Matt Schorr
February 21, 2018

Photo by Pilar Prather, M.Ed
Meharry-Vanderbilt Student Alliance members play Hula Hoop Trivia during the second Whose Central Line Is It Anyway variety show.


NASHVILLE, Tenn. Hula Hoop Trivia. Pen in the Bottle. Dueling Saxophones.

These and more highlighted the second official Whose Central Line Is It Anyway Variety Show, hosted by the Meharry-Vanderbilt Student Alliance (MVSA) and the Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) School of Medicine. Held on February 13, 2018, the show featured a series of game show competitions between students from both Meharry Medical College (MMC) and VUMC.


All in good fun

Around 50 gathered at Vanderbilt University’s Sarratt Cinema, where wrong answers to trivia questions meant imprisonment within a hula hoop and dropping a pen in a 2-liter soda bottle was a heated competition. MMC student Aaron Yazdian and VUMC student Joe Gibson hosted, and before the evening ended they were subject to a round of Roast the Hosts.

“All in good fun, of course,” Meharry-Vanderbilt Alliance (MVA) Program Manager Pilar Prather, M.Ed noted.

Prather served as a judge for the event alongside VUMC Associate Dean for Student Affairs Dr. Amy Fleming.


Giving back

Much like last year, Whose Central Line Is It Anyway collected donations for a local charity. This year, that recipient was Thistle Farms, a producer of bath and body products that benefits survivors of trafficking, prostitution and addiction. Students raised $695 for the organizations.

Electronic Express, a sponsor for the event, donated an additional $500.

“It’s always great when students come together to give back to the community,” Prather commented.


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. Through community engagement, the Alliance serves a large community of stakeholders 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. The research conducted provides access to experienced grant writers and materials supporting the grant application process and facilitates grant-writing workshops.