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MSTP Clinical Connections

Clinical Connections [MSTP:8512] is a highly successful required component of the MSTP that allows students to maintain clinical exposure and experience during graduate training. Students in the graduate phase of training choose a clinical preceptor from a pool of faculty members chosen based on their ability to be inspiring teachers and role models. Many Clinical Connections preceptors are active physician-scientists.

  • Each student is required to complete four rotations in Clinical Connections (beginning the second year in lab during the fall semester after beginning their graduate work).
  • Each rotation consists of a mentored clinical experience (either inpatient or outpatient) 4 1/2 days or 2 full days for one semester.
  • Four weeks of clinical clerkship credit are awarded by the CCOM for participation in Clinical Connections.

Importantly, Clinical Connections exposes MSTP students to physician-scientist role models, eases the transition back into the medical curriculum, and helps students explore potential subspecialty areas for residency and future career direction. This is accomplished with minimal interruption of their thesis work.

  • Students receive a grade (P/F) and credit is received. Some students elect to participate in more than four semesters of Clinical Connections, often to explore additional clinical specialties.
  • Further, many students complete an extra Clinical Connection rotation near the end of their graduate training to refresh their clinical skills prior to returning to clinical clerkships.

Below is a list of recently participating faculty.  Students can view more information by logging into the MSTP Wiki and viewing the Clinical Connections Resource Book.


Physician Department / Division
Kenichi Ueda, MD Anesthesiology
Ali Jabbari, MD, PhD Dermatology
Hans House, MD Emergency Medicine
Jon Van Heukelom, MD Emergency Medicine
Olivia Bailey, MD Emergency Medicine
David Elliott, MD, PhD Gastroenterology & Hepatology
Barry London, MD, PhD Internal Medicine - Cardiovascular Medicine
Christopher Benson, MD Internal Medicine - Cardiovascular Medicine
Denice Zingman, MD Internal Medicine - Cardiovascular Medicine
Ferhaan Ahamed, MD, PhD Internal Medicine - Cardiovascular Medicine
Michael Guidici, MD Internal Medicine - Cardiovascular Medicine
Milena Gebska, MD, PhD Internal Medicine - Cardiovascular Medicine
Saket Girotra, MBBS, MS Internal Medicine - Cardiovascular Medicine
Greg Schmidt, MD Internal Medicine - Critical Care
Amal Shibli-Rahhal, MD Internal Medicine - Endocrinology & Metabolism
Kevin Glenn, MD Internal Medicine - General
Melinda Johnson, MD Internal Medicine - General
Brian Link, MD Internal Medicine - Hematology, Oncology & BMT
Laurel Lyckholm, MD Internal Medicine - Hematology, Oncology & BMT
Michael Tommasson, MD Internal Medicine - Hematology, Oncology & BMT
Mohammed Milhem, MD Internal Medicine - Hematology, Oncology & BMT
Samuel Johnston, MD Internal Medicine - Hematology, Oncology & BMT
Usha Perepu, MD Internal Medicine - Hematology, Oncology & BMT
Dee Dee Stafford, MD, PhD Internal Medicine - Immunology
Scott Vogelgesang, MD Internal Medicine - Immunology
Jason Barker, MD Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
Judy Streit, MD Internal Medicine - Infectious Diseases
Manesh Suneja, MD Internal Medicine - Nephrology
Alejandro Pezzulo, MD Internal Medicine - Pulmonary
Doug Hornick, MD Internal Medicine - Pulmonary
Mahmoud Abou-Alaiwa, MD Internal Medicine - Pulmonary
Daniel Bonthius, MD, PhD Neurology
Ergun Uc, MD Neurology
Eric Dyken, MD Neurology
George Richerson, MD Neurology
Gordon Buchanan, MD, PhD Neurology
HyungSub Shim, MD Neurology
Joel Geerling, MD, PhD Neurology
Kumar Narayanan, MD, PhD Neurology
Mark Dyken Neurology
Teri Thomsen, MD Neurology
John Kamholz, MD Neurology & Psychiatry
Megan McDonald, MD Obstetrics & Gynecology
Arlene Drack, MD Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences
Edwin Stone, MD, PhD Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences
Elliott Sohn, MD Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences
John Fingert, MD, PhD Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences
Mark Greiner, MD Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences
Joseph Chen, MD Orthopaedics & Rehabilitation
Marlan Hansen, MD Otolaryngology, Neurosurgery
Aaron Bossler, MD, PhD Pathology
Andrew Bellizzi, MD Pathology
Annette Schlueter, MD, PhD Pathology
Anthony Snow, MD Pathology
Carol Holman, MD, PhD Pathology
Karra Jones, MD, PhD Pathology
Laila Dahmoush, MD Pathology
Leslie Bruch, MD Pathology
Nancy Rosenthal, MD Pathology
Jennifer Jetton, MD Pediatric Nephrology
Julia Shelton, MD, MPH Pediatric Surgery
Christina Luz Cifra, MD Pediatrics
Nate Price, MD Pediatrics
Rebecca Benson, MD, PhD Pediatrics
Andy Norris, MD, PhD Pediatrics - Endocrinology & Diabetes
Anjali Sharathkumar, MBBS, MD Pediatrics - Hematology/Oncology
Sue O'Dorisio, MD, PhD Pediatrics - Hematology/Oncology
David Price, MD Pediatrics - Infectious Disease
Benjamin Darbro, MD, PhD Pediatrics - Medical Genetics & Genomics
John Dagle, MD, PhD Pediatrics - Neonatology
Diana Zepeda-Orozco, MD Pediatrics - Nephrology
Peter Daniolos, MD Pediatrics - Psychiatry
Polly Ferguson, MD Pediatrics - Rheumatology
Scott Lieberman, MD, PhD Pediatrics - Rheumatology
Aislinn Williams, MD, PhD Psychiatry
Hanna Stevens, MD, PhD Psychiatry
Jess Fiedorowicz, MD Psychiatry
Mark Niciu, MD, PhD Psychiatry
Peg Nopoulos, MD Psychiatry
John Buatti, MD Radiation Oncology