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Recurring Events

Ground Level: Fresh Brewed Mentoring

Fridays at noon (Zoom meeting)

Senior mentors start guest hosting on 9/11. Schedule:

Associate Dean for Clinical & Translational Scientist Development, Katherine Hartmann, MD, PhD, takes your questions and highlights resources at Vanderbilt, tips for navigating the research environment, strategy, and more. Come with questions or just to chat and/or vent. Be sure to check the monthly calendars to see when other senior mentors are guest hosting.

Zoom access information:
Password: GROUND

CV Review and Assistance

Dr. Ashley Wood in the VUMC Office of Faculty Affairs offers one-on-one review of or assistance with your CV. Especially helpful for those planning their tenure packet. Email ashley.wood[at] or call 615-322-2165 to schedule an appointment.

VICTR Funding Overview

2nd Monday of the month from 10:00-11:00am CT (zoom)

Opportunity for investigators to learn and ask questions about the VICTR Funding Program. Open to all. No registration required.

Zoom meeting information can be found on the event page.

Vanderbilt Behavioral Health – Self-Care Breaks

Every weekday at 11:00 AM and 2:00 PM (Zoom meeting)

You are a priority. Join us for mini self-care breaks for activities including mini yoga exercises, mindfulness sessions, grounding techniques, and more.

Zoom access information:
Call-in: 312-626-6799

Osher Center Live-streamed Support Group for Providers

Thursdays from 8:30-9:30 AM and 8:30-9:30 PM

The Osher Center for Integrative Medicine is offering online VUMC Provider mindfulness groups to foster resilience in response to the stress and challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. Participants will learn empirically supported mind-body skills to support self-care and stress management for this challenging situation. Groups will occur via Zoom and will be led by providers from the Osher Center. Groups are offered online and occur weekly in two time slots. VUMC providers are welcome to attend on a weekly basis or as schedules and needs allow.

Zoom access information:

Osher Center Live-streamed Guided Mindfulness Meditation Practices

Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at 12:15 PM and 8:30 PM
Tuesdays and Thursdays at 1:15 PM and 5:45 PM

The Osher Center for Integrative Medicine offers free 10-minute, live streamed, guided mindfulness meditation practices. These online sessions are appropriate for beginners as well as experienced meditators and are open to anyone — VUMC clinicians and staff, patients and friends in the community.

The aim is to create space for a brief pause in the midst of high demands and great uncertainty so that the body and mind can “reset,” providing a few moments to rest the attention through grounding, anchoring, breathing and bringing awareness into the body and into the moment. This practice is foundational for stress reduction. Even brief mindfulness practices have been shown to help enhance mental clarity as well as physiological and emotional well-being in the face of life stressors and difficulties.

Zoom access information:

Osher Center Live-streamed Movement Classes

Monday-Friday at 12:30 PM
Thursdays at 5:30 PM

The Osher Center for Integrative Medicine at Vanderbilt offers free mid-day 30-minute and end-of-day 15-minute live-streamed guided movement practices. These online sessions are appropriate for any level of experience and are open to all VUMC clinicians and staff. Movement is a powerful tool for increasing vitality and reducing stress. These offerings will use the basics of yoga, qigong, breathing and meditation. The intention is to teach individuals how to harness their breath to promote relaxation and clarity.

These classes may benefit individuals who suffer from stress, uncertainty, pain, poor sleep, anxiety and stiffness.

– Quiet setting
– Enough space by your computer or smart phone for standing and for movements in a chair (without an armrest)
– Room to lie down

Zoom access information:

Continuing Education Opportunity: Conquering COVID

A 20-question QuizTime course offers one CME credit for answering questions about the pandemic on your phone. If you took the course in April, the new version still offers CME credit as it has been significantly updated. Register.


AAMC Webinar: Addressing Sexual Harassment in Academic Medicine

Wednesday, October 28th at 1:30 PM CT (webinar)

The 2018 National Academy of Science report on Sexual Harassment of Women: Climate, Culture, and Consequences in the Academic Sciences, Engineering and Medicine revealed the prevalence of sexual and gender harassment of women in STEMM. The report demonstrated that 50% of women faculty and staff and 20-50% of women students encounter or experience sexually harassing conduct in academia, and medicine has the highest frequency. Since the report release, institutions and national agencies have dedicated considerable effort to explore innovative ways to address sexual harassment. This year both the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) Action Collaborative on Preventing Sexual Harassment in Higher Education have been making progress to create change in the culture of science to maximize talent and end harassment. Finally, new data collected by the AAMC of faculty experiences of sexual and gender harassment across genders sheds light on issues specific to academic medicine.

