Education and Outreach - Featured Summer Student Interns

Alex Dillon received undergraduate degrees in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from Princeton University, where he was a member of the varsity crew rowing team. He was a 2011 Summer Student Intern with the UCSF CORT/P50 Initiative and is currently finishing up his MD/MBA degrees at NYU School of Medicine.

"My involvement in UCSF's CORT/P50 initiative granted me the opportunity to take ownership of a basic research project spanning multiple medical disciplines, and contribute to the body of literature that forms the foundation of medicine. This experience was personally significant to me as I diagnosed myself with femoro-acetabular impingement (FAI), the very condition I was studying, and was able to seek swift surgical treatment. It also prepared me to effectively complete numerous subsequent research projects in medical school and will stand me in good stead as I strive to realize my full potential as a future clinician, surgeon, researcher, teacher and innovator."

Stephen Markham is a candidate for an undergraduate degree in Natural and Environmental Science at Cornell University, where he is a member of the varsity crew rowing team. He was a 2015 Summer Student Intern with the UCSF CORT/P50 Initiative

"In the P50 study, I assisted in quantifying FAI MR images for further processing and analysis. I was fortunate enough to be selected to partake in the P50 study this summer as the subject matter affected me personally. I had undergone FAI surgery in April of 2015 after a rowing related injury. Due to this, I wanted to learn more about preventative and recovery measures that could be taken to mitigate the effects in FAI patients. This experience, along with other portions of my internship, exposed me to MR techniques in Orthopedics and spurred my interest in sports medicine, specifically overuse injuries and prevention."