May, 2015

It has been my pleasure to hear from so many of you following my January update. It’s clear that UVA physician researchers have pursued a broad variety of successful careers—and that many of you maintain a deep interest in the future of our MSTP Program. I hope that you will continue to send me your updates and ideas, including how we can strengthen our alumni base.

I am pleased to inform you that our latest recruitment efforts have met, once again, with great success. Our highly accomplished incoming class of 7 will include 4 men and 3 women. Their scientific interests range from cancer biology to metabolism to bioinformatics and genomics. They are also a remarkably diverse class with 3 of the 7 (43%) representing groups historically under-represented in medicine and research.

Finally, I also wanted to share with you this profile of one of our exemplary students, Eve Privman, which appears in the current issue of Vitals, the UVA School of Medicine alumni magazine. In my January letter, I mentioned that, nationally, the percentage of women who remain in research and/or academic careers is lower than their male counterparts. Among UVA alumni, however, roughly 70% of our women graduates have remained in biomedical research or academic positions, a rate that is essentially equivalent to our male graduates. Eve certainly has a promising outlook for a career in neuroscience. In her Q & A, she also shares a bit about what it’s like to be in UVA’s MSTP Program today.

I hope that you enjoy reading about Eve. I look forward to hearing from you.


Best wishes,


Dean H. Kedes, PhD, MD
Director, Medical Scientist Training Program
University of Virginia