The Agre Society at Case Western Reserve University serves to advance understanding of biomedical research by clinical residents, fellows and medical scientist training program (MSTP) students. The society's activities involve residents and fellows from clinical training programs at CWRU-affiliated hospitals (Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, Surgery, Pathology, and Genetics), MSTP students in all phases of the program and associated faculty. The main focus of the Agre Society is a series of informal monthly dinner meetings featuring one of two formats, either a pair of brief research presentations by a clinical trainee and an MSTP student, or a presentation by a prominent outside speaker who is a leader in his or her research field with an interest in education of future biomedical researchers. The design of the Agre Society promotes interactions between MSTP students, residents and fellows with interests in biomedical research, allowing these groups to enrich each other with their different experiences and viewpoints. The program helps clinical residents and fellows to learn about research and identify potential mentors within the wider CWRU research community. It also helps MSTP students to understand the clinical context of their research and enables them to form contacts with people at more advanced stages of training.
The society is named for Peter Agre, MD, a medicine resident in the University Hospitals of Cleveland/VA program in the mid 1970's who won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 2003 for the discovery of aquaporins. The Agre Society is sponsored by the CWRU/UHC Department of Medicine and is run jointly by the Department of Medicine and MSTP Council. For more information, contact the MSTP office (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Tyler Miller, MD, Department of Medicine.