APSA 2020 Virtual Annual Meeting
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4/4/2020 to 4/5/2020

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Thank you for your interest in participating in the 2020 American Physician Scientists Association Electronic Annual Meeting. As you are aware, because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we have been forced to cancel our 2020 AAP/ASCI/APSA Joint Meeting originally scheduled to take place on April 3rd-5th, 2020 at the Fairmont Chicago. The safety of our membership is our top priority, and our organization is currently navigating through the aftermath of the cancelled meeting.

Despite not being able to facilitate an in-person meeting for trainees at all stages of the #DoubleDocs career pathway, we are committed to continue being the leading voice for improving educational opportunities for physician scientist trainees, advancing patient-oriented research, and advocating for the future of translational medicine. In keeping with our organization’s mission and based on member feedback, APSA will be hosting a Virtual Annual Meeting on Saturday, April 4th and Sunday, April 5th. All events are free and open to the public.

Planned sessions include our organization’s Business Meeting; panels for MD-PhD and Physician Scientist Training Program applicants, as well as post-graduate Resident, Fellow, and Junior Faculty trainees; a virtual ‘poster’ session featuring several of the meeting’s originally scheduled travel award winners; and a panel of physician scientist investigators discussing the role of physician scientist during a pandemic. Please see below for a full agenda and description of events. Interactive sessions will be recorded and uploaded here for individuals who are unable to make the scheduled time.

Thank you for your time, consideration, and patience as we all navigate through this challenging time. We encourage you to participate in these sessions and consider applying for a leadership position with APSA. It is because of trainee volunteers that our organization continues to grow in scope and resources offered.

Be sure to follow us on Twitter @A_P_S_A and let us now what you think! We look forward to hearing from you at the 2020 Virtual APSA Annual Meeting!

Best regards,

2019-2020 APSA Executive Council


Virtual Meeting Agenda

Interactive sessions will be equipped with real-time captioning; if you would benefit from this service, please use the following link to view the captions: https://2020archive.1capapp.com/event/apsa/

Travel Award Presentations

If a presenters' contact info is listed, they are open to receiving questions and feedback from viewers.

Carey Jansen - CD8 T-Cell Infiltration into Renal Tumors Requires a Stem-Like Cell & an Antigen Presenting Niche
→ Reach Carey by email at carey.jansen@emory.edu or on Twitter @careyjans

Briana Christophers - Using admission statistics to encourage diverse applicants to MD-PhD programs
→ Reach Briana by email at brc4001@med.cornell.edu or on Twitter @BriChristophers

Adam Jorgensen - Bioprinted Skin Directs Normal Epidermal Barrier Formation and ECM Deposition in Full-thickness Wounds
→ Reach Adam by email at ajorgens@wakehealth.edu or on Twitter @AMJ_RegenMed

Eriene-Heidi Sidhom - Lipid peroxidation and podocyte dysfunction rescued by GDC-0879 in CoQ-deficiency kidney disease
→ Reach Eriene-Heidi by email at esidhom@broadinstitute.org

Joshua Zamari Smith - Attached to My Place and My Partner: Comparing Gender Differences
→ Reach Joshua by email at Joshua.zamari.smith@gmail.com or on LinkedIn

Jacelyn Peabody Lever - MUCUS MATTERS: Bleomycin Induced Pulmonary Fibrosis in Ferrets is Sustained and Recapitulates Features of Human Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis
→ Reach Jacelyn by email at jpeabody@uab.edu or on Twitter @jacepeabody

Sinibaldo R. Romero Arocha - Coming soon
→ Reach Sinibaldo on Twitter @RomeroSinibaldo or on Instagram @mdphdintraining


April 4th, 2020

8:30 AM EDT: APSA Business Meeting - 2020 Annual Report

All current APSA members are invited to participate in our annual APSA business meeting. Leaders from each of our standing and ad-hoc committees will give a brief summary of the accomplishments from this past year. There will be opportunities to ask questions, and we will hear from President-elect Hannah Turbeville on the future directions for this upcoming year.

