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Date & Location
April 24-26, 2015
Main Event Locations
Crystal Room - Level 3, Fairmont Chicago Millenium Park
About the Meeting
APSA’s 11th Annual Meeting will be held in Chicago on April 24-26, 2015 in conjunction with the annual meetings of the American Society for Clinical Investigation (ASCI) and the Association of American Physicians (AAP). This joint meeting will feature cutting edge research from physician-scientists across the country. The agenda includes numerous keynote addresses in addition to expert panels, student talks, a black tie dinner, and more!
APSA will once again be partnering with the Central Society for Clinical and Translational Research (CSCTR) and Midwestern Section of the American Federation for Medical Research (MWAFMR) Combined Annual Meeting, held April 23 and 24th at the Hotel Chicago, just a short walk from the APSA Annual Meeting.
Be sure to visit often for updates. We will be posting information on the meeting's agenda, panelists, welcome reception, and more!
On-line registration deadline: April 22nd, 2015 11:59 PM EDT
11th Annual Meeting Organizing Committee
Dan DelloStritto - Northeast Ohio Medical University (G3): Chair, Events Committee
Jillian Liu - Ohio State University (G1): Vice-Chair
Allyson Palmer - Mayo Clinic MSTP (G3): Residency Luncheon
Mariam Bonyadi - University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (G2): Panels
Carolina Soto - University of Illinois (M4): Panels
Saranya Wyles - Mayo Clinic MSTP (G4): Residency luncheon
Vadim Yerokhin - Oklahoma State University (M2): Panels
Jason Lou - University of Southern California (G2): Social
Harish Vasudevan - Mount Sinai School of Medicine (G4): Website
Friday, April 24: 7:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
You can now register for the annual meeting here. A tentative schedule of events can be found under Agenda.
Prices are significantly higher for non-APSA members to register for the meeting. Become an APSA member today to take advantage of substantial registration savings! Pricing for Residency Programs at APSA's Residency Luncheon are available under Residency Luncheon.
2015 Combined Annual Meeting of CSCTR and MWAFMR
APSA is again partnering with the Central Society for Clinical and Translational Research (CSCTR) and the Midwestern Section of the American Federation for Medical Research (MWAFMR) to offer free registration for APSA members to the combined CSCTR and MWAFMR meeting, beginning the day before the 11th APSA Annual Meeting. APSA encourages its members to consider submitting an abstract to this meeting. Travel awards are available for the best abstract submissions. Look for more information in the Agenda on joint events being held with CSCTR and MWAFMR.
A full refund of the registration fee or meal ticket less an administrative fee will be granted for all written requests received at least 30 days prior to the APSA Annual Meeting. No refunds will be made for cancellations received after this date.
The administration fee is as follows:
Telephone cancellations will not be accepted. Cancellations may be sent via email to [email protected]. The American Physician Scientists Association reserves the right to cancel any program and assumes no responsibility for personal expenses. All refunds are processed within 30 days of written cancellation notice.
Hotel & Travel
200 N. Columbus Drive
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Event rates (per night)
*Each extra person sharing a room will be charged an additional $25 per night.
Room Reservation Deposit/Cancellation
All reservations require credit card guarantee or deposit for one night, including 16.4 percent occupancy tax (rate subject to change). Rooms may be cancelled up to 48 hours prior to arrival with no fee. Cancellation within 48 hours of arrival will incur a charge of one night's room and tax to your credit card.
Abstract Submission is now Closed!
Please contact Annie Cox ([email protected]) with any abstract submission questions. Presenters will be notified in February 2015 if their abstract has been accepted and if they are the recipient of a travel award.
Poster Session Information
Your poster must be no larger than 4 feet high by 4 feet wide. The presenting author must be at the poster board during the presentation time. Presenters are not required to be present during all viewing hours. Posters will be judged during the presentation time for scientific novelty, quality, and presentation clarity by members of the ASCI, AAP, and APSA. Best poster awards (see Awards) will be presented on Saturday afternoon to the most outstanding poster presenters.
