|APSA South Regional Meeting Review|
By Daniel Barron, The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
We are pleased to report that the 2013 South Regional Meeting was a splendid success. Held in the lovely Greehey Campus of The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (UTHSCSA), attendees from across Texas were engaged by a rich variety of speakers, small group sessions, and student posters.
Each keynote speaker provided a personal account of their careers, describing decision points and teaching why and how they made certain decisions. Weaved in this narrative were captivating first-hand accounts of the birth and growth of disciplines: Peter T. Fox, MD, described the birth of functional neuroimaging using PET and MRI; Tyler Curiel, MD, MPH, chronicled his journey through immunology and cancer research; Kathleen Collins, MD, PhD, who visited from the University of Michigan, shared her engaging story of HIV-AIDS research from the tumultuous 80s to present-day monotherapy.
Small-group sessions stepped through aspects of physician-scientist training including applying as an undergraduate, grant writing, and residency and post-doc planning. The poster session showcased exciting research underway by the future physician-scientists from the APSA South Region. We thank APSA and the UTHSCSA School of Medicine and MD/PhD program who made this meeting financially possible; we also thank the organizers and attendees who made this meeting a success.