Join this meeting via...
Computer, tablet or smartphone: https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/648574637
Phone: +1 (571) 317-3122 (Access Code: 648-574-637)
Video-conferencing room or system: 648574637@67.217.95.2 or 67.217.95.2##648574637

11:00 AM EDT: International Consortium of Clinician Scientist Trainee Organizations (ICCSTO) Business Meeting

By invitation only. ICCSO is a new collaboration between APSA, The Asian Medical Student Association (AMSA), Association Médecine/Pharmacie Sciences (AMPS), Swiss MD-PhD Association (SMPA), the Clinician Investigator Trainee Association of Canada (CITAC), and the European MD-PhD Association (EMPA) began discussions on the formation of an International Consortium of Clinician Scientist Trainee Organizations (ICCSTO). Representatives from each organization meet regularly to discuss goals and initiatives of the group.


2:00 PM EDT: Interactive Session - "How to Support & Retain Early Career Physician-Scientists / Insights on the Impact of COVID-19 on This Cohort"

Physician scientists at the resident/fellow/junior faculty level are particularly vulnerable to leaking out of the pipeline due to numerous factors including misalignment of economic incentives, challenges with getting grants, and pressure to perform clinical duties. We will discuss the current state of affairs for these early career physician scientists, optimal ways to support this cohort as they transition through their career stages, unique challenges faced, ways we can help (advocacy, policy changes, etc), and the importance of diversity. Invited speakers are Francis Collins, MD, PhD, Director of the NIH; Kay Lund, PhD, Director of the Division of Biomedical Research Workforce at the NIH; Kirsten Bibbins-Domingo, MD, PhD, vice dean for Population Health and Health Equity and chair of the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at UCSF; Sindy Escobar Alvarez, PhD, Senior Program Officer for Medical Research at Doris Duke Charitable Foundation; David Hafler, MD, Professor of Neurology and Immunobiology at Yale School of Medicine; and Nancy J. Brown, MD, Dean of Yale School of Medicine. We will also be hearing their responses to COVID-19 and learn strategies to mitigate research interruption. This session will be moderated by Jennifer M, Kwan, MD, PhD (Yale University School of Medicine; @jennkwanmdphd) and Evan Noch, MD, PhD (Weill Cornell; @evannoch). If you have any questions for the speakers, our moderators would love to hear from you on Twitter!
Register for this event at the following link: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5496545894341854731

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Phone: +1 (213) 929-4221 (Access Code: 577-287-727)


4:00 PM EDT: Interactive Session - "MD-PhD: Is It Right for Me?"

Are you interested in applying to a physician scientist training program (MD/PhD or DO/PhD)? Answers to questions regarding what to expect during the application process or what comes after acceptance may not always be readily available. To help undergraduate and post-baccalaureate students considering these programs, we have asked four program directors to provide their expertise on the application process and program overview, including discussions of what is a physician scientist and what career opportunities are open to individuals pursuing this training pathway. Please join our keynote panelists: Michael ‘Kerry’ O'Banion, MD, PhD (University of Rochester); Lawrence ‘Skip’ Brass, MD, PhD (University of Pennsylvania); Dianna Milewicz, MD, PhD (University of Texas); and Christopher Williams, MD, PhD (Vanderbilt University). This session will be moderated by Gina Calco, 2019-2020 APSA MD/DO-PhD Member-at-Large and 4th year MD-PhD student at Oregon Health & Science University. You can reach her on Twitter @GinaCalco with any questions you want answered, before or during the session.

Join this meeting via...
Computer, tablet or smartphone: https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/644439117
Phone: +1 (571) 317-3122 (Access Code: 644-439-117)
Video-conferencing room or system: 644439117@67.217.95.2 or 67.217.95.2##644439117


April 5th, 2020

10:00 AM EDT: APSA Board of Directors Meeting

By invitation only.


5:00 PM EDT: Interactive Session - "The Role of the Physician Scientist During a Pandemic"

Leading the discussion will be Sallie Permar, MD, PhD, Associate Dean for Physician Scientist Development at Duke University, and David Aronoff, MD, Director of the Division of Infectious Diseases at Vanderbilt University. This session will be moderated by Jose Rodrigues, 2019-2020 APSA Co-Chair of Fundraising and 5th year DO-PhD student at Michigan State University. Send your questions to Jose on Twitter @JoseARodrigues8, either before or during the session.

Join this meeting via...
Computer, tablet or smartphone: https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/493192341
Phone: +1 (786) 535-3211 (Access Code: 493-192-341)
Video-conferencing room or system: 493192341@67.217.95.2 or 67.217.95.2##493192341

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