Pediatric Medical Student Research Forum

Friday, August 30 – Saturday, August 31, 2019 – Labor Day Weekend

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We look forward to learning about your important discoveries!

We are pleased to announce the 6th 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, the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), and the Society for Pediatric Research (SPR).

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 forum 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

“From Human Genetics to Biology of Height, Weight, and Other Polygenic Traits”

Dr. Joel Hirschhorn
Joel Hirschhorn, M.D., Ph.D.

Chief, Division of Endocrinology
Concordia Professor of Pediatrics and Professor of Genetics,
Harvard School of Medicine


Program Schedule

Friday, August 30, 2019: Evening Reception

7:15-9:15pm        Fun Night Reception

Saturday, August 31, 2019: Conference, Oral / Poster Presentations

6:30-7:30am         Breakfast and Exhibits

8:00-9:15am         Oral Presentations Session I

9:30-11:15am       Poster Presentations Session I

11:30-12:30pm     Keynote Presentation

12:45-1:15pm       Lunch and Career Discussion

1:45-3:30pm         Poster Presentations Session II

3:30-4:30pm         Oral Presentations Session 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 12, 2019.

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 12, 2019.


Hotel Accommodations (If You’d Like a Room)

The Florida Chapter of AAP’s 2019 Annual Meeting: The Future of Pediatric Practice has secured an amazing hotel room block rate for the Disney’s Yacht Club Resort. Rooms are available at $245 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 29, 2019, 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 12, 2019.

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 2019, hosted by FCAAP, to have the conference room rate applied to your reservation.



Please contact Larry Compton if you have any questions.