2013 APSA North East Regional Meeting
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The 2013 APSA North East Regional Meeting will take place on November 2nd in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It is an opportunity for those interested in the intersection of medicine and research to come together and explore the field. We will be discussing issues related to mentorship and training as well as science. The event will include keynote talks by Drs. Arthur Feldman, Stephen Ostroff, and Susan Morgello in addition to several small group discussions as well as a dinner and social hour.

When: 11/02/2013
From 8:00 AM until 7:00 PM
Where: Temple University School of Medicine
3500 North Broad Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania  19140
United States
Contact: APSA North East Regional Meeting Organizing Committee

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2013 North East Regional Meeting

The 2013 APSA North East Regional Meeting will take place on November 2nd, 2013 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.



Training and career development.

Vertical and horizontal networking and mentoring amongst current and future physician scientist trainees in north east regional institutions.

Discussion of issues relating to retention and recruitment of women physician scientists.


Saturday, November 2, 2013

8:00 AM - 7:00 PM

Who Should Attend?

MD/PhD students and DO/PhD students.

Medical students interested in research/academic pathways.

PhD students interested in medical school

Undergraduate students interested in physician-scientist degree programs.


Temple University School of Medicine

Medical Education and Research Building
3500 N. Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19140


Online registration ends on October 25th, 2013 at 11:59 PM CST.  On-site registration will be available on November 2, 2013.  


Before September 30th at 11:59PM

Non-Members MD, MD/PhD , Graduate Students, Resident and Fellows

Non-Members Undergraduate Student

University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine, Drexel University College of Medicine, and Jefferson Medical College Students

 All Temple University Students, Residents, Fellows and APSA Members

$0.00 (free)

Beginning 12:00am on October 1st

All Students, Residents and Fellows


APSA North East Regional Meeting Organizing Committee (templeapsa@gmail.com)

Isha Srivastava, Chair, Temple University School of Medicine


 Business Casual

Directions & Lodging:

 Information on directions & lodging can be accessed here.

Important Dates: 

Online Registration Ends: October 25th 

Abstract Submission Deadline: October 7th

Notified of Abstract Acceptance: October 14th

Financial Support:

The American Physician Scientists Association would like to gratefully thank the following organizations for their financial support for the 7th Annual North East Regional Meeting in Philadelphia, PA:

Dr. Larry R. Kaiser, Dean Temple University School of Medicine; Drexel University School of Medicine; Jefferson Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, Thomas Jefferson University; The Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine; American Physician Scientist Association.

Participants Listing

Click Here to find out who else is attending the 2011 North East Regional Meeting (Participant List is open only to current members of APSA).

Tentative Agenda

Saturday, November 2, 2013

08:00 AM - 09:30 AM

Registration and Continental Breakfast

Sprandio Lobby

09:30 AM - 09:45 AM

Opening Remarks:
Isha Srivastava,
Chair, Organizing Committee
Evan Noch,
APSA President

Luo Auditorium

09:45 AM - 10:30 AM

Keynote: Arthur M. Feldman, MD, PhD
Executive Dean, Temple University School of Medicine
Chief Academic Officer, Temple University Health System

Luo Auditorium

10:30 AM - 11:15 PM

Keynote: Stephen Ostroff, MD
Former Director of Epidemiology and Physician General Pennsylvania Department of Health

Luo Auditorium

11:15 PM - 12:15 PM

Poster Session

12:15PM – 01:15PM


Stone Commons

01:30 PM - 02:15 PM

Small Group Session 1
(See topics listed at the bottom of the page)
(Please check which topic you are assigned to)


02:30 PM - 03:15 PM

Small Group Session 2
(See topics listed at the bottom of the page)
(Please check which topic you are assigned to)

03:30 PM - 04:15 PM

Keynote: Carol D. Weiss, MD, PhD
Senior Regulatory Research Officer, 
Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research, United States Food and Drug Administration

Luo Auditorium

04:15 PM – 05:00 PM

Keynote: Susan Morgello,  MD
Professor of Neurology, Neuroscience and Pathology,
 Mount Sinai Medical Center

Luo Auditorium

05:00 PM - 05:15 PM

Closing Remarks

Luo Auditorium

05:30 PM - 07:00 PM

Appetizers and Dessert

Stone Commons

09:00 PM – 12:00 AM

Post Meeting Social Event

Venue TBA

Poster Session Information

APSA Northeast Regional Meeting Call for Abstracts:

The poster session at the APSA regional meeting will highlight and reward the outstanding achievements of our graduate and medical student researchers. We encourage all medical and graduate students attending the meeting  to submit an abstract.

