Name: Jillian Berkman
Alma Mater: Bowdoin College - Go U bears!
Professional Interests: I wish I knew....
Extracurricular Interests: team sports, intramurals, food, outdoors, Physicians for Human Rights, travel
Other Info: I took two years off before medical school to do clinical research for a year and then I worked in NYC for a healthcare non profit for a year. I was born and raised in Nashville and am so happy to be home! Let me know if you want some local recs :)
Alma Mater: University of Pennsylvania
Professional Interests: Health Law, Health Policy, Health IT, Mental Health
Extracurricular Interests: Movies, Pop Culture, Dance, DJing Acklen Parties
Other Info: Went to middle school/high school in Nashville (before it was cool). Spent a year in India after college studying classical Indian dance. Went to Boston University for law school/public health school. Married to fellow Vanderbilt medical student/Penn grad/Gabbe SAA Ritwik Bhatia. Thinking about a career in Emergency Medicine, academia, and health care regulation.
Alma Mater: UPenn
Professional Interests: Psychiatry, Neurology, Emergency Medicine
Extracurricular Interest: Stand-up comedy, Sketch comedy, Theater, Bartending, Cadaver Ball Chair
Other info: I worked for two years in Manhattan doing various jobs before medical school. I love a good laugh and making silly videos with friends.
Alma Mater: University of Arkansas (WOO PIG)
Professional Interests: Emergency Medicine, Urology, Really anything at this point
Extracurriculuar Interests: Sports (mainly Arkansas football and basketball), Going to concerts/movies/plays (YES PLAYS OK), Checking out new bars and restaurants, Outdoorsy things, Wondering when I’ll learn to cook, Owning many musical instruments that I don’t know how to play, Attempting to grow my hair out and failing, The art of dating in the post-college world (get ready for a rude awakening single people), etc.
Other Info: I was born, raised, and educated in Arkansas, and I came straight from undergrad to medical school. I was extensively involved in Greek Life as an undergrad and spent my summers working as a camp counselor.
Alma Mater: Washington University in St. Louis
Professional interests: things that have “neuro” in the name, intersection of business and medicine
Extracurricular interests: Fencing, singing, eating my way through Nashville
Other information: Originally from New Jersey. Proud member of Radial Grooves, Medicine & Business Society, TMA-AMA, and American Association of Neurological Surgeons. I have performed in one musical and can grow an awesome beard. Super excited to be an SAA for the BEST college this year! Let me know how I can help you!
Alma Mater: Stanford University
Professional Interests: Medical Education, Global Health, Wilderness Medicine, Ultrasound
Extracurricular Interest: Traveling, snowboarding, running, soccer, volunteering for type 1 diabetes organizations, and playing outside!
Other info: I grew up in Boulder, Colorado and have found myself living in many other locations including Florida, California, Australia, England, Japan, New Zealand, Montana, and now Nashville! I took one year off before medical school to live with friends and compete in snowboard cross races in the mountains of Whitefish, Montana. I also took the time to travel around Europe with my twin sister, Sydney, who is also in med school at Vandy. I played soccer in college and enjoy staying active while in med school, especially when I get to compete in College Cup with my fellow Gabbe classmates! Let me know if you ever want to hammock or hit up a coffee shop to talk about medicine, work-life balance, or anything else!
Alma Mater: Brigham Young University
Professional Interests: I am planning on going into Interventional Radiology.
Extracurricular Interests: I like playing soccer and ultimate frisbee and spending time with my wife and daughter.
Other info: The whole time I have been at medical school, I have felt inadequate and really stressed about knowing the material well enough and having the right balance in my life between school and family. If anyone has any questions or issues with either of these two things, I would love to discuss them. It's not something you ever completely figure out, but I have learned a few things and gotten some tips from people with more experience than me, and would be happy to pass those along.
Alma Mater: Clemson University (Undergrad); University of Oxford (DPhil)
Professional Interests: General surgery, critical care, trauma
Extracurricular Interest: Rowing, running, cycling, triathlon, and all things outdoors
Other info: Did a DPhil in Biochemistry at Oxford and a year of post-doc research before coming to medical school. My research focused on antiviral drug development and immune responses to dengue virus infection which has since evolved into an interest in hemorrhage, shock, and acute/critical care.
Alma Mater: Duke University
Professional Interests: Internal Medicine with a focus on underserved populations and complex care, health policy, medical ethics
Extracurricular Interests/Involvements: Medical Ethics, Law, and Policy, Student Hotspotting, Shade Tree Social Work, Society for Saints Cosmas and Damian/Medical Christian Fellowship, VPIL, hiking, playing basketball, watching Duke basketball, cooking, and home brewing with my friends
Other info: I grew up in St. Louis, MO. After graduating from Duke, I spent a year in Denver, CO working as a client advocate for mobile nursing clinics serving the low-income elderly through a Catholic volunteer program. I have loved my time at Vanderbilt so much that I'm likely going to add a year to do my MPH in health policy. Don't hesitate to reach out if there's any way that I can be of assistance!
Name: Ashley Wu
Alma Mater: University of Pennsylvania
Professional Interests: Hematology/Oncology, Infectious disease, Viruses, Immunology, Academia, APIA health, Healthcare technology
Extracurricular Interests: design, photography, cooking, eating, music, dance, cats, espresso
Other Info: Born in Texas, immediately moved to the Bay Area and then the East Coast. Been a Jersey girl since, though slowly been making my way back down south. Spent 5 years in Philly studying chemistry and eating my way through all the Penn food trucks and spots downtown. Always willing to explore new places in Nashville :)