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MedTox Shark Tank Research Forum

The MedTox Shark Tank Research Forum is an opportunity for Fellows-in-Training, Residents, and Medical Students to obtain expert input during the formative stage of a research project. The session objective is to offer valuable insight that could strengthen their proposed research project.

We invite applicants, to submit an abstract of a research proposal to this forum. The proposal could represent a planned research project (prior to IRB submission), a proposal awaiting IRB approval, or something that is further along, perhaps into a pilot data collection phase.

To be eligible, you must be a Fellow-in-Training, Resident or Medical Student. The abstract should include:

  1. Title of Presentation
  2. Aims
  3. Significance and Innovation
  4. Research Approach (Methods) and Timeline
  5. Major Limitations/Questions

EXTENDED! Submission Deadline: February 1, 2021


How It Works

After an initial review of all submissions, a select number of abstracts will be selected for presentation during the MedTox Shark Tank at the 2021 ACMT Virtual Annual Scientific Meeting on April 14-16, 2021.

During the MedTox Shark Tank Session, the selected applicants will be given 10 minutes for an oral presentation that emphasizes the crafting of a study hypothesis, proposed study methodology, data collection, and analytic techniques. Brief and relevant background material is acceptable, but the presentation should focus on the project itself.

The presentations will be made to a panel of senior medical toxicology faculty in an environment geared towards constructive comments and feedback. The panel will select the top two presentations and award each $1500 towards travel to present their research results as a poster, moderated poster, lightning oral or platform at either the 2022 or 2023 ACMT Annual Scientific Meeting (Which will hopefully be in-person! But if not, we’ll be flexible about reserving the travel award for a future year). REMEMBER: the award is to fund the travel not the project itself.

The MedTox Shark Tank Research Forum provides many benefits to the trainee including:

  • Public speaking experience 
  • Constructive critique of research ideas and methodology 
  • Exposure to other creative research ideas
  • Networking among peers and prospective employers
  • Presentation is a justifiable addition to an academic curriculum vitae
  • Opportunity for travel funding to return to the 2022 or 2023 ACMT Annual Scientific Meeting to present research results


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