Friday, May 13, 2016

It's Graduation Day!

So many milestones are happening at this time of year:

Congratulations to all of our graduating MSTP students and also to the MSTP friends, classmates, and significant others who may also be celebrating at commencement this weekend!

Good luck to all of our Med2 (now Med3!) students who will be studying for the USMLE Step 1 exam in the coming weeks!

The current keepers of the MSTP Blog will also be making that big switch from grad school back to med school soon, so until we figure out how to work daily updates into being on the wards (or until the blog gets some new keepers), internet updating will be on semi-hiatus starting tomorrow.

It's been quite the adventure so far -- congratulations again, everyone!~

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Thursday, May 12, 2016

Good Luck to Our Med2's Today, Taking the PDS4 Exam, Also Known As the Last Exam of Med2 Year!

The PDS exam might feel evil (although likely less evil than 
exams for some of the other blocks you've tackled this year), but
at least we don't make you take them on scantrons, and at least
the answer patterns are extremely unlikely to be as evil as 
those shown above. 

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Wednesday, May 11, 2016

New KNowledge WedNesday!

This week, we bring you more clarifications to
address a number of common misconceptions about disease. 

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Monday, May 9, 2016

It's Finals Week for Our Med1's and Med2's

We're cheering you all on, Med1's and Med2's! 
We're also cheering on all of our senior graduate
students scrambling to finish up their thesis work
this month before heading back to Med3 year this summer!

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Saturday, May 7, 2016

The Annual MSTP Picnic Is Happening Today!

We hope to see you out there this afternoon at the 
Westmoreland Park Shelter to celebrate summer, 
the program, and the graduation of our awesome Med4's!

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Friday, April 29, 2016

Fun Fact Friday

There's quite of bit of German(-American) culture to be enjoyed 
around the state of Wisconsin, but have you ever wondered
why different languages all seem to have such different names for
Germany? Arika Okrent explains how this came to be. 

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Wednesday, April 27, 2016

New KNowledge WedNesday!

See how many of these clarifying facts you can 
remember from this video about common
misconceptions about memory. 

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Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Reasons to Attend Today's MSTP Seminar

1) The Med4's will be sharing some of their 902 projects with us.

2) Snack on some DELICIOUS PIZZA from Madison's very own Glass Nickel.

3) Come catch up with your MSTP BESTIES. You know you miss seeing everyone after a long week of benchwork/studying/meetings/etc. 

4) It's the LAST SEMINAR OF THE SEMESTER! Which means you probably want to stop by and congratulate our Med4's not just on their 902 projects but for matching so excellently last month (if you haven't already).


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Monday, April 18, 2016

It's Monday, Yet Again.

We hope everyone out there is doing okay. Don't forget to take care of yourselves this week (and every week). Med school and Grad school are stressful, but the end of the academic year is right around the corner!

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Sunday, April 17, 2016

Science Science Sunday!

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Monday, April 11, 2016

How to Ace Your Next Interview

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DISCLAIMER: We here at the Blog of the UW MSTP are not responsible for any interview-related or other consequences of following any advice posted on this blog. We do not represent UW MSTP admissions. We can neither confirm nor deny if events similar to those depicted in the above internet comic have occurred.

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Science Science Sunday!

Its Science Science Sunday here at the Blog of the UW MSTP, and today we encourage you to take a seven-minute study break and check out this awesome video in which a group of astronomy enthusiasts constructs a true scale model of our solar system.

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

New Knowledge WedNesdays

Light is both a particle and a wave, or something like that. 
We can observe doppler shift from moving light sources as
changes in wavelength, but what happens when gravity 
shows up to complicate things?

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Saturday, April 2, 2016

In Case You Were Low on Science-Related Gif Jokes

Everybody likes a good gif reaction post. We generally try match original commentary to the gifs we post here on the Blog of the UW MSTP, but if the whatshouldwecalluwmstp tag isn't providing you with enough academic and science-y reaction gif goodness for you on this blog, do check out some Confessions of a Bad Chemist, starting with this one submitted by Chelsea H.