A poster is a visual presentation of your research or clinical project. Use schematic diagrams, graphs, tables and other strategies to direct the visual attention of the viewer, rather than explaining it using text as you would in a journal article.
A poster addresses one central question. State the question or hypothesis clearly in the poster and use your presentation to provide a clear and explicit take-home message. Posters usually have a similar structure to a research paper or journal article: an abstract, introduction (i.e., brief rationale or review of relevant research), method section, results section, and a conclusion or summary. If your poster is more clinically oriented, you may elect to use a different format, but breaking things down into clear sections with headings will help your colleagues understand your poster easily and quickly.
In the busy and crowded environment of a poster session, most people do not have the ability to read and process long sections of text. Therefore, keep text to the bare essentials and stick to the most important ideas. You can convey details via discussion when you are standing by your poster.
Poster Session Schedule
Author Attendance Requirement
Submission of an abstract to the APSA Annual Meeting affirms that at least one author must register for and attend the meeting if the abstract is accepted for poster or oral presentation. At least one author must be present at the poster from 11:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 25. Presenters are not required to be present during all viewing hours.
APSA and ASCI/AAP Travel Awards
APSA, the ASCI, and the AAP offer $750 Travel Awards to select abstract submitters. For those traveling from distant institutions, APSA awards may be increased to $1,000. Competitive $1,000 Best Poster Awards, given on the basis of scientific novelty, quality, and clarity of presentation, will be awarded at the meeting. Authors who receive a travel award agree that they will register for and attend the APSA Annual Meeting and/or the Joint Meeting of the ASCI/AAP. A small number of top scoring abstracts submitted will be chosen for an oral presentation on Saturday afternoon, April 25. Presenters selected must be available at this time to present their work.
APSA Partner Awards: AAI, ASIP/ICPI, & SAEM
APSA is pleased to announce that several travel awards will be sponsored by APSA partner organizations the American Association of Immunologists (AAI), the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine (SAEM), and the American Society for Investigative Pathology/Intersociety Council for Pathology Information (ASIP/ICPI). AAI has provided 5 $200 awards for abstracts related to immunology, ASIP/ICPI has provided one $750 award for an abstract related to pathology, and SAEM has provided 5 $500 awards for abstracts in the area of emergency medicine.
Information for Award Recipients
Recipients of APSA Travel Awards should be aware of specific restrictions on what expenses can be reimbursed by this award. The following expenses can be reimbursed for through an APSA Travel Award:
Please note that the Annual Meeting registration fees and APSA membership dues are specifically excluded from reimbursement.
Local Chapter Travel Award
APSA is pleased to announce that we will provide $500 travel awards to attend the Annual Meeting in Chicago (April 24 – 26, 2015) to the three APSA Local Chapters that best promote APSA and the organization's goals of developing the careers of aspiring physician scientists. These awards are meant to encourage and support interactions between APSA national and local chapters (LCs). To be eligible for this award, your institution must first form an APSA LC by completing the application process (please visit the LC page, or email [email protected] with questions). Awardees will be expected to attend the Annual Meeting and give a 5 minute presentation about their Local Chapter’s activities. Applications are due by February 13, 2015.
Local Chapter Travel Awards ($500)
Undergraduate Travel Awards
Attention Undergraduate APSA members! APSA is excited to announce that two travel awards to the 11th Annual Meeting will be provided to undergraduate students! We are now accepting applications; please apply by March 31. We will contact the students accepted by email on or before April 5th.
Undergraduate Travel Awards ($300)
AAI Awards ($200 each)
ASIP/ICPI Pathology Award ($750)
SAEM Awards ($500)
APSA, ASCI, AAP Abstract Travel Awards
Congratulations to the recipients of APSA, ASCI, and AAP abstract awards!
