AMA Wire

Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012

Special Feature

Opportunities will knock during AMA Research Symposium

Opportunities will knock during AMA Research Symposium

This year's AMA Research Symposium provides unique opportunities for just about everyone in the profession.

For residents, fellows, medical students and Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates certified international medical graduates (IMG) awaiting residency, it's a chance to showcase their original research. For physicians—whether in practice, in academia or retired—it's an occasion to help mentor the next generation of doctors.

The symposium, which will take place Nov. 9 in Honolulu as part of the Interim Meeting of the AMA House of Delegates, annually attracts some of the brightest young minds in medicine. Now in its 10th year, the event—traditionally for residents, fellows and medical students only—has been opened to include all IMGs who are certified by the ECFMG and have not matched to a residency.

Separate competitions will be held for the three groups. In sharing their research, symposium participants can enhance their presentation skills, earn recognition from their peers and build their curriculum vitae.

In addition, physicians are needed to serve as judges during the symposium. As judges, physicians have a chance to provide advice and support to tomorrow's doctors.

Nisha Gupta, MD, a resident at Rochester, N.Y., General Hospital and one of the winners of last year's resident and fellow competition, found multiple benefits from the competition. "It was a great opportunity to meet different people and also to hone my research and writing skills," said Dr. Gupta.

Among the medical students who took part in last year's symposium was Robert Dugger, who, after finishing his third year of medical school, spent last year on policy studies at the State University of New York at Stony Brook. Dugger's research found that student debt is the No. 1 priority issue for medical students. "The symposium has created a platform that allows for expression of student perspectives," he said.

Abstracts for the symposium are due Aug. 31, and separate rules and categories for residents and fellows, medical students and ECFMG-certified IMGs awaiting residency are available online. Physicians interested in serving as judges can email Katherine Torres-Hertz of the AMA for details. Judges must be present at the symposium. The AMA Medical Student Section, the AMA Resident and Fellow Section and the AMA International and Medical Graduates Section co-host the symposium.

The symposium is open to AMA members only. If you're not a member, join today and be part of what promises to be an enriching experience for all involved.