Friday, December 19, 2014

UW MSTP is on Break and So Are We!

Regular posting to return January 5, 2015 with the start of the medical school academic year.

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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Ask the Smithsonian

Did you know, the Smithsonian has put together a growing collection of videos featuring brief explanations to a variety of questions all in plain language. Ideal for curious kiddos out there or for curious adults who want to take a quick mental break that's a little more educational than Candy Crush.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Happy birthday Nicholas!

Here's hoping you an excellent remainder of your M2 year!

For your birthday, please enjoy a video of a med school archetype that will soon become a distant memory as you transition into graduate school...hopefully...

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Happy birthday Ceci!

Here's wishing you a wonderful birthday year!

Unfortunately, the UWMSTPblog regrets to inform you that they have used up this month's allotment of good taste celebrating Mark's birthday.

But they know you like cats, and so they poked around Google a bit, and, you go.  Happy birthday!

Monday, December 8, 2014

SciShow Talking About Psych Terms!

We realize that not all readers of the Blog of the UW MSTP may be
using these terms incorrectly, but given the prevalence of misuse
of these terms in popular culture, here's a video explaining
what four common words with psychiatric origins actually mean.

Video brought to you by Youtube.

Saturday, December 6, 2014

For the Curious

Have you ever wondered how exactly those tattoo removal
lasers do their thing? Well, here's an overview of the process
in handy .gif form! 

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Thursday, December 4, 2014

Happy birthday Mark!

Today, the UWMSTPblog wishes an extremely happy birthday to a much-beloved director! 

The UWMSTPblog notes that, in a rare act of good taste, we will not celebrate your birthday with an oncology-themed video or cake.  Please enjoy this adorable doggy video instead!


Wednesday, December 3, 2014

UW MSTP Interview Weekend Part 2 Starts Tomorrow

It's the first week of December, which means it's time for the second interview weekend for this cycle of UW MSTP admissions! Another set of sixteen bright and eager recruits start trickling in to Madison tomorrow to spend some time with current UW MSTP students, staff, and faculty over the next couple days. 

As always we'll hope everyone comes prepared to have a good time. Weekend highlights will include meals around town with current students, a UW hockey game or the Madison Symphony Orchestra Christmas concert, a tour of a local brewery, and a much shorter tour of our hospital and HSLC facilities. Oh yes, and also those pesky interviews. At least we won't make you wear a suit! 

Looking forward to meeting everyone for a weekend of fun. Get excited!

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Pad Thai

Taken at: Sa Bai Thong

Photo credit: Brittany Y.

Monday, December 1, 2014

Happy birthday Brendan!

Happy birthday!  The UWMSTPblog regretfully admits that no good mitochondria cake pictures exist.  As a substitute present  on this auspicious day, the UWMSTPblog would like to give you a gift idea for your lovely wife. 

(She'll love it.  We swear.)

Sunday, November 30, 2014

The Final UW MSTP Secondary Application Deadline is Tomorrow!

Are you a procrastination pro? 
Are you also intending to apply to the UW MSTP? 
Well, then now is your time to SHINE! 

The final deadline to submit those UW MSTP secondary applications 
is fast approaching (in fact, it's TOMORROW!), 
so get those essays together and make sure to send us your stuff. 
We look forward to seeing some of you interviewing 
with us in the new year; it would be a real shame 
if you couldn't join us this cycle just because 
the deadline crept up without you knowing!

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Friday, November 28, 2014

The Day After Thanksgiving

Hope everyone out there is recovering well from yesterday's food coma.
Happy hunting to anyone also trying to get some Black Friday Shopping
in today as well. Enjoy the long weekend, everyone! 

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Thursday, November 27, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving from the Blog of the UW MSTP to you! 

Safe travels to everyone spending the holiday with friends and family. 
And for those of you needing a panicked last-minute holiday meal, 
here's a handy guide to cooking a complete Thanksgiving meal
using the simple magic of your microwave! 

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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Monday, November 24, 2014

Happy birthday Bournali!

Happy birthday to an excellent neuroscientist who is SO VERY NEARLY DONE WITH THE MSTP WE CAN ALL TASTE IT.  WHOA. 

In honor of your birthday, please enjoy a video detailing some of the hidden perils of your clinical years!

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Good Food and Good Eats!

Good discussion at last month's MSTP Women's Dinner was 
accompanied by some good eats, catered by Madison's own

Photo credit: Brittany Y. 

