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The Med School Traverse

Karampreet (Peety) Kaur
September 25, 2017
Posted in First Year

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.


Ryan Gardner
September 11, 2017

Point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) or bedside ultrasound is a rapidly expanding technique by which physicians in diverse medical specialties are improving outcomes and expedience of care while reducing radiation exposure and cost. Ultrasound is a skill-set that can be used by any physician to broaden his/her bedside diagnostic acuity and procedural skills.

Favorite Faculty: Corey Slovis, M.D.

September 4, 2017
Posted in Faculty

When I interviewed here more than 25 years ago, most everyone I met with said Vanderbilt was "collegial and collaborative." Now, a quarter of a century later, when I interview medical school and residency applicants, I tell them the best thing about Vanderbilt is that it is collegial and collaborative. This is a great place to learn, live, and practice medicine. I thought I was being given a line when people first talked about Vanderbilt’s atmosphere – instead, they were just telling the truth.

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

Lex Erath
August 28, 2017
Posted in First Year

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 to be attending Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, I was also a little nervous about the culture shock of the South and Tennessee in particular. The Northeast was all I knew, as almost my entire family lives there as well. How would I survive in this unfamiliar and totally foreign environment?

Meet and Greet (MAG)

Bekka DePew, Molly Eckman, and Doug Totten
August 21, 2017
Posted in First Year

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!

Medical Outdoor Orientation

Kaitlyn Weeber and Krishnan Ramanujan
August 14, 2017
Posted in First Year

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.

A Week in the Life of a VMS1

Allie Foshage Williams
August 7, 2017
Posted in First Year

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 leading up to starting medical school was what my new schedule would look like, how to allocate time for studying and wellness, and (let’s be real) whether I would still have time to watch Game of Thrones and all the other embarrassing weeknight television shows my husband and I like to watch. Well, good news! Life as a VMS1 is both challenging and rewarding, but also allows for plenty of time for wellness activities and keeping up with hobbies and relationships.

Human Blueprint and Architecture (HBA)

Lauren Matevish
July 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 some of the faculty who will be your lifeline this year (here’s looking at you Dean Pettepher!), and to learn how you study best. All you incoming Bio and Chem majors will feel right at home, delving into concepts in biochem, cell biology, and cancer genetics.

Current VUSM Students Reflect on the White Coat

July 28, 2017
Posted in White Coat

I have been thinking about what it would feel like to wear a white coat for a long time – almost 11 years. Now that the day is fast approaching, I almost can’t believe it! The closer we are to wearing this white coat, the more I realize the gravity and responsibility we will soon be entrusted with by clinical teams and patients.

Daughter Continues Father's Tradition of Supporting the White Coat

July 26, 2017
Posted in White Coat

Near the end of his life I discussed the gift with him, and he said that he knew the coat would be appreciated if I wanted to continue. Now I anticipate the letter I receive each year from the recipient and enjoy following their medical travels. One day I hope to attend the ceremony when the coats are presented to the new students.