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M4 Nicole Kloosterman and MD/PhD graduate student Kelsey McNew recently received recognition for their commitments to advancing equity, diversity, and inclusion at VUSM by Lexie Little In 1970, Levi Watkins, Jr., MD, became the first African American to graduate from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine (VUSM). From the moment he matriculated in 1966 until the…... Read More
Class of 2024
Hometown: Palo Alto, CA
Undergraduate Institution: Duke University
Specialty Interests: Pediatrics, Internal Medicine, Neurology, Psychiatry
Hello! My name’s Anna. In choosing a medical school, wellness and camaraderie were important to me as I thought about the support I would need in following a rigorous career path. I chose to come to Vanderbilt for the warm community and commitment to our overall wellness as students and people. VUSM faculty, staff, and administrators really set us up for success with our pass/fail curriculum, which allows me and my peers to explore different specialties without the stresses of achieving particular grades. The environment here eases the mental strain while still challenging us to be leaders in our fields. As future leaders, we have the chance to advocate for our communities through student organizations like LGBT MD, Social Missions Committee, and Shade Tree Clinic. I’ve been involved with each, and I think it’s crucial to continue to work for a more equitable healthcare system for providers and patients. Here at Vanderbilt, that mission remains a priority for many students and faculty. We’re working for positive change.
Fun fact about me: On karaoke night, you can catch me singing “The Room Where It Happens” from “Hamilton.”
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