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Science Advocacy

Op-Ed: Science Before Peer-Review

Sep. 29, 2020—by Abin Abraham (G4) When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, I was impressed with how scientists responded quickly across a range of disciplines. Research labs not only donated their equipment and time but also their intellectual ingenuity. This was obvious in the number of COVID-19 preprints that were rapidly uploaded.  Although preprints have existed in other...

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MSTP Student Advocacy and Activism: Part 2

Jan. 31, 2020—Here are some of the many ways our students are involved in activism and advocacy! Here are some of the many ways our students are involved in activism and advocacy! (Click here to read Part 1) Lizzie Flook (G3) Advocacy/Activism Role: MSTP Wellness Committee Co-Founder Why this is important to me: The conversation about medical student...

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Vanderbilt MSTP Attends SACNAS and ABRCMS Conferences

Nov. 25, 2019—by Megan Williams, PhD (MSTP Leadership Team) Recently members of the MSTP Leadership Team attended the SACNAS and ABRCMS conferences. These are two conferences aimed at increasing diversity in science that we attend each year. SACNAS is The Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science and each year they host The National...

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MSTP Student Advocacy and Activism

Oct. 31, 2019—Here are some of the many ways our students are involved in activism and advocacy!         Maggie Axelrod (G3) Advocacy/Activism Role: Board member of the Tennessee Health Care Campaign, a non-profit with the vision of affordable, high-quality, equitable health care for all Tennesseans Why this is important to me: We have an unjust...

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Physician-Scientists Represented by Dr. Williams at the 2019 Rally for Medical Research

Oct. 31, 2019—by Rachel Brown (G3)   On September 18th-19th, 2019, Vanderbilt MSTP Director Chris Williams attended the 2019 Rally for Medical Research on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. The annual Rally for Medical Research unites 350 organizations to form a broad coalition representing the medical research advocacy community.  Rather than lobbying Members of Congress separately, representatives...

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Life in the MSTP – October 2019

Oct. 30, 2019—James Satoshi LaDue was born to Ayaka Sugiura (G4) and Daniel LaDue on 9/30/19 at 8lb., 13oz. “We love him so much and can’t wait for everyone to meet him :),” says Ayaka!   The VUSM Deans and Student Wellness Committee invited students to submit artwork for display in the Eskind Biomedical Library and Learning...

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MSTPublications: October 2019

Oct. 29, 2019—Towards Machine Learning Prediction of Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) Intra-operative Efficacy Maps. Bermudez C, Rodriguez W, Huo Y, Hainline AE, Li R, Shults R, D’Haese PD, Konrad PE, Dawant BM, Landman BA. Proc SPIE Int Soc Opt Eng. 2019 Mar;10949. pii: 1094922. doi: 10.1117/12.2509728. Deep brain stimulation (DBS) has the potential to improve the quality...

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Vanderbilt well represented at first National Conference for Medical Student Mental Health

Sep. 30, 2019—by Maxwell Roeske (G2) Recent studies have demonstrated that 28% of medical students are depressed1, and 33% meet criteria for anxiety2. These staggeringly high prevalence rates are concerning to not only current medical students, but also residents, mental health professionals, medical school administrators and faculty. To address these issues, the inaugural National Conference for Medical...

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Meet the 2019 MSTP Summer Scholars

Jun. 25, 2019—This summer the Vanderbilt MSTP is hosting 6 undergraduate MSTP Summer Scholars. This summer program is designed to expose students from diverse backgrounds to the career of a physician-scientist and help prepare them to apply to MD/PhD programs. These students are on campus for 9 weeks completing a research project and gaining clinical shadowing experience....

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Another Successful Mini-MSTP!

May. 30, 2019—Students from Vanderbilt’s Medical Scientist Training Program hosted middle school students from LEAD Academy and their teachers for a series of interactive activities focused on science and medicine. (Vanderbilt University) Students from Vanderbilt’s Medical Scientist Training Program recently hosted on campus 160 fifth- and sixth-graders from LEAD Academy and Dickson County Schools to introduce them to physician-scientist...

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