Registration Now Open for the 2019 MedStar Health Research Symposium

Registration is open for the seventh annual MedStar Health Research Symposium on Thursday, May 30, 2019, from 1:30 to 6:30 pm at the Bethesda North Marriott Hotel and Conference Center. 

Hosted by the MedStar Health Research Institute and MedStar Health Academic Affairs, the MedStar Health Research Symposium is open to all members of the research community interested in learning more about research at MedStar. The Symposium offers the opportunity to connect with researchers, residents, executive leaders, and collaborative partners from across the region and our system to build meaningful relationships to further advance the health of our community.

The Research Symposium features scientific poster presentations from investigators across the system and the spectrum of care, information on research support services offered by MedStar Health Research Institute and the opportunity to connect with residents and researchers dedicated to advancing health. 

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8:30 am – 12:15 pm

Colloquium for Educators in the Health Professions

Hosted by GUMC’s Center for Innovation and Leadership in Education (CENTILE), the Colloquium for Educators in the Health Professions Colloquium is an opportunity for those across the system focused on education to gather, share ideas, and learn together.

12:15 pm – 1:15 pm

Plenary Speaker and Lunch

Holly J. Humphrey, MD, MACP, President of the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation

1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

Pre-Symposium Professional Development and Advancement Sessions 

These 60-minute optional workshops are offered before the Symposium and are intended to provide small group educational sessions hosted by experts from the MedStar Health & Georgetown University communities. Each session focuses on a specific academic topic and is open to all Symposium attendees. Seats will be reserved for those who pre-register for the event. Attendees who do not pre-register for a session or who register on-site may attend these sessions on a first-come, first-seated basis.

  • Giving Feedback in Clinical Learning Environments
    Robin Gross, MD, FCCP; Rahul Bhat, MD; Shimae Fitzgibbons, MD; Sarah Thornton, MD
  • GUMC Academic Appointments & Promotions Updates
    Elliott Crooke, PhD; Rebecca Evangelista, MD
  • Harnessing the Power of Medical Informatics to Enhance Scholarship
    Nawar Shara, PhD
  • How to Teach and Assess Medical Professionalism
    Ming-Jung Ho, MD, DPhil; Sean Whelton, MD;
    Megha Fitzpatrick, MD
  • Navigating the New Joint IRB
    Kate Cohen, JD; Kristen Katopol, MS, CIM
  • Opportunities to Cultivate Expertise in Educational Scholarship
    Priscilla Furth, PhD; Tamika Auguste, MD; Amy Burke, MD
  • Stats Fundamentals
    Stephen Fernandez, MS
  • Tips and Tricks for Funding Success
    Raj Ratwani, PhD; Angela Thomas, DrPh; Federico Asch, MD

In addition, at this time is also the GME Town Hall. Residents, fellows, and faculty members from clinical sites throughout the MedStar Health GME consortium are invited to join for an interactive system-wide town hall session.

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Resident & Fellow Oral Presentations

As part of the MedStar Health system-wide resident research day, residents and fellows with the top scoring abstracts are invited to give a short oral presentation on their research to attendees. These presentations allow residents and fellows to gain the experience of presenting their research and allow them to share their work with the larger MedStar Health & Georgetown University communities.

4:00 pm

Abstract Presentations & Moderated Poster Sessions

The main feature of the Research Symposium, the Grand Ballroom opens to showcase the peer-reviewed abstract presentations from across MedStar Health & Georgetown University. Ranging from health services research to critical care to orthopedics, all departments and entities are represented by established investigators, residents, and fellows. Also featured during this time is a moderated poster session for resident and fellow submissions.

5:15 pm

Main Stage Presentations & Keynote Address

Join leadership from MedStar Health and Georgetown University in the main ballroom to recognize the importance of research and collaboration in our community and present awards to investigators with top scoring poster submissions. The keynote speaker for this year is Holly J. Humphrey, MD, MACP, president of the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation.

6:30 pm

Post-Symposium Gratitude Reception 

Hosted by MedStar Philanthropy, all are invited to attend an on-site reception directly following the Moderated Poster Presentations & Awards in the main ballroom. This will provide further networking with MedStar leaders, researchers, associates, grateful patients and donors to research.