The Vanderbilt MSTP hosts the largest mini-MSTP event to date!
This May, the MSTP hosted 160 students from twelve schools throughout Middle Tennessee for a one-day introduction to the Medical Scientist Training Program, known as the Mini-MSTP. Thanks to our 25 student volunteers, these visiting 5th- and 6th-grade students spent their day at Vanderbilt learning about science, medicine, and what it means to be a physician-scientist. Students were greeted by Dr. Sally York and Dr. Chris Williams with an early morning discussion about our MSTP and the physician-scientist career path before rotating through six different workshops to explore the medical sciences: medical imaging, bioinformatics, microbiology, lung anatomy and pathology, DNA, and prosthetics. This year’s Mini-MSTP was particularly exciting as we reached eight new schools and brought in 33% more students than last year. Stay tuned for the mini-MSTP next year in which we plan to expand to include new school districts. If you have an idea for a new workshop, reach out to Dr. Megan Williams today!
Two students from LEAD Southeast work together to extract DNA from strawberries during out annual mini MSTP event. Future physician-scientists in the making!