For our last NSS Dinner with a Doc of the Spring term, we hosted Dr. Melanie Schorr, a neuroendocrinologist at Massachusetts General Hospital in collaboration with the Bio 37 Endocrinology class. Dr. Schorr is a Dartmouth alumna who graduated in 2006. During the dinner, she discussed her time at Dartmouth taking endocrinology and other biology classes, preparing for medical school, and balancing life as a student athlete in the Cross Country and Track team. She shared her motivation to attend medical school as well as her journey to her path as an endocrinologist, which included medical school at Johns Hopkins, residency at Brigham & Women’s, and an endocrinology fellowship at MGH. 
Dr. Schorr discussed at length the implications of her current research on nutrition and exercise, and how overexercise and undernutrition can lead to metabolic changes that affect bone density, especially in female athletes. In many adolescents, who reach peak rates of bone growth near the age of 20, patterns of overexercise often result in a condition known as relative energy deficiency in sport (or REDS). In response to questions from the audience, Dr. Schorr shared that early diagnosis and intervention of such patterns can be very important in both preventing stress fractures and osteoporosis later in life. While many consider the effects of overeating and obesity on metabolism in leading to diseases such at Type 2 Diabetes, Dr. Schorr was able to offer a unique perspective into the effects of undernutrition and the metabolic consequences that result. She was also able to share advice about life as a research physician, pointing our the variety in her weekly activities that involves responsibilities ranging from teaching endocrinology fellows, performing clinical research projects, and seeing patients in the clinic.