Join Carrie Wolinetz, PhD, NIH Acting Chief of Staff and Associate Director for Science Policy, and Frazier Benya, PhD, study director for the NASEM sexual harassment report, and the AAMC as they address:

Drs. Wolinetz and Benya welcome discussion during a question and answer period to follow the presentation. You may also submit questions ahead of time to Amanda Field, PhD, AAMC Senior Science Policy Specialist, at

Register to attend.

BRET ASPIRE Cafe: Grants Resources at Vanderbilt

Thursday, October 29 at 11:00 AM-12:00 PM (webinar)

Please join Abigail Brown Ph.D., BRET, Director, Outcomes Research to learn how Vanderbilt can help you write your grant: a focus on resources for writing career development or R grants. Will cover the many grant writing resources available to Vanderbilt researchers to help produce strong grant applications.

Register to attend.

Vanderbilt’s Offices of Federal Relations Presentation

Thursday, October 29 from 2:00 to 3:00 PM CT

Participants will hear from members of Vanderbilt University’s and Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s Offices of Federal Relations about their offices’ missions and how they advance the federal policy priorities of VU and VUMC. Topics discussed during this presentation will include:

  • What are VU and VUMC’s federal priorities?
  • What is science policy and how do we advocate for it?
  • How do we advance our federal priorities and shape public policy? 

This discussion is intended for STEM undergraduate and graduate students and postdocs considering careers in public policy.

Speakers :
Christina West, associate vice chancellor for federal relations, Vanderbilt University
Alex Currie, senior director of federal relations, Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Heather Bloemhard, assistant director of federal relations, Vanderbilt University
Collier Roberts, communications coordinator for government relations, Vanderbilt University

Register to attend. 


NIH OITE Presents The Mental Health and Well-Being of Biomedical Researchers

Monday, November 2nd from 12:00 – 2:15 PM CT (webinar)

Mental health is often viewed as a personal, individual issue. But did you know that our culture and background play an important role in mental health experiences – from how we assess mental health and how we describe our mental health symptoms (emotionally or physically), or even when we decide to seek treatment, if at all? In this panel discussion, we will discuss the importance of mental health, how culture impacts our view of mental health, how to overcome some of the barriers posed by cultural expectations, and what the biomedical research community can do to promote inclusive wellness.

This is a one-hour panel discussion followed by facilitated small group discussions. In small groups, we will have the opportunity to discuss the impact of culture on our mental health and practice skills to assist overcoming barriers imposed by the cultural norms. Because mental health experts will facilitate the small groups, you must register in advance to participate.

Register to attend.

BRET ASPIRE Bistro: Applying for Fellowships and NRSAs

Thursday, November 5 from 11:00 AM-12:00PM (webinar)

Join Kim Petrie, Assistant Dean for Biomedical Career Development, for a presentation about applying for fellowships to fund biomedical PhD training. Topics will include strategies for finding funding, navigating the application process at Vanderbilt, criteria by which predoctoral fellowships are typically evaluated, institutional resources to help you write your application, and common application components of NIH National Research Service Awards (NRSAs).

Register to attend.

Discovery Lecture: Alcohol and Drug Addiction: The Gain in the Brain is the Pain

Thursday, November 5th at 4:00PM (webinar)

Speaker: George Koop, PhD, Director, National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism

Register to attend.

VUMC Educator Development Program: Implementing Clinical Teaching Models

Tuesday, November 10 from 1:00-3:00 PM (virtual workshop)

In EDP workshops, participants will gain new knowledge, enhance previous knowledge, practice skills, create projects, and receive mentoring on individual work activities when appropriate. Most EDP workshops are open to Vanderbilt University Medical Center faculty and learners. A small number of workshops are by invitation only. Topics covered range from educational theory to technology in teaching.

Workshops have limited seating; RSVP required. See our EDP Newsletter for registration. Join our mailing list to receive information about upcoming workshops.

GLI Salary Negotiation Crash Course

Tuesday, November 10 from 1:00-4:00 PM CT (webinar)

 Join us for an interactive workshop where you will learn and practice strategies to optimize your next job offer. Topics explored during this workshop include:

  • Introduction to negotiations
  • Preparing for the job offer negotiation
  • Thinking beyond salary
  • Common salary negotiation pitfalls
  • Academic, private, and pubic sector jobs

This workshop is open to all graduate school students (PhD, MA, MFS, MLAS & MS) and postdocs. Spaces for this workshop are limited and registration is required.

Speaker: Kendall Park, PhD, Vanderbilt Owen School of Management

Register to attend.

Disrupting Everyday Bias

Thursday, November 12 at 9:00-11:00 AM (online workshop)

Learn about the various ways unconscious bias may have an impact on decision-making involving hiring, promotion, performance, communication and leadership during the upcoming “Disrupting Everyday Bias” workshops. In order to mitigate the negative impact of bias, participants are introduced to tools and strategies to disrupt everyday bias and create situations to make decisions in a more conscious manner. This workshop supports the university’s ongoing efforts to address unconscious bias, and all staff are invited to participate in one of these sessions.

