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APSA Local Chapter Event Highlights

Event: Series 3 "Career in Academic Medicine: Where Should I Start" 

APSA Chapter at Weill Cornell Medical College/Rockefeller University/MSKCC
President: Mohamed Soliman

DescriptionOn January 25, 2016, members of the APSA Tri-Institute LC joined Dr. Emily Dodwell, clinician-scientist and Pediatric Orthopedic Surgeon from Hospital for Special Surgery, and Dr. Hooman Kamel, Neurologist clinical investigator from New York Presbyterian Hospital, for discussion regarding choosing a career in academic medicine. This is the third in a series of events "A career in academic medicine: where should I start?" Discussion focused around choosing academic advisors, mistakes they often see from medical students and residents doing research and how to balance clinical and research work during residency years."


Event: "Physician Scientists Career Discussion Panel"

Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine

Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine APSA Chapter 
President: Audra Iness 

Description: The Virginia Commonwealth University APSA Chapter held a lunchtime Physician Scientists Career Discussion Panel on December 8th. Five local physician scientists representing four clinical specialties, ranging from pathology to neurology, were present to discuss the unique challenges of pursuing a career in both medicine and research. Panel discussants provided insight into how to balance medicine and research and gave advice to current students on topics such as physician-scientist specific residency programs and how to succeed in academia.

    

Event: "Drinks with a Physician Scientist" 

University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine APSA Chapter 
President: Tyler McCaw 

Description: On Thursday November 12th, the UAB chapter of APSA held its 2nd biannual Drinks with a Physician Scientist, an informal social event designed to increase interactions between UAB's physician scientists and the greater Birmingham community. The event, which attracted over 40 attendees, was headlined by Drs. Anupam Agarwal, Christopher Willey, Nancy Tofil, Amit Gaggar, and Trent Tipple and hosted by the Cahaba Brewing Company in Birmingham, Alabama.

      

Event: "Introduction to Life as a Physician-Scientist"

Albert Einstein College of Medicine APSA Chapter 
President: Kim Ohaegbulam 

Description: The Einstein APSA chapter held its inaugural event last Monday, October 12th. It was entitled "Introduction to Life as A Physician-Scientist".

We had a great panel that was able to provide advice to aspiring physician-scientists. They touched on topics ranging from their path to becoming a physician-scientist, the potential challenges that exist and how to successfully overcome them. It was a very informative, well-attended event.

     

Event: Series 2 "Career in Academic Medicine: Where Should I Start?"

APSA Chapter at Weill Cornell Medical College/Rockefeller University/MSKCC
President: Mohamed Soliman

DescriptionOn September 2, 2015, around 50 members of the APSA Tri-Institute LC joined Dr. Craig Thompson, President and CEO of MSKCC, and Dr. Mark Souweidane, Director of Pediatric Neurological Surgery at WCMC and MSKCC, for discussion about choosing a career in academic medicine. This is the second in a series of events "A career in academic medicine: where should I start?" Discussion focused around the reasons they chose their academic careers, mistakes they see often happening from medical students and residents and how to chose a career mentor.

  

 

Event: Series 1 "A Career in Academic Medicine: Where Should I Start?"

Weill Cornell Medical College
President: Mohamed Soliman

Description: On April 9, 2015, the members of the newly formed APSA Tri-Institute Chapter (Weill Cornell Medical College/Rockefeller U/Memorial Sloan Kettering) held their first event. Dr. Olaf Andersen, the chapter advisor, gave the opening remarks for the event. They invited Dr. Conor Liston (Psychiatry), Dr. Randy Longman (Medicine/GI), Dr. Rohan Ramakrishna (Neurosurgery), and Dr. Joseph Safdieh (Neurology) to lead a discussion panel with their members. The discussion focused on what a career in academic medicine involves, and how to start planning for this type of career as a medical student. The discussion panel went very well and the members are looking forward to their next APSA LC event.

 

 

Event: APSA-ABIM: Strategies for Successful Mentees

University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine APSA Chapter
President: Alice Weaver

Description: On Feb 17, 10 members of the UAB LC joined 3 residents from UAB's Internal Medicine Physician Scientist Training program for dinner and discussion of research track residency programs. This is the third in a series of events between our two groups to foster vertical mentorship opportunities within the physician scientists in-training at UAB. Discussion focused around the decision to do a research program as opposed to a categorical program, the importance of protected research time during residency, and strategies for students interested in residencies which do not offer research programs. The residents also provided advice on selecting a good mentor and developing the mentor-mentee relationship to maximize productivity while within the lab.

 

Event: UMMC Local APSA Chapter Meeting

University of Mississippi Medical Center APSA Chapter
President: Bernadette DeRussy

Description: On November 5th, Dr. Michael Puskarich, an Emergency Medicine doctor who is also heavily involved in research, talked to our local chapter about his experiences as a physician-scientist. Dr. Puskarich is an MD only, so he was able to offer a slightly different perspective from an MD/PhD.  


Event: Medical Research Panel

Saint Louis University APSA Chapter
President: Tyler Zahrli

Description: The Saint Louis University American Physician Scientist Association (SLU APSA) hosted a medical research panel on October 22, 2014. The panel consisted of students with a variety of research backgrounds, including basic science research in biochemistry and pharmacology & physiology, clinical research, public health research and health care ethics. Our panel catered to the undergraduate and medical student populace. Excellent topics were discussed, including how to get into a research project at SLU, the differences between the various forms of research, training requirements in research, and many others. At the end of the panel discussions, several students were interested in joining a clinical or basic science research project and the idea of creating a research database was thought of by the SLU APSA E-board members in order to facilitate that need.