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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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Inaugural MSTP Student Committee Leadership Summit

Oct. 31, 2019—by Kelsey McNew (G3)   The MSTP Leadership Team, along with SAC Chair Kelsey McNew (G3) and Chair-Elect Maxwell Roeske (G2), held the inaugural Student Leadership Summit on September 27th, 2019. The chairs of all 15 MSTP committees got together to discuss how to better integrate the work done by their committees with the mission...

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Physician-Scientists Represented by Dr. Williams at the 2019 Rally for Medical Research

Oct. 31, 2019—by Rachel Brown (G3)   On September 18th-19th, 2019, Vanderbilt MSTP Director Chris Williams attended the 2019 Rally for Medical Research on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. The annual Rally for Medical Research unites 350 organizations to form a broad coalition representing the medical research advocacy community.  Rather than lobbying Members of Congress separately, representatives...

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We’re all #MSTPstars!

Oct. 30, 2019—Check out Danny Sack (G2)‘s @VanderbiltMSTP Twitter Takeover!   At the American Society of Human Genetics meeting this year, Ayesha Muhammad (G2) had delicious Pakistani food for 75% of her dinners. #geneticsandparathay   Submit your #MSTPstar here

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The Vanderbilt MSTP is on Slack!

Oct. 30, 2019—The Vanderbilt MSTP has created a Slack account (thanks to Kelsey McNew, G3) to serve as a platform for inter-class conversations organized by various interest groups.  Slack consists of many “channels” that students can join. Each channel represents a particular interest group. After joining the channel, the conversations in that channel are visible to its members....

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Honors and Awards – October 2019

Oct. 30, 2019—Congratulations to Aaron Lim (G4) for winning best graduate student talk at the Cancer Biology retreat!       Congratulations to Courtney Edwards (G2) and Maggie Axelrod (G3) for top-rated abstracts & to Maggie for second place poster at the Cancer Biology retreat.   Stephanie Dudzinski (G5) was awarded a Russell G. Hamilton Graduate Leadership Institute...

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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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MSTPets: Part 13

Oct. 30, 2019—An ode to our furry (and not-so-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. This month features Dr. Mary Philip’s dog, some of our new grants manager, Julie Gannon’s, pets, and a feral cat...

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MSTPublications: October 2019

Oct. 29, 2019—Towards Machine Learning Prediction of Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) Intra-operative Efficacy Maps. Bermudez C, Rodriguez W, Huo Y, Hainline AE, Li R, Shults R, D’Haese PD, Konrad PE, Dawant BM, Landman BA. Proc SPIE Int Soc Opt Eng. 2019 Mar;10949. pii: 1094922. doi: 10.1117/12.2509728. Deep brain stimulation (DBS) has the potential to improve the quality...

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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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All About Grants Podcasts

Oct. 29, 2019—by Julie Gannon (MSTP Financial Unit & Grants Coordinator) Developing a thorough understanding of the grants process takes time.  You can spend hours in workshops, webinars, or searching the internet for the information you need; or you can check out NIH’s All About Grants podcasts. More than 50 podcasts are available with topics such as...

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Southeastern Medical Scientist Symposium (SEMSS) 2019 Recap

Oct. 29, 2019—by Natalie Bennett (G1) and Camille Wang (G1) The Southeastern Medical Scientist Symposium (SEMSS) is a gathering of current and aspiring physician-scientists from schools in the southeastern U.S. Hosted by the University of Alabama at Birmingham on October 12-13, attendees enjoyed keynote speakers, poster sessions, and breakout sessions. Perhaps most importantly, students and professionals across...

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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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MSTPets: Part 12

Sep. 30, 2019—by Rachel Brown (G3) An ode to our furry (and not-so-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. This month features an MSTPlant and a doggy MSTPlaydate!       MSTPlaydate: Luna (Nick Petersen,...

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Vanderbilt well represented at first National Conference for Medical Student Mental Health

Sep. 30, 2019—by Maxwell Roeske (G2) Recent studies have demonstrated that 28% of medical students are depressed1, and 33% meet criteria for anxiety2. These staggeringly high prevalence rates are concerning to not only current medical students, but also residents, mental health professionals, medical school administrators and faculty. To address these issues, the inaugural National Conference for Medical...

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