Medical students to showcase projects

More than 120 medical students will showcase their research, policy and advocacy projects in two poster symposiums next week, covering topics from vending machine makeovers to myocardial infarctions. The public is invited to attend.

On May 11, 43 physicians-in-training will present original research at the 22nd Annual Medical Student Research Symposium at Fairchild Auditorium, beginning at 11 a.m. Free refreshments will be provided.

After opening remarks from Julie Parsonnet, MD, senior associate dean for medical education, students will be available for questions at their posters. Later in the day Pat Cross, PhD, associate dean for medical student research and scholarship, will offer an overview of the projects, followed by a ceremony awarding prizes for excellence in study design, presentation and creativity.

On May 12, the Department of Medicine Grand Rounds will present "Students Making an Impact: The Practice of Medicine Health Policy and Advocacy Symposium" at Fairchild Auditorium, featuring student talks and a poster session. The event spotlights 16 projects for the Practice of Medicine class, which required students to identify and research contemporary health-care issues and work with community partners to develop solutions.

Posters for the May 12 event will go up at 7:30 a.m., with Parsonnet opening an hour-long plenary session at 8 a.m. (The session will include two presentations from the medical students research group and two from the Practice of Medicine group.)

For information about the May 11 and May 12 events, contact, respectively, Maria Berumen, 723-0355,, and Madika Bryant, 723-5410,