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Pediatric Medical Student Research Forum

September 2-3, 2016 – Labor Day Weekend (Friday-Saturday)

disney-grand-floridianDisney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa

We look forward to learning about your important discoveries!

We are pleased to announce the 3rd Annual Pediatric Research Forum for Medical Students sponsored by the Florida Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (FCAAP), the University of Florida Department of Pediatrics, Boston Children’s Hospital, and the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD).





Pediatrics is an ever-changing field of discovery and innovation. Today’s research will lead to tomorrow’s cures. This is an exciting opportunity to share your research with your peers. Open to all medical students in the United States, this meeting will take place in conjunction with the annual meeting of the FCAAP, which students are also welcome to attend.

Platform and poster presentations will be available for basic-science, translational or clinical research, and case reports. Cash prizes will be given for the top platform and poster presentations: $500 for 1st; $250 for 2nd; and $100 for 3rd.


You do not have to present in order to attend the event. The event is open to all medical students who are interested in pediatric research. In addition to student presentations, there will be a keynote speech from an inspiring internationally-renowned pediatric scientist.


Keynote Speaker

Dr. Duane Mitchell is an international expert in immunotherapy for brain tumors.

Dr. Mitchell was recently recognized for one of The Top 10 Discoveries of the year in clinical medicine by the Clinical Research Forum.






Duane Mitchell, MD, PhD.

Phyllis Kottler Friedman Professor in the Department of Neurosurgery
State of Florida Endowed Cancer Research Chair
University of Florida College of Medicine.
Co-Director of the Preston A. Wells Jr. Center for Brain Tumor Therapy and Director of the UF Brain Tumor Immunotherapy Program.

“Novel Approaches for Brain Tumor Immunotherapy in Children”


Program Schedule

Friday, September 2, 2016: Evening Reception

7:00 – 10:00 pm       Evening Family Fun Reception

Saturday, September 3, 2016: Conference, Platform / Poster Presentations

7:00-8:00 am           Welcome and breakfast

8:00-11:00 am         Clinical / translational research oral presentations

11:15-12:30 pm       Poster presentations

12:30-1:45 pm         Lunch with keynote speaker

2:00-5:00 pm           Basic science oral presentations

5:00-5:30 pm           Awards


Registration (Required For All Forum Attendees)

Attendance will be limited to the first 125 registrants and the deadline is July 29, 2016.

To register, click here.


  • Under Registration Type, select Medical Student (Research Forum).
  • For Company, list your academic institution and year (MS1, MS2, etc.)
  • You may pay by check or credit card. This covers only the $50 meeting registration cost.
  • IF your institution will be paying your registration fee, do not submit payment. Instead, select “check” as the Payment Method.

For information about the FCAAP Annual Meeting, click here.


Submitting an Abstract (If You’d Like to Present)

View the submission guidelines and submit your abstract and presentation preference here.

You will be receiving email notification of your acceptance and presentation type by August 5, 2016.


Hotel Accommodations (If You’d Like a Room)

The Florida Chapter of AAP’s 2016 Annual Meeting: The Future of Pediatric Practice has secured an amazing hotel room block rate for the Disney Grand Floridian Resort. Rooms are available at $199 per night (plus tax and fees) for Friday and Saturday. There will be no resort fee for guests in the FCAAP room block as well as no charge for self-parking.

Check-in time is after 3:00 pm and check out is 11:00 am. The room block deadline is Friday, July 29, 2016.

IF you would like us to assign you a roommate from another medical school to share your hotel room, click here.

IF NOT, and you’re ready to book your room (with additional options of reserving a free airport shuttle and purchasing discounted Disney tickets), click here.




Please contact Scott Rivkees if you have any questions.