What Our Residents are Saying!

Michelle Weyhaupt

Michelle Weyhaupt, MD

 

Why Vanderbilt?

Hey y'all! I'm Michelle, and I'm what we call a "Double 'Dore," someone who's stuck around Vanderbilt for both medical school and residency. As such, my love for Vandy is deep-rooted. Throughout my med school experience, I had the privilege to meet residents from nearly every department at the medical center. What stood out to me across the board was the emphasis on work-life balance, the genuine camaraderie among co-residents, and the fact that they were actually happy--something I'd heard to be a mere myth in residency. When I completed my AI at our psychiatric hospital, I saw how everyone here from interns, to program directors, to nurses, to pharmacy students all interacted in a way that promoted collaboration, kindness, humility, and fun. People enjoyed their work and working together. No one person was better than the next, and we all had something to learn from each other. When it came time to submit my ERAS, ranking Vanderbilt at the top was an obvious choice. Since my very first day, I've had no regrets, and in every day that has followed, my choice has been reaffirmed countless times. This program has a culture of respect, growth, and community of which I'm honored to be a part. 

 

Why Nashville?

I'm originally from St. Louis, and after living in Nashville for 5+ years, I've realized that this city has everything I love about my hometown without any of the things I hate (ice storms). We have the big city benefits of diversity, great food, countless fun activities, live music everywhere, and a close airport for weekend getaways. At the same time, Nashville also retains its small-town feel with quirky neighborhoods, hole-in-the-wall spots where locals can become regulars, and several green spaces for hiking, running, or biking, both in the city itself and within a 2-3h drive. 

 

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Devin Greene, MD

 

“Howdy! My name is Devin Greene and I'm currently completing a residency in Psychiatry. I grew up in the great state of Texas, but have made my way to Nashville by way of Houston, along with my husband. Though we miss our home state, we have enjoyed living and exploring Nashville! Nashville is a great mix of both big and small, where it has the charm of a small city, but has a big city feel as there are plentiful things to do here - lots of good food, shows, historic sites, and state parks. Nashville is also nearby several other cities that are several hours away that make for great day or weekend trips. I chose Vanderbilt because I felt a resounding sense of acceptance, support, and sincerity in the people that I met on the day of my interview and this has continued to be a sentiment I carry as I continue through my training. Our attendings are easy to engage, easily accessible, love to teach, and are truly invested in our success.”

 

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Manesh Gopaldas, MD

 

What’s life in Nashville like?

If you’re a foodie, Nashville’s the place for you! I’ve been here for almost 1.5 years now, and my list of restaurants just keeps getting longer and longer. I didn’t appreciate the beauty of brunch until moving here, and with places like Monell’s, Biscuit Love, and Pancake Pantry, how could you not love brunch? I’ve also been pleasantly surprised by the vegetarian and vegan options, and the variety of ethnic cuisine available. I’m from Miami so I was very happy to discover the Hispanic market and range of international grocery stores on Nolensville Pike.

It seems like there’s always something going on in Nashville, whether you’re a fan of music (and not just country!), theater, art, or outdoor parks. Live on the Green and Shakespeare in the Park happen every fall, and places like Centennial Park, Arrington Vineyards, and Cummins Falls are beautiful to explore. Nashville is broken down into neighborhoods, and each neighborhood has a different vibe. I live in an area called Germantown - a place where I know more dog names than residents’! Germantown is a walkable community with many restaurants (with great happy hours) and local stores. My wife, husky, and I enjoy our strolls through the Farmers’ Market to the Capitol.

Why did I choose Vanderbilt? Vanderbilt was my top choice and I was ecstatic when I found out I matched here. I chose Vanderbilt not only for its stellar reputation and numerous strengths, but the amazing people I met and how welcomed I felt during my interview day. The residents looked (and still look!) happy, and the faculty are brilliant yet so nice and approachable. I’m about a third through my PGY-2 year and I couldn’t be happier or feel more privileged to be at a program like ours.

I’m interested in many different things, so what I love about Vanderbilt is the resources we have access to and the opportunities to which we are exposed. I’m well supported in all my research and scholarly pursuits, and have been to national meetings and conferences as a PGY-1. This year, I’ll be working with the NNCI to produce neuroscience teaching material and attended an outstanding health care systems seminar at Vanderbilt’s business school. I’m stimulated intellectually every day and am in an environment that promotes both personal and academic growth.

Brent Necaise

Brent Necaise, MD

 

Welcome! My name is Brent Necaise, and I am a PGY-4 and chief resident at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in the Department of Psychiatry. During my 4 years here, it is continually evident that Diversity and Inclusion is not just a tagline, but very much a way of life for the institution. When applying to residency, I was specifically looking for a program that values diversity not just in sexual orientation and gender identity, but also all the other wonderful ways that make us each a unique individual. I wanted a program that proactively addressed healthcare disparities, especially the specific healthcare needs of LGBTQ+ patients. I wanted a place that did not just place acceptance and inclusivity as an ideal, but also where I would never hesitate about self-disclosing about my own life with any colleague and faculty member. In my time here, I have consistently supported and accepted fully for my authentic self. Institutionally, we have made significant progress in expanding our clinical offerings and educational experiences for all minorities, and I have been allowed to help create some of these offerings for our LGBTQ+ patients.

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The opportunities to get involved with diversity and inclusion work at Vanderbilt are everywhere and at every level. We genuinely strive to better outcomes for our patients, faculty, staff, residents, and community by celebrating our differences. I am especially excited about the Vanderbilt LGBTQI Healthcare Clinic that opened in August 2018 to address the healthcare concerns of this often-underserved patient population as well as providing training opportunities to work with this specific population. I am very fortunate to be able to offer transgender supportive mental health care within our newly created transgender psychiatry clinic.  Additionally, I am also able to serve the HIV+ populations with their unique mental health and psychopharmacological needs within my integrated mental health clinic within the Vanderbilt Comprehensive Care Clinic. I am also fortunate to be accepts as a candidate for the medical center's inaugural class for a Certificate of LGBTQ+ Healthcare offered through the Office of Diversity and Inclusion. 

I have loved living in Nashville and being part of the Vanderbilt family. Since arriving I have been welcomed with open arms with only positive experiences as one-half of a same-sex couple at both Vanderbilt or Nashville-at-large. I am reminded every day that the Vanderbilt Psychiatric Residency Program was the right program for me.

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Brittany Allison, MD

 

What’s Nashville like for us: Diverse and with a great variety of things to do on the weekend. One of the first things my husband and I noticed after moving here was how genuinely nice people were, which is how we still feel to this day. I love that we have the option of spending our free time in vastly different areas of town, all of which are unique and provide plenty of things to keep us interested.

Why Vanderbilt: I was definitely struck by how genuinely invested the program was in its residents, and felt during my visit as though there was genuine interest in both identifying and celebrating the unique qualities of each person. I was also very much intrigued by the strong sense of community present not only within the psychiatry department, but amongst the other medical specialities as a whole. 

The Culture of Vanderbilt: The first word that comes to mind is definitely supportive. Since I’ve begun residency, I’ve been able to work with a wide variety of people of different backgrounds and medical specialities. There have been countless instances where I’ve had to work collaboratively with others and in a way that not only optimizes patient care, but fosters my own personal knowledge and growth.