MS3 Kathleen Doyle Receives STS Med Student Scholarship

January 2018

Third year Emory medical student Kathleen Doyle was awarded a competitive Looking to the Future Medical Student Scholarship by the Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS), which underwrote her expenses to attend the STS 54th Annual Meeting, January 27-31, 2018, in Fort Lauderdale, FL.

Qualified applicants for the scholarship include general surgery residents and medical students training in the U.S. or Canada who are considering a career in cardiothoracic surgery. The primary goal of the scholarship is to provide mentorship for the best and brightest of these applicants in hopes of encouraging them to pursue CT surgery.

Under the mentorship of Allan Pickens, MD, and other Emory CT surgeons, Ms. Doyle rotated on the thoracic surgery service. She also participated in a research project conducted by members of the service that compared outcomes in anterior mediastinal mass resections using thoracoscopic and robotic surgical methods. Dr. Pickens, who directs both minimally invasive thoracic surgery for Emory Healthcare and thoracic oncology at Emory University Hospital Midtown, sponsored Ms. Doyle's scholarship application.

During the STS meeting, the 30 LTTF scholarship recipients were paired with faculty mentors, attended conference activities that provided quality exposure to the field of CT surgery, and were able to interact with representatives from a variety of residency programs around the country. Ms. Doyle's mentor was Sandra Starnes, MD, chief of the Division of Thoracic Surgery at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine.