Research Symposium

The Arkansas Colleges of Health Education (ACHE) and the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) are hosting the ACHE Semi-Annual Research Symposium, featuring a medical research poster competition and a lecture on diversity in research. 


12:45-1:00pm Welcome and serve hors d’oeuvres

*1:00-1:50pm Barriers to Diversity in Research with Christopher Smith, Ed.D

*1:50-2:40pm Building Trust and Planning Trials to be more Representative with James Turner, DO, MPH

*2:40-3:00pm Attendee Participation (discussion)

3:00-5:00pm Poster review and presentations

3:00- 4:00pm Scoring of the judging

4:45pm Poster Awards

*Judging of posters will be completed between 1pm-3pm.

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Research Posters & Participation

This is a community event open to all participants ranging from students in middle school to individuals in professional clinical practice/academia. Participants do not need to have an affiliation with Arkansas Colleges of Heath Education.

Abstract submission deadline is September 1, 2022
*All research projects must have IRB review and approval, or a letter of exemption and a signed conflict of interest form.
(For IRB Questions contact

Please complete the following abstract submission to have your research considered for presentation at the event.
Individuals may only submit 1 abstract as a presenting author but may be co-authors on several abstract submissions.

All middle school and high school students will need to complete the Teacher/Mentor and Parent Permission Form.

Resources & Forms

Important Dates
  • Abstract submission Deadline: September 1, 2022 by 11:59 pm
  • Accepted abstracts decision: September 7, 2022
  • Poster pdf submission: September 14, 2022 (An email will be sent with information on pdf Poster submission)
  • Research Day Event: October 7, 2022
Continuing Education Lecture

Keynote Speakers

Christopher Smith, EdD

James Turner, DO, MPH


The activity will address researchers’ and clinicians’ needs to improve knowledge, competence and/or performance in improving diversity in medical research.

According to Improving Diversity in Medical Research, clinical research trials often enroll homogenous populations that do not accurately represent the patient populations served.1 Historically, five major challenges exist when trying to include diversity in research: low income; investigator bias; mistrust in medical research and professionals; limited health and research literacy; and lack of access to transportation. Researchers receive minimum training on how to include DEI in research.

Learning Objectives

After completing this activity, learners will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the factors that led to the historic disparities in clinical research.
  2. Identify the challenges that will prevent diversity in their own research.
  3. Develop knowledge resources for their community to build trust in medical research and professionals.
  4. Plan clinical trials that will accurately represent the patient populations served.

1 Sharma, A., Palaniappan, L. Improving diversity in medical research. Nat Rev Dis Primers 7, 74 (2021).

Accreditation Statements

Accreditation Statements

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of American Osteopathic Association and the Arkansas Colleges of Health Education. The American Osteopathic Association is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

AMA Credit Designation Statement – Physicians

The American Osteopathic Association designates this live activity for a maximum of 3.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

AOA Credit Designation Statement

The Arkansas Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine is accredited by the American Osteopathic Association to provide osteopathic continuing medical education for physicians.

The Arkansas Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine designates this activity for a maximum of 3.00 AOA Category 1-A credits and will report CME and specialty credits commensurate with the extent of the physician’s participation in this activity.

APTA Credit Designation Statement

This course has been pre-approved by the APTA for 3.0 Contact hours for Arkansas PTs and PTAs. The approval # is APTA-AR 1079.

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