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Council of Class Officers

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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— Leland Dunwoodie

Leland DunwoodieAfter serving as Class of 2022 president for the past three years, Leland is well equipped to lead as president of the entire medical student body. He also serves as the primary medical student representative to the Alumni Association and the All-University Council.

“What makes our school different from other medical schools is how much people like being here and like each other,” Leland says. “That comes from how small our class is but, more importantly, how our curriculum is structured.”

This unique feeling of community is what drew Leland to CCO in the first place, and now he’s making community and wellness a focal point of his year in office.

“The biggest thing on my mind is really re-emphasizing the things that make our School of Medicine family special,” Leland says.