, a component of the National Institutes of Health.  The views expressed in written conference materials or publications and by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services; nor does mention by trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government."