Medical Scientist Training Program

Cassia Wagner, A Week in the Life

Week in the Life of a 2nd year MSTP Student

Sunday

Morning: MSTP Brunch at Dr. Mary-Claire King’s home. Great to catch up with friends farther along in the program.

Afternoon: Trail run in the sunshine through the Redmond Watershed Preserve. Study personality disorders and psychiatry medications at a friend’s house.

Evening: Cider pressing party and campfire at the Med House.

Monday

Morning: Flashcards for Boards Review and studying for Mind, Brain & Behavior Block.

Afternoon: Class on suicide and physician impairment. The mother of someone who died by suicide spoke to our class. Heavy and important session.

Evening: Intramural volleyball game with medical school classmates. Our team, the “Beta Blockers” lost, but it was close.

Tuesday

Morning: Run along Lake Washington. Study.

Afternoon: Lecture on eating disorders and delirium. Small groups led by psych physicians on how to treat depression.

Evening: Dinner organized by the alumni foundation with medical students and a Family Medicine physician at an Ethiopian restaurant. The doctor shared about what it’s like to provide full-spectrum primary care at a Federally Qualified Health Center.

Wednesday:

Morning and Afternoon: Primary Care Practicum in Federal Way. Interviewing, examining, treating patients under physician guidance. I gave my first-ever hip injection!

Evening: Date night – delicous tacos and drinks in Beacon Hill.

Thursday:

Morning: Run through Magnuson Park. Review all psych material for upcoming exam.

Afternoon: Lectures on child and adolescent psychiatry. It’s Halloween, so all the professors brought candy.

Evening: Journal club with first and second-year MSTP students. Discuss a paper on developing a mouse model for schizophrenia with human glial cells. Stop by a classmate’s house on the way home to help give candy to trick-or-treaters.

Friday

Morning: Visual Thinking and Medical Diagnosis class at the Seattle Art Museum. After class, I spent an extra hour at the museum enjoying the display on African art.

Afternoon: Last psych lectures!

Evening: Take home exam to finish Mind, Brain, and Behavior Block. Pack for weekend climbing trip.

Saturday

Morning and afternoon: Drive to Leavenworth (~ 2 hours away) and rock climb in Tumwater Canyon. Beautiful weather and fantastic routes!

Evening: Dinner, hot-tubbing, and camping under the stars with the Wilderness Medicine Interest Group.