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Communicating our way through this era of disease and change

Communicating our way through this era of disease and change

Amid the challenges and tragedies of the global pandemic, there are inspiring moments. I’ve had a front row seat to both extraordinary courage and creativity, as the people of VUMC prepared for and managed through two COVID-19 surges in Middle Tennessee. So many accomplishments, from dramatic swings in clinical, research…

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Features

The  Race to Rein in Renegade RNA

The Race to Rein in Renegade RNA

How is it that an encapsulated, single strand of genetic material called SARS-CoV-2 can cause so much havoc? By the middle of September, nine months after an outbreak of viral pneumonia was first reported by health authorities in Wuhan, China, the RNA virus that causes COVID-19 had infected more than…

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“Living up to our true mission”

“Living up to our true mission”

In the 40 years since André Churchwell, MD, graduated from medical school, his contributions to diversity and inclusion work have changed the face of U.S. medical education. Since July 2019, Churchwell has served as the interim Vice Chancellor for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion and the Chief Diversity Officer for Vanderbilt…

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The Other Side of the Bed

The Other Side of the Bed

A month before his 49th birthday, Geoffrey Fleming, MD, had a biopsy of his liver to diagnose an unidentified metastatic disease that he already knew was “something bad.” The next day, he jetted off to Scotland for a family golf trip, deferring the results of his procedure until his return.…

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One  Psychiatrist's Journey

One Psychiatrist's Journey

Reid Finlayson, MD, MMHC, was nine months into his first year of psychiatric residency training when he awoke on the seventh floor of a psychiatric hospital in downtown Toronto, Ontario. It was Easter morning in 1974, and hazy memories of being “wrestled to the floor by a sea of faces…

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In My Life

Rachel Apple, MD’12

Rachel Apple, MD’12

Served as a chair and president of the Wellness Committee in medical school, started “PGY-Mom” at VUMC to support the unique needs of resident physician moms and founded Vanderbilt Physician Parent Group “Wellness has been important to me throughout my medical training. Although I have always aspired to find the…

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Q+A

Q + A: Kianna Jackson, MD’20

Q + A: Kianna Jackson, MD’20

Kianna Jackson, MD’20, recipient of the 1965 School of Medicine Class Scholarship and the Darline & Robert Raskind Scholarships, was the Founders Medalist for the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine class of 2020, bestowed to the student graduating with first honors. Jackson is also the first Black student to receive…

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