Friday, April 1, 2016

Really the Chances that April Fools Will Fall on a Friday are Only About 1/7*

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*There are seven days in the week. The chances of this event on a given day over the course of infinite days is exactly 1/7.

Thursday, March 31, 2016

A Dose of Science on this Fine Thursday

It's no secret that the cell phone signal around the HSLC
can be pretty abysmal, but is it worse than in a microwave?
Check out this video by Physics Girl to learn more about
cell phones, microwaves, and Faraday cages.

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Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Monday, March 28, 2016

Aaaaaaand, We're Back!

It's the end of spring break for our M1's and M2's, and
the MSTP blog is also back from it's brief hiatus. 
Updates resume today! Did you miss us? 

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Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Trying to Defend my Dissertation at the Last Possible Minute before Heading Back to Med School

The Blog of the UW MSTP will be taking a short break for the 
next couple weeks as the people in charge of the blog struggle to 
get things in order to graduate so that we don't end up trying
to defend our dissertations at the actual last possible minute
before heading back to med school. 

Updates will resume once at least one of us has wrapped up the whole
thesis defense process and all that other jazz. 

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Monday, February 29, 2016

Monday Pun Day!

Pro tip for the applicants interviewing with us during today's mini-visit: 
quite a few students associated with the UW MSTP are big fans of 
bad puns (also good puns). Do you know any ridiculous 
puns? How about some Dad Jokes? If so, you might fit right in!

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Friday, February 26, 2016

Test Your Science Knowledge

Are you a science whiz? Check out the science knowledge quiz here to see how you stack up relative to a large sample of randomly selected U.S. adults.

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

New Knowledge WedNesdays?

Always trying to expand the horizons of your knowledge, 
if you're unfamiliar with Zipf's Law, check out this fun
and interesting short video to learn a little more about
the weirdness of our world. 

Video brought to you by Youtube. 

Friday, February 19, 2016

When I Get Asked What Percentage of Interviewing Applicants Are Given Acceptance Offers from the UW MSTP

Fun fact: the vast majority of the students you'll interact with
during our recruitment weekend are NOT on the admissions committee
and therefore have no hard statistics to offer those who ask. 
(However, the number of applicants accepted from each 
recruiting weekend is definitely higher than 10-15%.) 

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Thursday, February 18, 2016

Our Last Recruiting Weekend of the Season has Arrived!

February Recruitment Weekend is here! 
We're welcoming 17 bright-eyed applicants to 
spend some time eating cheese with us this weekend. 
Fun activities planned include opportunities to watch a 
UW Hockey Game against Michigan State, 
attending a performance by the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, 
and enjoying some tasty eats around town. 

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Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Interview Strategies

The last recruiting weekend of the season is almost here; 
we're so excited to welcome to new faces to visit
our program, we thought we'd share a pro tip
to help everyone ace their interviews!

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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.

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

The 2013 Great Science Cake Off

The UW MSTP has its fair share of skilled bakers among our student scientists. For those more practiced in the art of tasty themed treats, check out this post and this article on the 2013 Great Science Cake Off to see some of the entries,

No word on what happened to the cake off in subsequent years, although in 2014 there was a regional science cake competition that you can ready about here.

Submitted by: Chelsea H.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

New Knowledge WedNesday?

Everyone vaguely knows about the Rosetta Stone, but how much do
we really know about it? 

Video brought to you by Youtube. 

Saturday, February 6, 2016

It's Saturday!

A day for sleeping in and broadening your academic horizons. For those of you who may not have taken a math course in a while, check out this great vintage instructional math review, titled Look Around You, that demonstrates just how pervasive math is in our everyday lives.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Positive Thinking Thursday: Undeterred Taco

Sometimes you just have to pick yourself up and keep going!

Submitted by Chelsea H.

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