37th Annual MD-PhD National Student Conference
by Simone Herzberg (G3), Matt Loberg (G3), Jerome Arceneaux (Meharry MD-PhD Program)
This July, five Vanderbilt MSTP and Meharry MD-PhD students traveled to Copper Mountain, CO, to attend the 37th Annual MD-PhD National Student Conference. The students had a great time getting to meet fellow MD/DO-PhD trainees from across the country and presenting their work. While there, the students heard about work completed by other MD/DO-PhD trainees and attended keynotes from notable faculty, including Nobel Laureate Dr. Craig C. Mello and prolific physician-scientist Dr. Catherine Bollard.
Dr. Bollard’s talk was highly entertaining. She detailed her impressive scientific achievements and personal motivation for pursuing cell-based therapies for cancer; her journey to the United States as a New Zealander (including the years she spent in “Tex-Arse”); and her journey navigating work-life balance and maintaining relationships with her kids and husband. Dr. Bollard’s talk was full of wisdom, and the students are all thankful to have had the opportunity to hear her speak. It was truly great to hear from a very honest, down-to-earth, and downright funny physician-scientist.
The students represented Nashville well! Jerome Arceneaux (Meharry MD-PhD Program) received a Diversity Travel Grant, and Simone Herzberg (Vanderbilt MSTP G3) received a Best Oral Presentation award.
Not only did the students get to expand their scientific knowledge, but they also explored Colorado! Pictured are some photos from weekend hikes, including Mt. Sherman (a “14er”) that Simone woke up at 4:00a to hike with some students from Northwestern and University of Indiana! Overall, the trip was a success, and the students would like to thank the Vanderbilt MSTP for funding their attendance.