Council of Class Officers
Medical education is constantly innovating, and we want your voice to be heard as we make decisions regarding student life, curriculum updates, and scholarship.
That’s where the Council of Class Officers (CCO) comes in.
You choose your leaders
CCO acts as the student government of the medical student body. Each med school class elects six students to serve as their representatives: a class president, vice president, treasurer-secretary, and three class chairs.
Besides organizing programming and service opportunities for the med student body, CCO serves as a direct connection between you and the med school leadership team.
Your voice will be heard
CCO ensures that your concerns and questions reach the ears of VUSM leaders. But CCO doesn’t just communicate— it innovates.
At Vanderbilt, we’re about embracing innovation and challenging the status quo, and we want you to play an active role in that process. CCO representatives have a seat at the table during discussions about curriculum, wellness⏤ anything that concerns med students, and are encouraged to bring their own ideas and suggestions.
In 2016, four VUSM students did just that, combining their medical knowledge with a passion for social mission. Today, the Social Mission Committee organizes hundreds of service hours and events each year for the med student body and keeps Vanderbilt on the cutting edge of social mission in medical education.
Check out some of the most recent projects kickstarted by the Council of Class Officers
- Added a day of antiracism training to first-year orientation
- Helped to establish the Social Mission Committee
- Eliminated the use of plastic water bottles on the medical school campus
- Created the Robert F. Miller Award for Community Service and Engagement, as well as an effective tracking system for med student service hours
- Collaborated with the Financial Aid Office to facilitate programming and education for students
- Clarified and improved the clerkship year (M2) grading system, using student feedback
- Currently collaborating with deans to establish, communicate, and execute guidelines and changes related to the COVID-19 pandemic
Meet this year’s executive president— she’s kind of a big deal
The president of the fourth-year class is also the executive president of the entire med student body and serves as the primary med student representative to the Alumni Association and the All-University Council.
“It feels surreal to be serving as the Executive President of the CCO, because I can remember the feeling of nervous excitement from first-year elections like it was yesterday. I ran for president on a whim, encouraged by friends, not knowing this role would be one of the most formative experiences of my medical school career.
Serving as president these past four years has taught me how to be an effective communicator, confident leader, and supportive peer. Through this role I have met some of my best friends and most influential mentors. My peers have given me so much by electing me to this position, and I hope to continue giving back to them as we all journey together through these uncharted waters churned up by the pandemic. Thank you all for an amazing four years!”