The Donald W. Seldin Research Symposium is the annual resident and fellow research day hosted by the Department of Medicine. First started in 2015, it has rapidly become the flagship research event of the 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 held annually in May. Nearly all submitted research is 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. The audience votes on the most impressive project, which is awarded the Seldin Scholar award. The vision of the Seldin Symposium is to have all residents present at least one academic work every year. Work presented at the Seldin Symposium can be reported on one's CV and fellowship application.

With the current situation, we are still planning on providing this valuable event for our residents. We are currently working on virtual format and will provide details as we are able to. Thank you for your patients as we hope to provide our continued support for this reaserch aspect of  resident training.

Updated Timeline for 2020

  • February 1 - April 6: Abstract submission. Abstract submission is now closed.
  • Extended May 10, 2020 5:00pm - Poster submission is now closed
  • May 21, 2020: Virtual Poster sessions, judging and viewing.
  • May 29, 2020: Virtual Grand Rounds with the Foster Fellows and the announcement of the Seldin Scholar

Abstract Submission Guidelines

Open to all Internal Medicine Residents and Fellows

  • Free submission
  • Virtual Poster presentations
  • Great opportunity to network and present your work
  • Limited to two first author submissions with more being considered on a case-by-case basis space permitting (contact Neil for inquiries)

Abstract submissions should be no longer than 350 words and should not contain any tables, graphics or images. You may submit abstracts in the following categories:

  • Research/QI
    • Basic Science
    • Clinical Science
    • QI/High Value Care
  • Clinical Vignette

Research and QI abstracts should have the following sections headings:

  • Background
  • Methods
  • Results
  • Conclusions

Clinical Vignettes should have the following section headings:

  • Case presentation
  • Discussion

Previous Symposiums

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

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”