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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.

The Big / Little Program

Michelle Izmaylov
February 13, 2017
Posted in Student Life

There will be days when you feel like summer sunlight, and there will be days when you feel like your future is an empty room with only closed doors. At Vanderbilt, all first-year medical students are paired with a second-year student for that very reason - regardless of your circumstances, there will always be someone who will celebrate your good days and guide you through the ones that hurt. The Big/Little program is for far more than providing a valuable academic resource. Yes, your Big will offer resources such as textbooks and study techniques.

Society of Saints Cosmas and Damian

Logan LeBlanc
February 6, 2017

The Society of Saints Cosmas and Damian (SSCD) is a student group that exists to provide support and community to Christian, particularly Catholic, medical students at Vanderbilt, so that they can grow in their faith throughout the course of their medical training. Through small group discussions, lectures, worship, and informal gatherings, we hope to address the physical, emotional, moral, and spiritual challenges of medical practice and strengthen one another through religious formation and community. 

Navigating Med School with a Non-Science Major

Emily Chan
January 30, 2017
Posted in Student Life

Having completed my undergrad in psychology and then taking two gap years, by the time I entered med school it had been about six years since I had taken any basic science courses. I had also never taken a biochemistry course. So it was safe to say that I was pretty nervous about being able to keep up with my classmates.

Cookie Decorating Party

Eric Donahue
January 23, 2017
Posted in Student Life

Advent is one of my favorite times of the year, replete with warm memories from my childhood: feasts with relatives, sledding and snowball fighting with my brothers, religious celebrations with the whole family, and baking Christmas cookies with my mom. Although it’s a time for waiting, I always get impatient for Christmas to come…

Physicians for Human Rights

Katy Anthony
January 16, 2017

VUSM’s Physicians for Human Rights club is a student chapter of the international PHR organization, that "uses medicine and science to document and call attention to mass atrocities and severe human rights violations.” As a student organization, we’re striving to create a community for passionate, engaged students to engage these challenging issues and think about how we can address them in our careers.

Celebrating the Holidays with Batson College

Melissa Day
January 10, 2017
Posted in Student Life

While the month of December can be stressful with students finishing up their clerkships, studying for an upcoming Homeostasis exam, doing research, or interviewing for residencies, Batson college has the perfect tradition to bring everyone together and provide some holiday cheer: the Batson Holiday Party!


Kendrick Campbell
January 3, 2017
Posted in Student Life

I couldn’t be happier that my first friendsgiving was with the compassionate, funny and good people that make up VUSM 2020. Neither I nor my grandparents can wait to repeat the event next year.