Now that College Cup is over and you are finally settling into first year, it might be time for you to start thinking about finding “The One”. CiM and AWS (Association for Women Surgeons) are here to help! We want to take this opportunity to tell you about the most incredible event that you will experience as a first year at Vanderbilt School of Medicine: Specialty Speed Dating. Each year Cupid aims his bow at Light Hall and a flurry of emotion comes over the fourth floor.
On Wednesday, October 28th at 4:50 PM, residents, fellows, attending physicians, department chairs, and residency directors will take time out of their busy lives to help CiM bring you an evening you’ll never forget. Specialty Speed Dating will expose you to expert physicians from 20 different specialties, including Ophthalmology, Internal Medicine, Pathology, OB/GYN, Anesthesiology, PM&R, and more!
The event is divided into two major parts. The first half is the speed dating part: groups of students will travel from one table to the next, meeting residents and fellows from each specialty. These short dates will be 4 minutes in length, and include a very brief presentation from the residents and time for questions.
The second half of the event provides a chance for students to experience “longer dates” with the specialties with which they have a particular interest. There will be three 20-minute sessions that include a more structured presentation by attending physicians with time for questions at the end. These are designed to provide you a slightly more in-depth look at that specialty, as well as provide ways students might get involved with research, networking, and shadowing experiences.
Since you will be going on several “speed dates” with your potential future careers, dress will be business casual (please, NO jeans or shorts). This is traditionally the most well-attended event of the year, and it is an extremely fun and valuable experience! We are looking forward to helping you find the perfect match (but don’t worry, absolutely NO commitment is required).
Hope to see you there!
Kelly Harms, Sarah Tanaka, and Daren Diiorio
CiM Programming Chairs