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MD/PhD program’s fall retreat focuses on choosing a medical specialty

Penn State College of Medicine’s MD/PhD Medical Scientist Training Program held its fall retreat Sept. 28, 2019, in Hershey, Pa.

The event brought together the MD/PhD students, leadership, administration and training faculty along with a dynamic residency panel moderated by MD/PhD alumnus and current internal medicine resident Dr. Ron Panganiban.

The student-led event highlighted unique aspects of clinician-scientist training and how decisions at every stage of the training process (eight years, in the model of two years of medical school, four years of graduate training and two more years of medical school) can inform the important decision of choosing a specialty and/or sub-specialty for residency.

Students attending the retreat were in various stages of training, from first-year medical students to post-comprehensive exam graduate students working on defending their theses. The program’s goal is to connect trainees and faculty at all those levels to provide the best educational experience possible for the next generation of clinician-scientists.

The College of Medicine’s Medical Scientist Training Program is supported by a grant from the National Institutes of Health, awarded to the top MD/PhD programs in the country.

The award supports the MD/PhD program to train medical scientists interested in pursuing careers in biomedical research and academic medicine. The College of Medicine also provides support to ensure ongoing and future success of the program.

MD/PhD students Scott Tucker, left, and Esther Choi share their group’s strategies for maximizing networking during a breakout session led by Jessica Kirkwood, Director of Career Services.

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