The annual Trainee Research Symposium is the Department of Medicine's major research day for our residents, fellows, graduate students, and post-docs and includes a Grand Rounds presentation at 12 noon by an internationally renowned speaker followed by a poster session.
All trainees of the Department of Medicine: Residents (i.e. housestaff - PGY 1-3), Associate Fellows (i.e. subspecialty fellows – PGY 4-7), Post-doctoral Scholars (MD or PhD doing post-doctoral training in the DOM), and Graduate Students with DOM mentors (must be currently enrolled at UAB) are encouraged to submit one-page abstracts describing their original basic or clinical research. Each trainee may submit one abstract as first author. Abstracts submitted to other meetings for presentation this Spring or presented at recent meetings are eligible. Individuals holding a faculty appointment at the level of Instructor or above at the time of the Symposium are not eligible.
All accepted abstracts will be presented in poster format at a Poster Session. Judges will review all posters and select finalists that day to present their research at the Department of Medicine Clinical Research Seminar. Each poster will be judged on the basis of three major criteria: 1) scientific merit, 2) presentation and communications skills, and 3) evidence that the trainee truly understands the significance of his/her work and played the major role in obtaining the data upon which the poster is based. Winners will be awarded a stipend to be used toward travel expenses to one national conference approved by their mentors and the Research Development Group.
The DOM Trainee Research Symposium is held the first Wednesday in March of every year with a nationally-renowned speaker presenting the keynote address.