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We’re all #MSTPStars!

Feb. 26, 2019—Thao Le (G1) and Danny Sack (G1) independently carved time out of their busy schedules to go to the gym on a Tuesday…at 2pm. Anonymous MSTPStar baker: “After my first sourdough starter that I flew with me to Nashville and kept active for five years perished in an unfortunate bout of odd pink mold, I...

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Life in the MSTP – February 2019

Feb. 26, 2019—Yasminye Pettway (M1), Bola Adebesin (M2), and Thao Le (G1) gathered for an MSTP family dinner.   Ayesha Muhammad (G1) spent a wonderful afternoon riding a horse hilariously named “Shah Rukh Khan” at the beach in her hometown of Karachi, Pakistan.          Congratulations to Steph Dudzinski (G4) and Sumeeth Jonathan (G4) who...

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Honors and Awards – February 2019

Feb. 26, 2019—  Congratulations to Alex Sundermann, Ph.D. (G4) on completing her dissertation defense!   Congratulations to Matt Wleklinski (G2) on receiving an F30 NRSA Individual Predoctoral Fellowship!

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Training the Physician-Scientist: Views from Program Directors and Aspiring Young Investigators

Feb. 26, 2019—Read MSTP Director Christopher Williams, MD, PhD‘s Op-Ed published recently in JCI Insight. Training the physician-scientist: views from program directors and aspiring young investigators. Williams CS, Iness AN, Baron RM, Ajijola OA, Hu PJ, Vyas JM, Baiocchi R, Adami AJ, Lever JM, Klein PS, Demer L, Madaio M, Geraci M, Brass LF, Blanchard M, Salata...

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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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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...

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MSTPublications: February 2019

Feb. 26, 2019—On-target resistance to the mutant-selective EGFR inhibitor osimertinib can develop in an allele specific manner dependent on the original EGFR activating mutation. Brown BP, Zhang YK, Westover D, Yan Y, Qiao H, Huang V, Du Z, Smith JA, Ross JS, Miller VA,  Ali SM, Bazhenova L, Schrock AB, Meiler J, Lovly CM. Clin Cancer Res....

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Double Feature: Get to know Vanderbilt MSTP Director and Alumnus Chris Williams, M.D., Ph.D. (’02)

Jan. 31, 2019—by Rachel Brown (G2) As Vanderbilt MSTP trainees know, our own MSTP Director, Dr. Chris Williams, graduated from the Vanderbilt MSTP in 2002. Thus, we decided that an official Alumni Profile of Dr. Williams was long overdue. I sat down with Dr. Williams to ask him more about his training path, life as a physician-scientist,...

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We’re all #MSTPstars!

Jan. 30, 2019—Riley Bergman (M1) kept up to date with her Anki deck over winter break! Alissa Cutrone (M2), in addition to finding time take her first ballet class in years, ate pizza and pasta for 10 days straight over break! Matt Loberg (M1) recently started a blog with college friends and joined the wave of MSTPers...

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Alumni Corner

Jan. 30, 2019—Liz and Kevin Bersell (’18) hosted brunch on Christmas Eve for VMS friends who converged in the Boston area to visit family over the holidays. Pictured left to right are Matt Stier (M4), Rachel Brown (G2), Liz, Kevin, and their son Ben, Matt Puccetti (M3), Deirdre Finnegan Puccetti (VMS ’16), and Yuantee Zhu (G4+).   Kevin...

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State of the SAC

Jan. 30, 2019—Our fellow MSTP students, Kelsey and I were asked to write a brief State of the Student Advisory Committee (SAC) for the January newsletter reflecting on what has been accomplished over the past year and plans moving forward. As a composition of individual students, the MSTP has thrived over the past year due to the...

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Honors and Awards – January 2019

Jan. 30, 2019—Congratulations to Dan Balikov (M4) on matching into Ophthalmology at the University of Michigan!   Congratulations to Chris Peek (G2) on receiving an F30 NRSA Individual Predoctoral Fellowship!   Hernan Gonzalez (G3) received the Earl Bakken Young Researcher’s Travel Grant to attend the 2019 North American Neuromodulation Society (NANS) Annual Meeting.   Congratulations to Paula Marincola...

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Advocating for Science Funding

Jan. 30, 2019—by Joe Luchsinger (G3) I’ll never forget the first time I walked into a congressional office. It was during the debate over an increase in the tax rate on graduate student stipends and I was in DC for a neuroscience conference. I decided to head to Capitol Hill to ask my Congressman to oppose the...

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Vanderbilt MSTP Sponsors Helen Hobbs, MD for Flexner Discovery Lecture Series

Jan. 30, 2019—by Aaron Lim (G3) On January 10, 2019, the Vanderbilt MSTP’s American Physician Scientist Association’s (APSA) chapter hosted Helen Hobbs, MD, a physician-scientist renowned for her work on the genetics of plasma lipid levels and cardiovascular risk. She is an investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and Professor of Internal Medicine and Molecular Genetics...

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MSTPets: Part 10

Jan. 21, 2019—by Rachel Brown (G2) An ode to our furry friends who help us study for anatomy practicals, keep us company while we write our papers and thesis dissertations, and welcome us home after a long shift on surgery.   MSTPets: Charlie and Cody Ages: Charlie – 1 year old, Cody – 4 months old MSTParents:...

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