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MSTPastimes: Evonne McArthur’s photography and graphic design

Dec. 19, 2019—by Evonne McArthur (G2) For over ten years, I have pursued side passions including photography and graphic design. I believe that these hobbies also encompass some of the best parts of science and medicine. Namely, they necessitate creativity, precision, and craftsmanship. I also enjoy that they generate dialogue and allow for a unique way of...

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MSTPastimes: Joey Elsakr Qualified for Marathon US Olympic Trials

Dec. 19, 2019—Recently MSTP student Joey Elsakr (G5) qualified for the Marathon US Olympic Trials! We asked him to speak with us about this MSTPastime. Good luck to Joey at the Olympic Trials race in Atlanta, GA on February 29, 2020! When did you start running? What made you decide to start running? What led you to...

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#DoubleDocs Online: Making Real Connections in a Virtual World

Nov. 25, 2019—By Katherine Konvinse (M4) Social media is becoming increasingly ubiquitous in both personal and professional aspects of everyday life. Accordingly, members of today’s biomedical community are using social media to share journal articles, provide live updates from conferences, circulate information about career opportunities, and discuss thoughts and opinions about the latest research. Over the last...

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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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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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MSTPastime: An Interview with Simone Herzberg

Oct. 29, 2019—In this new MSTP Newsletter feature, we’ve decided to highlight students’ passions and hobbies, also known as “MSTPastimes.” by Danny Sack (G1) Simone Herzberg (M2) first started playing soccer when she was 5 years old. Her passion for the game led her to start coaching girls and boys clubs while in high school. She continued...

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G1 Students Share Lab Choices

Sep. 30, 2019—The Vanderbilt MSTP would like to congratulate the G1 class on completing their first two years of medical school and on joining the following laboratories and graduate programs for their graduate studies! Here’s what they had to say about choosing their lab: “As an undergrad, I spent several years in a lab studying cancer metabolism,...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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