MVSA Brings Together Meharry and Vanderbilt Students

MVSA Brings Together Meharry and Vanderbilt Students

NASHVILLE, Tenn. Students from Meharry Medical College and Vanderbilt University Medical Center gathered virtually on January 11, 2022, for the year’s first Meharry-Vanderbilt Student Alliance (MVSA) general meeting.

“I am encouraged by the growth of our member base—four times larger than when I started in July—and their increased participation,” Meharry-Vanderbilt Alliance Program Manager Jack Wong said.

In total, nearly 20 attended, with representatives from each group’s four committees. Students discussed programs at both institutions, plans for the semester, and moving forward with virtual collaboration despite the ongoing challenges posed by the pandemic.

“As we continue to grow, the committees will be instrumental in our work to build connections across institutions, promote opportunities for student achievement, and ultimately, increase the diversity of the health workforce,” Jack explained.

The MVSA is an interprofessional group of students seeking advanced degrees from Meharry Medical College and Vanderbilt University. Anyone interested can follow the MVSA on Instagram @meharryvandy or sign up to join here.

About the Meharry-Vanderbilt Alliance

Founded in 1999, the Alliance bridges the institutions of Meharry Medical College and Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Its mission is to enrich learning and advance clinical research in three primary areas -- community engagement, interprofessional education, and research -- by developing and supporting mutually beneficial partnerships between Meharry Medical College, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, and the communities they serve. The Alliance serves a large community of stakeholders through community engagement, including surrounding universities and colleges, community organizations, faith-based outlets, and community health centers. Its interprofessional education enhances students' interdisciplinary understanding and improves patient outcomes through integrated care. Conducted research provides access to experienced grant writers and materials supporting the grant application process and facilitates grant-writing workshops.