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Advocates for Inclusion in Medicine and Science Symposium serving as the APSA South-Atlantic Meeting

We are excited to announce that UNC Advocates for Inclusion in Medicine and Science (AIMS) is partnering with the American Physician Scientists Association to present the virtual annual symposium that brings together students who are interested in or currently pursuing a degree in medicine and/or science. Reflecting the advocacy in AIMS’s mission, the theme of this year’s virtual symposium focuses on advocacy: advocacy for patients, advocacy for peers, and advocacy for ourselves. The symposium will feature keynote speakers, including Dr. Lisa Carey and Dr. Kizzmekia Corbett, as well as panels and workshops that work towards students’ professional development. Proceeds from this year’s symposium will go to White Coats Black Doctors Foundation, a non-profit organization that aims to increase diversity in the medical field by supporting the development of future Black physicians. We welcome undergraduates, medical students, graduate students, dual-degree students, and residents to join us!


Keynote Speakers

Dr. Kizzmekia Corbett, PhD

Scientific Lead, Coronavirus Vaccines & Immunopathogenesis Team,

National Institutes Of Health, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases


Dr. Lisa Carey, MD

Division Chief of Hematology-Oncology, Physician-in-Chief of NC Cancer Hospital

L. Richardson and Marilyn Jacobs Preyer Distinguished Professor for Breast Cancer Research, UNC


Symposium Agenda

Friday, October 23
6 pm – 9 pm EST: Evening networking, poster presentations, and live virtual oral presentations.


Saturday, October 24
10 – 12 am EST: Keynote presenters
12 – 1 pm EST: Lunch break

Concurrent Session 1: 1 – 2 pm EST
Research in Residency Panel
Applying to MD-PhD Programs Panel

Concurrent Session 2: 2 – 3 pm EST
Minimizing Disparities and Increasing Access to Healthcare with Dr. Erin Kent
Mentorship: how to find the right mentor and how to be a good mentor with Dr. Adrienne Cox

Concurrent Session 3: 3 – 5 pm EST
Peak Performance Module with Dr. Sarah Smithson
LGBTQ+ Allyship with Dr. April Callis

5 – 6 pm EST: Practical Mindfulness and Symposium Conclusion


To register, please click here. Registration is $3, and all proceeds will go to support White Coats Black Doctors Foundation. Abstracts are closed, but you can register up until the first day of the conference!


For questions, please contact Alison Mercer-Smith ( or Rashmi Kumar ( We hope to see you (virtually) there!