|Adnan Elhammali||MSTP nurtures my interests in science and medicine...|
I decided to join the Washington University MSTP to develop into a qualified academic physician capable of translating important research findings into clinical practice. I realized that I cannot separate my love for research from my drive to treat the ill. During my medical training at Wash U, I was constantly exposed to basic research through journal clubs, Thursday meetings, and the monthly Meet a Professor series. Now that I am in the research phase of my training, research is more exciting than ever. I now have enough basic medical knowledge to understand the clinical relevance of so many more research questions. I also have many opportunities to continue interacting with patients and clinical medicine by attending grand rounds or volunteering at the Saturday neighborhood clinic. The ability to think beyond the bench, about the patients I met and the suffering that could someday be alleviated, reaffirms and strengthens my commitment to becoming a physician-scientist.
|Mia Henderson||Looking forward to the future...|
Besides not being the only one of my college friends without a “real job,” I’m really excited to be able to practice medicine and think about science in the same week! During the preclinical years of medical school, I really missed being in the lab. Now that I’m in the graduate training phase, I really miss interacting with patients. While there are plenty of opportunities to attend talks during med school and to shadow or volunteer clinically in grad school, its really easy to get wrapped up in the things you have to do and not make quite as much time for the things you really like to do. I look forward to the day when I can put down one for a few hours and do the other without feeling guilty – they’ll both be part of my job.
|Nicole Kretzer||The MSTP staff has you covered...|
As a busy student, you want to spend your time focusing on education and research, and not have to worry about paperwork and general bureaucratic issues. When it comes to dealing with administrative and operational overhead, the MSTP staff has you covered. But they really do so much more than filling out paperwork and making sure you are on track to graduate. The MSTP Staff also provides insights into program requirements and thesis lab choices, helping you answer those crucial decisions that are going to craft your future career. They play a pivotal role in organizing the events that make our MSTP program so vibrant. For example, they coordinate lunch talks that introduce you to different research areas or new professors on campus as well as organizing and funding our journal clubs and retreats. Outside of curriculum or campus questions, the staff is also available to answer those tricky questions: good places to live or best ways to get involved in the community. Overall, the MSTP staff provides guidance on all aspects of education, research, career, and lifestyle.
|Brandon Holmes||The large MSTP class at Washington University is a rather unique feature...|
The large MSTP class at Washington University is a rather unique feature. With roughly 25 students per class and almost 200 students at all levels, the MSTP represents a large fraction of the medical and graduate student body. This provides the MD/PhD students with a distinct position to be a fundamental and important part of the institution. As such, the MD/PhD student body creates a strong community that upholds and promotes the physician-scientist philosophy. This not only makes the learning environment at Washington University ideal for MD/PhD trainees, but also ensures that the voice of the physician scientist is heard.
|Gurmukh Sahota||MSTP's flexibility is critical...|
In any MSTP, flexibility is key in order for the students to be able to graduate in a reasonable amount of time. At the Wash U MSTP, this is part of a broader philosophy prioritizing students’ training needs. Wash U MSTPs are a significant proportion of the medical school class and their needs are taken into account through flexibility in the curriculum. As a result, MSTPs are able to integrate some of their core PhD course requirements into their first two years of medical school. This allows Wash U MSTP students to start their core thesis work earlier.
|Lulu Sun||I am perpetually amazed and inspired by my fellow MSTP classmates...|
I am perpetually amazed and inspired by my fellow MSTP classmates. They are among the most involved and dedicated medical students. They lead student groups, volunteer in the community, and organize and participate in full force in class social events. We always have great discussions – in the past years, we've moved from discussing anatomy and physiology, to analyzing case studies and pathology, and now to talking about and providing suggestions for our thesis projects. I count myself incredibly lucky to have this fantastic group with which to study, work, and party. It's a real community.
|Manouela Valtcheva||Living in St. Louis...|
I have had the experience of trying out most of the student housing options - a summer at Olin Residence Hall, a year in an apartment in the Central West End, and currently owning a house in historic Lindenwood Park. Olin is great if you dislike commuting because it is physically connected to the medical school. I hear nothing beats going to lecture in flip-flops in the middle of January. Renting just a short walk from campus in the Central West End offers many social benefits as most students live in this area. Here you can find wonderful restaurants and bars with outdoor seating perfect for enjoying the weather. For a more family-friendly feel, there are several historic neighborhoods a short drive from campus where some students, including myself, have bought their first homes.
In terms of things to do, St. Louis has much to offer and most of it is free or cheap. Forest Park is the location of the St. Louis Zoo, St. Louis Art Museum, the Muny, and the History Museum. Seasonal attractions include Shakespeare in the Park, ice skating, and the Great Forest Park Balloon Race. The Missouri Botanical Gardens host free concerts on Wednesday evenings during the summer, which are perfect for enjoying a picnic dinner with friends. If you're a baseball fan, student tickets for Cardinals games are cheap and easy to obtain. As a city, St. Louis isn't overwhelmingly crowded and is often described as having more of a small town feel.
|David Dadey||I found my transition to the MSTP to be...|
Coming from Morehouse College, a small liberal arts institution in Atlanta, I found my transition to the MSTP to be exceptionally smooth. My past experience here through the BioMedRAP summer research program gave me a unique opportunity to experience the amazing student community here. This combined with the very supportive staff in the MSTP office and pass-fail curriculum during first year made for a very comfortable entry into life as an M.D.-Ph.D. student. What continues to leave me in awe is the breadth of research opportunities we have access to, not to mention the vast number of academic resources that are made available to all of us in the MSTP. I find that being a student here is like being part of one big family, much like at Morehouse, and I could think of no better place for me to begin my medical and graduate career.