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. 

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Snapshots from the 2014 MSTP Retreat

Jon T. and Natalie G. soaking in the summer sun
at this year's MSTP Retreat. 

Photo Credit: Brittany Y.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Happy birthday Anna M.!

May this year be more awesome than the last and less awesome than the next.  In the meantime, we hope you enjoy this unique blend of Star Trek, medicine, and potty humor!

Friday, October 17, 2014

Good Luck to All Our Interviewing Applicants Today!

Just relax and be you! 
And isn't it awesome that we didn't even 
make you pack a suit?

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Thursday, October 16, 2014

It's That Time of Year Again...

Not just fall, but UW MSTP Recruiting season! 

The first interview weekend of the academic year is here! We'll be hosting sixteen bright and eager recruits over the next couple days, and as always we'll be providing each one with a living breathing guide to take care of all of that navigating from place to place. 

Recruits will talk to researchers around campus, hang our with current UW MSTP students, and hopefully have a fun time.

This weekend, we're looking forward to taking our recruits to try out some of the eateries on State Street, explore the city a little, watch a UW hockey game or attend a Madison Symphony Orchestra concert, and even take a tour of a local brewery.

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

Wednesday, October 15, 2014


Happy happy birthday Rachel L.!

With Halloween fast approaching, the  UWMSTPblog would like to give you a little something different for your birthday.  So prepare to be shocked and amazed by the following paranormal footage.  (We've never seen anything quite like it.)

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Birthday birthday!

Happy birthday Layla B.!  Congratulations on another successful year of life!

The UWMSTPblog is gonna be honest with you.  Your research is complicated.  So complicated that the UWMSTPblog has no idea if there is an appropriate funny song or youtube vignette that relates to it.  The UWMSTPblog is sorry, and hopes you will enjoy this silly and adorable video about chameleons instead.

Monday, October 13, 2014

The Laura's

Thumbs up from Laura's F., T., and S. at the 2014 MSTP Retreat!

Photo Credit: Brittany Y.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Next Level Science Pun

(Because it's a CELL WALL -- get it?))

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Saturday, October 11, 2014

Happy birthday Adam B.!

Many happy returns and congratulations on a highly successful PhD career thus far!  (But, if you're getting bored with the fast-paced, cut-throat world of academia and are considering your specialty options, the UWMSTPblog has a suggestion for you...)

Friday, October 10, 2014

Snapshots from the 2014 MSTP Retreat

Natalie G. and Brett M. enjoying the last days of 
summer sun at the 2014 MSTP Retreat. 

Photo Credit: Brittany Y.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Fall Colors

In case the pumpkin spiced everything didn't tip you off, 
we're now more than a solid week into October 
which means that fall is definitely here! 

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Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Flu Shots! Get 'em While They're Hot!

Flu season is upon us, which means it's time for flu shots! 

Flu shots are required of all MSTP students and of many faculty and 
staff members of the UWSMPH unless documentation of a religious 
or medical exception is submitted instead. The deadline to submit
proof of immunization or a request for exception is 
8am on November 17th, so don't forget! 

University Health Services is providing flu shots at pop-up walk-in clinics 
all over campus, with some providing flu shots for UW students 
and others for UW faculty/staff.

Submitted by: Chelsea H.

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Sunday, October 5, 2014

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Pork Shank

Served at Merchant Madison. 

Photo credit: Brittany Y.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Happy birthday Laura F.!

Happy birthday Laura!

True story about Laura: Upon joining the MSTP (now so many years ago), she was surprised to learn that, following her interview weekend, she accidentally made a name for herself among the other recruits.

"Did you meet Laura?"  "I think so.  The girl who swears all the time?"

Here is a video of the birthday present we are all hoping Laura receives.  (Mildly NSFW, due to one instance of profanity)

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Happy birthday Jonathan T.!

Happy birthday, and hope you're enjoying your M1 year so far!  For your birthday, we give you exactly what we're sure you wanted: the most meta, the most ultimate, the most Platonic med school lecture.