The University of South Alabama College of Medicine’s Summer Research Program culminated with the 46th annual Medical Student Research Day that took place on July 26, 2019, in the Medical Sciences Building.

Published Jul 26th, 2019

By Carlie Shively

cshively@health.southalabama.edu 

The University of South Alabama College of Medicine’s Summer Research Program culminated with the 46th annual Medical Student Research Day that took place on July 26, 2019, in the Medical Sciences Building.

At the event, Rosemarie Robertson, M.D., chief science officer with the American Heart Association, presented the keynote lecture titled “Research Careers: Reaching for the Heights!” During the day, USA medical students presented both oral and poster presentations summarizing their research projects.

The USA College of Medicine’s Summer Research Program is a nine-week program that pairs medical students with faculty mentors. At this year’s Research Day, there were eight oral presentations and 50 poster presentations.

Matthew Yoder, a second-year medical student, presents his research to Mark Gillespie, Ph.D., professor and chair of pharmacology at the USA College of Medicine.

Through the research program, medical students develop an appreciation of how research contributes to the knowledge and practice of medicine. Accepted entering students or rising second-year students in the USA College of Medicine are eligible to participate. The summer experience includes hands-on research related to basic science and/or clinical medicine; a seminar program that focuses on various scientific and clinical topics; and student presentations at Research Day.

The Clyde G. ‘Sid’ Huggins Medical Student Research Awards will be announced for the best oral and poster presentations. Huggins was a member of the USA College of Medicine charter faculty and served as the college's first dean of students.

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