Ah, August. The month when a good chunk of Europe goes on holiday and children eke out the last few weeks of summer sun. For NICHD fellows, this month marks a farewell to our brilliant summer interns, a welcome to new fellows, and more work to the Metro red line—but that seems like every month, I suppose.
We open this issue with an informative recap of the Lilly National Conference that took place this summer in Bethesda. The Lilly National Conferences are a series of nationwide, multi-day meetings dedicated to evidence-based teaching and learning. The NICHD Office of Education sponsors a handful of NICHD fellows who would like to attend the event. Postdoctoral fellow Dr. Quira Zeidan reports on her experience attending the conference for our feature article this month.
For those fellows who are on the path to med school, two former NICHD postbacs talk about preparing for the Medical College Admission Test, lovingly known as the MCAT. They offer firsthand experience regarding methods that worked for them—yes, both performed well, and they are now starting medical school this Fall. If the MCAT is in your future, reading about successful prep strategies is a great place to start.
A few more notes before you dig into this issue. First, please join us in offering a warm welcome to our new clinical fellows, who no doubt will make great strides in the areas of endocrinology, reproduction, and fertility. Second, check out our “Rep Report” and the August Announcements for opportunities to serve on the NIH-wide Fellows Committee (FelCom) and the NICHD-specific Fellows Advisory Committee, respectively. And third, if you see Dr. Arup Chakraborty from the DePamphilis lab, give him a big pat on the back. He earned third place among all of the 2017 Three-minute-Talk (TmT) speakers at the annual TmT competition.
Enjoy the rest of your summer!
Your Editor in Chief,
Shana R. Spindler, PhD
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