MD/PhD student’s work takes him to Invent Penn State Tech Tournament

Scott Tucker, a third-year medical student in Penn State College of Medicine’s MD/PhD Medical Scientist Training Program, was one of 12 early-stage startups and inventors to take part in the 2019 Invent Penn State Venture and IP Conference Tech Tournament in October 2019.

His work focuses on total wrist arthroplasty and was co-presented by Shane Rothermel, clinical specialist and orthopaedics resident at Penn State Health. Their project advances an anatomically inspired design for total wrist arthroplasty, consisting of a three-component system that provides superior stability against dislocation to enable patients to maintain freedom of motion and provides an alternative to total wrist fixation.

Originally from Holland, N.Y., Tucker now lives in Elizabethtown with his wife and daughter. He earned his bachelor’s degree in biomedical engineering from Cornell in 2010 and is the first MD/PhD student at Penn State College of Medicine to receive a PhD in Engineering Science and Mechanics.

When Tucker graduates with his MD degree in 2021, he will be the first student to graduate with this combination of Penn State degrees. The program’s leaders credit Tucker with helping to pioneer this now-thriving dual-degree combination, noting that he has led by example and mentored younger students in the program.

Read more about the Tech Tournament in this Penn State News story.

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