Saturday, September 19th 2015, 10:00am to Sunday, September 20th 2015, 3:00pm


Vanderbilt University, Light Hall

Hosted By 

Vanderbilt Local Chapter of the American Physician Scientists Association


The Southeastern Medical Scientist Symposium is an annual meeting of MD/PhD students, MD students and undergraduates from the southeastern United States.  SEMSS was started in 2010 by MD/PhD students from the University of Alabama at BirminghamEmory University, and Vanderbilt University. The goal of the symposium is to bring together faculty, graduate students, and undergraduate students from schools around the southeastern United States to foster discussion about physician scientist career paths and research and encourage a collaborative and interdisciplinary educational environment within the region. To date, the symposium remains entirely student planned and implemented and continues to expand each year. 


This year's agenda is below:


Saturday, September 19th

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm: Registration & Lunch

1:00 pm – 1:30 pm: Introduction

1:30 pm – 2:30 pm: Keynote LectureDr. James Hildreth (Meharry Medical College)

2:45 pm – 3:45 pm: Breakout Session 1

  • Undergrad- Mock MSTP interview
  • Early MSTP- Grant writing skills
  • Late MSTP- How to give a good elevator pitch 

4:00 pm – 5:00 pm: Breakout Session 2

  • Undergrad- MSTP director panel
  • Early/late MSTP- Residency speed dating

5:00 pm – 5:30 pm: Poster set-up and networking

5:30 pm – 6:30 pm: Poster Session

6:30 pm – 8:00 pm: Work-life Balance Panel & Dinner


Sunday, September 20th

9:00 am – 10:00 am: Science talks & Breakfast

10:15 am – 11:15 am: Breakout Session 3

  • Undergrad- Resume/CV preparation
  • Early MSTP- How to pick a mentor
  • Late MSTP- Mock job/residency interview

11:15 am – 12:15 pm: Breakout session 4

  • Undergrad- MD/PhD, MD, and PhD student panels:  Advice for undergraduates
  • Early MSTP- Transitioning to the PhD years from the MD year
  • Late MSTP- Transitioning from the PhD years back to the MD years

12:30 pm – 1:30 pm: Keynote LectureDr. Ellen Clayton (Vanderbilt University)

1:15 pm – 1:30 pm – Closing & Poster Prizes