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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.

Restructuring of the MSTP Student Advisory Committee (SAC)

Ben Fensterheim (G3) and Alex Sundermann (G2)
November 29, 2016
Posted in Workshop News

This month marked the first Vanderbilt MSTP Student Advisory Committee (SAC) in its new structure. Previously, SAC meetings functioned much like a lab meeting where the MSTP director solicited reports and initiated committees for new areas of work. While this format gave way to many great MSTP groups and activities, it was steered largely by the leadership team as opposed to the students. The SAC reboot is motivated by the desire to increase student-input concerning ways the MSTP can maximize training opportunities and address student needs. Now, with MSTP leadership team support, the SAC will be a student-run board for the MSTP whose mission is to resolve student-raised concerns, address questions important to our training, and continue to facilitate excellent programming. 

MSTP Leadership Workshop I a Big Success!

Shawn Barton (G2)
September 28, 2016
Posted in Workshop News

The MSTP Leadership Workshop, held on Friday, September 23rd, was attended by over 30 current G1 and G2 students. This workshop is designed to provide formal training in leadership competencies that can be utilized during the graduate phase of MD/PhD training and beyond. 

Fresh-Faced MSTP Seminar

Lillian Juttukonda (G4)
September 21, 2016
Posted in Workshop News

With the new school year and new, energetic MSTP leadership, the MSTP Seminar Committee is excited to incorporate some changes into MSTP Seminar. MSTP Seminar has always been about bringing the MSTP together once a week to discuss and learn about topics relevant for physician-scientist training. This year, MSTP Seminar includes a few new initiatives aimed to further enhance mentorship, training, and participation. The two biggest changes are the addition of Research-In-Progress Seminars and Associate College Advisors.