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MD/PhD Program celebrates matching students, hands out awards at annual retreat

The MD/PhD program at Penn State College of Medicine celebrated its recent residency matches with an annual post-Match Day panel, met with a program alumna and enjoyed some peer networking opportunities during a retreat April 15.

The retreat’s theme was Exploring Alternative Paths and Embracing Wellness.

Robert Levenson, PhD, the MD/PhD program’s co-director, and Kirsteen Browning, PhD, associate director, provided a welcome and update.

The keynote speaker, Violette Kivovich, MD, PhD, talked to the group about her career journey. Kivovich, a graduate of the MD/PhD program, is executive director of clinical development at Dragonfly Therapeutics Inc. The attendees also participated in guided Kienle-style groups to facilitate vertical integration among the cohorts.

Spencer Katz and Martin Johnson stand next to each other holder their awards

Spencer Katz, left, and Martin Johnson received the Judith Bond MD/PhD Award.

The program leadership ended the retreat by announcing award winners:

  • Judith Bond MD/PhD Award for outstanding achievement in research and clinical training
    • 2023 – Martin Johnson, Spencer Katz, Mallory Peterson
  • Daniel Notterman award for outstanding clinical research conference presentation
    • 2023 – Maryknoll Linscott, Havell Markus, Mackenzie Sennett

Finally, Timothy Helmuth announced the new Physician Scientist Student Association leaders.

Learn more about the MD/PhD program

Read about the MD/PhD Program’s 2023 matches

Four panelists sit behind a table with a Penn State Health covering with a large screen behind them

Match Day panelists share their experiences with the retreat group.

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