The Surgeon-Scientist: A Conversation With Alumni Continued

J-N Gallant (M3)
October 30, 2017
Posted in Alumni Profiles

I left the first part of my conversations with surgical alumni feeling relieved. My angst during graduate school was normal, as was my current contrarian career approach. Still, the road ahead seems more than daunting—how can one manage an 80 (theoretically) hour week and maintain one’s curiosity? How can one balance getting things done and being creative? How did these folks make it through? Turns out the answer was simpler than I thought: hard work and determination—no overthinking, brooding, or rumination. In talking to alumni, it became painfully clear that there simply was no other option. Those that responded, those that made it through, the surgeon-scientists, etc. simply put their head down and worked. They wouldn’t have it any other way and there was no other way. These alumni’s thoughts about their time after the MSTP, during residency, and as surgical attendings bear out this reality.

MSTPets: Part 7

Rachel Brown (G1)
October 30, 2017

Here’s an ode to our furry (or not so furry) friends who have helped us study for anatomy practicals, kept us company while we wrote our papers and thesis dissertations, and welcomed us home after a long shift on surgery.

Shut Up and Write!

Alex Sundermann (G3)
October 30, 2017
Posted in Workshop News

Have you struggled with finding quiet time to put the finishing touches on your F30 application or to finally write that manuscript? Then maybe it’s time to “Shut Up & Write”! "Shut Up & Write," hosted by Edge for Scholars (Vanderbilt's clinical and translational research career development group), creates a structured time and space for writing while making the process a little more painless by providing an atmosphere of solidarity and free snacks. 

MSTP Senior Leadership Workshop

Written by Aaron Lim (G2) and edited by Daniel Balikov (M3), Rachana Haliyur (G4), Eileen Shiuan (G3)
October 30, 2017
Posted in Workshop News

Twenty-one students attended the biennial MSTP Senior Leadership Workshop on Saturday, August 26th, 2017 at Alumni Hall. The purpose of this half-day workshop is to provide continued leadership training to students in their final years of the MSTP. 

7 Great Outdoor Adventures Near Nashville

Cam Bermudez (G2) and Joe Luchsinger (G2)
October 30, 2017

You’ve probably been to Percy Warner at least once. Whether you’ve done the beautiful five mile hike around the park or spent your day drinking on the lawn during Steeple Chase, Percy Warner is a staple of the Nashville outdoors. However, we are here to show you that Nashville, and Tennessee as a whole, have a lot of amazing hiking to offer all within two hours of driving. Below is our review of hiking and camping sites near us, perfect for a weekend getaway. Before we begin, we want to point out that all state and national parks in Tennessee are free of charge and very well documented on the website!

Transitioning to Clerkship Year: Advice from the G1 Class

By Maggie Axelrod, Rachel Brown, Patrick Wu, Bridget Collins, Brad Reinfeld, Abin Abraham, and Lizzie Hale (G1 class)
October 30, 2017

The transition from classroom to the bedside can be overwhelming, but it truly affords you with one of the greatest privileges as a medical student: the opportunity to simultaneously care for and learn from your patients. Each day you wake up not knowing how you'll feel at the end - will you share relief with your patient whose incidentally-found coin lesion turned out to be benign on biopsy? Or will you share a mixture of emotions with your patient whose biopsy didn't? The clinical clerkship year of medical school is widely acknowledged as a unique and important year in the life of a physician. We hope the following reflections from the G1 class will prove useful to you as you learn to navigate the clinical world.