Pediatric Medical Student Research Forum

Medical Student Research Form 2022

2023 Event Information

Saturday, September 2, 2023 
Disney’s Yacht Club Resort  

This program is sponsored by the Florida Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (FCAAP), the Society for Pediatric Research, the University of Florida Department of Pediatrics, and the College of Medicine. Pediatrics is an ever-changing field of discovery and innovation, and today’s research will lead to tomorrow’s cures!

  • The Pediatric Research Forum for Medical Students is an exciting opportunity for students to share their research with peers.
  • The event takes place September 2, 2023, at Disney’s Yacht Club Resort in Orlando, Florida in adherence of all Disney safety protocols.
  • The forum, open to all medical students, will take place in conjunction with the the Florida Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics annual meeting.
  • Oral and poster presentations will be available for basic science, clinical research, and case report/series.

Keynote Speaker

Karen Young

Karen C. Young, MD

Dr. Karen C. Young is Professor of Pediatrics, Director of the Neonatology Fellowship Program and Associate Director of the Newborn Intensive Care Unit at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine/Holtz Children’s Hospital. Originally from Jamaica, she earned her medical degree at the University of the West Indies and completed her pediatric residency and neonatology fellowship training at Jackson Memorial Hospital. During her training, she was honored with several teaching awards. Since joining the Faculty of Pediatrics, she has been dedicated to improving resident education and training the next generation of physician-scientists. She has mentored/co-mentored more than 40 trainees, including medical students, residents, and fellows, several of whom have embarked on successful academic careers. Dr. Young’s research focuses on understanding the molecular and cellular mechanisms contributing to endothelial dysfunction in preterm infants with bronchopulmonary dysplasia (BPD) and pulmonary hypertension (PH). Her research has been supported by grants from the National Institute of Health, American Heart Association, Florida Biomedical Research Program, Batchelor Research Award for Excellence in Pediatric Research, and Project Newborn.

Program Schedule

Saturday, September 2nd, 2023

Time Event
7:15am – 7:45am Poster Set-Up
7:45am – 8:15am Breakfast
8:15am – 8:30am Welcome Remarks
8:30am – 9:45am Oral Presentations (Group 1)
9:45am – 10:00am Transition to Posters
10:00am – 11:30am Poster Presentations (Odd)
11:30am – 11:45am Transition to Keynote
11:45am – 12:45pm Keynote Presentation
12:45pm – 1:00pm PMSRF Group Photo
1:00pm – 2:00pm Lunch & Career Discussions
2:00pm – 2:30pm Break and Exhibits
2:30pm – 4:00pm Poster Presentations (Even)
4:00pm – 4:15pm Transition to Orals
4:15pm – 5:30pm Oral Presentations (Group 2)
5:30pm – 5:45pm Forum Conclusion and Awards Presentation

Abstract Submission & Registration 

Submitting an Abstract (Required for Acceptance) 

Submission Deadline is June 23, 2023. You will receive an email notification of acceptance and presentation type by July 7, 2023. 

Registration (Required for All forum attendees) 

Attendance will be limited to a total of 80 registrants to comply with Disney safety protocols. The cost to attend and present at the forum is $100 per student. Registration information will be made available to students following their abstract acceptance notification. 

Hotel Accommodations (If you require a room) 

The Florida Chapter of the AAP has secured an amazing hotel room block at Disney’s Yacht Club Resort for a discounted rate. Information on how to book a room will be included in your abstract acceptance notification email. 


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