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To provide enjoyable but challenging educational experiences and deepen knowledge of emergency care.



Welcome to Emergency Medicine! The overall goals of the undergraduate medical education program are to:

  • Provide enjoyable but challenging educational experiences that are well-organized and student-centered

  • Provide evidence-based advising to students interested in pursuing careers in emergency medicine

  • Employ a scholarly approach in designing, conducting, and evaluating educational activities

Whether you are exploring a possible career in emergency medicine or applying to an EM residency, we are here to help you decide if EM is the right choice for you and to support you in the application process while teaching foundational EM knowledge and skills to all. Please don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions!


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Amanda Smith MD, MS
Director of  Undergraduate Medical Education

 Dr. Smith completed undergrad, medical school, and residency training in Birmingham, AL, at UAB. She met her husband Doug during her training at UAB while they worked alongside each other in the ED! She moved to Nashville, TN, a few years ago to work at Vanderbilt. Dr. Smith splits her time between community and academic practice. While she enjoys practicing community medicine, she finds great joy in individualized mentorship and being a part of a learner’s journey. Aside from medicine, she loves traveling, live music, and sunsets with her husband. The ultimate joy of their life is their mischievous kitten Bug. 



Colin O'Shea MD, MPH
Assistant Director, Clinical Electives

Originally from Maryland, Dr. O'Shea went to Emory University for medical school, where he was inducted into the AOA honors society. During medical school, he attended Rollins School of Public Health and completed his MPH, with a focus on Health Policy. During his residency and Chief Residency at Vanderbilt, he has won several teaching awards, including the House Staff Clinical Teaching Award. His areas of interest include undergraduate medical education and he currently serves as the Assistant Director of UME Clinical Electives. During his free time, he enjoys playing music, hiking, and spending time with his wife, dog, and son.

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Jeff Heimiller MD
Assistant Director, Undergraduate Medical Education

Dr. Heimiller grew up in Richmond, VA and went to undergrad at Virginia Commonwealth University. He then attended medical school at Virginia Tech-Carilion School of Medicine, where he was part of the inaugural class and met his wife, Yi. He did his EM residency here at Vanderbilt and served as our first sim fellow in 2017. Most of his free time is spent with his wife and two daughters. He also enjoys gardening, fly fishing, woodworking, and general tinkering in his workshop like an old man.

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Jason Lesnick MD
Assistant  Director, Student Advising and  Mentorship

Dr. Lesnick did his undergrad at the University of Florida and medical school at Florida State University. After this, he completed his emergency medicine residency at the University of Texas at Houston (aka McGovern Medical School) where he served as chief resident. After residency he worked full time in Houston in the community and part time at UT Houston. Dr. Lesnick is passionate about education, mentorship, and personal finance. He moved to Nashville with his wife Rachel (a pelvic floor and orthopedic physical therapist) and their two cats Snow and Cleo in 2022. He enjoys spending time with family and friends, exercising, traveling, and reading.

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Logan Wilson MD
Assistant Director, Student Engagement

Dr. Wilson is originally from Hattiesburg, MS. He attended the University of Mississippi for undergraduate studies. He attended the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, MS for medical school. It was during medical school that he developed a passion for medical student education and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. He completed his residency at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. After residency, he and his family relocated to Nashville and have thoroughly enjoyed their transition to this beautiful city. He has twin daughters, Charleigh and Ryleigh, who actually run the operations of his household. He enjoys any and all sporting events, Crossfit, cooking, traveling and spending time with his family.

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Auda  Hutto
Associate Program Manager

Auda Hutto is a Nashville native but has lived in New Orleans and Chicago before moving back home to Music City to raise her family. She has worked at Vanderbilt since 2008 and currently manages the curriculum for undergraduate medical education in Emergency Medicine. Prior to coming to Emergency Medicine, she worked in the Office of Faculty Affairs for 14 years. She is the mother of 2 adult children and enjoys hiking and cooking. She is an avid sports fan, especially soccer. 

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