Vanderbilt University was established in the late 1800s.
The School of Medicine has been part of Vanderbilt
University since it opened. This private university is
located 11/2 miles from the business center of Nashville;
it consists of 10 schools. The School of Medicine is part
of theVanderbilt University Medical Center whose affiliated hospitals provide students with an opportunity for
comprehensive, diversified clinical training.
4-year semitraditional. First year: The introductory
basic medical sciences plus microbiology, ecology of
healthcare, a clinical preceptorship, and electives.
Second year: Advanced basic sciences with additional
courses in laboratory diagnosis, preventive medicine,
epidemiology, psychiatry, and electives. Exposure to
patients takes place during an interdepartmental
course, introduction to clinical science, wherein history
taking, physical examination, and laboratory study of
patients are taught. Third year: Clerkships in the major
clinical areas, including neurology. Fourth year:
Selectives in medical and surgical areas and ambulatory emergency medicine plus electives. The
curriculum is divided into required courses and elective courses. The former constitute the core of the
academic program, while the latter are an integral part
of each students’educational experience. This arrangement provides considerable flexibility for individual
programming. The format for electives includes a lecture or seminar series, specialty clinics, clinical
rotations, or research opportunities. Students are also
encouraged to participate in summer research or community service work.
Minority admissions: The school conducts an active
recruitment program matriculating increasing numbers
of minority applicants. Other degree programs:
Combined MD-PhD degree programs are offered in the
basic sciences and biomedical engineering. A number
of dual degrees are available including, MD-MBA,
MD-JD, MD-MPH, and MD-Divinity.
The basic premedical science courses and 6 semester
hours of English are required. Advanced Placement
(CLEP) and pass/fail credits are not considered for
required courses. A bachelor’s degree is required/
acceptable. The present student body comes from a
wide variety of states. Transfer and advanced standing:
Only for the third year. Selection is a 2-step process.The
first involves screening AMCAS applications with a
focus on a candidate’s educational background and
potential for a medical career. Favorable individuals
receive supplemental applications and an invitation for
an interview, preferably on campus. Regional interviews, however, are possible.
A pass/fail system is used in the first year. The second
year is Honors/Pass/Fail and the third and fourth years
are Honors/High Pass/ Pass/Fail. Promotion is considered by a committee composed of the faculty at the end
of each academic year.
Teaching: The basic sciences are taught at the Medical
Center and clinical teaching takes place primarily at the
Vanderbilt University Hospital, the Nashville VA
Medical Center, The Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital,
and the Psychiatric Hospital. Library: The Medical
Center Library contains more than 201,000 volumes.