Skip to main content

#myVUSM

VPIL Teamwork in the Time of COVID-19

Jan. 11, 2021—by Emma Mattson Not even a pandemic can stop interdisciplinary learning on VUSM’s campus. Take the Vanderbilt Program in Interprofessional Learning (or VPIL, for short), for example. Each year, around 40 VUSM students join this unique learning community to spend one afternoon a week doing hands-on work in clinics across Nashville, collaborating with students from...

Read more


M1 Harrison Thomas takes lead role in the mentoring program that brought him to VUSM

Nov. 17, 2020—by Emma Mattson When Harrison Thomas registered as a junior for a Vanderbilt pre-med mentoring program, he expected to learn about writing a strong personal statement. He expected to practice his interviewing skills. He expected to receive good advice through the whole pre-med process. What he didn’t expect was that two years later he would...

Read more


The Best of Both Worlds: How MSTPs Balance Life in Two Advising College Communities

Sep. 28, 2020—by Emma Mattson From Big-Little Reveal to College Cup, the four med school colleges get a lot of well-deserved publicity. But less attention gets paid to an equally crucial support system for our MD PhD students: the MSTP colleges. Maybe you’re an M2 student wondering if the transition to research will be terribly lonely. Maybe...

Read more


A Centennial Tribute: VUSM Grad Gordon Petty, MD (‘50) turns 100

Sep. 19, 2020—by Emma Mattson Gordon Petty, born September 19, 1920, celebrates his hundredth birthday this Saturday, September 19. His century of life is marked by medical excellence, exemplary service to his community, and unforgettable influence on all who meet him. Dr. Petty has lived through the Great Depression, a world war, the terms of 17 American...

Read more


VUSM alumni offer wellness advice for the residency interview season

Sep. 14, 2020—by Emma Mattson So, you’re finally here: the autumn of your fourth year. You’ve made it past block exams, board exams, countless clerkship and intern rotations. Now it’s time for the final milestones of med school: the residency interview season. Although interviews may look slightly different this fall, the essentials of the process have remained...

Read more


Meet the newly elected, first-year leaders

Sep. 8, 2020—by Emma Mattson We couldn’t be more excited to welcome the twelve new, first-year leaders on the Council of Class Officers (CCO). Besides generally representing the first-year class, these leaders will host virtual events, provide feedback on curriculum, and collaborate with other CCO leaders on VUSM-wide initiatives. Curious about your new representatives? We talked with...

Read more


4 tips for surviving your block exams, from our Students as Teachers experts

Aug. 31, 2020—by Emma Mattson Block exams present a new and exciting challenge during your clerkship year of med school, and we’ve gathered advice from five Students as Teachers experts about what, when, and how to effectively prepare for block exams. Here’s what they had to say! Choose your study resources wisely With so many study materials...

Read more


“You have more power to change the world than you think”: A physician’s role in the fight against misinformation

Aug. 25, 2020—by Emma Mattson “We all know more than we think we know about the current situation” Kathleen Montgomery, MD (VUSM ‘15) advises current med students, “and we can really be helpful.” Montgomery, who spent her residency and fellowship years in VUMC’s pathology department, made headlines this summer for a Facebook post she wrote in response...

Read more


Latino Medical Student Association leaders talk heritage, antiracism

Aug. 17, 2020—by Emma Mattson When you step on VUSM’s campus, you get to add a new facet to your identity: being a med student. But being a med student doesn’t mean you drop all the other parts of who you are. Anything but! Our culture of wellness at Vanderbilt recognizes that labelling someone a “med student”...

Read more


Turning your virtual med school interview into an opportunity

Aug. 12, 2020—by Emma Mattson “‘Unprecedented’ simply means it hasn’t happened before. So, ‘unprecedented’ begets ‘opportunity.’” These words of advice come from Donald Brady, MD, Senior Associate Dean for Health Sciences Education, and are especially applicable for med school applicants this fall, facing a round of virtual interviews. Transitioning med school interviews to a virtual format certainly...

Read more


Behind the Scenes: Tracing the 5-year history of our Social Mission Committee

Aug. 3, 2020—by Emma Mattson As any medical student will tell you, medicine is about far more than memorizing anatomy diagrams and symptoms of disease. Being an excellent physician means attending to the holistic needs of your patients—including needs that arise from social factors. As our social mission statement says, VUSM empowers all members of our medical...

Read more


How to thrive in your first year of med school: 5 pieces of advice from second year LeAnn Lam

Jul. 27, 2020—LeAnn Lam joined the Vanderbilt med school community in Fall 2019, after spending a year as a research assistant in OB/GYN clinical research at VUMC. Now a second-year med student, Lam shares five pieces of advice for the incoming Class of 2024. 1. If you have imposter syndrome, you’re not alone! Many students (including myself)...

Read more


SNMA leaders Jackie Antoun and Helen Gambrah lay foundation for coming year, reaffirm priorities

Jul. 20, 2020—by Emma Mattson Community service, mentorship, a commitment to eliminating health disparities— these values all come together in the Student National Medical Association (SNMA). One of more than 170 chapters across the U.S., the Vanderbilt SNMA holds elections every summer to usher in a new executive board. This June, SNMA members elected Jackie Antoun as...

Read more


Rising fourth years Nicky Grimes and Adrian Sanchez develop non-invasive device to reduce need for surgery in ocular melanoma cases

Jul. 13, 2020—by Emma Mattson Rising fourth years in VUSM’s Medical Innovators Development Program (MIDP), John “Nicky” Grimes, PhD, and Adrian Sanchez, PhD, are in the process of seeking patent protection for a device they developed this year to reduce the need for invasive surgery in advanced cases of ocular melanoma. If the patent is granted, the...

Read more


“Living up to our true mission:” A conversation with Dr. André Churchwell on the history of diversity work at Vanderbilt

Jul. 6, 2020—by Emma Mattson In the forty years since Dr. André Churchwell graduated from medical school, his contributions to diversity and inclusion work have changed the face of U.S. medical education. Since last July, Churchwell has served as the interim vice chancellor for equity, diversity and inclusion and the chief diversity officer for Vanderbilt University. On...

Read more