Saturday, December 19, 2015

Winter Break is Here!


It's the first day of winter break for all our M1's and M2's.
The Blog of the UW MSTP would like to wish everyone 
safe travels and happy holidays this break. 
We'll see you all back in January!



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Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Would You Eat This?


We're all about food and interesting new ways to 
enjoy it here at the Blog of the UW MSTP. Recently, 
Chef Dan Barber has been experimenting with way to 
bring high class cooking to people using food products that
would otherwise have gone to compost, or worse, to waste. 
Check out this collaboration between NPR news and 
PBS News Hour to learn a little more about his methods. 



Video brought to you by Youtube. 


Sunday, December 13, 2015

Prince Rupert's Drops: Not a Medical Eponym, but Still Pretty Cool Science!


Prince Rupert's drops are a particular type of glass sculpture
with some interesting properties that make them 
incredible strong and incredibly fragile at the same time. 

Smarter Every Day shares some great high-speed 
footage of these things exploding for some impressive
slow motion science. 


Video brought to you by Youtube. 


Thursday, December 10, 2015

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Medical School Exam Question Patients that Give Me Anxiety


See also: Patient presents with shortness of breath. 

When this is the gist of the question stem, it sometimes helps
to remind yourself which exam you're taking
at the time. Neuro? Cardio? Nutrition? 

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Monday, December 7, 2015

A Little Gross Science to Break Up Your Monday


You learn a lot about pee in medical school, but the
curriculum barely touches on these applications. 

Video brought to you by Youtube. 

Sunday, December 6, 2015

Early Summer Box from a Local CSA


Generously subsidized by the health coverage offered to 
all students in the UW MSTP. 

Photo Credit: Brittany Y.


Saturday, December 5, 2015

Will Any of You Love Us Forever?


We're still in the midst of our second MSTP Interview Weekend
of the season. We hope our visiting applicants can take a deep
breath and relax today, enjoying some of the 
fun activities Madison and the UW MSTP have to offer. 
All the formal interviews concluded yesterday
afternoon, which means only fun things are left
 for the remainder of the weekend! :]


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Thursday, December 3, 2015

Get Ready for Another MSTP Recruiting Weekend!


We have 16 fresh new faces arriving tonight for the start of our
second MSTP recruiting weekend! These weekends are always
exciting for us; hopefully they are exciting for our applicants
as well. Looking forward to meeting you all!


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Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Interview Strategies


Our second UW MSTP recruiting weekend kicks off tomorrow! 
Here's another sweet interview strategy to get us all in the right frame of mind. 


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*Disclaimer: The students who run the Blog of the UW MSTP operate independently of the UW MSTP Admissions committee and have absolutely no power whatsoever with regard to UW MSTP admissions. We do not claim that any of these suggestions will be successful and are not responsible for any outcomes, good or bad, that may result from applicants taking our advice during their interviews.

Monday, November 30, 2015

Skills They Don't Teach in Med School


It's the first day back after Thanksgiving, so here's a 
short, surprisingly slow-paced yet interesting video
to distract you oh so briefly from the fact that it's 
still the first day back after Thanksgiving. 

Video brought to you by Youtube. 

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Important Questions on a Day like Today


Are you still sleeping off the Thanksgiving food coma?

Are you scared that one of your patients will ask you
why they feel tired after sleeping more than usual, 
and you won't have an answer?

Well, check out this video from mental floss
to learn a bit more about that phenomenon.


Video brought to you by Youtube.

Friday, November 27, 2015

It's a Perfect Day for Active Wear


It's the day after Thanksgiving, which means Black Friday 
sales and leftovers galore. It might even mean some active
wear for people who want to make sure that other people
perceive them as being pro-active about maintaining a
fit and healthy lifestyle despite yesterday's food-centric excesses. 

Video brought to you by Youtube. 



Thursday, November 26, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving, Everyone!

And for those of you out there who are worried that you might not be studying enough while enjoying time with family and/or friends this holiday, don't worry! We've got you covered. Since it's Thanksgiving, why not check out some of the awesome Candy Anatomy creations made by Mike McCormick, a medical student over at Glasgow University?

