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For the 2023-24 recruitment season we are again flipping the classroom and let applicants review our program overview prior to interviewing with us. We hope this will save time and zoom fatigue on our interview days. Enjoy this conversation that was recorded on August 10, 2023 and features Kaitlin Ray (APD), James Jordano and Raechel Warchock (PGY1s), Laura Shepard, Michael Stocker, and Mille Cosse (PGY2s), and Matthew Pirotte (PD). This discussion of the program can be listened to as a "podcast" if you want, we decided to use no slides or visuals so it would be easy to learn all about us while you go about your day. 



Alexa Thomas (class of '24) talks with her classmates Joshua Campbell, Austin Tipold, and class of '25 resident Sarah Brown about why they chose Vandy and tips for surviving virtual interviews.


Alexa chats with recent class of '22 grads Rachel Jennings and Nick Srica about how Vandy prepared them for an academic career.


Alexa ('24) talks with postgraduate Matt White ('22) about his new job and how Vandy prepared him for community medicine.


Join Alexa Thomas (PGY2) as she chats with Assistant Program Directors Dr. Catherine Burger and Dr. Kaitlin Ray about their path to leadership, what makes a great Vandy EM resident applicant, and why they love working at Vanderbilt.

EPISODE V: Pediatric EM Experience

The pediatric experience is a crucial part of any EM residency program. Listen to Dr. Kurt Smith and Dr. Swathi Eyyunni (attending physicians) and Dr. Jay Petosa (PEM fellow) discuss the Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt, the Pediatric Emergency Department, the EM resident pediatric experience, and the PEM fellowship.

EPISODE VI: Chair Chat

Join Dr. Erik Hess, the Vanderbilt Emergency Department Chair, as he discusses why he chose to work at Vanderbilt, unique aspects of training in Emergency Medicine at Vandy, and visions for the future of the department.


Alexa chats with our PD Matthew Pirotte about his path to Vandy, the future of EM, and his take on the residency.

EPISODE VIII: IDEA with Dr. Alexander-Powell 

Dr. Dorris Alexander-Powell and Alexa discuss the importance of our department's focus on Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Anti-racism (IDEA)

EPISODE IX: Alumni Class of '23 Perspective

Hear from our recently graduated seniors on how Vandy EM prepared them for attending practice

EPISODE X: PGY1 First Impressions 

In this episode, our PGY1s from the class of 2026 describe their first impressions of VUMC EM.

Jenna Lee, PGY1 -

Jessie Kirk, PGY1 -

Stiles Harper, PGY1 -

James Jordano, PGY1 -

EPISODE XI: Junior Faculty Podcast

In this episode, Alexa chats with two of our superstar junior faculty, Dr. Jonathan Brewer and Dr. Jason Lesnick about what it's like to work with the residents at Vandy EM

EPISODE XII: APDs on Feedback

In this episode, Alexa interviews our APDs about their approach to resident feedback and what they love about Vanderbilt EM.

2022-2023 Program Overview

Program overview recorded for the 22-23 interview season

EMRA/ACEP Chief Interview 2022

Check out the Vanderbilt entry from the EMRA Medical Student Council video interview series live from ACEP 2022. This video highlights two of our Chief Residents, Dr. Emily Pauw and Dr. Gabby Leonard. It covers what they love about Vandy EM and why it is a great place to work and train. 

Super Tuesday Session

Check out one of our Super Tuesday sessions where our residents get hands on experience in disaster medicine and mass casualty response

Case Conference

Enjoy a collection of cases from our Tuesday afternoon case conference presented by residents and faculty

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