Blogger Gerty-Z would like to "get [her] lab kick-started this year" with a few good graduate students, and knows that the MD/PhD and other multidisciplinary programs at her institution are good places to search for candidates. But, she says, "In order to get any of these students to join my lab, I first need to convince them to rotate." Her solution? To present a persuasive poster at an upcoming session organized by one of the "umbrella" programs.

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