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Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Special Feature

Submit abstracts now for AMA Research Symposium

Submit abstracts now for AMA Research Symposium

Are you a physician-in-training with original research that you'd like to share with your colleagues from around the country? If so, you are cordially invited to submit a research abstract for consideration in the 2013 AMA Research Symposium, taking place Nov. 15-16 in National Harbor, Md., at the Gaylord Resort and Convention Center.

AMA member medical students (including those in joint-degree programs), residents, fellows and international medical graduates who are certified by the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates are welcome to submit abstracts now.

While practicing physicians are not eligible to submit research of their own, many participate in the event as Research Symposium judges. In addition to attendees of the AMA Interim Meeting, practicing physicians and faculty from medical schools and residency programs in Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia are invited to volunteer to serve as judges. The time commitment for judges is minimal, but the impact their presence makes on the participants in the symposium is great.

The symposium is hosted annually by the AMA Medical Student Section, the AMA Resident and Fellow Section and the AMA-IMG Section. Each section holds a separate competition within the event and provides unique mentor, research and professional presentation skill building.

The abstract submission deadline for medical students is 11:59 p.m. Eastern time Aug. 15. The abstract submission deadline for residents, fellows and IMGs is 11:59 p.m. Eastern time Aug. 19. Be sure to review the submission guidelines before submitting your research.

There are two components to the competition. Podium presentations will take place from 4 to 5:15 p.m., and poster presentations will take place from 5 to 6 p.m. Judges who volunteer may be asked to judge one or both events, depending on their availability. A reception will follow from 6 to 7:30 p.m., and participants are welcome to stay for the entire event or the component in which they are participating. RSVP now! Physicians interested in serving as judges should email their name and contact information to

More than 600 abstracts, a new record for this annual symposium, were submitted for the 2012 competition.

Kofi Sarfo-Kantanka, a second-year medical student at Meharry Medical College in Nashville, participated in last year's symposium for the first time. "The AMA is one of the main organizations with a voice in implementing medical policy," he said. "This is the place for you as a medical student to present your research to the nation."

You must be an AMA member to submit an abstract. If you're not a member, join today to be part of a dynamic research and mentoring experience for all involved.