Creation of the Alumni Committee

Matt De Niear (M4)
September 13, 2017

This past year, the MSTP Alumni Committee was created to engage former graduates of the program, maintain connections between former MSTP classmates, and provide networking opportunities for current and former students. Including the newly graduated Class of 2017, 267 students have earned MD-PhD degrees from the Vanderbilt University MSTP.  As Vanderbilt’s program has produced a remarkable number of alumni in academic and leadership positions, we believe that engagement between alumni and current students will help promote the success of the program and its graduates. Our committee looks forward to developing new programs and initiatives in connection with alumni of the Vanderbilt MSTP.

The Surgeon Scientist: A Conversation with Alumni

J-N Gallant (M3)
August 28, 2017
Posted in Alumni Profiles

As I slogged through my cancer biology PhD I felt a constant and vague unease about the future: what was I going to “do,” clinically? My PhD was coming along, as well as it could, and return to clinic seemed ever closer. I knew I wanted to be involved in the care of cancer patients; but, I wanted to approach the problem from a different angle and to use my time in another way. To these ends, I explored oncology-related surgical subspecialties during my PhD. Spending more time with each of these services led to my current passion for otolaryngology, which is what I intend to match into next year. However, now that I’m sold on a surgical career, I’m faced with the daunting prospects of life as a surgeon-scientist. There’s a clear need for basic science research in otolaryngology, especially when it comes to tumor biology. I am well positioned to make immediate impacts on people’s lives, surgically, and to make lasting contributions to the field by leading a molecular biology lab. In order learn more about what’s ahead of me, I reached out to alumni from our program who are completing or have completed surgical residencies. 

2017 MD/PhD National Student Conference

MariaSanta Mangione (G4), Jon Knowlton (G4), and Daniel Kashima (M3)
August 21, 2017

The 32nd Annual MD/PhD National Student Meeting took place July 14-16, 2017 in Keystone, Colorado. Hosted by the University of Colorado-Denver MSTP, the conference brought together just over 100 MD/PhD students from across the country to share their research and compare/contrast MSTP training at different programs. The Vanderbilt MSTP was represented by Daniel Kashima (M3), MariaSanta Mangione (G4), and Jon Knowlton (G4), who all presented posters.

2017 MSTP Retreat at Montgomery Bell State Park

Shawn Barton (G3)
July 25, 2017

The annual MSTP retreat was held on June 24th at Montgomery Bell State Park. The weekend was filled with scientific talks, a white coat ceremony for those starting their graduate phase of training, and the sorting the new M1 class into their respective advising colleges. New this year, however, was the addition of a central theme of student wellness for the retreat. The importance of student and physician wellness was addressed by this year’s keynote speaker, Dr. Ray Kotwicki, a psychiatrist affiliated with Emory University.