The lead articles in this issue of UW Medicine highlight the remarkable talent of our graduate students in the basic and clinical sciences. Some pursue Ph.D.s and advanced work in a basic science field. Others pair advanced basic science training with completion of medical school. Some go on to a lifetime of bench research; still others combine patient care with conducting laboratory and clinical studies.
These articles demonstrate the dual roles of students who pursue advanced training in diabetes, virology, immunology, pathology and other fields. Their training period itself is frequently a very productive time for making research advances. Trainees and their faculty mentors create powerful teams in which the mentor’s expertise and guidance combine with the talent and curiosity of the trainee to advance today’s research and define tomorrow’s health solutions. Together, these mentor-mentee teams often make the groundbreaking discoveries that change medicine. In the process of working together, wonderful relationships are built and cemented for future collaboration.
The UW School of Medicine Medical Scientists Training Program (MSTP), in existence since 1964, has graduated more than 200 physician-scientists who go on to productive careers within and outside of medicine. It is a pleasure to observe the ways in which these bright young people and their peer colleagues, who pursue a purely scientific career, improve our environment through their curiosity, talent and commitment.
I would like to thank UW Medicine’s many graduate students for their dedication to and successes in improving health. Thank you as well to the faculty who guide and mentor these talented individuals and who also pursue outstanding, groundbreaking research. Each of you is a vital and valued member of our vast UW Medicine community.
Paul G. Ramsey, M.D.
CEO, UW Medicine