During his internship at the Vanderbilt-Sewanee Undergraduate Research Experience (V-SURE), Hudson’s favorite doctors to shadow have been those who take the extra time to connect with their patients.
“It’s been inspiring to me to see doctors meet people where they are in conversations, even if the topics only loosely pertain to the patient’s medical issue.”
For Hudson, coming to understand people and how a doctor should relate to them has been as important as learning about innovative treatments. Central to understanding people is communicating with them..
“Sometimes what people really need is someone to listen to them, not talk at them and move on. I’ve been fortunate to see that happen during my time in V-SURE.”
Joe DeLozier is a physician practicing in Nashville, Tenn. and one of the Pre-Health Program’s most devoted supporters. He sits on the Pre-Health Advisory Board and provides a summer internship for a pre-med student each year.
Over the past few years, Joe has worked closely with the director of the pre-health program, Associate Professor of Biology Alyssa Summers, to strengthen Sewanee’s Pre-Health Program.
“Alyssa is well respected among the faculty; she is innovative; she is a leader. And she has brought the pre-health path together.”
Joe believes that the directorship is a vital component of the Pre-Health Program and that securing that component will help ensure pre-health students' success, regardless of which area of health interests them.