This years syposium will be virtual and we are hoping to have more programs participate since travel is not a restriction.  Abstract and Registration submissions will open on March 1, 2021 and the deadline for both will be April 15, 2021.  The keynote speaker will be announced soon.  Check back for more details.  

Regional Family Medicine Residency Research Symposium

Invited Programs

The Regional Family Medicine Research Symposium is an annual event supported by Galveston-Houston area family medicine residency programs, including:

  • Baylor College of Medicine
  • Memorial Hermann Health System
  • Methodist Hospital
  • University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston
  • University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston
Residents and fellows are invited to present posters and/or oral presentations on clinical research, evidence-based reviews, quality improvement projects, case reports, community projects, or educational/curriculum development they have participated in.   

Call for Abstracts

Family Medicine residents from the invited programs are encouraged to submit abstracts for poster presentations. Residents who have submitted outstanding abstract submissions may be invited to give an oral presentation. 

The call for abstracts for the 2021 symposium has not yet been announced.

Stacy Leung, MD with KJ Kenneth-Nwosa, MD.
Poster by resident physician Kenneth Kenneth-Nwosa, MD and Namita Bhardwaj, MD, which won 2nd place at TAFP symposium


To facilitate a smooth registration process, program coordinators should register all of their residents, fellows, faculty and staff and send a single payment.  Registration deadlines for the 2021 symposium will be announced in early 2021.


The cost for the 2021 symposium will be announced in early 2021.

Program coordinators should submit a single check for all registrations from their university.  Checks should be payable to University of Texas Medical Branch, Department of Family Medicine, and should be mailed to:

UTMB Health Department of Family Medicine
301 University Blvd., Route 1123
Galveston, Texas 77555-1123
Attn: Symposium Coordinator

We apologize, but we will not be able to offer refunds for cancellations.

The History of the Annual Regional Family Medicine Resident Research Symposium

Each year this symposium will showcase the research activities of family medicine residents and fellows from programs in the Houston-Galveston regional area.  The symposium is hosted by different programs each year and each program is invited to participate by the host university. 

2020 Symposium

The 2020 symposium was planned to be hosted by the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston on Saturday, May 16, 2020. However, in order to comply with stay-at-home and social distancing requirements, the symposium was cancelled for 2020.

2019 Symposium

The 2019 symposium was hosted by the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the UT Health McGovern Medical School in Houston, Texas on Saturday, May 18, 2019 from 9:00am to 3:00pm. For more information, visit

2018 Symposium

The 2018 symposium was hosted by the Baylor College of Medicine's Family Medicine Residency Program on Saturday, May 19, 2018 from 9:30am to 4:30pm. For more information, visit

2017 Symposium

The 2017 symposium was hosted by the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston on Saturday, May 20, 2017. Abstracts from the event can be downloaded here, and photos from the event are available in our gallery.

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Department of Family Medicine
University of Texas Medical Branch
301 University Boulevard
Galveston, Texas 77555-1123

Bret Howrey, PhD
Bret Howrey, PhD
Associate Director of Research
Shirvonne Pope
Shirvonne Pope
Residency Training Coordinator