ASCI & AAP Abstract Travel Awards
APSA Abstract Travel Awards
Refer to Agenda for a full schedule of speakers and events.
Featured APSA Speakers
Craig Thompson, MD - President and CEO, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Mitchell Lazar, MD, PhD - Professor of Medicine, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania
Lasker Foundation Speaker - Alfred Sommer MD, MHS - Dean Emeritus, Bloomberg School of Public Health and University Distinguished Service Professor, Johns Hopkins University
IDSA Sponsored Speaker - Liise-Anne Pirofski MD - Chief Divison of Infectious Disease, Department of Medicine; Selma and Dr. Jacques Mitrani Chair in Biomedical Research, Albert Einstein College of Medicine
SAEM Sponsored Speaker- Jeff Kline MD - Professor of Emergency Medicine and Physiology, Vice Chair of Research, Indiana University
RSNA Sponsored Speaker - Richard Ehman MD - Professor of Radiology, Mayo Clinic
AGA Sponsored Speaker - Gail Hecht, MD - Professor of Gastroenterology, Loyola University Chicago
Join APSA, CSCTR, and MWAFMR members for the return of the APSA/CSCTR/MWAFMR Mixer on Thursday evening! The social will be held at Bar Louie in River North, located below the Hotel Chicago. The event will begin at 8 PM Central Time and run until 2 AM. Check out the event flier for more information. We look forward to seeing you there!
APSA's Welcome Reception will again be held 1000 feet above Chicago at the John Hancock Center's Signature Room. Come prepared on Friday April 24th for a night of tasty appetizers, scrumptious desserts, good drinks, and of course fantastic company! Business casual attire suggested.
Shuttles will be running from the Fairmont B2 motor lobby to the Hancock Center (and returning to the Fairmont) continuously from 8:30 pm Friday with the last shuttle leaving Hancock at 12:30 am Saturday.
APSA and the Albert and Mary Lasker Foundation are again joining to sponsor the 2015 APSA/Lasker Award Lecture!
This years Lasker Speaker is Alfred Sommer MD, MHS from Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Sommer was awarded the 1997 Lasker Clinical Medical Research award for his work on vitamin A deficiency. Dr. Sommer's work demonstrated the vital role Vitamin A plays in decreasing mortality in deficient populations. We are excited to host Dr. Sommer and once again have our collaboration with the Lasker Foundation.
Interest Group Mentoring Session
The goal of this session is to foster dialogue between the trainees and established physician-scientist investigators, with the hopes of providing information about the training, research, and funding opportunities that exist in various areas of clinical specialization.
Italicized societies indicate sponsorship of those specialties.
Internal Medicine/Research Track Residency
Research-oriented residency and fellowship program directors will be at the 11th Annual Meeting to talk to you from noon to 2 PM on Sunday, April 25th. Over lunch, get your questions about specific programs and the nature of physician-scientist training after medical and graduate school answered by the experts. If you are applying to residency soon, this is an unparalleled opportunity to connect with program directors.
APSA has an exciting lineup of panels throughout the 11th Annual Meeting. Visit the Panels tab on this page to learn more about each panel.
APSA Policy Panel: Policies Governing Bench to Bedside, Entrepreneurship in Biomedical Research
Date: Friday, April 24, 2015
Time: 2pm-3:30pm CST
Location: Fairmont Hotel, Chicago
Every year, physicians and physician scientists confront challenges in inadequate science/clinical research resources, insufficient funding, barriers to pursuing important research disciplines, liability, and mounting administrative burdens. More and more, physicians and physician scientistsrealize that involvement in the political process is a necessity if progress is to be made in these areas. Further, crucial work led by physician scientists includes translational research. However, translational research is difficult to do, with a high failure rate. Insights from those who have successfully traversed this gap will hopefully help future physician scientists in an area that physician scientists are poised to tackle.
