One student’s experience at the National MD/PhD conference July 17-20 in Keystone, CO.… Read More Keystone National MD/PhD Conference
My 90 year-old grandmother told me last week that if this whole physician-scientist thing doesn’t work out, I could still go into the movie business. Before you get disappointed after scouring the student profile pages for a Brad Pitt impersonator, I’m not very good looking. Sorry. My grandfather was a stage actor and comedian and I… Read More Medicine Meets Performing Arts in UAB’s Annual “The Best Medicine Show”
Annual meetings for large scientific societies are a bit like 3-ring circuses. There is a lot going on at any given moment, and despite even the best planning, it is almost impossible to take it all in. With its acclaimed 20,000 attendees, the annual meeting of the American Society of Hematology (ASH) is one of… Read More Traveling for Science: Jason LeGrand writes on attending the Annual Meeting of the American Society of Hematology
“The idea that depression is the result of a chemical imbalance is nonsense.” This is probably not the message you’d expect to come from National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) director Dr. Tom Insel, but this is exactly what he told me along with 11 other MD/PhD students gathered for the NIMH MD/PhD Student Conference… Read More Psychiatry: The Field of the Future, Today!
Our laboratory spent October 6 – 18, 2014 in New South Whales, Australia, attending the 8th International Conference on Heme Oxygenase, BioIron, and Oxidative Stress. Luckily, and despite about 70 hours of total travel time to and from Sydney, we spent more time exploring the tropical city of Cairnes, Australia than we did in our… Read More Traveling for Science: Travis Hull writes from Australia
As someone from out of state, I wanted to enlighten those as to what life is like as a UAB MSTP student. A simple way to do this is to give you a day in my life. First, I live about 1 mile away from campus in a house owned by a second year MSTP… Read More First Year Perspective: Daily Life in the MSTP
It is widely accepted that the transition from graduate school (GS) to medical school third year (MS-3) clerkships is the most challenging transition in the Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP). In attempt to lighten the blow, I arranged a hospital experience for myself a few weeks before starting clerkships. It had been over 4 years… Read More Dr. Stranger or: how I learned to stop worrying and love my MS-3 year