Posts in Student Activities

VMS Dance

Alexandra Arambula
July 3, 2017

VMS Dance is a club that welcomes people of all dance backgrounds and experience (from “none” to “formally trained” to “prior competitive dancer”). Group dance lessons are offered every two to four weeks, where we spend one hour learning the steps to a choreographed routine or the basics of a dance style. Our most popular lessons are Latin and hip-hop, but swing and bhangra have also been featured, and people who would like to teach their favorite style of dance are welcome to lead a lesson!

Wilderness Medical Society

Julia Hudnut-Beumler
June 26, 2017

The Wilderness Medical Society provides both educational and social opportunities for medical students. Together with emergency medicine residents and attending physicians, we organize quarterly skill-building workshops and scenario days to give students the opportunity to practice managing common wilderness medicine conditions, like anaphylaxis, burn injuries, and bone fractures, in low-resource settings. We also lead monthly wilderness trips for students to get outside and bond with one another whil

Wine Club

Joe Luchsinger
June 19, 2017

Wine Club holds regular meetings that allow students to relax, socialize with fellow classmates, and take a break from studying while experiencing and learning about wine. Topics covered during these fun and interactive evenings can range from a specific type of wine or region, wine tasting and pairings, how to make wine, the nuances of how a specific region can affect the taste of wine, etc.


James Leathers
June 12, 2017

REMEDY (Recovered Medical Equipment for the Developing World) is a Vanderbilt University School of Medicine student organization that aids in donating medical supplies to organizations that perform medical service in developing countries. We collect unused or expired medical supplies from the Vanderbilt University Medical Center and work with various collaborators to ship these supplies abroad.

Best Buddies Vandy Med

Shilpa Mokshagundam
June 5, 2017

Best Buddies Vandy Med is part of an international organization dedicated to enhancing the lives of adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) through one-to-one friendships and advocacy. At VUSM, we match our medical students with adults in the community with IDD

Microbes Defense Academic Society

Johnny Wei
May 8, 2017

The Microbes Defense Academic Society (MDAS) is composed of Vanderbilt medical students and graduate students who share an academic interest in microbiology and immunology. MDAS likes to host both academic and social events that are related to these two broad but exciting academic fields. However, our premier events are review sessions for the first-year medical students held during their Microbes and Immunity block.


Rochelle Wong
April 3, 2017

APAMSA stands for Asian-Pacific American Medical Student Association. We host a variety of events throughout the year that are open to students of all ethnicities. 

Student National Medical Association

Jacqueline Harris
March 13, 2017

The Vanderbilt chapter of Student National Medical Association (SNMA) is a student organization at the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, dedicated to the eradication of health care disparities by bolstering the pipeline, empowering through education on these disparities, and serving the community. We are committed to supporting current and future underrepresented minority medical students, addressing the needs of underserved communities, and increasing the number of clinically excellent, culturally competent, and socially conscious physicians.

The Business of Mentoring Future Surgeons

Jessica Kaczmarek
February 27, 2017

The Association of Women Surgeons (AWS) is a chapter of the national organization of the same name, which per their website, is “committed to supporting women surgeons at various stages in their career – from medical school through retirement.” Our Vanderbilt chapter is a co-ed group of Vanderbilt medical students interested in surgical specialties, led by an all-female leadership board with Dr. Kimberly Vinson as our faculty adviser.

Shade Tree Trot Committee

Emilie Amaro
February 20, 2017

The Shade Tree Trot 5k and associated Benefit Dinner is an annual event that serves as the main fundraiser for our beloved Shade Tree Clinic. You get to work with med students of all years to plan an event that routinely brings in $40,000+ and has nearly 1,000 people in attendance. The Shade Tree Trot committee serves as the student body that is responsible for planning the race. The responsibilities of the race are broken down into discrete subcommittees, such as the Public Relations/Advertising committee, the Race-day Festivities committee, the Business Committee, among many others.