Newsletter

MSTPets: Part 4

Rachel Brown (G1)
June 28, 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.

Vanderbilt MSTP Offices Relocating

Megan Williams (MSTP Leadership Team)
June 27, 2017

The Eskind Biomedical Library will be closing on July 31 to begin a year long renovation project. The newly renovated EBL will include new classroom and administrative space for the School of Medicine. The photo on the right is an architectural rendering of the new MSTP "lobby" area in EBL after the renovation. We are looking forward to this new MSTP dedicated space! In preparation of the EBL renovation, the Vanderbilt MSTP Offices are temporarily moving to the Light Hall "Fishbowl" (312LH) on July 13 until the renovation is complete. If you need to see Lourdes, Melissa, or Megan after July 13, please go to their new office location in 312 Light Hall.

Meet the Vanderbilt MSTP incoming class of 2017!

Ayesha Muhammad (Rising M2)
June 27, 2017

The Vanderbilt MSTP is excited to introduce the incoming class of 2017, who started the program orientation on June 20th. They hail from all over the world, and we are delighted to have such a diverse group of people join our program. Welcome, new M1s!

Alumni Profile: J. Joshua Smith, M.D. Ph.D.

Abin Abraham (G1)
June 27, 2017
Posted in Alumni Profiles

I joined the Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP) as a late bloomer, after my second year of general surgery residency, and spent four years (2006-2010) in the Beauchamp laboratory. The title of my Ph.D. thesis was Biological Models of Colorectal Cancer Metastasis and Tumor Suppression Provide Mechanistic Insights To Guide Personalized Care of the Colorectal Cancer Patient. Upon completion of my surgical training, I pursued a fellowship in Complex Surgical Oncology at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSK), with a major emphasis in colon and rectal cancer. I served as the Chief Administrative Fellow for the Department of Surgery at MSK in 2014-15 and joined the faculty in 2015 as a colorectal surgical oncologist and physician-scientist embedded in the laboratory of Dr. Charles Sawyers. In my first year, I obtained three society-funded grants, and I am currently applying for early-career NIH funding under the guidance of Dr. Julio Garcia-Aguilar (Chief of the Colorectal Service and my clinical mentor) and Dr. Sawyers (Chairman of the Human Oncology and Pathogenesis Program and my research mentor).

Professor Katherine Hartmann at the 2017 Physician-Scientist Speaker Series

Danny Sack (M1)
May 30, 2017

Professor Katherine Hartmann at the 2017 Physician-Scientist Speaker Series When she returned to her lab at Johns Hopkins after a month-long clinical rotation during her MD-PhD training, Dr. Katherine Hartmann found a note explaining that her lab was closing and she had funding for three more weeks of work. From that chilling anecdote on, when Dr. Hartmann addressed a group of MSTP students on Thursday, May 4th for the 2017 Physician-Scientist Speaker Series, we were all ears.

Vanderbilt MSTP well-represented at AAP/ASCI/APSA joint meeting

Andrew Hale (M2)
May 30, 2017

Six Vanderbilt MSTP students (Daniel Kashima (G4), Rachana Haliyur (G3), Katherine Konvinse (G2), Merla Huber (G4), Laura Armstrong (G5), and Andrew Hale (M2)) attended the AAP/ASCI/APSA joint meeting at the Fairmont Chicago Millennium Park in Chicago, Illinois from April 21st-23rd. 

The Vanderbilt MSTP hosts the largest mini MSTP event to date!

Krystian Kozek (G3), Gabby DiCarlo (G2), and Lindsay Klofas (G1)
May 19, 2017
Posted in Science Advocacy

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. 

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