It's the Bomb (but let's keep it between you and me - we like to keep it small!)
Rigorous, challenging—these should describe your research, not your living conditions. Nashville is a lively, diverse metropolitan area that is one of the most hospitable cities in the States. With over 1.5 million residents, there is affordable housing, strong economy, and a low crime rate. The city packs a lot of options into a compact, easy-to-navigate city with basic benefits: a diverse cultural scene, affordable neighborhoods with character, and many recreational opportunities. We enjoy four distinct seasons, but it’s unlikely you’ll have to tromp around in four feet of snow any time soon. Enjoy:
Also, check out the awesome write up NashVegas got in 2013 New York Times Lifestyles Section.
Learn more about Vanderbilt's efforts to recycle, reuse and reduce our carbon footprint by clicking here.
Additional recommendations in Nashville include the excellent Hillsboro Medical for grown ups, Vanderbilt Pediatrics for kiddies, Dr. Tim McNutt for kids dentistry, Dr. David Pittman for grown ups, Sissy Allen as a real estate guru and a great group of Middle TN YMCAs for an arse kicking workout. For fun, be sure to check out NashVegas's growing farmer's market scene and fun gourmet food trucks making good food affordable.
The McLaughlin lab accepts students from the Interdisciplinary graduate program who opt to train in either the Neuroscience group or the Department of Pharmacology. Both are nationally recognized with excellent leadership and unique course offerings.
To find out more about applying to the interdisciplinary graduate group, link here. The program is run by the unflappable Dr. Jim Patton. Dr. McLaughlin has served on the admissions committee for the last two years as the neuroscience representative.
Individuals interested in pursuing a combined MD/PhD program should check out the link here.
To find out more about the Biomedical Research Training (for both graduate students and post docs) check out this great site.