Posts in Work-Life Balance

MSTP Foodies: Easy Recipes

Rachel Brown (M2)
February 27, 2017

If cooking complicated meals is something you love to do, and enjoy spending your time on, that’s awesome. However, whether you’re studying for exams, on the wards, or living in the lab, sometimes you just don’t have a lot of free time. If you’re like me, and you spend what little free time you have playing with your cat, here are some quick and relatively healthy recipes that even the most busy, inexperienced, or unwilling chef will enjoy.

The Academic #Twitter

Jennifer Watchmaker (G3)
February 27, 2017

Jennifer Watchmaker (@jennwatch) is a third year graduate student interested in pursuing a career in radiology. She began her academic twitter account in 2014 and now has over 350 followers and growing.  Her social media presence on twitter has helped her connect with other investigators and clinicians, find out about the most recent research, and also has been a means by which to win neat things at conferences. In this infographic, Jennifer explains some Do's and Don'ts of an academic twitter account.

Mental Health at Vanderbilt: Updates from the Chancellor’s Committee and the MSTP Wellness Committee

Lizzie Hale (M2), Katherine Konvinse (G2), and Tory Martucci (G1)
February 27, 2017

The rates of mental illness in medical professionals are significantly greater than those of the general population. Recent epidemiological studies suggest that this increased risk begins during medical school, with 27% of medical students having depression, 11% having suicidal ideation, and 40-80% having high levels of anxiety (JAMA 2016 & J Racial Ethn Health Disp 2015). In an effort to curb this trend, Vanderbilt has made continuous efforts to increase student well-being, including the Wellness Committee, the creation of the Advising Colleges, the implementation of a pass-fail curriculum, and the assignment of mentors to all students. 

MSTP Foodies: Restaurant Reviews

Stephanie Dudzinski (G2) and Sumeeth Jonathan (G2)
January 30, 2017

Stephanie and Sumeeth provide their reviews of five Nashville restaurants. Garden Brunch Cafe, Nicky's Coal Fired, Red Pony, Siam Cuisine, and Tartufo are featured.

Second Year MSTP Student Brad Reinfeld Joins Tumor Immunology Band - The CheckPoints

To remain engaged in science while completing my first year of medical school, I began to follow journals, prominent scientists, and science organizations on Twitter. Through Twitter, I was able to complement my lectures about autoimmune disease like Ankylosing Spondylitis  with the latest trials published using monoclonal antibodies against IL17a antibodies. When I changed my Twitter from following sports teams to science, I never predicted that it would allow me to have a once in a lifetime opportunity.