Pediatric Medical Student Research Forum

Friday, August 31 – Saturday, September 1, 2018 – Labor Day Weekend

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

We look forward to learning about your important discoveries!

We are pleased to announce the 5th 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 conference of the FCAAP, which students are also welcome to attend.

Oral and poster presentations will be available for basic-science, translational or clinical research, and case reports. Cash prizes will be given for the top oral 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

“Responding to Zika, Ebola, Pandemic Influenza and Other Infectious Disease Threats”

Dr. Sonja Rasmussen
Sonja A. Rasmussen, MD, MS, FAAP, FACMG

Director, Office of Infectious Diseases
Deputy Director for Infectious Diseases
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


Program Schedule

Friday, August 31, 2018: Evening Reception

7:00-9:30pm        Fun Night Reception

Saturday, September 1, 2018: Conference, Oral / Poster Presentations

7:00-7:45am         Breakfast and Exhibits

8:00-9:30am         Oral Presentations I

9:45-11:15am       Poster Presentations I

11:15-12:00pm     Keynote Presentation

12:00-1:30pm       Lunch and Career Discussion

1:30-3:00pm         Poster Presentations II

3:00-4:30pm         Oral Presentations II

4:30-5:00pm         Wrap-up and Awards Presentation


Registration (Required For All Forum Attendees)

Attendance will be limited to the first 125 registrants and the deadline is July 13, 2018.

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.

Deadline for abstract submission: July 13, 2018.


Hotel Accommodations (If You’d Like a Room)

The Florida Chapter of AAP’s 2018 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 $215 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 conference room block will remain open until July 31, 2018, or until full, whichever is earlier.

IF you would like contact information for students at other medical schools interested in sharing a hotel room and splitting costs, click here. Deadline for request: July 13, 2018.

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.  Reservations can also be made by phone by calling 407-939-4686.  Tell the reservation agent you are attending The Future of Pediatric Practice 2018, hosted by FCAAP, to have the conference room rate applied to your reservation.



Please contact Scott Rivkees if you have any questions.