Amos Christie Pediatric Summer Scholars Program
Established in 1990, the Christie Society program provides scholarships for students to allow them to participate in a six-week summer program to gain clinical experience in pediatrics. The students spend two weeks each in the newborn nursery, the Pediatric Acute Care Clinic, adolescent service, and a subspecialty elective of their choice. They will be directly supervised by members of the Department of Pediatrics and expected to participate in rounds, conferences and lectures. This is due to the generosity of William B. Wadlington, MD. and the late Dr. William (Buck) Donald, a long-time faculty member.
Amos Christie, M.D. (1903-1986) was Professor and Chairman of the Department of Pediatrics at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine from 1943 through 1968, as well as Professor of Pediatrics Emeritus from that time until his death. Dr. Christie was nationally and internationally known as a pediatrician, teacher, academic investigator and humanitarian. He received the highest honors awarded by Pediatrics. The Amos Christie Pediatric Society Summer Scholarships are made possible by contributions from Dr. Christie's former students, trainees, colleagues and friends.
A familiar face in Nashville's volunteer community, Darlene Batey Hoffman was a creative catalyst in building transformative support for what is now known as Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt. As its development director from 1980 to 1984, she organized the events at the first Iroquois Steeplechase, held in conjunction with the Volunteer State Horsemen, and directed the first Children's Miracle Network Telethon. She was a member of the Friends of Children's Hospital and served on the Children's Hospital Board. Darlene directed the first Palm Sunday Paper Sale for the hospital, which became an annual fundraising event for many years.
It was Darlene who invited a local businessman, Monroe Carell Jr., to serve on the Children's Hospital Board, and many years later, the freestanding Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt would be built and bear his name. After Darlene's death in 1995 following a courageous battle with cancer, her family established the Darlene B. Hoffman Summer Scholars Program. This program offers summer stipends to promising young medical students to give them the opportunity to receive early and valuable clinical experience in pediatrics. It is a fitting tribute to her longstanding commitment to Children's Hospital. Darlene was a member of the class of 1956 at Vanderbilt University and was married to a Vanderbilt alumnus, William P. Hoffman III. Their children are Holly Hoffman Bryant, Jeffrey A. Hoffman and William P. (Chip) Hoffman IV.
Last Edited: March 20, 2012