The aim of this hanbook is to provide specific, systems-based guidance on practice at Vanderbilt and the VA. Our hope is to give our readers (particularly new interns) direct and actionable guidance that fits right in their pocket, with a range of topics bound together in a single, standardized, and faculty-reviewed handbook. 

The goal was to bring together many of the housestaff in a coordinated effort to disseminate details of our practice in a more standardized format, such that guidance was rooted not just in the oral tradition of a resident guiding an intern—or an attending a resident—but made legible to all who might wish to consult the handbook. We hope that this handbook will inspire confidence and learning, whether the reader is an intern on July 1 or a senior resident who wishes to refresh their memory of a topic.