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Recent Op-Eds by Members of the MSTP

Feb. 26, 2019—Members of our program recently contributed to the following Op-Eds about Medical Education:   Training the physician-scientist: views from program directors and aspiring young investigators by MSTP Director Christopher Williams, M.D., Ph.D.   Getting Our Priorities Right: Social Determinants of Health in Medical Education by Michael Raddatz (G2)   Student Perspectives on the “Step 1 Climate”...

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Senior Vice President at ABC News Gives Keynote Address at MSTP Leadership Workshop

Oct. 30, 2018—The MSTP Leadership Workshop (LW) I for junior graduate phase students was held on September 14th and attended by over 30 students in the graduate phase of training. The goal of this biennial workshop is to coach students on leadership competencies fundamental to success as a physician-scientist. As Dr. Chris Williams pointed out in his...

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#SciMed Twitter: Why and How

Jul. 27, 2018—The best description of Twitter that I’ve ever heard is this – Twitter is like a cocktail party. Let me explain: Twitter can seem messy and complicated sometimes. It is, after all, a huge and jumbled mass of people all speaking at once. It requires a certain unspoken etiquette that can take time to master....

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Students Inspire Young Scientists through the 2018 “Mini-MSTP”!

May. 30, 2018—by Krystian Kozek (G4) This May, the Vanderbilt Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP) hosted 80 students from Dickson County schools and 80 students from LEAD Academy Southeast in Nashville for a one-day crash-course on what it means to be a physician-scientist. The Miniature Medical Scientist Training Program, aka the Mini-MSTP, is an outreach event made...

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VUSM students engage legislators at Day on the Hill

Mar. 26, 2018—On Tuesday, March 14, a group of 17 medical students attended TMA’s (Tennessee Medical Association) Day on the Hill to bring forth a student-written resolution to Tennessee legislators on expanding opioid addiction treatment access, partake in a Tennessee medical student summit, and engage with policymakers and healthcare providers. In the early afternoon, medical students from...

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Op-Ed: The Struggle is Real

Mar. 26, 2018—Every year, like clockwork, a new batch of MD/PhD students begins one of the most significant challenges in their life. No, not the beginning of medical school or residency, but the smack-dab-middle of graduate school. The G2 and G3 years of MD/PhD training are perhaps the most emotionally challenging of all the MD/PhD years. Take...

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The Mini-MSTP at Brain Blast

Mar. 26, 2018—    MSTP students taught the cranial nerve exam to kids age 5-13 at "Brain Blast," an outreach event hosted by the Vanderbilt Brain Institute. Everyone loved learning about how doctors examine the brain without any imaging. Pictured are Krystian Kozek (G4), Mobolanle Adebesin (M1), Daniel Kashima (M3), and Rachel Brown (G1).

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Dr. Paul Farmer Spends Day at Vanderbilt, Sharing Perspective on Global Health and Service

Feb. 28, 2018—“How does a university engage in [global health in] an ethically sound and meaningful manner?” asked Dr. Paul Farmer, M.D., Ph.D, on the heels of a 20+ hour trip from Sierra Leone, to open the 2018 Philip W. Felts Lecture in Humanities on Monday, February 19 at noon. Later that day, he conversed with Dr....

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Justice and Advocacy for Health in Tennessee

Feb. 24, 2018—Justice and Advocacy for Health in Tennessee On a cold morning in February, over fifty medical students from schools across the state congregated in Light Hall, ready to learn new advocacy skills and workshop solutions to health problems in Tennessee. The introductory speaker, Josh Cockroft (VUSM M4) clarified the goal of the symposium, titled “Justice...

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“The Effort Report”: A Podcast about Academic Medicine and Research

Jan. 30, 2018—by Camille Wang (M1) “The Effort Report,” a podcast hosted by Professors Elizabeth Matsui, MD, and Roger Peng, PhD, explores the intricacies and practicalities of academia. The show is directed at those who are in faculty positions, considering an academic career, or interested in academic medicine and/or research. Since its inception in July 2016, the...

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