Medical Scientist Student Organization

The Medical Scientist Student Organization (MSSO) is a student-founded and student-run organization that acts as the primary liaison to the Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP) in The Ohio State University College of Medicine. All students in the MSTP at any stage of their training are members of the MSSO. The MSSO functions to fulfill many of the common needs of these students by promoting social, scholarly, and professional development through its various activities. The MSSO meets bi-weekly to discuss programmatic updates and listen to seminars from MSTP students on their research, clinical cases or other topics related to biomedical science or patient care. 

The MSSO Officers are student leaders of the MSTP who serve the program as both advocates, for the needs and effective training of students, and ambassadors, between students, leadership and other groups at the College of Medicine, to ultimately influence the direction and continued success of our program. Anyone interested in partnering with the MSSO is invited to reach out to our current president.

2020-21 MSSO Officers

Venkataramany

Akila Venkataramany

President

I have just started my third year in the OSU MSTP and am currently in my first year of graduate school. My PhD work is in the labs of Dr. Dawn Chandler and Dr. Timothy Cripe at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, where I am studying the clinical implications and therapeutic manipulation of RNA alternative splicing in pediatric cancers. Last year, I served as the MSSO Secretary, and I am excited to transition into the role of MSSO President for the upcoming academic year.

Along with assisting the other MSSO officers to execute our individual and group goals, I will be serving as a faculty/student contact and coordinating the MSSO seminar. I plan to prioritize students’ interests in the seminar and integrate more MSTP alumni, OSU faculty, and speakers across the nations to showcase a broad range of scientific and career development presentations. Additionally, I would like to maintain a clear, transparent line of communication among the MSTP student body, MSSO officers, and MSTP administration so that we continue to make programmatic improvements and promote an open and inclusive atmosphere.

Over the last two years, MSSO has been a valuable opportunity for me to interact with other members of the MSTP program and to play a role in advocating for and enacting change on behalf of the student body. I look forward to working with the MSSO board and my fellow students this year!

Koenig

Michael Koenig

Vice President

I am an 8th year MSTP trainee at OSU, currently completing my M4 year. This is my first time serving as an MSSO officer, and I am excited to volunteer my experience and time for the 2020-2021 academic year. My goals for MSSO this year are to utilize more rigorous collection, analysis and communication of MSTP student survey data. I want to help develop a standing online feedback form and work with every education group (pre-clinical, graduate, clinical) to develop a phase-specific feedback form on subjects such as curriculum integration, MSSO, transitions, etc. My other goal for the academic year is to help develop improved resources for MSTP trainees mentoring undergraduate research assistants at OSU. Undergraduate research experiences represent a near-universal point-of-entry for the physician-scientist pipeline, and graduate students should feel empowered to not only manage undergraduate research, but to support them in presenting data, applying for funding, and applying to graduate school.

I did my PhD work with David P. Carbone on lung cancer epigenetics and metabolomics. My goal is to pursue a career as a physician-scientist with a clinical sub-specialization in hematology and oncology.

Ayoub

Christopher Ayoub

Treasurer

I am a fourth year MSTP student, currently in my second year of graduate school. As treasurer for MSSO, I hope to work with the other MSSO officers, and especially the social chair, to increase our budget for social events and networking in order to further build the sense of community in our program. In addition, I hope to work with the MSSO board to make a more robust mentorship program facilitating valuable relationships between cohorts.

Glowinski

Becca Glowinski

Secretary

I am a fourth year MSTP student, currently in my second year of graduate school. As treasurer for MSSO, I hope to work with the other MSSO officers, and especially the social chair, to increase our budget for social events and networking in order to further build the sense of community in our program. In addition, I hope to work with the MSSO board to make a more robust mentorship program facilitating valuable relationships between cohorts.

JimenezHarrison

Daniela Jimenez-Harrison

Social Committee Chair

Hi! I’m Daniela – a 4th year MSTP student. I am currently working on my PhD in Dr. Jeff Kuret’s lab studying Alzheimer’s disease. I am a new member of the MSSO board and will be serving as the board’s first social chair. My goals for the program this year include improving and increasing interclass interactions and mentorship, improving communication between students and leadership, and establishing social programs (i.e. the MSTP book club, holiday party) that help create a sense of belonging. I’m very excited to work with leadership, my fellow officers, and MSTP students to make our program the best it can be!

MD/PhD Annual Student Conference

Each year the University of Colorado Medical Scientist Training Program sponsors and organizes the National MD/PhD Student Conference. Organized by the third year MSTP students, the conference provides an opportunity for MD/PhD students to present their work and interact with other MD/PhD students and prominent scientific investigators.

The MSTP Roundtable

Ohio State's MSTP Roundtable has been created to provide students with the opportunity to regularly interact with successful Ohio State physician scientists in an informal setting.

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MSTP Newsletter

Stay in touch with the students and faculty in Ohio State's Medical Scientist Training Program by reading our recent newsletters.

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