Abstracts are limited to one per presenter and the presenter must be the first author on the abstract. Abstracts must include a title, author(s) and affiliations (school and department). Please limit your abstract to 250 words, not including the title of the abstract, authors and affiliations.  We will be accepting a limited number of abstracts.  The organizing committee will select abstracts to ensure adequate representation of different schools and disciplines. Please submit your abstract as early as possible to ensure the best chance for it to be included in the poster session.

The deadline for abstract submission is October 7th. An email notification stating whether or not your abstract has been selected will be sent by October 14th. The top three poster presentations will be awarded prizes. Please submit your abstract here

General Breakout Sessions:

Advice for Undergraduate Students Interested in MD/PhD Programs

  • What are the qualities and attributes of a strong MD/PhD applicant?
  • How much research experience do I need to be a competitive MD/PhD applicant?
  • How should I determine which MD/PhD programs to apply to (location, clinical training, research training)?
  • Should I apply to both the MD only and MD/PhD programs at the same school or is it better to commit to the MD/PhD program only at the time of application?
  • What financial support is available for MD/PhD students?
  • How to succeed in interviews?

How to Choose a Mentor for Graduate Training

  • What to look for during lab rotations.
  • What makes a PI a good mentor?
  • How do I know if a lab has funding?
  • What is the PI’ s attitude toward MD/PhD students?
  • Should I choose a lab based on my specific career interests?
  • Which kind of lab is the best fit for me?

Funding Opportunities for Physician-Scientists in Training

  • Why should I apply for a fellowship?
  • Who awards fellowships?
  • When should I apply for funding and grants?
  • How to build a track record for independent funding.
  • Discussion of the funding sources available throughout your career
  • Overview about NIH structure
  • What are the qualities of a strong pre-doctoral fellowship application?
  • Advantages of doing postdoctoral training after medical school.

Unconventional Career Pathways for Physician-Scientists

  • What are some non-traditional specialties pursued by physician-scientists?
  • How to incorporate research into non-traditional specialties?
  • Why are these "unconventional” paths exciting and what are the limitations?
  • How can one find education or mentorship for unconventional careers?

 Careers for Physician-Scientists in Industry

  • What types of jobs can a physician-scientist secure outside of academia?
  • How to tailor your education for jobs in industry.
  • How can I make use of my MD degree in industry?
  • Will I need to complete a post-doc after residency for a career in industry?
  • How can one most effectively merge an academic career with interests in industry?

Advice for Choosing a Residency Program and Specialty

  • Discussion and examples of research tracks in various medical fields.
  • Good residency choices for academic medicine.
  • What are the benefits of residencies/careers in non-traditional MD/PhD specialties?
  • What should I consider when choosing a specialty and ranking different programs?

Health Policy and Political Advocacy

  • How health policy affects future physicians and physician-scientists.
  • Why political advocacy as a physician-scientist is important.
  • Different ways physicians and physician-scientists can become involved in health policy.
  • In what ways are clinical outcomes affected by current health policies.
  • How will the current economic and political environment influence funding for scientific research?

Balancing Clinic and Lab in Residency and Beyond

  • Advice for conducting research while practicing medicine as a resident.
  • How can one pick a research friendly residency or combined residency/fellowship program?
  • What clinical career paths include research (basic, clinical, and translational)?
  • Advantages of continuing research during residency.

Bioengineering and Medicine

  • Which clinical specialties are well suited for integrating bioengineering research and medicine?
  • What roles do bioengineering MD/PhD’s play in academic medicine?
  • Obstacles faced by MD/PhD students interested in bioengineering careers.

Balancing Your Career and Personal Life as a Physician-Scientist

  •  What is the day-to-day life like of a busy physician scientist?
  •  How to maximize time management for a busy life of clinical practice, research, and family.
  • Advantages and disadvantages of balancing research, clinic, and family?
  • What are healthy ways for handling the stress of being a physician-scientist?

Perspectives from Year-Out Trainees

  • What is it like to do research for one year in medical school?
  • Why choose year-out training in medical school?
  • How is this different from PhD training?
  • How is year-out training beneficial?
  • What type of career does it prepare you for?

Directions & Lodging

Lodging information: We will be reserving rooms for interested students at the DoubleTree Philadelphia Center City

Directions to the hotel: http://doubletree3.hilton.com/en/hotels/pennsylvania/doubletree-by-hilton-hotel-philadelphia-center-city-PHLBLDT/maps-directions/index.html 

Information regarding pricing will be uploaded shortly. 

Directions: to Temple University School of Medicine: http://www.temple.edu/medicine/about/directions.htm