Skip to main content

Student Spotlight Category

Roses, Thorns, and Pearls: A Reflection and Advice on M1 year

Aug. 29, 2019—by Riley Bergman (M2) A lot can change in 13 months, especially with a transition as big as starting medical school. Regardless of what you were doing before coming to med school, transitioning to a new environment, a new routine, and a rigorous first-year curriculum can be daunting. This year brought some of the best...

Read more


Congratulations to Dr. Beeler and Dr. Mangione on defending their theses!

Aug. 28, 2019—  MariaSanta Mangione, PhD, completed her Dissertation titled “F-BAR proteins in cytokinesis: studies of disordered regions and phosphoregulation” in the lab of Dr. Kathy Gould in the Department of Cell & Developmental Biology!     John Scott Beeler, PhD, completed his Dissertation titled “The Role of p73 in Basal Keratinocyte Function” in the lab of...

Read more


34th Annual MD/PhD National Student Conference

Jul. 30, 2019—The Vanderbilt MSTP was well represented at this years National MD-PhD Student Conference from July 12-14, 2019 in Copper Mountain, CO [elevation 9,712’!], hosted by the University of Colorado MSTP. Thao Le (G2), Victoria Martucci (G4), Petria Thompson (G4),  and Benjamin Reisman (G4), were in attendance as well as Physician Scientist Training Program (PSTP) director...

Read more


Reflections on MD/PhD Training from Vanderbilt University MSTP Graduates!

Jul. 30, 2019—Members of the recent Vanderbilt MSTP graduating class spoke with classmate Ben Fensterheim to offer their advice on MD/PhD training!

Read more


Introducing the Vanderbilt MSTP Incoming Class of 2019!

Jun. 25, 2019—The Vanderbilt MSTP is excited to introduce the incoming class of 2018, who started the program orientation on June 18th. We are delighted to have such a bright group of future physician-scientists join our program. Welcome, new M1s! Aaron Gochman Hometown: Long Island, New York Undergraduate: Stony Brook Major: Biology Research Interest: Neurological and psychiatric diseases Talents: I played the...

Read more




Flexner Deans’ Lecture Series Student Lecture: Pedro Teixeira, PhD

Mar. 28, 2019—by Danny Sack (G1) On Friday, March 22nd, Pedro Teixeira, PhD, presented a Flexner Deans’ Lecture on, “Lessons From Launching a Startup to Bring Artificial Intelligence to the Bedside (and write your notes)”. As we’ve reported in the past, Teixeira and his partners, Drs. Ravi Atreya and Michael Poku, have spent the past few years...

Read more


Twitter Takeovers: A Day in the Life of a Vanderbilt MSTP Trainee

Feb. 26, 2019—Our MSTP students have been Tweeting from our official @VanderbiltMSTP Twitter account for a day to give prospective students an idea of what life is like as an MSTP trainee at Vanderbilt! Click here to see a day in the life of Katherine Konvinse (G4). Click here to see a day in the life of Kelsey...

Read more


Catching Up with Pedro Texeira and Ravi Atreya

Dec. 18, 2018—A conversation transcribed by Abin Abraham (G2) Ravi Atreya and Pedro Teixeira are current MSTP students on a leave from coursework to pursue their dream of launching a startup focused on addressing major problems in health care delivery. We caught up with them to learn more about their journey. Ravi and Pedro successfully defended their...

Read more