AMA Research Challenge
AMA Research Challenge

The AMA Research Challenge is the largest national, multi-specialty research event for medical students, residents and fellows, and international medical graduates to showcase and present research.

This year's 2022 challenge includes a series of virtual events and activities for AMA members. The challenge kicked off with a call for abstracts in May, followed by the poster symposium and semifinals Oct. 20-22, and the finals on Dec. 7. 

Who will win the $10,000 prize?

Five finalists will present their research on Dec. 7 (7 p.m. Central) to an elite panel of judges for a chance to win $10,000. Tune in on the AMA’s YouTube channel.

YouTube broadcast details will be provided once available.

Leelabati Biswas

Kanita Chaudhry

Arian Mansur

Benjamin Maxey

Garima Suman, MD

Vineet Arora, MD, MAPP

Herbert T. Abelson professor of medicine, dean for medical education, the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine.

Kirsten Bibbins-Domingo, PhD, MD, MAS

Editor-in-chief, JAMA and the JAMA Network™.

Sanjay Desai, MD, MACP

AMA chief academic officer.

Clyde Yancy, MD, MSc, MACC, MACP

Vice dean of diversity and inclusion, professor of medicine and medical social sciences, and chief of the Division of Cardiology at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine.

A three-day virtual event for 750 medical students, residents, and international medical graduates to showcase their research on a variety of topics, including basic science, clinical and translational research, clinical vignettes, health systems science, public health and health policy, and medical education innovation.

The semifinals included research from the top scored abstracts and member attendees scored posters. The top five highest scored posters will advance to a virtual finals event on Dec. 7.

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Who should attend?

This event is for all medical students and physicians interested in research. AMA members receive exclusive access to score posters in the semifinals.

What’s included

  • Three days of exploring research in a variety of topics and specialties at your leisure
  • Score posters in the semifinals to help decide the top five finalists (AMA member exclusive)
  • Connect with presenters and provide feedback to help advance their research

Key takeaways

  • Get exposure to top research projects and what judges look for in a poster
  • Learn how to effectively present research and tips to stand out from peers
  • Hear from experts on how to get your research published and how to pursue a career in academic medicine

Entrants who submitted an abstract to the 2022 AMA Research Challenge were notified on their abstract status in September.


Email [email protected] with questions.

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Laurel Road is sponsoring the grand prize of $10,000 for the winner of the AMA Research Challenge. Laurel Road is not involved in the judging or scoring process to select the winner. Payment of the grand prize will be directly from Laurel Road. Read the official rules (PDF) for terms and conditions.

The deadline to submit abstracts for the 2022 AMA Research Challenge was July 26, 2022. The 2023 AMA Research Challenge call for abstracts will open in early 2023.

How to prepare an abstract

Hear from a resident expert on what judges look for in an abstract.

How to prepare and present a virtual research poster

Learn key elements for building a digital poster and how to keep your audience engaged in a pre-recorded presentation.

2021 winner

Marielisa Cabrera-Sánchez was the overall winner of the 2021 AMA Research Challenge and was awarded the grand prize of $10,000, sponsored by Laurel Road.

2020 co-winners

Victoria Danan and Shamsh Shaikh were announced on Jan. 13, 2021 as co-winners of the first AMA Research Challenge. Read more about the 2020 winners.

The AMA Research Advisory Committee encourages medical students, trainees and physicians of all backgrounds, including underrepresented minorities at every level, to participate in the events. The committee, as well as the AMA organization, are committed to prioritizing diversity, equity and inclusion.

As the physicians’ powerful ally in patient care and a leading national voice on health policy, the AMA has placed equity at the center of its work to shape the future of medicine.

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