January 10, 2003

Residents, fellows interviewed for upcoming TV series

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Dr. James Muldowney, a second-year cardiology fellow, interviews with The Learning Channel. (photo by Dana Johnson)

Residents, fellows interviewed for upcoming TV series

A production crew from New York Times Television, the electronic bureau of The New York Times, will return to Vanderbilt University Medical Center later this month to begin filming a new series that will debut on The Learning Channel this fall.

The series, tentatively titled “Young Meds,” will be told through the eyes of VUMC’s residents and fellows, and offer viewers a comprehensive look at what it takes to be a physician in training in today’s highly specialized, highly competitive environment. New York Times TV is filming all 13 of the debut season’s hour-long episodes at VUMC.

VUMC has hosted film crews from New York Times TV on several occasions. New York Times TV produces the popular Learning Channel medical programs “Trauma: Life in the ER” and “Maternity Ward.” Several episodes of the award-winning programs have been filmed at VUMC.

VUMC was selected over several other top academic medical centers for the new Learning Channel series based on the strength, size and diversity of its graduate medical program, and a very positive collaborative relationship on other TV projects over the last six years.

“We are thrilled to have New York Times Television back at VUMC for this project,” said Bill Hance, director of News and Public Affairs at VUMC. “The channel did an outstanding job with the previous productions. We are certainly excited about participating in this new series that will show viewers around the world all the great things going on at Vanderbilt, such as the quality training and work of our residents and fellows.”

Series executive producer Julian Hobbs and series senior producer Shelley Schulze are at VUMC this week conducting brief interviews with residents and fellows interested in participating on the project. More than 100 residents and fellows from virtually all of VUMC’s graduate medical education programs have expressed interest. The series producers hope to include a broad mix of residents from many departments to offer viewers a comprehensive look at the variety and breadth of VUMC’s physician training programs.

Filming for the “Young Meds” series is scheduled to begin Jan. 27.