Resident Life


Dr. Magaret Burks

Margaret Burks, M.D.
University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
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 tunes.  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.  Personally, I enjoy heading to Percy Warner Park for the Full Moon Pickin’ Party once a month from May to October.  Food trucks, live bluegrass music, and sitting outside on a picnic blanket makes for a great summer or fall evening.

One of my favorite things about Nashville is the incredible park system.  Radnor Lake State Park is only 15 minutes from the medical center and is a perfect place to unwind, jog, or take a walk.  For a longer and more strenuous hike, Percy Warner and Edwin Warner Park have miles of trails for you to explore.  Nashville has great places for kids to play as well!  Dragon park is right next to the medical center, and Centennial park off West End has a great playground for kids (and while they play you can get a great view of an exact replica of the Greek Parthenon).  The list of parks goes on and on.  I really enjoy jogging the trail surrounding McCabe Golf Course in Sylvan Park.  You can often find farmers' markets and food trucks at several of these parks.  For those who like the water, try going canoeing or kayaking on the Harpeth.  Bikers can enjoy a long 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.

That’s enough from me.  Here are some quotes from some professional reviewers about this 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 

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.


 "Ehrlichia Two" 

A Performance by Our Very Own "Bourbon Family"