February 20, 2014

Dear Colleagues, Last month, I wrote about perspective. Again in December and January, U.S. hospitals lost jobs. In our region, Kentucky's largest health system, KentuckyOne, which includes the University of Louisville Hospital, announced it will reduce operating expenses by $218 million before the end of fiscal 2015, signaling staffing reductions. Everywhere we look we still see falling reimbursement for research and health care services. Read more...

Medical Center's active shooter policy updated


Vanderbilt University Medical Center has revised the existing Code Silver/Active Shooter policy and will require faculty, staff and house staff to complete an Active Shooter Training Module on VandySafe as part of the annual performance evaluation. Vanderbilt's School of Nursing and School of Medicine students are also required to complete the Medical Center training module. Read more...

Two classes of medical students to learn together on wards in March and April


Beginning the week of March 10, both third-year and second-year (aka, "hybrid") students will, for the first time, be learning together on clinical services. Read more...

Red meat allergies likely result of lone star tick


Lone star tick bites are likely the cause of thousands of cases of severe red meat allergies that are plaguing patients in Southeastern states including Tennessee, North Carolina and Virginia and spreading up the Eastern Seaboard along with the deer population. Read more...

Studies shed new light on breast cancer development


Rebecca Cook, Ph.D., assistant professor of Cancer Biology, has spent her life trying to understand what makes things grow, from seedlings in soil to tumor cells in the body. Read more...

Eakin students learn through Global Games


"Play" is a word that translates into any language. That's what Eakin Elementary School students discovered when international scholars from Vanderbilt introduced them to games from around the world during a series of visits in January. Read more...