This year's 2021 AMA Research 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 session and semifinals Oct. 21-23, and the finals on Dec. 8.

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

Watch and view a transcript of the finals broadcast.

Marielisa Cabrera-Sánchez

Marielisa Cabrera-Sánchez

Naga Ganti, MBBS

Anastasia Piersa, MD

Priya Shah

Arman Shahriar

Vineet Arora, MD, MAPP

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

Sanjay Desai, MD

AMA chief academic officer and group vice president of medical education.

Clyde Yancy, MD, MSc, MACC, FAHA, MACP, FHFSA, FASPC (Hon.)

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

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The AMA is pleased to announce a grand prize of $10,000, sponsored by Laurel Road, for the winner of the AMA Research Challenge. Laurel Road is not involved in the judging or voting process to select the winner. Payment of the grand prize will be directly from Laurel Road. See the official rules (PDF) for terms and conditions.

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

The 2021 submission deadline has passed. Stay tuned for next year’s submission period to open in early 2022. Email [email protected] with questions.

The poster session and semifinals on Oct. 21-23 featured more than 730 posters. The top five voted participants were announced at the conclusion of the event and advanced to the finals.

In 2020, the AMA hosted its first virtual research event (formerly known as AMA Research Symposium) and received a record number of abstract submissions and participants.

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.

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

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