7th Annual MedStar Health Research Symposium
April 30, 2018
Bethesda North Marriott Hotel and Conference Center
5701 Marinelli Rd., North Bethesda, MD 20852

Hosted by the MedStar Health Research Institute and MedStar Health Academic Affairs, the MedStar Health Research Symposium is open to all members of the research community interested in learning more about research at MedStar. The Symposium offers the opportunity to connect with researchers, residents, executive leaders, and collaborative partners from across the region and our system to build meaningful relationships to further advance the health of our community.

We create knowledge through research each and every day, with the great work of our investigators in diverse areas of research, partnerships with our clinical leaders and support of our colleagues throughout the system.

The Research Symposium features scientific poster presentations from researchers across the system and the spectrum of care, information on research support services offered by MedStar Health Research Institute and the opportunity to connect with residents and researchers dedicated to advancing health.


To learn more and to view the 2017 Symposium video, visit MedStarHealth.org/Symposium

2018 Symposium Agenda
1:30 pm - 2:30 pm Pre-Symposium Professional Development and Advancement Sessions
These 60-minute optional workshops are offered before the Symposium and are intended to provide small group educational sessions hosted by experts from the MedStar Health community. Each session focuses on a specific academic topic and is open to all Symposium attendees. Seats will be reserved for those who pre-register for the event. Attendees who do not pre-register for a session or who register on-site may attend these sessions on a first-come, first-seated basis.
  • Biomedical Informatics: Utilizing Clinical Data for Research
    Ian Brooks, PhD
    Led by an MHRI Informatician, this session will provide an introduction to the field of biomedical informatics and clinical research informatics. This session serves as an introduction to the data sources, tools, and methods available through MHRI for HIPAA compliant acquisition and management of clinical data for research.
  • Biostatistics and Data Science: Which Test Should I Run? A Review of Commonly Utilized Statistical Tests
    Stephen Fernandez, MS
    Led by an MHRI biostatistician, this session will provide an overview of statistical approaches most commonly used in clinical research. The session serves an introduction to the topic of biostatistics and resources at MedStar.
  • Gratitude Realized: A Solution for Research Funding
    MedStar Philanthropy Moderated Panel Session
    This innovative session and lively panel discussion for clinical researchers provides knowledge and skills about integrating research and philanthropy, and how to engage potential donors and grateful patients in conversations about providing philanthropic support to their research endeavors. Participants will review key strategies to share clinical research in a compelling way with the general population and how to foster interest and support for their research at MedStar Health.
  • GUMC Academic Appointments, Promotions, CVs and Mentoring
    Priscilla Furth, PhD; Elliott Crooke, PhD; Rebecca Evangelista, MD
    Learn about all the different faculty career paths available for you at Georgetown University Medical Center, and how you can continue to advance and develop your academic career through this informative workshop hosted by the Senior Associate Dean of Faculty and Academic Affairs, Dr. Elliott Crooke, Associate Dean for Faculty Development, Dr. Priscilla Furth, and the Associate Dean for Clinical Faculty, Dr. Rebecca Evangelista. We will be answering all your questions in addition to introducing our new GUMC Faculty Online Orientation and our new step-by-step online presentation on the OFAA website for faculty appointment and promotion.
  • Navigating the IRB Process
    Kate Cohen, JD
    This session is an opportunity to learn the basics of IRB review requirements and obtain practical tips for a smooth submission process to the IRB for your research. This includes guidelines for what research requires IRB review and what can be considered for expedited reviews.
  • Tips and Tricks for Funding Success
    Raj Ratwani, PhD; Amy Goldstein, PhD; Angela Thomas, DrPh
    A successful grant application requires an innovative idea from an investigator, strong administrative support, and a willing funder. In this session, we will present these three perspectives and how they work together for funding success. We will also cover different mechanisms and strategies for funding support.
3:00 pm - 4:00 pmResident & Fellow Oral Presentations
As part of the MedStar Health system-wide resident research day, the top scoring resident and fellow abstracts are invited to give a short oral presentation on their research to attendees. These presentations allow residents and fellows to gain the experience of presenting their research and allow them to share their work with the larger MedStar Health community.
4:00 pm - 6:30 pmPoster Presentations & Awards
The main feature of the Symposium, the main ballroom opens to showcase the peer-reviewed abstract presentations from across MedStar. Ranging from health services research to critical care to orthopedics, all departments and entities are represented by established investigators, residents, and fellows. Also featured during this time is a moderated poster session and award presentations.
6:30 pmPost-Symposium Gratitude Reception
Hosted by MedStar Philanthropy, all are invited to attend an on-site reception directly following the Moderated Poster Presentations & Awards in the main ballroom. This will provide further networking with MedStar leaders, researchers, associates, grateful patients and philanthropic partners to research. 

Registration is free for all attendees and the event is open to all the MedStar Health community. Pre-registration will close on Friday, April 13. 

Questions? Contact research@MedStar.net