Digital Detective

From the Winter 2018 edition of Vanderbilt Medicine Magazine

Not so long ago, when patients’ laboratory reports came back to Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) indicating the possible presence of serious infections, Infection Prevention team members would print out the reports and divvy them up so they could visit … Continued

HAIs at a Glance

From the Winter 2018 edition of Vanderbilt Medicine Magazine

Although significant progress has been made in preventing some infection types, there is much more work to be done. On any given day, about one in 25 hospital patients in the United States has at least one healthcare-associated infection (HAI). … Continued

By the Numbers

From the Winter 2018 edition of Vanderbilt Medicine Magazine

Over the years the Vanderbilt Transplant Center (VTC) has seen tremendous growth in all of its programs. In 1962, the first cadaveric kidney transplant was performed. As one of the largest and oldest kidney transplant programs in the country, VTC … Continued

Building the team beyond surgeons

From the Winter 2018 edition of Vanderbilt Medicine Magazine

The infrastructure of the Vanderbilt Transplant Center (VTC) allows for an interdisciplinary environment that creates a culture of teamwork and enhanced communication among all members of the transplant service, said Ed Zavala, administrator for VTC. The complex nature of transplantation … Continued

Support for physicians

From the Winter 2018 edition of Vanderbilt Medicine Magazine

At Vanderbilt, physicians can turn to the Faculty and Physician Wellness Program, which was established nearly 20 years ago, for confidential psychological support. About 6 percent of the faculty and physicians seek help annually for problems that are impacting their … Continued

Call to Action

From the Winter 2018 edition of Vanderbilt Medicine Magazine

The National Academy of Medicine (NAM) announced in January that more than 130 organizations across the U.S. — including associations, hospital and medical systems, universities, and professional societies — have joined NAM in declaring their commitment to reducing burnout and … Continued

Progress Report

From the Summer 2017 edition of Vanderbilt Medicine Magazine

Formed in 2008, the Minority Housestaff for Academic and Medical Advancement (MHAMA) is an organization comprised of Vanderbilt house staff and advisers who are committed to creating opportunities for the advancement of underrepresented house staff by providing opportunities for mentorship, … Continued

Next-Generation Vaccines

From the Summer 2017 edition of Vanderbilt Medicine Magazine

The Human Immunome Program is one of two initiatives currently being pursued by the Human Vaccines Project (the Project). The other initiative, called the Rules of Immunogenicity Program, aims to elucidate the key principles of human immunology to understand how … Continued