MD/PhD Medical Scientist Training Program holds winter retreat
The event was designed to provide trainees across all medical and graduate training years an opportunity to integrate with each other while working toward their future goals of becoming physician-scientists.
The student-led retreat committee hosts several events throughout the year including an annual retreat that normally takes place each spring in State College (though this year’s was a virtual event in light of COVID-19). Creating opportunities for trainees to work in small groups with each other as well as with University training faculty allows for science and innovation to become part of the program’s structure.
At the winter retreat, working in diverse teams, students answered science questions in a popular quiz-style format. Correct answers earned them materials to be used to build a tower, with the groups competing to build the tallest one.
Also at the event, Dr. Kent Vrana presented a talk about crafting a biosketch, including practical how-tos and a lot of interactive back-and-forth, with Dr. Vrana asking students for current examples and advising on best practices.
Current medical residency directors attended an interactive working lunch, where students meet in small groups with residency directors and MD/PHD program leadership to discuss residency in academic medicine. Residency directors provided students with real-world tips – especially for the fourth year of medical school, where interviewing for competitive residency programs is something MSTP students work toward.
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