2018 Symposium Program Overview


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Saturday, November 10th:
12:30pm - Registration and Networking (lunch will not be provided, eat before you arrive)
1pm - Opening remarks, Introduction to APSA, and Keynote Talk by Dr. Juanita Merchant
2:30pm - Breakout Session

MD/PhD Admissions: Putting Your Best Self Forward - Come interact with MD/PhD program admissions committee members from participating schools to learn about how you can be a competitive applicant. 


Career Speed Rounds - Interactive “speed round” sessions with physician-scientists representing different specialties and various career options available following completion of MD/PhD training. 

3:20pm - Poster Session
4:30pm - Breakout Session 

The Subtleties of Purposeful Networking - How to brand and present yourself in a way that can connect you with interesting people to collaborate, further your career, and augment your passions. 


How to Promote Wellness as a Physician-Scientist - Discuss how successful physician-scientists and trainees manage competing demands on their time in a small group format.

5:20pm - Poster Session
6:30pm - Dinner & Keynote Talk by Dr. Josh Denny
7:30pm - Dessert Reception

Sunday, November 11th:
8am - Breakfast & Science Talks
9:05am - Breakout Session

#SciMedTwitter: Why and How - The social media platform Twitter is a tool that can allow individuals to make connections with other users, monitor both local and global developments, and disseminate information widely. This panel will focus on how MD-PhD students may enrich their educational and professional experience by using Twitter.


Staying Socially Engaged as a Scientist in 2018 - We will discuss how interested MD/PhD students can stay involved in social activism throughout their training and career.

10am - Science Talks
11:10am - Life as an MD/PhD Student

Students from attending schools will provide information about student-based programs and projects that enhance the school's community as well as the surrounding communities. These initiatives cover a range of topics including: health and wellness, community service, mentoring, health care inequality, creative pursuits, social events, and recreation. 

12:15pm - Lunch & Keynote Talk by Dr. Lorraine Ware
1:15pm - Awards & Closing Remarks

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."