What to ask during Second Look faculty meetings?

April 5, 2017

The Vanderbilt MSTP Second Look Weekend incorporates individual appointments with faculty members in your research interest area. The purpose of these meetings is to make sure that there are faculty members who you are interested in working with at Vanderbilt. Since we have a summer laboratory rotation that begins shortly after your arrival on campus, this is a great opportunity to meet with future laboratory rotation mentors in person and is very helpful in choosing that first rotation. Below are some helpful questions suggested by Dr. Danny Winder and Dr. Ambra Pozzi, Associate Directors of Graduate Education for the Vanderbilt MSTP, that you may want to use to help guide these conversations with faculty members.

Tennessee Medical Students offer Five ACA Replacement Tenets

March 30, 2017

Maggie Axelrod (M2), Michael Raddatz (M2), and several other Vanderbilt and Meharry medical students co-authored a petition signed by over 300 medical students from all five medical schools in Tennessee, articulating the concerns many medical students share regarding a possible repeal and replacement of the Affordable Care Act. The petition was published in the Tennessean.

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.

Welcome from your SLW hosts!

Ayesha Muhammad, Courtney Edwards, Maxwell Roeske (M1s)
March 16, 2017

Congratulations on being accepted to the Vandy MSTP! The application cycle year is long, difficult, and anxiety-provoking. But now is the time to sit back and enjoy the ride because no matter what, you will become physician-scientists :) We are all looking forward to your visit to Nashville over Second Look Weekend, and you have very excited hosts who will help you navigate your visit!

MSTPublications: March 2017

March 14, 2017
Posted in New Publications

Recently, we have had 5 Vanderbilt MSTP students publish first author manuscripts. An additional 3 MSTP students were co-authors or published a review article or case study. Congratulations to all of our MSTP students on their successful publications! Take a look at the great work our students are doing.  

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.