Saturday, October 7, 2017 brought over 125 graduate and medical students, MD-PhD students and undergrads to the UR School of Medicine. In conjunction with the Upstate New York MD/PhD Program Conference (annually hosted by either University of Rochester, SUNY Upstate at Syracuse or University at Buffalo MD/PhD Programs), the annual APSA Northeast Regional Meeting was also held. APSA (American Physician Scientist Association) is a national student-run organization for those interested in becoming physician-scientists.
Two keynote speakers presented: Michael Potchen, MD “The Physician Scientist: A Life Journey” and Robin Lorenz, MD, PhD “Perspectives on a career as a physician-scientist”. In addition, breakout sessions were held on MD/PhD Program Admissions, Management 101 for physician-scientists, Partners in Academia, Essentials of Grant Writing and Policy Engagement. During lunch in the Flaum Atrium, a student poster session was held with voting for the best posters.
Six students gave oral presentations on their research as well as women’s health needs in underserved regions. A panel discussion on “The Future of the Physician Scientist” was given by 4 faculty in attendance (Drs. O’Banion, Lorenz, Akabas and Horton). A lively question and answer session took place, followed by closing remarks and poster awards.
Happy hour at a local pub rounded out the successful day. We look forward to seeing everyone again in 2020!