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National Conference for Physician-Scholars in the Social Sciences and Humanities
April 6-7th, 2019
University of Michigan Medical School, Ann Arbor, MI
This conference is a biennial meeting for those committed to exploring how the fields of anthropology, economics, epidemiology, ethics, health policy, history, sociology, and literature can advance the practice and public understanding of medicine. Every two years, this conference provides an opportunity to revisit and reinvigorate this mission by creating a venue for graduates, trainees, and prospective students of MD-PhD training programs to build a community and present their research.
Presentations may take the form of a short research talk (12-minute talk with 5 minutes questions/discussion), research talk (20-minute talk with 8 minutes questions/discussion), or poster (one-hour poster session on Saturday). Abstracts should include a title (20 word maximum), a list  of authors and affiliations, and text limited to 300 words (excluding title, authors, and affiliations). Please list the presenting author first and use the following format for the abstract: Purpose, Methods, Results, Discussion/Conclusion. Define any abbreviations.  Please list any funding sources and disclose significant financial interests or relationships with entities having commercial interest in the subject matter (if none, insert "None”).  Please note that your abstract does NOT need to fit the conference theme.

We are also looking for early-career faculty or professionals, fellows, and residents to fill the following roles:

 1) Career Panelist (Sunday, April 7th)

 As a career panelist, you would be given a few general questions to prepare, and then most of the time would be less structured Q&A from the audience. Depending on interest, we may have two panels (one for more qualitative fields such as history, and another for more quantitative fields such as economics). 

2) Session Chair (Saturday, April 6th and/or Sunday, April 7th)

As a session chair, you would be responsible for introducing speakers and handling timing and questions after the talks. If time allows, session chairs are also responsible for summarizing key points and facilitating a short discussion. We will make every attempt to match the chairs with sessions that align with their own expertise/interests.

3) Informal Mentor / Lunch Table Discussion  Moderator (Saturday, April 6th)

As an informal mentor, you would help moderate a small round table lunch discussion based on topical interests (e.g. infectious disease, mental health) as well as meet with conference attendees to talk about shared career and research interests. 

The deadline for submission of abstracts for review is January 9, 2019 (deadline extended).  We will notify you of your abstract's acceptance or rejection by February 1, 2019. 

Submitting your abstract here DOES NOT register you for the conference. Please visit the registration page at 

Eligibility: Any undergraduate, post-bacc student, medical student, MD/PhD student, graduate student, resident, fellow, post-doc, or young faculty who would like to present their research to attendees at the National Conference for Physician-Scholars in the Social Sciences and Humanities 2019.

Abstract submission:

Career panelist submission:

Send comments and questions to:
The 2019 Conference Planning Committee