June 21, 2002

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Emergency residents honored for service

The Department of Emergency Medicine recently presented Dr. Ed Glenn and Dr. Patrick Wupperman, both residents in the Department of Orthopaedics & Rehabilitation, with this year’s “Best Consultants to the ED” award. The two residents were recognized by Emergency Medicine faculty, residents and staff on the basis of their expertise, provision of ED care, and the collegial manner in which they interacted with Emergency Department staff.

The Department of Emergency Medicine also recognized Dr. Rob R. Hood, clinical assistant professor of Medicine in Cardiovascular Medicine, as this year’s “Best Faculty Consultant to the ED” award. Dr. Corey Slovis, chairman of the Department of Emergency Medicine, commended each physician for their VUMC team spirit.

Employees eligible for hearing benefit

Vanderbilt employees are eligible for a 10 percent discount on hearing aids and assistive listening devices offered through the Vanderbilt Bill Wilkerson Center for Otolaryngology and Communication Sciences. Payment plan options are also available.

For appointments at the various locations call the Wilkerson Center, 936-5000; Vanderbilt Balance and Hearing Center or The Vanderbilt Clinic, 322-4327; Cool Springs Clinic, 771-8083; Southeast Nashville Clinic – Nolensville Road, 781-3733; Vanderbilt Hearing Center at St. Thomas Hospital, 222-6099.

Self-defense classes offered this summer

The Vanderbilt University Police Department is offering RAD (Rape Aggression Defense Systems) self-defense classes this summer.

The basic 12-hour course stresses risk awareness, reduction and avoidance. The hands-on portion of the class focuses on defensive techniques to avoid or prevent an assault or abduction. Confidence is built through repeated practice of skills, and culminates with simulated scenarios on the last night.

Students who have completed the basic course are eligible to continue training through an advanced class or pepper spray/keychain defense options. Students who have completed the course can attend and practice.

Basic classes will start June 26 and July 2. The advanced class, which includes pepper spray/keychain, starts July 11.

The pepper spray / keychain option can be taken separately from the advanced class.

For more information on RAD go to www.police.vanderbilt.edu.

Fourth graders use reading skills as gift

Fourth-grade students from Harpeth Valley Elementary offered a unique gift to patients at Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital: CD-roms of the students reading their favorite books aloud.

The gift was made possible through a grant from Nashville-based Kindred Spirits program, founded by Jim McClean to teach children the joy of giving to others.

Alyssa Patel, daughter of Dr. Neal Patel, thought of the idea while visiting the hospital with her father.

The students also donated the books and five portable CD players.