Resident Life

 "Ehrlichia Two" 

A Performance by Our Very Own "Bourbon Family"



David Leverenz, M.D.

University of Texas Southwestern

Chief Resident,

VU Medical Center

When you come to residency at Vanderbilt, not only do you get to practice at one of the top academic medical centers in the country, you also get to live in one of the most exciting places in the country.  Nashville has always been a fun place to visit, but the past 10 years has seen electric growth of new restaurants, parks, refurbished historic landmarks, small businesses, festivals, breweries, and public art.  And of course there's the music, which is not limited to just country.  A perfect intro to the Nashville music scene is Live on the Green, a series of free shows put on by a local radio station in August.  From then on, you'll be amazed to continue finding out that your favorite bands are headed straight to your new favorite city.  Just be sure to get your tickets early!

My absolute favorite thing about Nashville is the park system.  Radnor Lake State Park is only 15 minutes from the medical center and is a perfect place to unwind.  If you're looking for a longer hike, check out Percy Warner and Edwin Warner Park.  Looking for a place for your kids to play?  There's dragon park right next to the medical center, Centennial park off West End (where your kids can play on a great playground while you stare at an exact replica of the Parthenon), Sevier Park next to the fast-growing 12 South neighborhood, Shelby Bottoms in East Nashville, or a multitude of parks in the Sylvan Park neighborhood.  You can often find farmers' markets and food trucks at several of these parks (be SURE to find the Grilled Cheeserie food truck - it may be my favorite restaurant in Nashville).  There are also occasional festivals like the Sevier Park festival in May.  Are you an active person?  Try going canoeing or kayaking on the Harpeth, running or biking the Greenways, or going for a long bike ride down the Natchez Trace.  And that's just in Nashville.  There are many more awesome places to explore the great outdoors in the areas surrounding the city.

All right, enough of what I have to say.  Here are some quotes from some professional reviewers about the city:

"These days, there’s much more to the Tennessee capital than country. One of seven cities chosen to begin Google for Entrepreneurs Tech Hub Network, Nashville is bustling with new business. The dynamic food scene draws an international clientele and chefs from bigger cities. There’s money to preserve historic buildings and revitalize neighborhoods, like Germantown, which was established by European immigrants in the 1850s." - The New York Times

"Travel to Nashville and see this iconic city’s gorgeous classical and neoclassical architecture (earning it the nickname the “Athens of the South”), great food scene, rich music culture, and wonderful local sights." - Travel and Leisure Magazine

“Nashville may be best known as ‘Music City’, but its food and drink scene is starting to have just as much soul and rock’n’roll swagger.” - The Guardian 

"Nashville has always felt perfect." - Jack White of The White Stripes"


Residents at Vanderbilt have fun. While the work is demanding, the sense of camaraderie creates solid friendships, and informal housestaff gatherings are regular events. As tickets to sporting and cultural events become available to the Chair, the Program Director, and other members of the faculty, they are made available to housestaff. During this past year residents attended Titans and Predators games, Vanderbilt football and basketball games, the AAA Nashville Sounds games, the Nashville Ballet, and musical events ranging from the Grand Ole Opry to the Nashville Opera.

The Chair of Medicine entertains the residents each June to welcome the new interns, during the December holiday season, and at a farewell dinner for graduating PGY-3 residents. The Program Director has several informal events for housestaff each year, and many faculty regularly host informal gatherings. 

Throughout the year, the Department sponsors numerous social events for residents, including the annual Holiday Party in December, “Funuary” activities each day during the month of February, and the Senior Send-off in June. The residents also field a strong softball team each spring.

 For a comprehensive guide to the Vanderbilt Medical Trainee experience, check out the current issue of The Paddle, which was put    together by the Vanderbilt School of Medicine Class of 2016.



Mona Mashayekhi, M.D., Ph.D.

Washington University

Chief Resident,

Nashville VA Medical Center

The internal medicine residency program provides an appropriate work load to allow you to grow as a physician but also maintain a healthy personal life.  Vanderbilt residents will grow to love and enjoy their co-residents, as well as Nashville and all it has to offer.  Whether you are grabbing dinner with friends after work, going to trivia at Sam’s, singing karaoke at Santa’s Pub, or going on a weekend canoe trip, there is always something going on.  We are more than just a group of friends, we’re a family.

Nashville is a fantastic city to live in with a wide variety of things to do.  There are multiple parks, lakes, hiking trails, and bike routes for outdoor activities. There are festivals throughout the year including festivals for: tomatoes, cheese, bacon, bourbon, beer, music, hot chicken, food trucks and so on.  Dining in Nashville offers a wide variety of foods and includes multiple restaurants that have attained national attention including from the NY times.  Nashville is known for its live music, and includes everything from country and bluegrass to rock and R&B.  A trip to the Bluebird Café, Broadway, the Ryman auditorium, or the Opry can get you a taste of what Nashville music is all about.  There is no shortage of things to do, and Nashville will keep you looking for new and exciting things to do.