March 12, 2010

Medical school magazine lands national awards of excellence

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Vanderbilt Medicine, the alumni magazine of Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, recently received honors from two organizations — the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) District III and the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC).

The biannual publication, produced by Vanderbilt Medical Center's Office of News and Communications, received an Award of Excellence in the Alumni Magazines 1 category from CASE District III, for two issues — the Winter 2009 “Extinguished: A comprehensive look at the end of life” and Summer 2009, “Are there enough doctors?”

The publication is edited by Kathy Whitney and designed by Diana Duren.

Whitney also won an Award of Excellence from the AAMC for “Death Done Well,” an article in the Winter 2009 issue about quadriplegic Debbie Atkinson who chose to end her life at Vanderbilt University Hospital in September 2008, under the supervision of Vanderbilt physicians, nurses, lawyers and ethicists.

Her life-ending decision and the compassionate team of Vanderbilt physicians and staff who helped her during this trying time formed the basis of the story.

The magazine also won an honorable mention from the AAMC for its Winter 2009 “Extinguished” issue, edited by Nancy Humphrey.

“Kathy is both a gifted writer and a talented editor, and we are very proud of her and these awards,” said Humphrey, director of publications for the VUMC Office of News and Communications and former editor of Vanderbilt Medicine.

The magazine has won several awards over the past decade from both organizations.

To view current and past issues of Vanderbilt Medicine, visit