Register for the session of your choice by searching for “Disrupting Everyday Bias” in Oracle Learning. Another session will be offered December 8.

BRET ASPIRE Cafe: How to Give a Chalk Talk

Thursday, November 12 at 11:00 AM-12:00 PM (webinar)

A chalk talk is an informal presentation and discussion of your research program given during a faculty interview. This is your opportunity to shine, to distinguish yourself from other top applicants and show how you fit with the department and institution. Come hear from a panel of faculty members who will share their tips on how to impress in this interview setting.

Register to attend.

Edge for Scholars Seminar: Introduction to F and K Awards

Thursday, November 12 at 12:00-1:00 PM

Experienced staff from the Edge for Scholars at Vanderbilt will introduce the audience to the different types of fellowship and career development awards available through NIH and other agencies. Why might you want one of these awards? Which is right for you? How do you apply? These questions and more will be answered.

Zoom meeting
Meeting ID: 822 8233 6937
Passcode: 225959
Phone: 1 312 626 6799

Second Annual Alzheimer’s Disease Research Day

Friday, November 13 at 8:00 AM-6:00 PM

This campus-wide academic event will showcase Alzheimer’s disease, small vessel disease, and neurodegeneration research from multiple clinical and basic science departments. Due to ongoing concerns with COVID-19, this year’s event will be held virtually.

Dr. Prashanthi Vemuri, Associate Professor of Radiology at Mayo Clinic, and an expert in Alzheimer’s disease resilience, will deliver the keynote lecture. Dr. Vemuri will present emerging data that provides insights into the resilience mechanisms through which individuals are able to cope with age-related neuropathologies. You can learn more about Dr. Vemuri’s research here:

Additional online events during the course of the day will include Vanderbilt faculty presentations, a data blitz session, and a poster session featuring basic, clinical, and translational research activities across campus.


Beyond the 2020 Election: The Horizon for Health Policy

Monday, November 16 at 4:00 PM (webinar)

Topic: Research Into Policy and Practice Lecture Series – After the Election: What Is The Future of Health Policy

Description: The biannual Research Into Policy and Practice Lecture Series will feature discussion from Vanderbilt health policy experts to discuss the policy outlook for issues like prescription drug prices, health insurance, and access to care after the 2020 election.

Moderated by Joanne Kenen, executive editor of Health at POLITICO.

Register to attend.

Your Professional Presence: Interviewing in a Virtual World

Wednesday, November 18th from 12:00­–1:15PM (webinar)

This program offers Ph.D. students and postdocs a chance to reflect on the ways that gender affects their experience as they begin their professional journey in the academy.

Speaker: Kimberly Pace, Professor of the Practice of Communication, Owen School of Management

Register to attend.

BRET ASPIRE Job Search Series: Resumes/Industry CVs

Thursday, November 19 at 11:00 AM-12:00 PM (webinar)

In this session, we will discuss the differences between CVs and résumés, when to use one or the other, strategies for tailoring your résumé for a specific position, and tips for clearly and concisely presenting your professional skills and accomplishments.

Register to attend.

Lifecourse Visual Tool Kit: Developing Analytical Methods That Can Capture the Multiple Dimensions of Time (Timing, Dose, and Duration)

Thursday, November 19 at 11:00 AM ET (online webinar)

The speakers in Webinar 6 will discuss analytical methods that can capture the multiple dimensions of time (Timing, Dose, and Duration). Topics will include group based trajectory modeling, selecting models that can be used to triangulate the multiple dimensions of exposure, and causal modeling in event-time analyses.

Newman Society Seminar: Lessons Learned While Building a Career

Thursday, November 19 from 12:00-1:00 PM

Join Anna Hemnes, MD, a former K awardee who’s now moved on to R01, U01, and P01 funding, as she shares how she went from K to R and built her career.

Zoom meeting
Meeting ID: 822 8233 6937
Passcode: 225959
Phone: 1 312 626 6799


Women in Healthcare: The Pursuit of Wellness

Thursday-Friday, December 3-4 from 8:00 am – 5:00 pm (online retreat)

During this two-day workshop, participants will engage in a program directed at women in healthcare and their well-being. These interactive retreats includes topics such as stress management techniques, burnout prevention, building resiliency, mindfulness, positive psychology, goal setting, and more. Participants will learn techniques that promote wellness, joy and purpose as they embark on a journey of self-discovery to align core missions and dreams. Each session will highlight different aspects of life and career.

