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Leadership Workshop I Planned for April 2021 

Dec. 22, 2020—Matt Madden (G4) Leadership Workshop I is a biennial day-long seminar for G1 and G2 students to develop skills often neglected in traditional graduate school curricula. Topics for the upcoming iteration of the workshop are organized by social context into self, paired, and group leadership, and include self-motivation and aligning values with your own and...

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MSTPets

Dec. 21, 2020—A warm welcome to the newest member of the MSTPet community, Rigatoni, but according to human Brad Reinfeld G4, “we call him Toni due to his love of vaccines and NIAID.” Toni says “Photo credit goes to my human Brad.”

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Life in the MSTP – End of the Year Social!

Dec. 21, 2020—The Vanderbilt MSTP held an End of the Year Social including a Gingerbread cookie decorating contest and a round of MSTP trivia. Above are all of the creative and talented Gingerbread cookie submissions! There was a tie in the Gingerbread cookie decorating contest and winners were G1s Emily Chu (penguin) and Emilie Fisher (T/B cell)....

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Life in the MSTP – December 2020

Dec. 21, 2020—Josh Thompson (MSTP ’20) and Avery Bogart (M2) were on hepatobiliary service and went on an organ procurement together! Maggie (G2) and Matthew McBride welcomed Maizy McBride to the world December 10, 2020 at 7lbs 2oz and 19 in. Congratulations Maggie and Matt (and Goose) on your new addition!   Sometimes the end of the year gets a little...

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MSTPastimes: COVID Meat Curing

Dec. 21, 2020—Samantha Beik (G3) Making raw meat edible and reducing its ability to make us sick comprises two goals. The first is to remove toxic bacteria; the second is to remove as much water as you can. Actually, the second is pretty much an extension of the first, because you’re reducing water activity below the minimum...

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MSTPublications: December 2020

Dec. 18, 2020—Diflunisal-loaded poly(propylene sulfide) nanoparticles decrease S. aureus-mediated bone destruction during osteomyelitis. Ford CA, Spoonmore TJ, Gupta MK, Duvall CL, Guelcher SA, Cassat JE. J Orthop Res. 2020 Dec 10. doi: 10.1002/jor.24948. Online ahead of print. Osteomyelitis is a debilitating infection of bone that results in substantial morbidity. Staphylococcus aureus is the most commonly isolated pathogen...

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Alumni Feature: Dr. Jennifer Watchmaker M.D. PhD. (’19)

Dec. 18, 2020—Dr. Jennifer Watchmaker is a current PGY-2 Mount Sinai Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology resident. Last year, during the first wave of the pandemic, she was serving on the front lines at Elmhurst hospital in Queens and at Mount Sinai Hospital in Manhattan. She created an Instagram account that uses bitmojis and fun animations to share...

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Zooming into a procedural specialty with Vance Albaugh, MD, PhD

Dec. 18, 2020—Caleb Ford (G5) Anecdotally, Vanderbilt MSTP student interest in procedural specialties has risen during my time in the MSTP. This trend is corroborated by a recent publication exploring the data and possible reasons that MD-PhD trainees are not pursuing careers in orthopedic surgery (an excellent residency choice in my opinion). As you may have reflected...

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MSTP Students Featured in Shade Tree Article

Nov. 23, 2020—  Both Simone Herzberg (G1) and Emilie Fisher (G1) were featured in an interview about Shade Tree.

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MSTPets

Nov. 23, 2020—A warm welcome to the newest member of the MSTPet community, Griffin, pictured with his human Alex Silver (G2).

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Life in the MSTP – Fall Exclusive

Nov. 23, 2020—Natchez house’s (Xavier Bledsoe (G1), Zach Jones (G2), Leeland (VUSM M3), and Patrick (VUSM M3) take on trick or treating. Awesome pumpkin carving skills Jeewoo Kim (M1) and Kimmy Bress (M1) we would like to name “A tragedy in two parts” Roommates Nowrin Chowdhury (G2), Camille Wang (G2), Ericka Randazzo (M1) and Mollie (VUSM M4) Kelsey McNew (G1)...

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Life in the MSTP – November 2020

Nov. 23, 2020—  Rachel Brown (G4) and Matt Stier (’19) had a pandemic wedding at the courthouse downtown. Rachel’s sister, Sarah (VMS3), served as the witness and photographer. Fun fact: Judge Brothers also married Christiaan Wijers (G3) and Alissa Cutrone (G1) and Natalie Bennett (G2) and her husband Greg! The 11/16 Shade Tree Vaccine event providing flu shots...

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MSTPublications: November 2020

Nov. 23, 2020—Safety of Hydroxychloroquine Among Outpatient Clinical Trial Participants for COVID-19. Lofgren SM, Nicol MR, Bangdiwala AS, Pastick KA, Okafor EC, Skipper CP, Pullen MF, Engen NW, Abassi M, Williams DA, Nascene AA, Axelrod ML, Lother SA, MacKenzie LJ, Drobot G, Marten N, Cheng MP, Zarychanski R, Schwartz IS, Silverman M, Chagla Z, Kelly LE, McDonald...

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Physician-Scientist Speaker Series

Nov. 23, 2020—by Duncan Smart (G3) In an inspiring Fall edition of the Physician-Scientist Speaker Series, the MSTP honored our two new advising college namesakes, Dr. Kathryn Edwards and Dr. Levi Watkins, Jr. The event featured keynote addresses from Dr. Edwards and Dr. Levi Garraway. Dr. Garraway spoke on behalf of his uncle, Dr. Watkins.  Dr. Garraway,...

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Additional Namesakes Added to MSTP Advising Colleges

Oct. 29, 2020—by Megan Williams, PhD (MSTP LT) The Vanderbilt MSTP has four Advising Colleges that facilitate advising and community building within our program. These four colleges were named after six prominent physicians and/or scientists affiliated with Vanderbilt: Avery-Cohen, Goodpasture, Stahlman-Thomas, and Sutherland. Why did the Vanderbilt MSTP have four Advising Colleges and six namesakes? Why are...

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