Fostering Europe’s Future Physician-Scientists: An Interview with European MD/PhD Association Chairman Dr. André dos Santos Rocha

  • Paul M. Ryan School of Medicine, University College Cork, Cork
  • André dos Santos Rocha Department of Anaesthesiology, Pharmacology and Surgery Intensive Care, University of Geneva, Geneva, Switzerland
Keywords: MD-PhD, physician-scientist, Europe

Abstract

Dr. André dos Santos Rocha is a Resident Physician in Intensive Care Medicine & Anaesthesiology and a current MD-PhD student in the Department of Acute Medicine at the University of Geneva. In parallel, he is also the current Chairman of the European MD/PhD Association (EMPA), a role in which he coordinates a diverse group of highly-driven MD-PhD students. EMPA is a not-for-profit organisation which was founded with the central aims of bringing together MD-PhDs from across Europe, fostering a comfortable setting for networking, promotion of European scientific collaborations and support for research and mobility of European MD-PhD students. One of the main medium through which EMPA achieves a number of these lofty goals is their annual conference, which is typically held in conjunction with one of the national associations. I met with André after the recent European and Swiss MD-PhD Conference in Geneva to discuss his experience in this role and what the future holds for EMPA.

Author Biography

Paul M. Ryan, School of Medicine, University College Cork, Cork

Early stage scientist holding a PhD on the gut microbiome and host cardiometabolic function interaction. Currently studying Medicine (MB, BCh, BAO) in University College Cork, and continuing research projects within the Centre for Research in Vascular Biology, UCC. PhD programme was part of the FP7-funded FibeBiotics consortium and was associated with the world-leading APC Microbiome Institute, UCC.

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Published
2020-04-30
How to Cite
Ryan, P. M., & dos Santos Rocha, A. (2020). Fostering Europe’s Future Physician-Scientists: An Interview with European MD/PhD Association Chairman Dr. André dos Santos Rocha. International Journal of Medical Students, 8(1), 45-48. https://doi.org/10.5195/ijms.2020.468
Section
Interview