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Student Committees

MSTP Student Committee Chairs (2 students, G2+)

Liaison between MSTP students and MSTP administration. Advocate on behalf of students to address/resolve problems with the MSTP and maintain interaction with committee chairs to facilitate the successful execution of program events and services. Attend monthly meetings with the program directors and administration to discuss current events and issues brought up by students. Peripherally involved in the planning and execution of most MSTP activities and events.

Alumni & Residency Relations (1+ students)

Facilitate post-program career path mentorship with alumni (or soon-to-be alumni). Work with Dr. Steinman to define this role based on the needs and goals of the program each year. The role may include:

  1. Writing an alumni profile for the newsletter
  2. Assisting in planning any alumni panels or talks for the retreat or workshops
  3. Making alumni information available to MS4s as necessary during interviewing

Correspondence Chair (1 student)

Function as a content and layout editor for the MSTP newsletter, which is published biannually (usually mid-Fall and Spring) and distributed to students, alumni, the NIH, undergraduate institutions, and other MSTPs. Complete the fall newsletter by November 1st and the spring newsletter by April 1st. Distribute electronic PDF copies. Responsibilities include: determining feature articles, soliciting photographers and writers, editing articles, collecting recent publications, PhD defenses, births, weddings, etc., and laying out the sections, articles, and images in Microsoft Publisher.

Curriculum Committee (2+ students)

Chairs involved in the School of Medicine (SOM) and MSTP curriculum. SOM curriculum: attend monthly SOM Curriculum Committee meetings as an MSTP representative to discuss changes/improvements to the medical school curriculum and report any developments or policies that would be relevant to MSTP at the committee meetings. MSTP curriculum: work with students and the MSTP administration to develop and improve MSTP courses based on student feedback.

Diversity Chair (1+ students)

Work with the administration to recruit and promote diversity within the MSTP. Travel to recruiting events nationwide to represent the program. Host local events and be a point-to-person for interviewees and prospective students.

Ethics & Professionalism Committee (1 student, G2+)

The chair has already taken the MSTP Ethics course. Meet with MSTP course director and ethicist to provide input/design for MSTP ethics course "Ethics for Medical Scientists" for G1 students. Schedule and organize class sessions, solicit speakers for the course and work with the course directors in order to assure breadth and diversity in session themes. Represent the MSTP at the Honor Council monthly meetings, which focus on issues regarding professionalism and proper conduct, to represent our program and its constituents during Honor Council meetings and to provide another perspective for problems that arise.

Hosting Committee (2+ students)

Organize events for the MSTP applicants who visit our campus for interviews. Organize the happy hour the day before the interview and the dinner the day after the interview, including recruiting current students to attend these events.  Recruit a contact person for each accepted applicant who should email the accepted applicant with congratulations on their acceptance and offer to answer questions about the MSTP, their graduate program (if applicable), the city of Pittsburgh, etc.

Screening Committee (5+ students)

Made up of senior-level students, ideally with prior interviewing experience. Rate and summarize the applicants to decide which students will be given an interview for each round of rolling admissions.

Interviewing Committee Chair (1 student)

Group liaison at committee meetings. Attend every post-interview meeting to discuss applicants.

Interview Committee (10+ students)

Composed of students in their graduate years from various departments and stages of training. Interview applicants during their visits to Pittsburgh at 4:30 pm on interview days (2x/week) from August to December. Rate and summarize the applicants after the half-hour interview on a number of attributes, including research background/knowledge, clinical experience, and interest in Pitt. Meet with the other interviewers afterward and decide on the final rating for the applicants.

Recording Secretary (1 student, MS1)

Attend all committee meetings, record and distribute committee meeting minutes, and assist in committee-related communications. Attend the medical school Student Executive Council meetings (once monthly) to represent the MSTP and report on any relevant upcoming events the MSTP student body may want to attend or collaborate on.

Retreat Committee (2 students)

Work with the MSTP administration to plan, organize, and delegate tasks for the annual retreat. Tasks include: choosing a venue, finding keynote and student speakers, designing the t-shirt, organizing the poster session, planning social activities, collecting abstracts, formatting the rooming list, collecting meal choices, etc. Begin organizing the retreat around November.

