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.

Saturday, November 18th

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

1:00-1:50 PM       Keynote 1:  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
    • 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 
    • Panelists will include those from research-track residencies, Boston Consulting Group, the Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) program at the Centers for Disease Control, Life Science Partners, and other areas
    • Session will include approximately 20 minutes of a general Q&A in a panel format and then students will divide into smaller groups to ask more specific questions

3:00-3:50 PM         Poster session 1

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

  • Undergraduate Track: MD/PhD Program Admissions Information with MD/PhD Program Directors
    • 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
    • Attendees will rotate through small groups of students and faculty throughout the session
    • Keynote speakers, clinician-scientist faculty, and residency program directors will be present, including:
      • Mehmet Asim Bilen, MD - Assistant Professor, Department of Hematology and Medical Oncology, Emory Winship Cancer Institute
      • Bassel El-Rayes, MD - Professor and Vice Chair for Clinical Research, Department of Hematology and Medical Oncology; John Kauffman Family Professor for Pancreatic Cancer Research and Associate Director for Clinical Research, Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University
      • Allan Levey, MD, PhD - Betty Gage Holland Professor and Chair, Neurology Dept; Director, Emory Alzheimer's Disease Research Center
      • John Petros, MD - Professor of Urology & Pathology, Emory University School of Medicine; Associate Chair for Urologic Research
      • Vin Tangpricha, MD, PhD - Associate Professor, Endocrinology Department; Director of Fellowship Program, Emory Division of Endocrinology, Metabolism, and Lipids

5:00-5:50 PM        Keynote 2: 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

7:00-8:30 PM        Reception. Network with fellow colleagues, invited speakers, and invited faculty in the Emory Conference Center Ballroom. Heavy hors d'oeuvres and drinks will be served.

Sunday, November 19th

7:30-8:00 AM       Breakfast served

8:00-10:20 AM     Student Oral Presentations

10:30-11:20 AM   Keynote 3: 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

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."