Donald W. Seldin, M.D., Research Symposium

The Donald W. Seldin Research Symposium is the annual resident and fellow research day hosted by the Department of Internal Medicine. First started in 2016, it has rapidly become the flagship research event of the program. The goal of the Seldin Symposium is threefold:

  1. To highlight interesting cases and important research in the Department of Internal Medicine
  2. To promote the research mission of the Department of Internal 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 late sping. Nearly all submitted research is accepted for presentation. Clinical and basic research, case reports, and quality improvement initiatives are presented in poster format and are independently judged by several members of the Department of Internal Medicine. Participants present their posters to faculty judges and invited guest judge during sessions held on Thursday (in 2020, we had more than 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 on 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 present at least one academic work every year. Work presented at the Seldin Symposium can be reported on one's CV and fellowship application.

Previous Grand Rounds Speaker and Guest Judge

  • 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 Visition Professorship
    "Can we Stop the Tsunami of Common, Chronic Disease in the Post-Pandemic Era?"
  • 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"
    Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Dr. Goldstein was unable to present at Grand Rounds.
  • Markey McNutt, M.D., Ph.D.
    Assistant Professor
    Eugene McDermott Center for Human Growth and Development,
    Internal Medicine, and Pediatrics
    “The Genetic Basis of Heritable Disease”
  • Michael S. 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”
  • 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”