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Keeping our eyes on the future

Keeping our eyes on the future

The COVID-19 pandemic is teaching us many lessons in health care. Among them, we are learning the importance of adapting to change as well as leading change in how we discover, train and heal as we plan for the future. The hesitancy about the two mRNA COVID-19 vaccines is but…

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Features

Teamwork in the time of COVID

Teamwork in the time of COVID

Amid many adjustments to learning and teaching during the early days of COVID-19, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine’s interprofessional approach has endured.The Vanderbilt Program in Interprofessional Learning (VPIL), for example, continues in its effort to bring students in nursing, medicine, pharmacy and social work together in an authentic learning environment…

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Allied  forces

Allied forces

When Danielle Holt, MD, FACS, began a new job in 2019 as the chief of the Department of Surgery at Blanchfield Army Community Hospital (BACH) at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, she said it felt like coming home. Holt, a lieutenant colonel in the Medical Corps of the United States Army, is…

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Next level  data delivery

Next level data delivery

“I want to change the world, not just at Vanderbilt.” In October 2019, in the course of delivering an online seminar sponsored by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Paul Harris, PhD, casually included this aspiration. His talk was part of a series of NIH “webinars” examining how to involve…

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Feeling like  a fraud

Feeling like a fraud

“They must not know I’m from Queens.” Maureen Gannon, PhD, was in a hotel room in Sweden, talking on the phone with her sister in New York. At the time, Gannon was a new faculty member at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, and she had been invited to give a…

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Cultivating hope

Cultivating hope

Jackie Hill had taught early childhood education at Chattanooga State Community College for 24 years when her students noticed something troubling. She was giving them the same assignments repeatedly, or she’d give them the wrong assignment. There were other indications, too, said her longtime friend and life partner Ivan O’Neal.…

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In My Life

Dustin and Dana Hipp

Dustin and Dana Hipp

Members of the VUSM class of 2013 Dustin is an assistant professor of Pediatrics, critical care medicine, and Dana completed a fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry. They recently moved back to Nashville where they are raising their three daughters. Photography by Donn Jones

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Q+A

Q + A: William Schaffner, MD

Q + A: William Schaffner, MD

William Schaffner, MD, professor of Preventive Medicine in the Department of Health Policy and professor of Medicine in the Division of Infectious Diseases, is the reassuring face and voice of reliable, relatable and real-time facts about infectious diseases. Over the past year he has conducted thousands of media interviews about…

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