APSA South Atlantic Regional Meeting at the University of Florida

Be inspired and share your research

October 19, 2019

Harrell Medical Education Building

1104 Newell Drive, Gainesville, FL 32606

Listen to new research presented by our keynote speakers

Sessions focus on career development and advice for trainees across the entire training spectrum

Trainees are encouraged to present their own research

Network and connect with role models

The South Atlantic Medical Scientists Annual Meeting (SAM²) is a regional conference affiliated with the national American Physician Scientists Association (APSA). Like other APSA regional conferences, SAM² is a completely student-organized conference that rotates through several institutions. We are committed to supporting the development of physician-scientists from all training backgrounds – be it MD, MD-PhD, DO, DO-PhD, and others.

APSA regional conferences typically connect trainees (undergraduates, graduates, residents, and fellows) with mentors (established principal investigators, MD/PhD program directors, residency/fellowship directors, and a variety of exemplary physician or scientist role models).

Keynote Speakers

Christian Jobin, PhD

Dr. Christian Jobin is one of the earliest researchers to identify microbiome etiologies of cancer. Learn about how untangling microbial/host interactions may bring balance to health and disease.

Keith March, MD-PhD

Dr. Keith March has dedicated his career to bringing new medical approaches to patients. Learn about how adipose-derived stem cells modulate fibrotic and inflammatory disease.


Sessions for Trainees

Tweeting Science in the Social Media Era

Learn from University of Florida communication experts how to harness social media for professional development and effective science communication in our social media driven world.

Mock NIH F Study Sections

An interactive session to help prepare you to write an NIH F grant by placing you in a mock study section where you review a real grant application, discuss strengths and weaknesses, and score the grant. Learn from experienced faculty who have sat in NIH study sections.

Conference registration required. Spots are limited. Grant applications will be made available ahead of time for review.

Poster Sessions

Present your research, engage in discussions, receive constructive feedback, and compete for one of three awards.

Sessions for Undergraduates

The (not so)Perfect Medical/Graduate School Application

A Q&A session with University of Florida medical and graduate program directors.

Choosing the Right Path

A panel of current medical/graduate school students (MD, MD-PhD-MPH, DMD-PhD, PhD) will discuss why they chose their respective paths.

Poster Sessions

Present your research, engage in discussions, receive constructive feedback, and compete for one of three awards.

Networking Opportunities

Built-in networking time during the conference

Table topics to promote conversations

Attendee list will be shared to facilitate follow-up conversations

Evening social

Evening Social

7:00PM at Cypress and Grove

1001 NW 4th St, Gainesville, FL 32601

Please join the University of Florida MD-PhD Wellness Committee for our fall social at Cypress and Grove Brewery. Continue conversations from the conference over board games, pizza, and snacks.

On-site registration after this date may be available, please inquire.

A great thank you to our supporters