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October 2011 Category

Lessons learned at the pool carry over into medical career

Oct. 5, 2011—In college, Ashley Rowatt Karpinos, M.D., was an elite athlete, one of the best NCAA swimmers in the country. She says the dedication and work ethic she brought to the pool continues to serve her as she seeks an unorthodox combination of specialties in her medical career. Sure, the uniforms are different—a swimsuit, cap and...

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In his own terms

Oct. 5, 2011—Last winter, terminally ill with cancer, homeless and unable to speak, 47-year-old Ken Goslin was moving quickly toward an end of life that could have been painful and lonely. But it didn’t turn out that way. Efforts by a team at VUMC, at first acting in their official capacities and later as Goslin’s friends, changed...

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Go for the Gold deadline set for Oct. 31

Oct. 5, 2011—The deadline for Go for the Gold, Vanderbilt’s annual program to help employees learn their health risks and support risk reduction, is Monday, Oct. 31. “Participating in Go for the Gold is important for many reasons in addition to the wellness credit,” said Lori Rolando, M.D., MPH, Health Plus medical director. To complete Go for the...

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Flulapalooza seeks to test system, break Guinness record

Oct. 5, 2011—A mass vaccination drill, dubbed “Flulapalooza” and orchestrated by Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s Office of Emergency Preparedness, will be held Wednesday, Oct. 12. Free flu vaccines will be given to all University and Medical Center faculty, staff, volunteers and students during the daylong event. Although the official goal of the event is to test the...

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Stories that stay with you

Oct. 5, 2011—Wherever any of us go, we represent the groups to which we belong. We know this in big ways. If you travel in a foreign country, for example, at some level you are probably conscious that the way you act and treat people somehow represents all Americans. This is true even in small things. If...

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Open Enrollment Ends October 14

Oct. 5, 2011—Open Enrollment, the annual opportunity to take charge of your benefits and elect the coverage that fits your needs for the coming year, ends at 5 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 14. This is the one time each year to review your insurance and spending account coverage and make choices for the upcoming calendar year. The...

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Vanderbilt Staff Community survey to begin Oct. 17

Oct. 5, 2011—Vanderbilt University and Medical Center staff will participate together this year in the employee engagement survey. Beginning Monday, Oct. 17, the Vanderbilt Staff Community Survey will be emailed directly to staff from an outside vendor, HR Solutions, a Chicago-based company that conducts opinion surveys for more than 500 organizations. Staff members are encouraged to complete...

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House Organ story on spine surgery to be on “Grey’s Anatomy”

Oct. 2, 2011—It has all the elements of great story—a patient near death, a huge risk of complications, and a young surgeon willing to risk it all—so it was no surprise when “Grey’s Anatomy” came knocking. The ABC medical drama found the House Organ article on Judy Kerns, an east Tennessee woman whose head had literally fallen...

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House Organ Photo Contest wants pet photos, videos, more

Aug. 31, 2011—Enter photos using Flickr and videos via email through Oct. 14 This is the 30th year that House Organ has called on Vanderbilt staff, students, volunteers and faculty to submit photographs to the House Organ Photography Contest, the winners of which will be featured, one per month, in the 2012 House Organ Calendar, to be...

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