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Finding strength, passion and  leadership in the Vanderbilt mosaic

Finding strength, passion and leadership in the Vanderbilt mosaic

  Ever lose sight of why you wanted to be in health care? Life sometimes gets in the way. Or the storminess of the day to day obscures what fueled your journey and blurs the path forward. After two years of COVID-19, there is plenty of burnout and cynicism to…

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Features

Time for Action

Time for Action

“Either we’re all going to rise, or we’re all going to sink together.” When she says that, Carol Ziegler, DNP, NP-C, RD, is getting real about how the intensifying changes in climate are going to intersect with health — for each and every one of us, but especially for her…

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Sound On

Sound On

How did it feel to be a medical student during the pandemic, when for safety’s sake and to preserve PPE, providing direct patient care was no longer a possibility? What went through a Community Service Officer’s mind as she informed every person entering the hospital that temperature screening and wearing…

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When  Words  Fail

When Words Fail

In the 2010 film, “The King’s Speech,” a speech therapist helps the king of England overcome a significant stutter so that he can address the nation at the outbreak of World War II. If only it were that straightforward. For those who stutter, and there are millions of people of…

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The Science  of  Longevity

The Science of Longevity

When someone asks her age, Abrie Pillow says that she’s 10. “I’m 82, but I put the eight and two together as a joke,” she laughs. Pillow is energetic and busy, with gardening and other projects at home, church and community volunteer work, family gatherings and great grandchildren sleepovers. She…

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Indebted

Indebted

Vanderbilt University School of Medicine launched the Dean’s Scholarship Challenge in January 2022 with the goal of adding $10 million to available scholarship support for medical school students. The yearlong matching gift effort aims to expand scholarship support through a combination of donor gifts and a University match for students…

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In My Life

Evan Mercer, MD’22

Evan Mercer, MD’22

Grew up in Marietta, Georgia Diagnosed at age 4 with sensorineural hearing loss Attended Vanderbilt University as an undergraduate and served as Mr. Commodore on the VU spirit team Served as a Student Affiliate Adviser, working to foster a sense of support for each member of VUSM’s Chapman College “There’s…

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Q+A

Q + A: Rev. Cordell Simpson

Q + A: Rev. Cordell Simpson

The Rev. Cordell Simpson was ordained a pastor in Alabama in 1982 and joined VUMC’s chaplaincy service in 2008 on a part-time basis before becoming full time in 2012. How much of your time is devoted to being a hospital chaplain? I work 40 hours per week, Monday through Friday,…

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