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Author: Jill Clendening

In-house clinical genomics testing protocol alleviates financial burden for qualifying patients

Jan. 14, 2022—A new protocol for ordering clinical genomics testing has been implemented which will minimize the financial impact for qualifying patients who require diagnostic testing for genetic disorders. Testing through the Vanderbilt Clinical Genomics Laboratory (VCGL) is now eligible for VUMC’s financial assistance program for qualifying patients, including all TennCare members. “Qualifying patients will be counseled...

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Treatment sharpens sense of smell for ‘professional nose’

Jan. 13, 2022—Surgery at Vanderbilt helped 25-year-old Meredith Watson pursue her dream of becoming a professional nose — someone specially trained in combining ingredients to create fragrances.

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Study finds sexual minority communities disproportionately engage in behaviors to reduce medication costs

Jan. 6, 2022—Vanderbilt research finds that individuals from sexual minority populations, including members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and queer communities, are more likely than heterosexual individuals to engage in behaviors to reduce medication costs.

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Weigh risks, plan ahead prior to gathering for the holidays

Dec. 8, 2021—Vanderbilt University Medical Center infectious disease experts advise this is the season to think very wisely about planned get-togethers.

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Policy now in place formalizes role and use of medical chaperones during patient encounters

Nov. 22, 2021—Sensitive medical examinations and procedures can create anxiety or an increased sense of vulnerability for patients. Because of this, Vanderbilt University Medical Center has implemented a new policy which standardizes and expands the role of a medical chaperone, an individual who serves as a witness for both a patient and their clinician during a sensitive medical examination...

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Program extends palliative care knowledge to improve patient care

Nov. 18, 2021—A new resource at Vanderbilt is helping medical students, residents and even long-standing medical faculty to enhance their palliative care skills.

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International gathering scrutinizes immune response, beta cell biology in Type 1 diabetes

Nov. 11, 2021—  by Jill Clendening Nearly 400 investigators and scientific trainees hailing from 25 different countries recently gathered virtually, across continents and time zones, to share their latest research related to the immunology of Type 1 diabetes during the 18th Immunology of Diabetes Society (IDS) Congress, co-hosted by Vanderbilt University Medical Center and the University of...

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Lecture reflects on the lives touched by Levi Watkins

Oct. 14, 2021—Levi Watkins Jr., MD, has an enduring legacy as a cardiovascular surgeon, mentor and advocate, and Vanderbilt's John Tarpley, MD, recently shared his reflections about the remarkable impact of his friend and colleague, both on the medical profession and on the lives of others.

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Study shows link between neonatal opioid withdrawal syndrome and foster care entry

Oct. 13, 2021—Vanderbilt research has revealed the close relationship between neonatal opioid withdrawal syndrome and the number of infants entering foster care.

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Patient Experience awards honor service excellence

Oct. 13, 2021—Vanderbilt University Medical Center is recognizing 485 clinicians and 132 clinical areas for receiving high marks from patients, earning Excellence in Patient Experience awards for fiscal year 2021.

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Pandemic spurs expansion of surgical care for underserved

Oct. 7, 2021—When the COVID-19 pandemic shut down international travel necessary for overseas medical initiatives, Vanderbilt's Rondi Kauffmann, MD, MPH, began brainstorming ways to extend surgical care to those in need much closer to home.

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Policy formalizes role and use of medical chaperones during patient encounters

Sep. 30, 2021—Vanderbilt University Medical Center is implementing a new policy which standardizes and expands the role of a medical chaperone, an individual who serves as a witness for both a patient and their clinician during a sensitive medical examination or procedure.

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