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York named Medical Scientist Training Program associate director

Jun. 19, 2014, 8:27 AM


Sally York, M.D., Ph.D.

Sally York, M.D., Ph.D., assistant professor of Medicine in the Division of Hematology and Oncology, has been appointed associate director of the Vanderbilt Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP).

The goal of the MSTP is to train leaders in biomedical research and human medicine while earning both M.D. and Ph.D. degrees.

In her role as associate director, York will supervise the MSTP Clinical Preceptorship Program and the MSTP Continuity Clinical Experience. She also will serve as the administrative coordinator of the MSTP Career Development Workshop and advise senior MSTP students about career choices and residency placements.

“We are thrilled to have recruited Dr. York to the MSTP leadership team. She is an immensely talented physician scientist and will be a superb MSTP associate director,” said Terence Dermody, M.D., the Dorothy Overall Wells Professor of Pediatrics and MSTP director since 2003.

York received M.D. and Ph.D. degrees from Washington University in St. Louis and was actively involved with the Duke MSTP while a member of the faculty at that institution. “She will bring substantial expertise and knowledge about physician-scientist training to our program,” Dermody said.

“I am delighted to join the Vanderbilt MSTP,” said York, a medical oncologist whose research focuses on lung cancer and cancer genetics. “This training program is near and dear to my heart as it serves to foster the development of outstanding physician-scientists.”

Vanderbilt has had an M.D./Ph.D. program since 1964, which was formally recognized as the MSTP in 1977. The program has graduated 219 physician-scientists and includes many alumni who have attained leadership positions in academic medicine.

Currently there are 102 students in the program, mentored by 59 faculty members.

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