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Current MD-PhD Student - Amanda Randolph

Amanda Randolph

Name: Amanda Randolph

Year in Program: MY2

Undergrad University: Baylor University

Mentor: TBD

Graduate Program: TBD

   

    Research Interests

  • My research interests revolve around the complex interplay of diabetes and aging. In particular, I am interested in 1) how diabetes accelerates normal senescent processes, and 2) medical interventions for diabetics to prevent the development of excessive morbidity with age.

    Honors & Awards

  • Medical Student Training in Aging Research (MSTAR) grant, the National Institute on Aging & the American Federation for Aging Research, 2014
  • Graduated with a Master's of Health Science in Gerontology and Public Health from Jyvaskylan Yliopisto (Finland). Exemia cum laude approbatur thesis evaluation, 2013
  • Research internship at the Lund University Diabetes Centre in Sweden, 2013
  • Nordic Council of Ministers mobility grant for gerontology, 2012-2013
  • Fulbright Fellow to Finland in medical science, 2011-2012
  • Graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Biology and History with a minor in Chemistry, from Baylor University, 2011
  • Glennis McCrary Goodrich Scholar, Baylor University, 2010
  • Dean's List, Baylor University, 2007-2011
  • Regents' Scholar, Baylor University, 2007-2011
  • University Scholar, Baylor University, 2007-2011
  • National Merit Scholar, National Merit Scholarship Corporation, 2007

    Publications

  • Darvin K, Randolph A, Ovalles S, Halade D, Breeding L, Richardson A, & Espinoza E. Plasma protein biomarkers of the geriatric syndrome of frailty. J Gerontol A Biol Sci. 69(2): 182-6. PMID: 24285743
  • Master's Thesis: The effect of physical activity counseling on diabetics' mobility: Results of a secondary analysis (http://urn.fi/URN:NBN:fi:jyu-201306121955)

    Presentations

  • Metabolic Effects of Aerobic Exercise and Post-Exercise Amino Acid Supplementation in Healthy Older Adults. (2014 NIA/AFAR Medical Student Training in Aging Research [MSTAR] seminar, University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston).
  • The effects of physical activity counseling on diabetics' mobility: Results of a secondary analysis. (2013 Forum on Aging, University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston).
  • All New Diabetics in Scania: Initial descriptive study. (2013 Lund University Diabetes Center seminar).
  • All New Diabetics in Scania: Longitudinal analysis with National Diabetes Registry follow-up. (2013 EXODIAB research seminar, Lund University).
  • Enhancing environments to support continued mobility in elderly diabetics: Interdisciplinary perspectives. (2013 post-graduate research seminar, Center for Aging and Supportive Environments [CASE], Lund University).
  • Diabetes and physical activity (2012 graduate research seminar, University of Jyvaskyla).
  • Diabetics' perspectives on exercise difficulty in light of mobility loss and environmental / sociospatial constrictions. (2012 NordMaG research seminar, Lund University).
  • Prevention of mobility loss in elderly type 2 diabetics (2012 America in Living Color seminar, University of Tampere).
  • Mobility loss in elderly type 2 diabetic patients (2011 NordMaG research seminar, University of Iceland).

    Hobbies or just something about yourself in general:

  • I enjoy classics, baking, international travel, and shih-tzus.

Career Development

The career development of an MD-PhD student is critically important and extends out well past the date of graduation with the dual degrees. The UTMB MD-PhD Program carefully guides and nurtures students throughout the Program. Early in the Program, critical issues are mentor selection and choice of a graduate program. MD-PhD students meet regularly with a faculty advisor, a student "big sibling" and members of the advisory committee. Opportunities to be exposed to research opportunities are provided through Program activities as well as the scientific activities on campus. Most students do their initial laboratory rotation during the summer before starting medical school. Additional laboratory rotations can be completed during the summer before the first and second years of medical school and after the second year of medical school. Once students are established in their labs, they are guided through their research by a mentor and dissertation committee.

For MD-PhD students, selection of the dissertation committee is essential and our Program requires students to include a member who is an MD scientist who can provide guidance on career progress and residency selections. As thesis defense approaches, students design their optimal clinical experiences with members of the MD-PhD committee to maximize chances to obtain the types of residency training that will be most compatible with further development as a physician scientist. The Program runs career guidance seminars to alert students to many of the important issues, pitfalls and milestones that they will need to navigate in the future. These include the pros and cons of short-track residencies, the need for additional postdoctoral training, and how to select and negotiate a first faculty appointment. The UTMB MD-PhD graduate is thus well positioned to make the most out of the advantages that MD-PhD careers offer.