SCRIPS events are open to all SCRIPS Scholars and Mentors, as well as medical students, residents/fellows, and faculty interested in Physician Scientist training.

Upcoming Events

The 2020 SCRIPS Symposium will be held on the Vanderbilt University Medical Center campus on March 26, 2020.

We are excited to announce keynote talks from Dr. Steve Leach, Director of Dartmouth’s Norris Cotton Cancer Center, and Dr. Juanita Merchant, Chief of Gastroenterology at the University of Arizona College of Medicine. Our current SCRIPS Fellows and Student Scholars will also be featured, and we hope that many of you will be able to interact with these trainees at the event. 

The symposium will conclude with the address from Dr. Juanita Merchant, as part of Vanderbilt’s prestigious Flexner Discovery Lecture series (4-5 pm.)

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1:00 PM


Jim Goldenring, MD, PhD

1:10 PM



Symposium keynote presentation

Steven Leach, MD

Director, Norris Cotton Cancer Center

Preston T. and Virginia R. Kelsey Professor of Surgery & Molecular and Systems Biology

Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center

2:00 PM

SCRIPS Faculty Scholar presentation

Naira Baregamian, MD

2:25 PM

Coffee break- Light Hall 208 Lobby

2:35 PM

SCRIPS Student Scholar presentation

Demetra Hufnagel

2:50 PM

SCRIPS Student Scholar presentation

Alexandra Williams

3:05 PM

SCRIPS Resident/Fellow Scholar presentation

Yash Choksi, MD

3:25 PM

SCRIPS Resident/Fellow Scholar presentation

Akshitkumar Mistry, MD

3:45 PM

Coffee break- Light Hall 208 Lobby

4:00 PM



Flexner Discovery Lecture presentation

Juanita Merchant, MD, PhD

Professor of Medicine

Chief, Division of Gastroenterology

Research Member, Cancer Biology Program, University of Arizona Cancer Center

Previous Events


View a recording of the entire 2019 program here! (Vanderbilt log-in required)

Anil Rustgi, MD, T. Grier Miller Professor, University of Pennsylvania: “Different roadmaps in academic science and medicine: Principals and practicalities”

Akshitkumar Mistry, MD, PGY6 in the Department of Neurological Surgery; 2018 SCRIPS Scholar: “Invasion of stem cell niche by glioma cell decreases survival in glioblastoma patients”

Yash Choksi, MD, Instructor of Medicine, Division of Gastroenterology; 2018 SCRIPS Scholar: “Glutathione Peroxidase 3 is reduced in Eosinophilic Esophagitis patients and regulates esophageal epithelial homeostasis”

Kelle Moley, MD, Chief Scientific Officer, March of Dimes: “The Physician Scientist Journey: ‘The one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference’”


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