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Mini-MSTP with Dickson County Schools

Posted by on Wednesday, May 31, 2023 in Science Advocacy .

by Drew Kittleson (G1) and Ericka Randazzo (G1)

The Mini-MSTP returned for another day of fun and learning! On Tuesday, May 9, the MSTP Outreach Committee invited middle school children from across Dickson County elementary schools to participate in our annual event highlighting the experiences of physician-scientists. Over 65 children attended and participated in stations dedicated to engineering (thumb prosthetics), genetics (DNA extraction), anatomy (organ recital), physiology and medical imaging (physical exam and ultrasound), and medical knowledge (Jeopardy-style trivia). The kids loved the opportunities to learn about science and medicine—and made sure to tell us! We had volunteers from almost all class years with a particularly strong showing from the G1 class and we are so thankful to these volunteers and the Leadership Team (especially Megan!) for their instrumental help in making this event happen. We can’t wait for next year and hope you will join us!

Heather Pua, MD, PhD, MSTP Edwards-Goodpasture Advising College Leader giving the students an intro to the MSTP and physician-scientist careers.


Kaitlin McKernan (G1) shows the students specimens from anatomy lab at the organ recital station.


Xavier Bledsoe (G3) showing the students pig hearts at the organ recital station.


Raymond Zhang (G1) explains DNA to the students before they extract DNA from strawberries.


Group Photo!