Monthly Conferences

Research, Advocacy, and Policy (RAP) Series

RAP is a monthly seminar organized by senior residents for UHAT residents. UHAT residents have protected time to attend these sessions and are freed from their clinical duties for the afternoon when their schedule allows. The seminar topics vary based on senior resident interests, and they invite community leaders to speak with and teach residents. Past topics have included lobbying and health policy, featuring a Massachusetts lobbyist to run a skills session on effective communication with members of Congress. Other sessions have included housing options within the Boston area for those with housing insecurity, reproductive rights and how to advocate around them, weight bias, using geo-mapping to identify food deserts and high-risk areas of obesity, youth violence in the Boston area, and more. The RAP series is one of the UHAT residents’ favorite seminars of the year, highlighting work that residents are passionate about in addition to introducing community and national leaders to our residency.

Basic Science Journal Club/Seminar

Residents teach at Basic Science and Clinical Science Journal Clubs

In this conference, a resident selects a basic science article that illustrates a fundamental advance and has translational implications. He or she prepares a seminar designed to teach broadly about the topic as well as focus on the article or articles distributed in advance. One or two experts from the Boston area are selected by the presenter and invited to sit in and contribute to the discussion. Examples of recent topics include: highly specific new anesthetics, pitfalls in analysis of genomic data, auto-inflammation from escaped DNA, genomic screening for autism, microRNAs, diabetic autoimmunity, peptidomimetics, long QT syndrome, use of gene expression in new drug discovery, gene editing, and the molecular basis of gastrointestinal development. This conference occurs every other month.

Clinical Science Journal Club

Similar to the Basic Science Journal Club, the Clinical Science Journal Club is a conference that occurs every other month, and is moderated by a resident who selects and presents a clinically based research article with support from specific faculty. He or she prepares a seminar on the topic designed to foster a larger discussion of evidence-based clinical decision making. Besides discussing the clinical material, each session focuses on a specific biostatistics topic. Examples of recent topics include: a new targeted therapy for specific cystic fibrosis gene mutations, acyclovir after neonatal herpes, and screening for neuroblastoma.