Second Look Committee (3+ students)

Work with MSTP administration to facilitate/coordinate activities with the MSTP and graduate schools for prospective MSTP students. Responsibilities include: contacting prospective students, arranging housing for them during Second Look, setting up faculty meetings, choosing venues and meals, planning social activities, informing current students about the Second Look, organizing the Graduation Recognition Dinner, recruiting speakers, and a student panel, etc. Because the MS1 class just went through Second Look themselves, they can be called upon each year by the chairs to serve as the second look committee.

Tech Committee (1 student)

Keep apprised of the evolving technology aspects of both the medical school and MSTP. Be a member of the SEC Tech Committee and attend those meetings at the medical school each month. Help maintain the MSTP listserves (especially the Official MSTP Student email): help members post items, set up surveys, etc. May play an integral role in making suggestions to the administration on the main Pitt MSTP site. 

Welcoming Committee (2+ students)

Hold events for the incoming MS1 class over the first summer. Be involved in planning any needed orientation activities. Serve as a resource as the incoming class begins their first year of medical school.

Women in Science and Medicine Committee (2+ students)

Serve as the MSTP's liaison to the Pitt Med Women in Science and Medicine Association (WSMA), advocating for the professional development-related interests and perspectives of Pitt MD/PhD students. Responsibilities include planning at least two professional development-oriented sessions per year for the Pitt medical and graduate student communities. Men and women are encouraged to run for these positions. Nominees are urged to contact the current WSMA leadership for further information regarding expected duties and time commitment (Maryanna, Gaelen, Amy).

Workshop Committee (2 students)

Set up workshop dates for the year upon election with the help of the MSTP administration (so that rooms can be booked in time). Facilitate planning of each workshop by the assigned class by scheduling an initial planning meeting with the faculty preceptor immediately following the previous month’s workshop. Submit the final seating chart and A/V needs to MSTP administration at least one week prior to the workshop. After each workshop, distribute and collect student evaluations for the session and returns them to Justin. Arrange a yearly planning session for the upcoming year’s workshops, either as a retreat event or as part of the first workshop of the year in September.

Peer Mentorship/House System Chair (1 student)

Formalize the "house" system which would provide opportunities to connect students across all years of the MSTP.

2022-2023 Student Leadership

Committee Chairperson(s) Representatives
Student Committee Grace Conway & Shruti Nanivadekar  
Alumni Relations and Residency Committee Alexander Chang Elissa Bardhi & Kamron Soldozy
Curriculum Committee  Jasmine Hect & Brit Chamberlain Forrest Shooster, Claire Simmons, Erica Fan, Nathalie Chen, and Sean Sweat
Diversity Committee Ugonna Mbaekwe & Rabira Tusi Forrest Shooster, Christine Tin, Erica Fan, Jessica Medrano, Danica Lee, Leon Min, Kamron Soldozy, Carlos Cosme, Lily Bessette, Isabella Salas-Allende, and Varun Mandi
Ethics and Professionalism Committee Christopher Cover  
Hosting Committee  Erica Fan, Kamron Soldozy, Carlos Cosme, Lily Bessette, Isabella Salas-Allende  
Interviewing Committee Anna Kirillova Chris Cover, Christine Tin, Jessica Medrano, Donald Bourne, Hector Nieves, Anne Wondisford, Brandon Lehrich, Britt Chamberlain, Talia Adi, Kenta Yamamoto, Varun Mandi, and Maria Chroneos
MD-to-Ph.D. Transition Committee Christine Tin & Jasmine Hect Neil Carleton, Chris Cover, Marisa Millenson, Talia Adi, Kevin Dowling, and Anne Wondisford
Screening Committee Jasmine Hect, Chris Cover, Christine Tin, Victoria Heinrich, Neil Carleton, Britt Chamberlain, Varun Mandi, and Jacob Gillis  
Recording Secretary TBN  
Peer Mentorship Committee Kevin Dowling Britt Chamberlain, Marisa Millenson
Retreat Committee Jorna Sojati & Olivia Parks  
SARC Manual Committee Forrest Shooster & Nathalie Chen  
Social Media/Tech Committee Ugonna Mbaekwe, Colton Smith & Rabira Tusi  
Second Look Committee Sami Ahmad, Colton Smith, and Danica Lee  
Student Health Advocacy Resource Program (SHARP) Representatives Britt Chamberlain  
Welcome Committee Claire Simmons, Kenta Yamamoto, and Megan Arnold  
Workshop Committee Brandon Lehrich  
WSMA Jorna Sojati Claire Simmons, Lily Bessette, Hannah Bumgarner, Elissa Bardhi
Pitt SOM JoLT Rep Shruthi Venkatesh