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

There's No MSTP Seminar Today!

Safe travels to everyone heading out of town for Thanksgiving today. 
We hope that those of you who work with human subjects also
take the opportunity to enjoy some time over the weekend to
be away from the everyday stresses of your work. 





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Monday, November 23, 2015

When My Med School Classmate Brags About Learning to Run a Gel For Their Summer Research Project.



Speaking of which, the UW SMPH's Fall Student Research Forum is happening today. Stop by the HSLC any time this afternoon to learn about the research some of the non-MSTP Med students took part in this past summer!

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Friday, November 20, 2015

It's Almost Surprising that Nobody Thought of This Sooner

There's an awesome new development in accessibility tech -- a man has developed a hands-free wheelchair for his paraplegic friend. Check out the video here; it's pretty cool!

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Vocabulary Booster


Medicine and Science are all about precision when 
it comes to the language used in the field. Here are some
nifty new terms that, while not necessarily technical or
field-specific, may impress some of your colleagues
next time you're trying to describe a patient's oddly-shaped rash.



Video brought to you by Youtube. 

Monday, November 16, 2015

Interview Strategies


The UW MSTP currently has quite a few skilled bakers and home cooks.
Who's to say this strategy isn't already a proven winner?


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*Disclaimer: The students who run the Blog of the UW MSTP operate independently of the UW MSTP Admissions committee and have absolutely no power whatsoever with regard to UW MSTP admissions. We do not claim that any of these suggestions will be successful and are not responsible for any outcomes, good or bad, that may result from applicants taking our advice during their interviews.

Friday, November 13, 2015

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

The Real Question is Whether Papers and Med School Modules "Count" as Books.


Hey, bookworms! The Pew Research Center put together
some figures on how many books various demographics
read per year in America. Check out the short video above
for more info. How does your reading compare? 


Video brought to you by Youtube. 


Friday, November 6, 2015

Interview Strategies




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*Disclaimer: The students who run the Blog of the UW MSTP operate independently of the UW MSTP Admissions committee and have absolutely no power whatsoever with regard to UW MSTP admissions. We do not claim that any of these suggestions will be successful and are not responsible for any outcomes, good or bad, that may result from applicants taking our advice during their interviews.

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

It's An MSTPizza Day!


Yup, you read that right. Join us for today's MSTP seminar
where we'll be having a Responsible Conduct of Research 
talk along with some delicious pizza and drinks from 
the local Glass Nickel Pizza!





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Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Wellness Comes in Many Forms



Gentle reminder from the blog of the UW MSTP that 
wellness and well-being are more than just checking
off whether or not you've engaged in "enough" of
the "right" healthy behaviors on a given day, no matter
how much your peers/colleagues/superiors won't stop
talking about how many miles they ran this morning/week/month. 

And you folks out there who chug that kale shake 
at 4am every morning? You're great. Your peers who choose
not to live that lifestyle? They are also great. 


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Monday, November 2, 2015

In Quite a Few Of These, Unusual Seems Like It May Just Be a Euphemism for Unpleasant


Here at the blog of the UW MSTP, we are all about
perspective and remembering to appreciate modern medicine
and the value of using scientific evidence to guide treatments.

Video brought to you by Youtube. 

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Halloween Is Here!


Video brought to you by Youtube. 

Friday, October 30, 2015

Tomorrow is Halloween!


Whether you're planning to dress up as a 7th-year grad student 
or a mandatory lunch talk where they 
don't provide any lunch, we hope you have a 
spooky costume ready to go for tomorrow!

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Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Generally, Scientists Already Know This


An accessible and informative video combating the 
misconception that "chemicals" are inherently "bad" 
when it comes to various foods. 

Video brought to you by Youtube.



Monday, October 26, 2015

Sound Science

Click here for just under 6 minutes of some super cool sound science. Trust us, and make sure you have your sound on when you watch!

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Interview Strategies




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*Disclaimer: The students who run the Blog of the UW MSTP operate independently of the UW MSTP Admissions committee and have absolutely no power whatsoever with regard to UW MSTP admissions. We do not claim that any of these suggestions will be successful and are not responsible for any outcomes, good or bad, that may result from applicants taking our advice during their interviews.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

No MSTP Seminar Today!


