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Diagnosing problems, providing solutions

Sep. 6, 2022—M1 Darryl Delsoin joins the Medical Innovator Development Program (MIDP) with an entrepreneurial mission By: Lexie Little Darryl Delsoin peered through the white smoke cloud. He watched as local Haitian women and men cooked over ash-riddled round stoves fueled by charcoal. Nearby wooden doorways, some stained with soot, stood as the divide between fresh air...

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Annual Anatomical Donation Program service honors donors, families

Aug. 26, 2022—By: Lexie Little Each year, the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine community gathers to honor the memories of those who donated to the Anatomical Donation Program, which allows medical students to explore the intricacies of the human body. Families, friends, students, faculty, and staff gathered in Langford Auditorium on Friday, Aug. 26, to remember the...

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Connecting through service

Aug. 25, 2022—Vanderbilt University School of Medicine M3 Thomas Ueland connects with patients, peers, and people in need By: Lexie Little Approximately 157.5 miles from third-year medical student Thomas Ueland’s hometown of Lexington, Kentucky, sits the merged mining towns of Fleming-Neon. Rains ravaged Neon in early August, flooding businesses, homes, and roads with more than 10 feet...

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Social Mission Committee welcomes new leaders

Aug. 17, 2022—M3 students Rishub Das and Kayla Buttafuoco look forward to cementing Social Mission Committee initiatives as integral parts of VUSM and VUMC By: Lexie Little The Social Mission Committee (SMC), officially founded as a student organization at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in 2019, quickly became a foundational pillar for student initiatives in and out...

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Meet a Medical Scholar: Maddy Ball

Jul. 11, 2022—M3 Maddy Ball traveled to Barcelona, Spain, for a year-long research project By: Lexie Little Maddy Ball is no stranger to travel. A native of Mill Valley, California, just outside of San Francisco, she moved nearly 3,107 miles to Massachusetts, where she attended Tufts University. Flying over rigid mountain peaks, plains, rolling hills and valleys,...

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LGBT MD presents Pride Month events

May. 26, 2022—LGBT MD, Vanderbilt’s chapter of the Medical Student Pride Alliance, maintains an active LGBTQ+ community at VUSM. The organization works to educate VUSM students, faculty, and staff on topics in LGBTQ+ health care and culture. LGBT MD advocates for change benefiting LGBTQ+ individuals both in VUSM and in the broader Nashville community. To celebrate Pride Month...

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M2 Harrison Thomas leads the race

May. 19, 2022—Second-year Vanderbilt University School of Medicine medical student Harrison Thomas served as this year’s Shade Tree Trot 5K Run/Walk director, leading an effort to raise $46,500 for the student-run free clinic By: Lexie Little Harrison Thomas felt a tug in his right hip as he raced past Southeastern Conference opponents on a cross country course....

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VUSM recognizes annual award winners

May. 18, 2022—Each spring, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine recognizes members of the graduating MD class for outstanding academic achievement, service, research, and leadership. VUSM faculty and fellow students celebrated the following recipients of school and departmental awards at the MD Class Day ceremony on Thursday, May 12, 2022:   The Albert Weinstein Prize in Medicine This...

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A life leading back home: Reflections from Dr. Henry Nelson (MD ’45)

May. 12, 2022—Vanderbilt University School of Medicine alumnus, Dr. Henry Nelson, turned 99 on Jan. 16, 2022. Nelson died shortly after this interview sharing his reflections on a life in medicine. This story is dedicated to his memory. By: Lexie Little The year was 1949. Kathryn Wolff Nelson sat next to the crib holding her newborn baby...

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Q&A with MSTP Lizzie Flook (PhD ’21, MD ’22)

May. 9, 2022—After seven years in the Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP) at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Dr. Lizzie (Hale) Flook prepares to graduate with her MD this Friday. The University of Miami alumna, who played collegiate volleyball, earned her Ph.D. in neuroscience from Vanderbilt University last year, studying stress-related brain regions during abstinence in individuals...

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Thank you, Dr. President: M4 Leland Dunwoodie

Apr. 27, 2022—After four years serving as the Council of Class Officers president for the MD Class of 2022, Leland Dunwoodie reflects on his VUSM community By: Lexie Little For graduating students, the weeks leading to commencement mark a time of great excitement and anticipation of the future. And while that common experience remains true for M4...

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VPIL teams collaborate, expand holistic approaches

Apr. 13, 2022—The Vanderbilt Program in Interprofessional Learning (VPIL) combines approaches from medicine, nursing, pharmacy, social work, and counseling to inform student training and patient care By: Lexie Little In January 2016, Blair Miller, Pharm.D., of Vanderbilt University Health walked laps around her unit with a patient. She quizzed him about his medications: when to take them,...

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Achieving a dream: M4 Alex Brito matches into neurology

Mar. 31, 2022—Alex Brito will graduate from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine on May 13, 2022, before beginning residency at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Massachusetts By: Lexie Little Alex Brito woke with a start. Light streamed through the window as the sun bounced off limestone buildings artfully lining Parisian streets, the windmill of the Moulin Rouge...

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From Mr. C to Dr. M: M4 Evan Mercer connects with all ages

Mar. 23, 2022—Fourth-year student Evan Mercer matched into med-peds at Vanderbilt on Friday, March 18, 2022 By: Lexie Little Leaves crunched under football fans’ feet as they converged toward Jess Neely Drive to see the Vanderbilt Commodores make their way to the stadium. Adults and children alike lined the street as the Spirit of Gold Marching Band...

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M4 Patrick Donegan forms friendships, future at VUSM

Mar. 10, 2022—Fourth-year MD student Patrick Donegan recently matched into ophthalmology for his upcoming residency. Before he leaves Vanderbilt, he shares reflections on life with his classmates and friends. By: Lexie Little In an alternate universe, M4 Patrick Donegan might have worked as a marine biologist. The California native could have spent his days around Huntington Beach...

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