Medical Scientist Training Program

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Annual MSTP Retreat

The MCW Medical Scientist Training Program Annual Retreat was held at the beautiful Lake Lawn Resort in Delevan, Wisconsin.  This retreat is (1) a time for our students to relax together with select faculty and interact to address issues specific to the dual-degree trainee, (2) learn some science (of course), and last but not least (3) to socialize with fellow MSTP students.
This year’s speakers included:

  • Ulrich Broeckel, MD (Professor of Pediatrics, Medicine and Physiology, Chief, Section of Genomic Pediatrics, Department of Pediatrics). Dr. Broeckel spoke on “The power of induced pluripotent stem cells to dissect the genetics of complex diseases.”
  • And one of our own alum, Neil Farber, MD, PhD (Associate Professor of Anesthesiology, Pediatrics and Pharmacology & Toxicology, Medical College of Wisconsin, Pediatric Anesthesia staff at Children's Hospital of Wisconsin) gave a very well-received talk on “Resilience.”
  • Peter J. Newman, PhD (Vice President for Research, BloodCenter of Wisconsin, Associate Director, Blood Research Institute, Professor, Department of Pharmacology, Professor, Department of Cell Biology, Neurobiology, and Anatomy, Medical College of Wisconsin) gave our final talk of the retreat entitled “Look what happens when your platelets get fat.”

In addition, the Saturday breakout sessions included:

  • Matthew Riese, MD, PhD “Residency application - timeframe, what are they looking for, what do they ask/what to ask, etc.
  • Richard Robinson, PhD “Tricks/skill sets to keep yourself on track in school/lab, i.e.    organizational habits, timeframe strategies, etc.
  • Gilbert C. White, II, MD “How to introduce yourself and give a 5-min elevator talk to anyone regarding your research           
  • Calvin B. Williams, MD, PhD “How to deal with conflicts/difficulties in the lab; how and when to ask for help and from whom.
  • Joseph T. Barbieri, PhD “Balancing your professional and personal life in school and in your career


The retreat provides trainees with an opportunity to strengthen friendships while dealing with topics that are pertinent to their career planning.  We are definitely looking forward to the next one!
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