Our policy session entitled “Policies Governing Bench to Bedside, Entrepreneurship in Biomedical Research” will provide physician scientists and trainees with information on a) how to get involved with translational medical and science advocacy/policy, b) how the government and FDA help promote clinical and translational research/latest initiatives c) understand steps in the drug/therapeutics approval process, challenges and key factors helpful in the process.
Moderator: Jennifer M. Kwan MD, PhD, University of Illinois Chicago
Speaker: Francis Collins MD, PhD, NIH Director
Speaker: Robert Califf, MD, FDA Deputy Commissioner for Medical Products and Tobacco.
Speaker: Christopher Burrow MD, Humetrix Vice President
Speaker: Lloyd Klickstein MD, PhD, Novartis Head of Translational Medicine
APSA Technological Innovation in Biomedical and Translational Research Panel: Commercialization of Drugs/Devices & Role/Importance of Policies Regulating Implementation
Date: Sunday, April 26, 2015
Time: 10:00am-11:00am CST
Location: Fairmont Hotel, Chicago
The aim of this proposal is to increase physician scientist knowledge on the process of translating scientific discoveries to commercial products/services on the market. The first portion of the workshop will feature the experiences of a physician scientist entrepreneur who is successfully translating their work through the R&D pipeline. The second portion will feature a physician scientist leader in the area of mobile health technologies to review the importance of policy in implementation of mobile health technologies. The remaining portion will be led by UNeMed corporation, the technology transfer office for the University of Nebraska Medical Center. The attendees will learn pitfalls that can hinder progress towards commercializing the technology. Additional topics for discussion includes the paths after this initial phase of interaction, which includes the role the technology transfer office plays during patenting of the invention and finding interested parties willing to invest in this technology to bring it to the market. Industry and policy bodies will highlight the role of policy in this process and how policy recommendations and policy generating bodies influence application of these discoveries for the patients.
Academia Speaker: Caronda Moore, PhD, University of Nebraska (Tech Transfer Office)
Academic/Start-up/Entrepreneur Speaker: Robert Bacallao, MD
Private Industry Speaker: Christopher Burrow, MD, Humetrix Vice President
APSA Women in Medicine and Science Panel
Date: Saturday, April 25, 2015
Time: 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm CST
Location: Fairmont Hotel, Chicago
The role of women in medicine and science has rapidly increased in recent years despite historical barriers to access to professional education. Currently, women are becoming the majority of the medical school class, a phenomenon that has not yet become widespread in the medical profession itself. This panel assembles powerful women in medicine and science across diverse fields and career paths to provide insight into the experiences of woman leaders in medicine and science.
Speaker: Louise Laurent, MD, PhD
Background: Louise Laurent is an Assistant Professor in Reproductive Medicine at the University of California, San Diego and her current research focuses on understanding the molecular regulation of pluripotency and differentiation, optimizing the preclinical and clinical utility of human pluripotent stem cells, and identifying the molecular basis of placental dysfunction in human pregnancy.
Speaker: Claire Pomeroy, MD, MBA
Background: Claire Pomeroy is the president of the Albert and Mary Lasker Foundation.
Speaker: Hilary Reno, MD, PhD
Background: Hilary Reno is an Assistant Professor in Infectious Disease and Hospitalist Medicine involved in clinical teaching and clinical research focusing on health care delivery in STI care, STIs in patients with HIV, and the high STI rates in the St. Louis Region.
Speaker: Hanna Stevens, MD, PhD
Background: Hanna Stevens is currently directing a program of research on model systems of early brain development at the University of Iowa Department of Psychiatry to better understand the etiologies of child and adult mental illnesses and to improve outcomes for pregnant mothers affected by mood and anxiety disorders.
The agenda will be revised as the meeting approaches. Check back for updates. Note: APSA specific events are in bold.
Thursday, April 23th
Friday, April 24th
Saturday, April 25th
Sunday, April 26th
Residency Luncheon Program List
New programs will be added to the list as the meeting approaches. Check back for updates!
