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First Year Wellness Retreat

Oct. 9, 2017—On Friday, September 29, the first year med school class embarked on a full-day retreat to Deer Run camp in Thompson’s Station, Tennessee. The theme of the day was Wellness and the students were ready to embrace a day away from the classroom, so spirits were high! In the morning, Dean Fleming, Dr. Yakes, and...

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The Med School Traverse

Sep. 25, 2017—Having grown up in New Hampshire, I’ve spent my life playing in the mountains—from bushwhacking on hot summer days to backpacking in the dead of winter. Every adventure has been uniquely memorable, but earlier this summer I completed a hike that was especially meaningful to me. The Presidential Traverse is one of the toughest day...

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North to South: Tips for Any Transplant (& Entertainment for any Southerner)

Aug. 28, 2017—I am a Boston girl through and through: I was raised in a Metrowest suburb, attended Tufts for undergrad, and spent the last year living in and working in Cambridge. More tellingly, I’m a die-hard Celtics fan, am fiercely loyal to Dunkin Donuts, and believe turn signals are somewhat optional. And while I was thrilled...

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Meet and Greet (MAG)

Aug. 21, 2017—On July 19, 2017, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine welcomed its newest members: the VUSM Class of 2021! After a morning of introductions and welcomes, the real fun began with MAG (Meet And Greet) and the College Reveal! Here at Vandy, students are sorted into four colleges named after former Deans: The Gabbe Lions, the Batson Phoenix,...

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Medical Outdoor Orientation

Aug. 14, 2017—MOO, Medical Outdoor Orientation, is the annual student-led culmination of VMS orientation. The goal of MOO is not necessarily to focus on the academic aspects of transitioning to medical school, but to allow for students to get to know one another in a more social and comfortable setting. After a day of pontooning, hiking, or...

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A Week in the Life of a VMS1

Aug. 7, 2017—Being a medical student at Vanderbilt is one of my favorite things, and I hope I can convince you how wonderful it is! Not only is Nashville incredible, but the people and culture of Vandy are unlike anything I’ve ever experienced at a highly academic institution. One of the things I wondered in the weeks...

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Human Blueprint and Architecture (HBA)

Jul. 31, 2017—Welcome to the beginning of medical school! It is a year chock full of more curriculum acronyms than you’d ever be able to keep up with, the first of these being HBA—Human Blueprint and Architecture. This is the intro to Vandy, your chance to get familiar with the class schedule and rigorous requirements, to meet...

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Getting Back into School Mode

Jul. 17, 2017—They said it would not be easy giving up my "settled life." When you have an established career and all the creature comforts that you are supposedly destined for after toiling many years in academia and the workplace, going back to square one and doing it all over again sounds painful and as some people put...

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What to Pack for Nashville

Jul. 10, 2017—Before I moved to Nashville, I could barely point to Tennessee on a map, much less show you around the city. Now that I’ve been here a while, I’ve learned some of the reasons why Music City is attracting tourists, businesses, and families by the thousands. Here’s a quick "packing" list so you’ll be prepared for...

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