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Research Day
A Unique Event Promoting Family Medicine Research

Research Day

Saturday, March 3, 2018
PAFP Live CME Conference
Hilton Philadelphia at Penn's Landing - Philadelphia, PA

Submission deadline: February 8, 2018

Instructions for Presenters:

1. Pre-register for the Live CME Conference (required)

2. Read through our tips for presenters; guidelines and abstract format

3. Submit your abstract online here.

Research Day began in 1989 and has grown to become a key place for students, residents, and family physicians to present their research to a supportive audience of their peers. Research Day in Pennsylvania provides a unique opportunity for future family physicians to keep practice-based research relevant throughout their career.

This is a unique forum for the entire continuum of family medicine professionals, from medical students to the experienced faculty member, to present original research. Participants meet, exchange experiences, theories, and research data as well as feedback from colleagues. Through the research presentations and poster sessions, Research Day supports all participants to refine their presentation techniques, research methodology, and earn continuing medical education credits. 

Research Day objectives:

  • To foster research relationships among family physicians, residents, and medical students
  • To encourage practice-based research
  • To foster the development of research and presentation skills
  • To provide a forum in which physicians, residents, and medical students can present their research projects


Original presentations are grouped into three categories: medical student projects; resident projects; and practicing physician, faculty, and fellow projects. The presentations judged as "best" in each of the categories are awarded a $300 cash prize. In addition, the presenter judged "best overall" is awarded with the Marc Connelley, MD award. This award, initiated in 1991, honors the memory of PAFP member and past participant of Research Day, Marc Connelley, MD, who was killed while serving in the Persian Gulf War.

Poster awards include categorical awards in Quality Improvement and Case Study as well as traditional research design. 

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Research Day is a featured track in the PAFP's March Live CME Conference, bringing a larger, broader audience of more than 200 physicians to participate in the research presentations, the poster presentations, and the awards reception.


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