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Sunday Coffee Cup and Kudos with First-Year Mason Alford

Nov. 11, 2019—We spoke with first-year medical student Mason Alford on creating his Sunday Coffee Cup newsletter. Here’s what he shared about its creation and reception by fellow classmates. Tell us a little about yourself. My name is Mason Alford, and I am the President for the Class of 2023 here at VUSM. I grew up on...

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5 Tips to Make the Most Out of First Year

May. 24, 2019—Get Involved! With many groups on campus, it’s easy to find one that caters to the things you’re passionate about. It’s a great way to make friends, too! Make Time to Be Well VUSM emphasizes wellness. Remember to make time for activities you enjoy outside of the classroom and clinic. Remain Present Our early clinic...

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Airway Management Workshop

Dec. 10, 2018—by Alice Liao The Anesthesia Interest Group (AIG) held an airway management workshop in CELA last Wednesday, introducing first-year medical students to  the first part of our ABCs — Airway! The workshop also gave upperclass medical students a chance to review. Anesthesia residents (Drs. Jared Cummings, Katherine Williams, and Simon Martin) taught the basics of...

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My First Year of Med School: Expectations vs Reality

Sep. 17, 2018—by Karampreet (Peety) Kaur No matter where you go to school, try to imagine yourself being there for 13 months straight. If you are still loving life (despite mild sleep deprivation), you’re in the right place. Here’s a glimpse at my amazing first year at VUSM! (View image as a PDF)

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Transitioning to Medical School: Advice from the M2 Class

Jul. 9, 2018—MSTP student Danny Sack shares advice from the M2 class on transitioning to med school: "The dizzying pace that accompanies your next ten months will be frustrating, infuriating, and, at times, draining. It will simultaneously, however, fuel your curiosity, provide opportunities for discovery, and offer moments of inspiration. Instead of telling you what to do...

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Pushing Past Boundaries

Dec. 4, 2017—I had been accepted to medical school, hard work and careful planning had paid off, and I was ready to start the next chapter in my life. I learned that one of my parents had been diagnosed with a terminal disease. I thought about all of the times they had passed on opportunities to travel...

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In Anticipation of Med School

Nov. 27, 2017—It’s amazing to me that I’m sitting here writing this post on my feelings and thoughts of entering med school. Why, you may ask? Well, because I wouldn’t be writing it if I had not gotten into medical school. I wouldn’t be writing this at all if my expectations of a potential future, dreamy aspirations, and academic...

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To Live is Incredible

Nov. 13, 2017—Vivir es increíble. The words on the leather and metal wrapped around my wrist speak for themselves: To live is incredible. I happened upon this bracelet in a bustling street market in Madrid this past summer, and could not help but take it as a sign. Similar potent words by Oscar Wilde have served as...

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Homeostasis

Oct. 23, 2017—Wait, medicine isn’t all zebra metabolic diseases and killer bugs? Welcome to Homeostasis, the third block of the FMK phase. Homeostasis is the first 12-week block at Vanderbilt and it hits the ground running, covering hematology/oncology, cardiology, renal, and pulmonology. That sounds like a lot, and I am not going to lie, it is definitely...

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Med School: Am I Ready?

Oct. 16, 2017—“You are never ready, you just run out of time.” This statement, out of every advice I was given in the weeks prior to starting school, has stayed with me the most. It is true, at least for me. I am as ready as I will ever be, but it is difficult to measure that...

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