The annual MSTP Retreat was held at the Rochester Yacht Club on beautiful Lake Ontario (15 minutes from downtown Rochester) on Friday, August 9, 2013. Nine incoming students were introduced and welcomed by Dr. Kerry O'Banion, MSTP Director. This was followed by 5 student oral presentations on research. Keynote speaker Charles Thornton, M.D., Professor in Neuromuscular Research and Neurology, presented an extremely interesting talk on his career and research.
After lunch and dessert (a scrumptious sundae bar!), students presented posters on their hobbies such as curling, canning, growing a vegetable garden, and how to take Step II by the M2’s (hilarious!). The fourth year medical class then gave advice (some via powerpoint slides) on returning to third year medical school and how to choose a residency program.
The four students who attend the National MD/PhD Program Student Conference in Colorado summarized their weekend. That was followed by elections for the MSTP Student Council positions. The day ended early, much to everyone's delight and the weekend began!
2013 Retreat Info
A day-long retreat is scheduled for all MD/PhD students and a subset of faculty involved in the program. Planned by the MD/PhD Student Council, this event welcomes new students to the program and consists of a balance of research presentations (students and an invited scientist) and social activities.
The event provides an opportunity to discuss programmatic issues that affect all students. The membership of the student council is also established.
Previous venues have been at a Finger Lakes winery, an Inn in Letchworth State Park, the Inn on Lake Canandaigua, and the Rochester Yacht Club. The food and company are always outstanding.
Traditionally our retreats are preceded by a gathering of students, their families and friends for a catered dinner, games, and water sports.