2014 APSA Northeast Regional Meeting
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The 2014 APSA Northeast Regional Meeting will take place on November 1st in New York, NY. More information will soon be posted.

When: 11/01/2014
From 8:00 AM until 7:00 PM
Where: Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
1428 Madison Ave
New York, New York  10029
United States
Contact: Rajal Sharma

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The 2014 APSA Northeast Regional Meeting will take place on November 1st, 2014 at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York, NY (1 Gustave L. Levy Pl, New York, NY 10029 [Entrance on 99th St and Madison Avenue]).

For more information please contact the Meeting organizer Rajal Sharma: rsharma128@gmail.com

Who Should Attend?:                                                                                                                                                                    

MD/PhD students and DO/PhD students                                                                                                                                          

MD/DO students interested in research/academic pathways                                                                                                              

PhD students interested in medical school                                                                                                                                      

Undergraduate students interested in physician-scientist degree programs

Registration Information

To begin the registration process you must have an APSA account. If you do not wish to purchase an APSA membership at this time, there is the available option to create an account as a Non-Member. If at a later date, following registration, you decide to submit an abstract please email info@physicianscientists.org. For problems or issues with registration email APSA at info@physicianscientists.org. Thank you!

Cancellation Policy

A full refund of the registration fee or meal ticket less an administrative fee will be granted for all written requests received at least 15 days prior to the meeting. No refunds will be made for cancellations received after this date. The administration fee is as follows: All Registrations - $5 Telephone cancellations will not be accepted. Cancellations may be sent via email to info@physicianscientists.org. The American Physician-Scientists Association reserves the right to cancel any program and assumes no responsibility for personal expenses. All refunds are processed within 30 days of written cancellation notice.

Registration Costs

Graduate/MD/PhD Student Non-APSA Member: $25

Undergraduate Non-APSA Member: $15

APSA Member and/or Mt. Sinai Student: $0

Abstracts and Poster Session

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. Please submit your abstract as early as possible to ensure the best chance for it to be included in the poster session.

Abstract Submission Deadline: The deadline for abstract submission is October 13th. An email notification stating whether or not your abstract has been selected will be sent . NOTE: Deadline extended to October 13th!

Important Dates:                                                                                                                                                                                        Abstract Submission Deadline: October 13th                                                                                                                                          Notified of Abstract Acceptance: October 20th




08:30 AM - 10:30 AM


Stern Auditorium

10:30 AM - 10:45 AM

Opening Remarks

Organizing Committee

Stern Auditorium

10:45 AM - 11:30 AM

Keynote: Patrizia Casaccia, MD, PhD

Mount Sinai School of Medicine

Stern Auditorium

11:30 AM - 12:15 PM

Keynote: Sohail Tavazoie, MD, PhD

The Rockefeller University


12:15 PM - 01:15 PM


Annenberg West Lobby

01:15 PM - 02:00 PM

Small Group Session 1

12thand 13thfloor small group rooms

02:15 PM - 03:00 PM

Small Group Session 2

12thand 13thfloor small group rooms

03:15 PM - 04:00 PM

Keynote: Moses V. Chao, PhD

NYU School of Medicine

Stern Auditorium

04:00 PM - 04:45 PM

Keynote:Scott Mellis, MD, PhD

Regeneron Pharmaceuticals

Stern Auditorium

04:45 PM - 05:00 PM

Closing Remarks

Stern Auditorium

05:00 PM - 06:00 PM

Reception and Poster Session

Annenberg West Lobby

06:00 PM - 08:00 PM


Annenberg West Lobby

Small Groups: 

Opportunities for Clinical and Translational Research

  • How does one become a clinical/translational investigator?
  • How can I better integrate my basic sciences research into the clinical realm?
  • What are the key areas and fields involved in clinical and translational research?
  • What are some of the emerging methodologies being applied in clinical and translational research?
  • What types of treatments and strategies have been developed as part of clinical and translational research? 

Advice for Choosing a Residency Program and Specialty

  • What should I consider in choosing a residency program?
  • What medical specialities have opportunities for research?
  • How do MD/PhD fast-track programs work and what are their advantages/disadvantages?
  • How do different medical fields evaluate MD/PhD applicants? 

What is a Physician Scientist? Training Options and Admissions Advice for Undergraduates

  • How is the MD/PhD program organized?
  • What types of careers do MD/PhDs pursue?
  • What challenges do MD/PhDs uniquely face? What are the advantages of a dual degree?
  • What types of qualifications do strong MD/PhD candidates have?
  • How is the admissions process different than the admissions process for MD or PhD programs? 

Effectively Communicating Your Clinical and Research Accomplishments

  • What types of clinical/research accomplishments should I be communicating?
  • What are the venues in which I can and should communicate my accomplishments?
  • Is there a difference in language I should use depending on my audience?
  • Is there a difference between communicating accomplishments to clinicians vs. scientists?
  • Are there general themes of effective communication to use for both fields?

 The Secrets to Successful Grant Writing

  • What makes up a successful grant? 
  • How do you develop your proposal to best fit a certain grant application?
  • How do you work with multiple collaborators on a grant?
  • How do you make your proposal stand apart from those of your competitors?

Challenges Faced by Female Physician-Scientists

  • What stigmas or issues do women face entering non-traditional female specialties?
  • How do I negotiate compensation/maternity leave when entering a position?
  • How do I find a female mentor in a male dominated field?
  • How do I maintain a satisfying personal life while meeting professional challenges of the physician-scientist track?

 Choosing a Mentor for Graduate Training

  • What are the most important things to look for in choosing a PI?
  • What are some red flags that might indicate that a PI wouldn’t be the right match for me?
  • Can I work with a young PI, or should I choose a more established one?
  • What happens if I find out after joining a lab that it isn’t a good fit for me?

Careers for Physician-Scientists in Industry

  • What are opportunities for Physician-Scientists in industry?
  • How can I make use of my MD and clinical training?
  • What are the steps I need to take to pursue a career in industry?
  • Can I also be part of academia if I'm in industry? 

Transition Into the Clinical Years

  • What are the next steps I need to take as I enter clinical rotations?
  • I forgot everything, what do I do?
  • How do I get my clinical skills up to par?
  • How do I maintain research even during the clinical years?

Financial Support:

The American Physician Scientists Association would like to gratefully thank the following organizations for their financial support for the 8th Annual North East Regional Meeting in New York, NY:

The Department of Medical Education, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai; Center of Patient Oriented Research, Training, Education, and Development (CePORTED) Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai; The Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai; The American Physician Scientists Association (APSA)

Organizing Committee 

Rajal Sharma: rsharma128@gmail.com

Joseph Scarpa: joseph.scarpa.jr@gmail.com

Benjamin Laitman: benjamin.laitman@mssm.edu

David Shiovitz: david.shiovitz@mssm.edu

Mark Bailey: mark.bailey@mssm.edu

Vincent Luo: vincent.luo@mssm.edu

Prashanth Rajarajan: prashanth.rajarajan@mssm.edu

Yonit Lavin: yonitlavin@gmail.com