PSTP 2019 Retreat: Celebrating Accomplishments and Preparing for the Year to Come


The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine Physician Scientist Training Program (PSTP) hosted the program’s eleventh annual research symposium on Friday, October 18th, 2019. The 2019 PSTP retreat was planned by PSTP students Alicia Mizes (research year), Breanna Nguyen (MS2), and Vaidehi Patel (MS2).

The day commenced at noon in the BST South Lobby where hundreds of excited medical school students, faculty, and friends gathered to learn about PSTP students’ cutting-edge, novel research. After an hour and a half of passionate poster presentations, those in attendance were welcomed to this year’s symposium, and Dr. Richard Steinman delivered a State of the Program address. Attendees closed out the afternoon portion of the symposium with a talk from Dr. Burton Lee which detailed the importance of numeracy in medical research, and how it impacts clinical decision making.

Students, alumni, and faculty reconvened at The Pittsburgh Center for the Arts (6300 Fifth Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15232) where they indulged in a delightful dinner and heard a Keynote Address from Dr. Caterina Rosano. Dr. Rosano’s address focused on the intersection of an aging population and medical research. Hearing from and mingling with faculty enlightened the students on topics and lessons that will benefit their current and future careers as physician-scientists.

A good time was had by all! The 2020 retreat planning committee is already busy organizing next year’s symposium; so, stay tuned!