Those of you who have been to the NIH have likely had a chance to meet some of the students working in Dr. Gahl’s lab. He usually brings them around in a hoard on Thursday mornings. They stand around and Dr. Gahl tells them all about HPS, usually throwing in a little social history about whichever of us happens to be there that day.
I love meeting the students. I’ve always loved meeting medical students. It’s one of the things I miss about not going to KUMed anymore. I miss the young and nervous medical student that always appears in the exam room first to ask me what I’m there to complain about.
I see them as the future. They’re the ones who will have a chance to be in the know about HPS for an entire career. They’re the ones who will keep this research going into the next generation.
We need to inspire these young students and let them know how much we appreciate them.
To that end, last summer (I think it was last summer) there was a particularly brilliant young woman working in Dr. Gahl’s lab. She’s got a regular collection of honors and awards and this week she happened to pop up on my google alerts. She was interviewed for MIT’s blog and talked some about her work in Dr. Gahl’s lab. So, of course, I had to leave a comment. Grin!
And, if any of you should feel so moved to leave a comment for Melis, the blog is: http://www.mitadmissions.org/topics/pulse/mits_mission_who_we_are/the_one_and_only_melis.shtml
We need people like Melis to continue to be interested in HPS and all the wonky things our little cells get up to. Grin!