2015 South Regional Meeting
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2015 South Regional Meeting

When: 10/24/2015
Where: Texas A&M HSC Bryan Campus Health Professions Education Building
8447 State Highway 47
Bldg 1000
Bryan, Texas  77807
Contact: Liam Guthrie

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The meeting is still on! If you can make it safely to campus, please come!

Who Should Attend?

Anyone interested in biomedical research is invited to attend. In particular, MD/PhD students, DO/PhD students, MD or DO students, PhD students, residents, undergraduates and high school students interested in medicine and biomedical research are encouraged to participate.

Registration Information

Registration will be available on this site up to the day of the conference. You are not required to have an APSA account for registration. For problems or issues with registration please email Shelby Steinmeyer at steinmeyer@medicine.tamhsc.edu. If you wish to submit an abstract at a later date post registration BUT PRIOR TO THE ABSTRACT SUBMISSION DEADLINE of October 1st, please email steinmeyer@medicine.tamhsc.edu.

Cancellation Policy

Cancellations may be sent via email to steinmeyer@medicine.tamhsc.edu. The American Physician-Scientists Association reserves the right to cancel any program and assumes no responsibility for personal expenses.

Registration Costs

FREE FOR ALL REGISTRANTS. Texas A&M University Health Science Center is committed to having all interested students attend the conference without the extra burden of registration costs. Regardless or whether or not you are an APSA member, there will be no registration fees for this conference.

Maps and Directions

Texas A&M Health Science Center Bryan Campus

Health Professions Education Building

8447 State Highway 47, Bldg 1000

Bryan, Texas  77807


The Health Professions Education Building (HPEB) is a part of the Bryan Campus of the Texas A&M HSC.


HPEB is located at 8447 State Highway 47, to the southeast of the roundabout at the entrance of the campus, behind the Medical Research Education Building (MREB).


Parking for HPEB is available at parking lot in front of MREB for free (see map). No vehicle tag will be necessary.


To enter HPEB, exit the parking lot headed to the left of MREB towards a staircase leading to the ground level. The entrance to HPEB will be at the ground floor behind MREB. The conference will take place in the lower level of HPEB, below the first floor that the entrance is on. Elevators and stairs will be at the front of the building right after the entrance. 



The APSA regional meeting will highlight and reward the outstanding achievements of our undergraduate, graduate and medical student researchers. We encourage all residents, high school, medical, graduate and undergraduate students attending the meeting to submit an abstract. A panel of faculty will judge the posters and award a prize for the best posters (1st place receives a $50 Starbucks gift card and two runners up receive a $25 Starbucks gift card). The organizing committee/faculty will select 2 abstracts for an oral presentation. Each Oral Presenter will be awarded a $50 Starbucks gift card. Please submit your abstract as early as possible to ensure the best chance for it to be selected for an oral presentation.

Abstracts are limited to one per presenter and the presenter must be the first author on the abstract. Abstracts must include a title, author(s) and affiliations (school and department). Below are the abstract submission guidelines:

Abstract Length: 250 word
Abstract File Name: lastname_firstname_2015_APSA South RM.                                                                                                           Abstract Formatting Instructions: Please follow these instructions carefully.

  1. Set Margins: 1.50" on all four sides (makes a 5.5" x 8.5" text box)
  2. Font: Times or Times New Roman, 12 point. 
  3. Justification: Justify all margins. 
  4. Abstract Title: Do NOT use ALLCAPS. 
  5. Presenting Author: Underline presenting author's name. 
  6. Line Spacing: Insert line space between Title, Authors, Affiliation and first line of abstract. The rest of the abstract should be all single spaced.
  7. Paragraph Indents: indent first line of each paragraph of the abstract body 5 spaces (1/2 inch).   

The organizing committee will select abstracts to ensure adequate representation of different schools and disciplines. Please submit your abstract as early as possible to ensure the best chance for it to be included in the poster session.

Abstract Submission Deadline: The deadline for abstract submission is October 1st. An email notification stating whether or not your abstract has been selected will be sent by October 5th.

Poster Session

Poster numbers, presenting authors, and abstract titles will be posted here.

Please follow these very important guidelines:
Poster size 4 feet by 4 feet (48" x 48"). Please DO NOT EXCEED THIS SIZE. Each poster board will have 2 posters mounted on one board.


7:00 a.m.   -  8:30 a.m.           Breakfast (Kolache Rolf's) & Registration

8:30 a.m.   -  8:45 a.m.           Welcome

8:50 a.m.   -  9:35 a.m.           Keynote Address I by Carolyn Cannon, MD, PhD

9:40 a.m.   -  10:05 a.m.         Student Presentation I

10:10 a.m. -  12:00 p.m.         Poster Session

12:00 p.m. -  1:00 p.m.           Lunch (Torchy's Tacos)

1:05 p.m.   -  1:50 p.m.           Scientific Writing Session with Barbara Gastel, MD, MPH

1:55 p.m.   -  2:10 p.m.           Student Presentation II

2:15 p.m.   -  3:00 p.m.           Breakout Session I

3:05 p.m.   -  3:20 p.m.           Refreshments

3:25 p.m.   -  4:10 p.m.           Breakout Session II

4:15 p.m.   -  5:00 p.m.           Keynote Address II by David Allis, PhD

5:05 p.m.   -  5:20 p.m.           Closing Remarks & Awards

5:30 p.m.   -  ???                    Optional Reception at Paolo's

NOTE: Schedule is subject to change

Schedule – Breakout Sessions

  • Breakout Session I:
  1. Getting into med school (Julian Leibowitz, MD, PhD)
  2. Getting into residency
  3. Planning for after residency (S. Gordon Burroughs MD, FACP)
  • Breakout Session II:
  1. Networking (Gerard Touissant, MD)
  2. Work/Life balance (Farida Sohrabji, PhD)
  3. Choosing a research project (Warren Zimmer, PhD)

We ask you to please dress appropriately

Professional business or Business Casual Attire

The following suggestions are provided as guidelines for professional business and business casual attire.

Professional Business Attire



Suit or jacket and pants or skirt

Suit - or jacket and slacks

(Skirt length - knee length or below);

Shirt - traditional shirt with collar

Tailored dress; Blouse


Shoes - comfortable low heeled pumps, loafers or boots

Socks (of course)

Simple Jewelry

Dress Shoes & Matching Belt

Business Casual Attire

Yes, Business Casual

Not considered Business Casual

Shirt with collar or polo style

T-Shirts and jeans


Shorts or mini-skirts

Chinos or Dockers - pressed

Bare midriffs or low-cut garments (back or front)


Flip flops, sneakers, or sandals

Blazer or sweater

Athletic wear or leggings

Loafers or lace-up shoes


Financial Support

Special thanks to APSA National; Texas A&M HSC Office of the C.E.O., MD/PhD Program and College of Medicine; Houston Methodist Hospital; Texas Brain and Spine Institute; Marr Eye Center and Brazos Valley Urgent Care.

Meeting Organizers

Liam Guthrie

Anita Mantri

Evan Cherry

Karen Doersch

Shelby Steinmeyer