Event Spotlight: Southeastern Medical Scientist Symposium
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By Muhan Hu, University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine

APSA’s annual Southeast Regional Meeting, the Southeast Medical Scientist Symposium (SEMSS), will be at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) this year! MD/PhD, MD, and undergraduate students from UAB, Emory, and Vanderbilt started this annual regional meeting in 2010, and it has been a great success in fostering discussions about interdisciplinary career paths in science and medicine.

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This year, SEMSS has the honor of inviting Dr. Bert Shapiro, the National MSTP Director Emeritus, Dr. David Allison, a distinguished research scientist in nutrition and obesity, and Dr. Jyothi Regarajan, a distinguished research scientist in immunology and pathogen biology, as keynote speakers.

Additionally, SEMSS 2013 will include four breakout sessions whereby aspiring physician-scientists can receive valuable information and networking opportunities. These sessions will focus on career training (i.e. maintaining and refining clinical skills, finding research residencies, and publication tips), grant writing (i.e. training plans, creating the package, and a mock study session), personal and professional development (i.e. opportunities for students to influence their community, mental health, quality of life, and building networks), and undergraduate success (i.e. opportunities for students in the early years of education to ask questions).

If you’ve never visited Birmingham, then this is also the perfect opportunity to visit "The Magic City”. Birmingham is a mix of the old and the new. You will find museums commemorating the Civil Rights movement, the world’s largest cast iron statue (the Vulcan), theaters featuring good ol’ southern jazz, diverse food choices that can satisfy any craving, and local breweries that are perfect for relaxing after a long day.

This year, SEMSS will take place on October 26-27, 2013. Don’t miss out on this awesome opportunity to network with your fellow physician-scientist trainees and well-respected physicians and scientists in various fields! Visit the meeting website to learn more and register for this meeting.

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