More Vandy stuff

Hey everyone…I’m scared. I’ve been waiting for this for like 4 years, trying to get the highest grades possible, aiming for great research opportunities, participating in extracurricular activities that I love, all to get an opportunity to go to medical school, and now that its finally here, I’M SCARED. What have I gotten myself into? My fiancé has grilled me on commonly asked interview questions at Vanderbilt, but I still feel like I’ll get in there and be an embarrassment to like my whole race, lol. From reading interview feedback on SDN, it seems like the atmosphere at Vanderbilt is pretty laid back, so hopefully I won’t be too nervous. They e-mailed me a week or 2 ago, notifying me that I’ve been scheduled to meet with Dr. Hill, the Dean of Diversity at Vanderbilt School of Medicine. I guess they realized I’m black, so they wanted me to meet with him; I’m not exactly sure what I or he would gain from our meeting, but I’m willing to go for it. Vanderbilt, also e-mailed me the bio of my interviewer, and she is some serious stuff. Look below: Ann H. Price, M.D.
Executive Director
Dept. of Medical Alumni Affairs,

A native Nashvillian, Dr. Price received her BA from Vanderbilt in 1971. While at Vanderbilt she played #1 singles and #1 doubles for the Vanderbilt Women’s Tennis Team and made two round of 16 appearances in the Women’s National Collegiate Tennis Tournament. She received her MD from Vanderbilt in 1978, where she received the Up John Achievement Award, the Janet M. Glasgow Award of Achievement, and the Founder’s Medalist for Academic Achievement. Dr. Price trained in Internal Medicine at Johns Hopkins and Vanderbilt and was the Chief Resident in Internal Medicine for St. Thomas Hospital (a Vanderbilt teaching affiliate) in 1981. Following training, Dr. Price worked in the private practice of Internal Medicine. From 1990-94, she worked at Vanderbilt where she headed the Occupational Health program, started the Employee Health initiative known as HealthPlus, and served as the first Medical Director for the Vanderbilt Health Plan. After working in the corporate sector with physician networks and utilization management, she returned to Vanderbilt in September 2003 and now serves as the Executive Director of the Department of Medical Alumni Affairs. Dr. Price is married to Scott Todd Price, a local attorney. They have two children, Patrick and Rachel. She has served on numerous community boards including the Canby Robinson Association, the Cystic Fibrosis Association, the Blakeford Board, and the American Heart Association Heart at Work initiative. Outside activities include work with her church and the Spina Bifida Association of America. In March 2006, Dr. Price was inducted into the Metro Nashville High Schools’ Sports Hall of Fame in recognition of her achievements in basketball, track, and tennis. Her athletic passion remains tennis.

So far, the only thing I have in common with her is that I aspire to be a physician like her, and I play racquetball, which is kind of similar to tennis. I really like the fact that Vanderbilt is so organized; it really makes everything run much smoother. They e-mailed me a parking decal, so when I get up there my car won’t get towed…you know, it’s the little things that can make you like a school. Also, I’ve been APPROVED FOR STUDENT HOSTING!!! While I was signing up for it online, they asked me if I would prefer to stay with a minority, and I said yes, so they put me with the Student National Medical Association (SNMA) president for this year. I think that is pretty tight! I called him up, and he sounds like a pretty good guy. I’m going to leave tomorrow afternoon around 2 p.m. to get to Nashville around 3:30 p.m. So my day on this upcoming Tuesday will go like this:

Time Activity
9: 15 a.m. Meet with Dr. Hill the Dean for the Office of
Diversity at admissions office
10: 00 a.m. Interview with Dr. Price
11:15am – 12:00pm Information Session in 215 Light Hall
12:05pm – 12:30pm Student guided tour of Medical School
12:30pm – 1:00pm Lunch with students and lunch is on us!
1:30pm – 2:00pm Children’s Hospital Tour and Medical Center East

I know I haven’t been talking too much about what is going on in school but really nothing is happening. The only thing I can say about school is that these interviews really cause you to miss a lot of school. Anyway, I’ll post again after my interview!

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