Friday, November 21, 2014

Happy birthday Dr. Reeder!

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A very happy birthday to a tremendously talented radiologist who happens to be a beloved admin!  (Also, we thought you might enjoy this video depicting the frustrations of one of your peers interacting with ED docs...

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Midwestern Living

House centipedes: one of the many critters just 
waiting to welcome you to Wisconsin... 

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Sunday, November 16, 2014

Wise Words

It's the middle of November, which means the semester's end is just about a month away!
Just a friendly reminder to take care of yourselves as we head into this final stretch. 
And hey, Thanksgiving break is coming up even sooner!

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Saturday, November 15, 2014

Thursday, November 13, 2014


There's more to the rainbow than pots of gold at the end. NPR has put together this cool feature that walks you through the facts that exist relating to the role of color in various historical and cultural happenings. There's likely some learning and enjoyment in there for pretty much everyone, even the colorblind. Check it out!

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Sunday, November 9, 2014

For All Those Med1's About to Face Block 2 Exams

Good luck on your block 2 exams this week! You will rock them!

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Saturday, November 8, 2014

Happy birthday Alexander P.!

Many happy birthday wishes on this day, your first birthday in medical school!  And since we're on a roll with Yang and sh*t graduate students say, please enjoy a compilation of all the sh*t that is said by med students:

Yang's birthday!

Happy birthday Yang H.!  Hope your second year of med school is going well.  Looking forward to grad school?  Here's a little taste from the UWMSTPblog:

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

The Science of Beer

The great state of Wisconsin is well known for its many 
fine brewed beverages. Here's a video for those wanting to 
learn a little more about the science behind the making of 
this ever-popular drink! 

(The brewery toured in the video is actually in Texas,
but we won't hold it against them.)

Video brought to you by Youtube. 

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Final AMCAS Submission Deadline Today!

Hey! Are you currently in the process of applying to MD-PhD programs? Are you perhaps in the process of applying to our very own UW MSTP? 

Then BE WARNED, today is the last and final day to submit your AMCAS application for consideration during the current application cycle. So if you haven't yet submitted your AMCAS, be sure to click that button today! We look forward to meeting you in the months to come. 

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Friday, October 31, 2014

Happy Halloween!

In the spirit of Halloween, here's a quick video about a terrifying surgical device from the pre-anesthesia days for those medical history nerds out there. Have fun and stay safe tonight, everyone!

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Monday, October 27, 2014

Girl Power

Last night was the first of hopefully many UW MSTP Women in Science dinners, hosted by Dr. Anna H., our brave and fearless MSTP director. It was an evening of good food and lively discussion. The event was organized, in part, by our very own Sara S. who has also been involved with the She's So Boss project. If you're interested in learning more about women in leadership and the She's So Boss project, we encourage you to check it out!

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Snapshots from the 2014 MSTP Retreat

There's no time like lunch time! 

Pictured (top row from left): Chelsea H., Jack H., Peter C., Erin D., Alex P., Natalie G.
(bottom row from left): Jorge R., Nick V., Laura S., and Amelia H.

Photo Credit: Brittany Y.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Pumpkin carving!

Halloween is just around the corner, so if you haven't gotten your
pumpkin carving game together yet this year, you might want 
to start soon! Here are some pictures from previous MSTP 
pumpkin carving get-togethers. 

Pictured (from left): Aos D., Sumit K., Ray Z. Keiki A., Drew S., and Mitch B.

Sumit K. and Ray Z. deep in concentration. 

Erin T. and her spooky ghost. 

Photo Credits: Brittany Y.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

It's Brett M.'s birthday!

Happy birthday Brett!  We know you don't work in a yeast lab, but hopefully you enjoy this video anyway.  :)

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

MSTP Trivia Champions!

Congrats to the winning team of MSTP Trivia 
at this year's 2014 MSTP Retreat! 

Pictured: Paul C., Erika S., Brett M. Shawn J., and Alex P.

Photo Credit: Brittany Y.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

The Anna's

Anna's He., M., B., and Hu. at the 2014 MSTP Retreat
Anna Huttenlocher, our MSTP Director and fearless leader, 
commented at the time of this photo that when she 
was growing up there were no other Anna's. 

One way to address this of course was to recruit as many 
Anna's into our program to keep her company! 

(We kid; being named Anna is not known to have any 
significant effect on admission or attendance at the UW MSTP.)

Photo credit: Brittany Y.