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Rounds: Hard conversations

Sep. 22, 2021—Difficult conversations are a hallmark of medicine. Patients and their families rely on us to share the facts about their illnesses that are sometimes hard to hear. While many clinicians begin to do this while training, our effectiveness in these conversations develops throughout a career. Telling a young mother she has an aggressive cancer or...

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‘DNA’ podcast Season 2 explores COVID, science and trust in communities

Aug. 23, 2021—Listen to Episode 1, Blueprint for a Pandemic-Ready Society, and subscribe on your favorite platform. The first episode of the second season of Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s original podcast series, Vanderbilt Health DNA: Discoveries in Action, tackles bold questions and issues pushed to the surface by COVID-19. This season, the award-winning 10-episode series delves into...

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Digital growth, improvements, vaccinations: Leadership Assembly takeaways

Aug. 5, 2021—Vanderbilt University Medical Center completed its first full fiscal year of the COVID-19 era having achieved remarkable outcomes in digital health, growth and quality because of consistently strong performance from its workforce.

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Medical Center leaders announce Academy for Excellence in Clinical Medicine

Jun. 21, 2021—Leaders at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and Vanderbilt University School of Medicine announce the creation of the Academy for Excellence in Clinical Medicine (AECM). The mission of the Academy is to recognize and advance exceptional patient care.

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Flexibility, trust: Takeaways from Leadership Assembly

May. 6, 2021—The flexibility and adaptability of Vanderbilt University Medical Center has been center stage as the pressures of COVID-19 and ongoing strategic imperatives have transformed how and where care is delivered.

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School of Medicine Faculty Advisory Council Re-Established

Feb. 25, 2021—After a several-year hiatus, the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine Faculty Advisory Council has been re-established to represent the School’s 3,000-plus faculty.

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Rounds: A Holiday Gift

Dec. 21, 2020—Against the noisy background of masking debates, surges, flattening curves, warp speed initiatives, conflicting messages and misinformation, political controversies, not to mention a revolutionary mRNA technology, millions of people are deciding whether to take the COVID-19 vaccine.

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VUMC’s resilience amid COVID: Caring for ourselves as we care for others

Oct. 29, 2020—Caring for ourselves and for one another will be fundamental to the people of Vanderbilt University Medical Center in the coming weeks as COVID-19 is surging, and over the year as the enterprise adapts further to changes while expanding locally and regionally.

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National Academy of Medicine addresses urgent threats of COVID-19 and climate change at annual meeting

Oct. 26, 2020—The COVID-19 pandemic and climate change are twin calamities that cannot be resolved without global cooperation, consistent communication and leadership and urgent innovation by the scientific community.

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Video: Dr. Jeff Balser announces a new anti-racism task force and gives an update on VUMC’s leadership role in the COVID-19 battle

Sep. 22, 2020—Dr. Jeff Balser talks about dealing with the various challenges that are critical to the well-being of our VUMC community and our world, including racial equality efforts and the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

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Transcript: Dr. Jeff Balser announces a new anti-racism task force and gives an update on VUMC’s leadership role in the COVID-19 battle

Sep. 22, 2020—Dr. Jeff Balser talks about dealing with the various challenges that are critical to the well-being of our VUMC community and our world, including racial equality efforts and the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

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Adaptability, masks, diversity and more takeaways from Leadership Assembly

Aug. 13, 2020—People are the engine that’s kept Vanderbilt University Medical Center moving forward — and setting the tone for the region on best pandemic mitigation practices — leaders said in a virtual Leadership Assembly, a new channel that is itself reflective of life and work in the pandemic era.

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