There's no MSTP Seminar today, kids, so use the extra free
evening time to get in some studying, run some errands, or 
just savor the extra hour (whatever that means for you)! 

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Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Your Daily Dose of Science

There's been a lot of debate regarding whether the Coriolis Effect exerts a significant influence over the direction of swirl when water drains. Luckily, Youtube educators Smarter Every Day and Veritasium have teamed up for an intercontinental experiment to conduct some careful observations of this phenomenon (or lack thereof?). Check it out here!

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Happy birthday Anna M.!

Hope your third year of medical school is going spectacularly!  We hope your birthday is wonderfully restful.  If you've forgotten what rest is like, please follow the example of this puppy:

D'awwwwwww.

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Clever Interview Strategies


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*Disclaimer: The students who run the Blog of the UW MSTP operate independently of the UW MSTP Admissions committee and have absolutely no power whatsoever with regard to UW MSTP admissions. We do not claim that any of these suggestions will be successful and are not responsible for any outcomes, good or bad, that may result from applicants taking our advice during their interviews.

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Happy birthday Rachel L.!

Hope your M3 year is going wonderfully!  We hope your day is as enjoyable as spending time in a bunny cafe.


Seriously, entrepreneurs of Madison--someone needs to get on this.  ASAP.  That food!  Those bun-buns!

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Happy birthday Layla B.!

Hope your third year of graduate school is treating you well.  We know it's a tall order, but...

try to have a fantastic birthday, or you will upset this very happy moose. 



And can you really bring yourself to disappoint this cheerful fellow?

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Interview Strategies


Our first recruitment weekend of the season may be over, but 
there are still three more weekends in the works and it's 
never too late to further hone those killer interview skills. 


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*Disclaimer: The students who run the Blog of the UW MSTP operate independently of the UW MSTP Admissions committee and have absolutely no power whatsoever with regard to UW MSTP admissions. We do not claim that any of these suggestions will be successful and are not responsible for any outcomes, good or bad, that may result from applicants taking our advice during their interviews.

Saturday, October 10, 2015

MSTP Recruiting -- All Fun All The Time!


The long day of interviews is over, which means today is
Recruitment Weekend Saturday of Fun Times! Applicants
visiting the program this weekend will be spending the day touring 
our HSLC/hospital complex, spending the afternoon at a
local brewery or bowling alley, and ending the evening at
a relaxed dinner party with current UW MSTP directors, students, and 
administrators, including the legendary Paul Cook.

Relax and breathe easy, everyone, all of these events should be stress-free. :] 


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Friday, October 9, 2015

MSTP Recruiting Starts Today!


We have 16 lovely and charming applicants on campus today
to interview with the UW MSTP during the first recruitment
weekend of the season. Welcome, recruits! 

It's a long day of interviewing, but hopefully nobody feels 
too nervous. In the spirit of interview season, from time to time
we'll be posting some helpful tips* that you might use. 
The first one (above) is pretty smart!


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*Disclaimer: The students who run the Blog of the UW MSTP operate independently of the UW MSTP Admissions committee and have absolutely no power whatsoever with regard to UW MSTP admissions. We do not claim that any of these suggestions will be successful and are not responsible for any outcomes, good or bad, that may result from applicants taking our advice during their interviews.

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Hearts to Our Med2's Today


The Med2's have their CV block exams today. 
Good luck, Med2's! You can do this! 
This block of exams will all be over soon. 
If you start feeling too stressed, never underestimate
the value of first checking your own pulse. 


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Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Three Reasons Why YOU Should Make Sure Not to Miss MSTP Seminar This Evening

1) Sara B. will fill us in on her latest findings in the research world of Alzheimers and neuroimaging.

2) Ryan D. will give a short talk to explain the latest in his work on understanding centrosome amplification in breast cancer.

3) We have some MSTPizza scheduled for seminar today, ordered locally from the amazing Glass Nickel Pizza.

Really, there's not much more you could ask for on a Wednesday evening.


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