Connect with role models.


The South Atlantic Medical Scientist Annual Meeting (SAM²) is a regional conference affiliated with the national American Physician Scientist Association (APSA). Like other regional conferences, SAM² is a completely student-organized conference that rotates through several institutions in the region. We are committed to supporting the development of physician-scientists from all training backgrounds – be it MD, MD-PhD, DO, DO-PhD, and others. 

APSA regional conferences typically connect trainees (undergraduates, graduates, residents, and fellows), with mentors (established principal investigators, MD/PhD program directors, residency/fellowship directors, and a variety of exemplary physician or scientist role models)


Be inspired and share your research.


Listen to exciting new research presented by our invited keynote speakers. 

Selected talks will focus on career development and advice for trainees: from applying to training programs, to selecting mentors, to securing grants or fellowships, to starting your own independent research lab. 

Finally, trainees are encouraged to present their own research – abstracts will be selected for posters and/or oral talks, with multiple prizes awarded.



Keynote Speakers

Hear from exemplary investigators. Part of each talk will focus on career guidance and tips to be successful in science, academia and medicine. 


Ask the Panelists

Hear from current or recently graduated trainees about how to apply to programs, how to succeed in combining medicine with research, and what comes afterwards. Ask them questions and get a first-hand account of the diverse career options.


Trainee Research

Present your research and win cash prizes! Separate prizes for undergraduate/post-bacc and graduate/PGY trainees.

Connect with mentors and get career guidance!

Connect with mentors and get career guidance!

Career Round Tables

Meet diverse faculty mentors and role models in an informal setting.

Conference Location


The UVA Inn at Darden Conference & Event Center will be the venue for keynote presentations, breakout sessions, poster exhibits, and networking receptions. Hotel accommodations with special reserved rates are adjacent to the Conference Center. 

Additional shops and restaurants are conveniently located within walking distance at the Barracks Road Shopping Center.