April 11, 2003

Prospective students visit VUSM, Nashville

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Mayor Bill Purcell welcomed the visiting students last weekend at Vanderbilt. (photo by Anne Rayner Pollo)

About 122 students who have been accepted to Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, and who must let Vanderbilt know by May 15 if they want a spot held in the Class of 2007, visited Vanderbilt last weekend for the school-sponsored “Second Visit Weekend.”

After being welcomed by Drs. Harry R. Jacobson, vice chancellor for Health Affairs, Steven G. Gabbe, dean of VUSM, and J. Harold Helderman, assistant dean for Admissions, and Nashville Mayor Bill Purcell, the students met the faculty, enjoyed student entertainment, various lectures and tours of the hospital and clinics, and for the first time during Second Visit Weekend, a tour of Nashville.

“We show them the town, the cultural and social sites, areas they might want to live in,” Gabbe said. “We’re competing with Boston, Philadelphia and New York. Nashville is a wonderful place to live. We have to convince them of that.”