Dear colleagues, learners, and visitors,

Welcome to the Office of Health Sciences Education Updates Report for the 2016-2017 academic year. In producing this review, we aim to highlight the many accomplishments of our faculty, staff, and learners across both Vanderbilt University and Vanderbilt University Medical Center sides of our education enterprise.    

OHSE encompasses a wide range of educational programs for future and practicing health professionals, ranging from pre-baccalaureate certificate programs offered by the VUMC Center for Programs in Allied Health and our nine VU degree programs, to our 90-plus VUMC residency programs and our expanding efforts in continuing professional development. While these programs may appear diverse in their types of learners and intended outcomes, they share a common commitment to improving the lives of our patients and the well-being of our communities through the development of caring clinicians, educators, and researchers who will constantly strive for professional excellence.
In this report, each of the OHSE programs describe its individual accomplishments, but I would like to highlight a few that involve many or all of our programs.

  • Vanderbilt was one of seven institutions in the country invited to join the National Transformation Network, a newly established consortium supported by the Kern Family Foundation. This commitment includes approximately $2.2 million of funding over six years in support of institution-specific and collaborative activities that promote the Triple Aim of medical education: Character, Caring, and Competence. Please read more about this initiative in this VUMC Reporter article.
  • A Learning Environment Assessment and Feedback (LEAF) Committee led by Regina Russell, Director, Learning System Outcomes, and comprised of students and faculty from the School of Medicine and School of Nursing, VUMC residency programs, and the VUMC Center for Patient and Professional Advocacy, developed a “Learning Environment Report Card.” This novel institutional self-assessment triangulates data from multiple internal and external sources to provide a snapshot of our learning environment, focusing on the critical categories of Learner Support, Professionalism, Patient Safety, and Speaking Up Culture. In the coming years we will use this tool to guide our efforts in continuously improving our learning-working environment.
  • Along with the Office for Diversity and Inclusion, we sponsored town halls, focus groups, and a learner-led workshop that led to the creation of a social mission statement that will provide direction for the ongoing improvement of all of our programs.
  • Our core administrative teams worked tirelessly to develop and refine the processes aimed at seamlessly facilitating collaboration between VU and VUMC as we navigated our first year as separate entities. Our ongoing identity as a unified education enterprise is due in large part to their dedicated efforts.

I am grateful for the creative and collaborative spirit that defines our inclusive community of new and seasoned lifelong learners, and hope that this review will generate appreciation for the magnitude of OHSE’s exceptional efforts.


Bonnie M. Miller, MD
​Senior Associate Dean for Health Sciences Education
Executive Vice President Educational Affairs, Vanderbilt University Medical Center