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MD/PhD Program
Activities & Opportunities


Jefferson Physician Scientist Association

The Jefferson Physician Scientist Association (JPSA) was founded in Fall 2010 with the purpose of advancing the future of translational medicine and representing the position of MD/PhD students in academic and extracurricular matters. Membership includes all students enrolled in the MD/PhD Program who will be primarily recruited at the annual MD/PhD orientation and welcome in early fall of each academic year. Officers are elected annually.

Officers (2018-2019)


Title Officer
President Brittany Charsar
Secretary Selin Isguven
Treasurer Colleen Isabelle
VPs of Academic Affairs Josh Barton and Usman Baqai
VP of Career Development Weelic Chong
VPs of Community and Cultural Affairs Saul Kushinsky and Haani Jafri
VPs of Recruitment Jeff Rappaport and John Flickinger

Responsibilities of the Vice Presidents

VP of Academic Affairs

  • Represent students on the MD/PhD Steering Committee
  • Serve as the leading student voice for recruiting, admissions and MD/PhD program direction and development
  • Organize three annual seminars: Bench to Bedside, How to Choose Your MD/PhD Rotations and Clinical Rotations in Research

VP of Career Development

  • Plan and organize seminars on translational topics related to interests of JPSA members
  • Promote a culture of translational medicine at Thomas Jefferson University by developing relevant opportunities for PhD students (clinical mentor program) and MD students (How to Publish seminar and Journal Club series)

VP of Community & Cultural Affairs

  • Coordinate efforts to interact with groups and individuals outside the JPSA community
  • Create and maintain an alumni network
  • Serve as president of the MD/PhD Social Committee
  • Spearhead all social activities related to the annual retreat

VP of Recruitment

  • Represent students on admissions committee (non-voting)
  • Develop and organize interview days
  • Give second looks at and be the interface between applicants and current students

American Physician Scientists Association

American Physician Scientists Association (APSA)
Founded by trainees, for trainees and continues to be trainee-led. It is the premier organization for physician-scientist trainee advocacy. The Jefferson College of Life Sciences maintains an institutitional membership for students in the MD/PhD program. Visit the APSA website for information about membership, career paths and funding opportunities.