Represent Your Program At The Largest Gathering of Physician-Scientist Trainees Nationally – Don’t Miss This Opportunity!
The American Physician Scientists Association (APSA) is a not-for-profit, student-driven organization focused on career development and community-building of physician-scientists in training. Every year, the APSA Annual Meeting is held jointly with two physician-scientist honor societies, the American Society for Clinical Investigation (ASCI) and the Association of American Physicians (AAP). The APSA Annual Meeting is the largest, dedicated gathering of physician-scientists in the country and the largest gathering of physician-scientist trainees nationally, with over 350 physician-scientist trainees joining over 500 ASCI and AAP members.
Connect with Your Program's Key Demographic
For residency programs focused on training physician-scientists, the APSA Annual Meeting represents an unequaled opportunity to connect with physician-scientist trainees, including MD/PhD and DO/PhD students and MD and DO students with strong research interests. These students are the future applicants to your programs and the future leaders of biomedical science, and the APSA Annual Meeting is your opportunity to introduce your program to them and recruit the outstanding physician-scientists of tomorrow.
Participate in the Residency Luncheon
To promote interaction between trainees and residency programs dedicated to training physician-scientists, APSA holds the Residency Luncheon on the final day of the meeting, allowing trainees to interact with representatives of residency programs and learn more about the opportunities available to them. In turn, this allows representatives of these programs to identify the best and brightest trainees to target for recruitment into their programs. The Residency Luncheon is an unmatched opportunity to identify promising recruits even prior to residency application submission. Attendees routinely rate the Residency Luncheon as one of the best elements of the APSA meeting. If your program is not represented, you are missing the best opportunity to capture the interest and attention of the physician-scientist trainees who will soon be constructing their ERAS applications and match lists.
In 2016, the 12th APSA Annual Meeting Residency Luncheon will take place on Sunday, April 17th at 12 PM Central Time at the Fairmont Chicago, Millennium Park in Chicago, IL. If you are unable to attend, we offer other options to introduce your program to our meeting attendees (please refer to Other Options below).
How to Attend
If you and/or other representatives of your program are interested in attending the residency luncheon at the upcoming APSA meeting, please contact Allyson Palmer to discuss the next steps. Thank you for your support of physician-scientists in training! We are confident that your program will value the opportunity to interact with trainees that the APSA Annual Meeting provides.
While reviewing the Residency Luncheon Packages below, please keep in mind that APSA is a fully student-run organization with a limited budget. Besides serving as a mentor during the Residency Luncheon, we offer opportunities to advertise your program to our participants in a variety of ways. These include website and social media advertising, serving as a mentor for the specialty interest group session on Saturday morning, and featuring your program on APSA meeting banners. Please visit the APSA Sponsorship & Advertisement page and select "Meetings" for more information or contact Allyson Palmer to discuss options.
APSA Annual Meeting Residency Luncheon Packages
If you or another member of your program are unable to represent your program in person at the APSA Annual Meeting, we offer multiple opportunities to reach our trainee audience. These include placing your program information into every registration package, becoming an official meeting sponsor with exposure on our website and meeting materials, and advertisement on APSA's website or social media. Please visit the APSA Sponsorship & Advertisement page and select "Meetings" or contact Allyson Palmer at [email protected] for more information.
APSA gratefully acknowledges the following organizations for their sponsorship of the 11th Annual Meeting. Sponsors help make the APSA Annual Meeting possible through financial contributions, sponsorship of speakers, and support of mentorship activities.
Platinum Sponsors ($25,000+)
Funding for the APSA Annual Meeting (2009-2015) is made possible (in part) by R13 CA136301 from the National Cancer Institute. 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.
Gold Sponsors ($10,000+)
Silver Sponsors ($5,000+)
Ruby Sponsors ($1000+)
Supporter Sponsors (up to $1000)