We have been very busy at the CRS this spring. CRS membership is growing with 2,500 members. The Coalition for the Canby Robinson Society has many dedicated volunteers who are recruiting new members and increasing support to all areas of the Medical Center.
The CRS co-hosted two regional dinners with Medical Alumni Affairs earlier this year in Birmingham, Ala., in January, and in Chattanooga, Tenn., in February. We are planning some additional dinners for the fall. We hosted our fifth annual dinner for the prospective CRS scholars during the Medical School’s Second Look Weekend. The following day the prospective scholars shadowed one of our current scholars. These two opportunities have proved to be effective in recruiting these very talented and highly sought after students. Attendance at our Second Look dinner this year was greater than ever before. Match Day, the day our fourth year medical students learn where they will be doing their residency programs, was held in March. The CRS Board of Directors met in April at the new Vanderbilt Health at One Hundred Oaks, and the meeting agenda included a tour of the new clinic space. We hosted several outreach tours this spring, which are referenced in this section and on our Web site.
I would like to take this opportunity to let you know that Missy Eason, executive director of CRS for 11 years, has decided to step down from her position at the Medical Center. On behalf of the board, I thank Missy for her leadership, which has been the guiding force behind our growth and success over the past decade. We owe a debt of gratitude to Missy for her years of service and commitment to CRS, and we wish her well in her future endeavors.