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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. 

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. 

Student Advisory Committee 2016-2017 Recap

Alex Sundermann (G3)
June 29, 2017
Posted in Workshop News

The 2016-2017 academic year marked the first Student Advisory Committee (SAC) in its new format. The committee was restructured to emphasize the importance of student leadership by relying on students’ concerns, complaints, and ideas to generate committee agenda items. Here, we detail a list of this year’s accomplishments and initiatives.

Vanderbilt MSTP Demos New Internal Review Mechanism to Benefit Students Applying for Individual Fellowship Grants

By Matthew Stier (G4)
April 25, 2017
Posted in Workshop News

On Wednesday March 15th, a group of eight senior MSTP students and faculty convened for the first internal Vanderbilt MSTP Individual Fellowship Mock Study Section. The goals were twofold. First, we aimed to give actionable feedback on central fellowship documents including the scientific approach and training plan to MSTP students applying for F30 or other fellowship grants in the spring. Second, we sought to provide a training opportunity for senior MSTP students to learn side-by-side from experienced faculty members and their peers about how grants are reviewed at study section.

M1 Student Reflects on SEMSS

Maxwell Roeske
March 29, 2017
Posted in Workshop News

Last fall, a few of my M1 MSTP classmates and I decided to forgo a weekend of studying hematology and instead attend the 2016 Southeastern Medical Scientist Symposium (SEMSS) hosted by the University of Alabama at Birmingham. SEMSS was initiated by a handful of southeastern medical schools, including Vanderbilt, in 2010. It has served as an annual meeting for MD/PhD, MD, and undergraduate students to discuss career goals, share research accomplishments, and foster an environment of collaboration and education within our region.

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