The Donald W. Seldin Research Symposium is the annual resident and fellow research day hosted by the Department of Medicine. Started in 2015, it has rapidly become the flagship research event of our program. The goal of the Seldin Symposium is threefold:

  1. to highlight interesting cases residents see and important research residents partake in
  2. to promote the research mission of the Department of Medicine and residency program
  3. to foster and forge research collaboration within the department and the residency program

The Seldin Symposium is typically held in the Spring. Almost all abstracts are accepted for presentation. Clinical and basic research, case reports, high-value care and quality improvement initiatives are presented in poster format and are independently judged by several members of the department of medicine. Participants present their posters to faculty judges and invited guest judge during sessions held on Thursday (in 2019, we had >100 submissions).  Grand Rounds delivered Friday morning by an esteemed and prominent researcher (guest judge) within the world of medicine.

In support of your scholarly achievements and to enable the extension and publication of your work, as Seldin Scholar or Foster Fellows the resident/fellow – faculty mentor collaborative teams will receive modest financial recognition.  This is made possible by way of a generous gift to UTSW and the Department of Internal Medicine.

The highest scoring projects, the Foster Fellows, are presented in a short oral format the Friday following the Seldin Symposium at Grand Rounds. A panel of judges votes on the most impressive project, which is awarded the Seldin Scholar award. The vision of the Seldin Symposium is to have all residents (and Fellows) present at least one academic work every year. Work presented at the Seldin Symposium can be reported on one's CV and fellowship application.

2022 Symposium Timeline

(dates are for an in person event and may change if guidelines necessitate a change)

2022 Grand Rounds Speaker

Dr. Kavita Bhavan

Kavita Bhavan, M.D.
Chief Innovation Officer, Parkland Health and Hospital System
Associate Professor, Departments of Health Systems and Internal Medicine
Division of Infectious Diseases and Geographic Medicine
Experiences with Engaging Patients and Community to Improve Health: A Low-Tech Approach to Innovation in Care Delivery

2022 Seldin Syposium Abstract Booklet

Previous Symposiums

Seldin Research Symposium: Abstracts 2021

Seldin Research Symposium: Abstracts 2020

Seldin Research Symposium: Abstracts 2019

Seldin Research Symposium: Abstracts 2018

Seldin Research Symposium: Abstracts 2017

Seldin Research Symposium: Abstracts 2016

Previous Keynote Speakers

2021 – Grand Rounds Speaker

  • Robert M. Califf, MD, MACC
    Head of Clinical Policy and Strategy for Verily and Google Health
    Adjunct Professor, Duke University and Stanford University
    I.G. Bromberg Memorial Visiting Professorship
    "Can we Stop the Tsunami of Common, Chronic Disease in the Post-Pandemic Era?"

2020 – Grand Rounds Speaker 
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Dr. Goldstein was unable to present at Grand Rounds.

  • Joseph Goldstein, M.D.
    Professor of Molecular Genetics and Internal Medicine
    Chair, Molecular Genetics
    "How to Solve a Scientific Puzzle: Clues from Stockholm and Broadway"

2019 – Grand Rounds Speaker and Guest Judge

  • Markey McNutt, M.D., Ph.D.
    Assistant Professor, Department of Internal Medicine 
    Eugene McDermott Center for Human Growth and Development 
    "The Genetic Basis of Heritable Disease"

2018 – Grand Rounds Speaker and Guest Judge

  • Michael Brown, M.D.
    The W.A. (Monty) Moncrief Distinguished Chair in Cholesterol and Arteriosclerosis Research 
    Regental Professor 
    Paul J. Thomas Professor of Molecular Genetics 
    Director, Jonsson Center for Molecular Genetics
    Recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 1985
    "Controlling Cholesterol"

2017 – Grand Rounds Speaker and Guest Judge

  • Marlene Rabinovitch, M.D.
    Dwight and Vera Dunlevie Professor in Pediatric-Cardiology
    Staff Scientist, Vera Moulton Wall Center for Pulmonary Vascular Disease
    Stanford University School of Medicine
    Robert L. Johnson, Jr., M.D., Lectureship in Internal Medicine, hosted by Dr. Connie Hsia, Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine
    “Crossing the Intersection of Genetics and Inflammation to Find a Cure for Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension”