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Visiting UMass School of Medicine

Posted on by Dr. Francis Collins

Trip to Worcester
I had a fine trip on October 10, 2019 to Worcester, MA. It included a visit to the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Here I was met by Terence Flotte (left), dean of the School of Medicine, and Michael Collins (right), the school’s chancellor. We were en route to attend the Pincus Memorial Lecture, delivered by Jeffrey Gordon of Washington University, St. Louis. While in town, I also delivered the keynote address for the 34th Annual Meeting of the Worcester Regional Research Bureau. The bureau serves the public interest of Greater Worcester by conducting independent research and analysis of public policy issues to promote informed public debate and decision-making.
Credit: UMass Medical School

LabTV: Curious About Drug Resistance of Hepatitis C Virus

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Ashley Matthew

As long as she can remember, Ashley Matthew wanted to be a medical doctor. She took every opportunity to pursue her dream, including shadowing physicians to learn more about what a career in health care is really like. But, as Matthew explains in today’s LabTV video, she also became attracted to the idea of doing research because of her affinity for solving problems and “figuring things out.”

So, Matthew decided to give biomedical research a try, landing a spot in an undergraduate summer program sponsored by the University of Massachusetts. Ten weeks later, she was convinced that her future in medicine just had to include a research component. That’s why Matthew is now well on her way as an M.D./Ph.D. student at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester, where she works in the lab of Celia Schiffer.