After participating in this activity, leaders will:

  • Compare and contrast definitions of stress, burnout, and impairment.
  • Reflect on current sources of stress and burnout and potential for impairment by identifying risk factors for each.
  • Discuss and use the four strategies of resiliency in practice scenarios
  • Describe the burden of women physicians by sharing stories of success and challenges.
  • Identify one’s value, worth, strengths, and purpose to align purpose/meaning to achieve work-life balance.
  • Identify areas for change and write B-A-SMARTER goals to achieve within the next 6-8 months.

This event is intended for women in healthcare (physicians, scientists, educators, nurses) and has a $500 associated participation fee.

Register to attend.

BRET ASPIRE Bistro: Savvy Science: Professionalism Strategies for Success

Thursday, December 3 at 11:00 AM-12:00 PM (webinar)

Your technical skills and knowledge are a critical component for career success, but they aren’t the whole picture. Learn how honing your soft skills, including emotional intelligence, communication (non-verbal, too!), and professional etiquette can help you stand out among other candidates and colleagues in any professional setting. Kate Stuart will moderate this session, so come with your questions about all those sticky social settings!

Register to attend.

Newman Society/Edge for Scholars Seminar: Professional Branding for a Digital World

Thursday, December 3 at 12:00-1:00 PM

Dr. Katherine Hartmann shares the documents you must have in your “academic wardrobe,” how to use social media to your professional advantage, and more in this highly requested seminar.

Zoom meeting
Meeting ID: 822 8233 6937
Passcode: 225959
Phone: 1 312 626 6799

Disrupting Everyday Bias

Thursday, December 8 at 9:00-11:00 AM (online workshop)

Learn about the various ways unconscious bias may have an impact on decision-making involving hiring, promotion, performance, communication and leadership during the upcoming “Disrupting Everyday Bias” workshops. In order to mitigate the negative impact of bias, participants are introduced to tools and strategies to disrupt everyday bias and create situations to make decisions in a more conscious manner. This workshop supports the university’s ongoing efforts to address unconscious bias, and all staff are invited to participate in one of these sessions.

Register for the session of your choice by searching for “Disrupting Everyday Bias” in Oracle Learning.

BRET ASPIRE Cafe: K Awards: Which One is Right for You?

Thursday, December 10 at 11:00 AM-12:00 PM (webinar)

Please join Abigail Brown Ph.D., BRET Director of Outcomes Research, to learn the basics about the different types of K awards, from institutional (K12) to K99 awards

Register to attend.

Addressing Burnout During the COVID Pandemic: A Training Program for Healthcare Leaders

Wednesday, December 16 – Friday, December 18 from 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM (virtual)

Train leaders within departments and divisions on physician wellness and resilience topics such as wellness, identifying and dealing with stress and stress management, burnout, and impairment. Identify resilience building activities for physicians within departments and designing and implementing organizational programs to address and reduce risk of burnout and impairment.

After participating in this CME activity, leaders will:

  1. Identify individual risk factors, sources and consequences of stress and burnout at work and home.
  2. Engage in reflection to connect meaning and value as a physician.
  3. Apply knowledge of managing energy to cases and current work-life situation.
  4. Practice emotional regulation, conflict management, assertiveness communication and mindfulness-based stress reduction.
  5. Identify areas of personal change and design a personal wellness plan by writing B-A-SMART-ER™ goals to implement and complete within the next six months.
  6. Analyze the current workplace environment and outline solutions that promote well-being and professionalism using a nominal group technique.
  7. Create a brief summary of next steps for developing and implementing changes within his/her area for improving a culture of wellness.

The intended audience for this event is healthcare leaders (program directors, division chiefs, department chairs, chief medical officers, etc.) from medicine, nursing and dentistry. There is a $5000 registration fee associated with this training.

BRET ASPIRE Job Search Series: Informational Interviewing

Thursday, December 17 at 11:00 AM-12:00 PM (webinar)

Have you ever heard of an informational interview? Come learn about one the most powerful, yet underutilized, networking tools available to you. Find out what an informational interview entails, how to set one up, what questions you should be asking, and how this type of activity can help you explore career options while also growing your professional network.

Register to attend.

Videos, Slides, and Other Resources from Past Events

Racism, Health and Health Care: Where Do We Go From Here? (6/4/20)

The Office of Health Equity, VUMC presents a discussion about how racism creates and perpetuates health inequities. Plus, learn how to be a change agent for equity.

Town Hall on the Research Enterprise Transition to Phase One (5/13/20)

Questions about all aspects of Phase One are answered by research leadership. (Click “VUMC Town Halls” to see options for downloading.)

Medicine Grand Rounds: Mental Health During a Pandemic (4/2/2020)

Members of Vanderbilt’s Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences share information and coping strategies for health care providers during the current pandemic. K23 awardee Lindsey McKernan, PhD, MPH, speaks on managing fear and other emotions through grounding, relaxation and mindfulness, and leads an exercise in the latter, starting at 48:02.

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