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MD/PhD program discusses lessons learned, mentorship during fall retreat

The Penn State College of Medicine MD/PhD Program held a virtual fall retreat Oct. 9, featuring talks by Allison Cleary, MD/PhD, and Squire Booker, PhD.

Cleary, assistant professor of clinical pathology at the University of Utah and a 2016 graduate of the Penn State MD/PhD program, shared a talk focused on lessons learned from MD/PhD training compiled as a top-10 list. Current trainees were thrilled to chat with Cleary, the 2016 winner of the SciLife Prize and a 2021 recipient of the Penn State Alumni Association’s Alumni Achievement Award. Cleary is the first graduate of the College of Medicine’s MD/PhD medical scientist training program to receive the honor.

Booker, Evan Pugh University Professor of Chemistry and professor of biochemistry and molecular biology, shared an engaging presentation with MD/PhD students, leadership and staff, highlighting his background, education and research. The Howard Hughes Medical Investigator and training faculty member discussed the significance of good mentorship on his career and challenged trainees be mentors for those coming up.

The Penn State College of Medicine MD/PhD program thanked the retreat committee for planning and executing another terrific event in the virtual space.

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