The School of Medicine at Vanderbilt University

Medical School Admissions

Admissions Policies and Procedures

Details on the policies, preferences, criteria, factors, and procedures used in the admission process. Data appear as originally submitted by this school.

VUSM seeks to admit a diverse group of academically exceptional students whose attributes and accomplishments suggest they will become leaders and scholars in medicine. After initial review of AMCAS data, 21% of applicants are invited to interview and provide secondary essays and recommendations. A faculty-student committee reviews all data in a holistic manner and offers rolling admissions.

Admissions Information

Director of admissions Dr. Patricia Sagen
Application fee $50
AMCAS application accepted Yes
Applications accepted June 1 (Begins)
November 15 Application deadline
Secondary application required Yes
Personal interview required Yes
Regular application acceptance notification October 16 (Begins)
Students must respond to offer of admission within (weeks) 2
Deferred entrance available Yes
Deposit to hold place in class due N/A
Early decision plan offered No
Early decision application period N/A
Early decision plan notification date N/A
Starting month (class of 2013-2014) July

Admissions & Enrollment

MCAT Scores, GPA, and Coursework Requirements

Average undergraduate GPA 3.80
Oldest MCAT considered 2009
Average MCAT scores 11.6 MCAT composite score
12.0 biological
12.1 physical sciences
10.6 verbal reasoning
Q writing
Required undergraduate coursework
biology
English
organic chemistry
inorganic (general) chemistry
physics

Combined Degree Programs

Combined degree programs offered M.D./Ph.D., M.D./M.B.A., M.D./M.P.H., M.D./J.D., M.D./M.S., M.D./M.A.
Combined college/M.D. program offered No
Number of years to complete combined college/M.D. program N/A
Combined college/M.D. program URL N/A

Medical School Academics

Program Offerings

AIDS internal medicine
drugs/alcohol abuse pediatrics
family medicine rural medicine
geriatrics women’s health

Student/Patient Interaction

How often do first-year students come into contact with patients through the school curriculum? Occasionally
Are there opportunities for first- or second-year students to work in community health clinics? Yes
Do all students spend time with community practicing physicians in community-based, ambulatory settings during the course that teaches basic clinical skills (e.g., history taking/physical diagnosis)? No
Do all students spend time with community practicing physicians in community-based, ambulatory settings during an introductory course aimed at introducing students to medical practice? No

Stress Relief Services Offered

(Data appear as originally submitted by this school.)

Services
expanded-hour gym access
peer counseling
professional counseling
religious support
support groups

Faculty

Full-time faculty-student ratio 5.2:1 – High
Full-time faculty 2,258
Part-time faculty 79
Full-time faculty in basic sciences 430
Part-time faculty in basic sciences 5
Full-time faculty in clinical program 1,828
Part-time faculty in clinical program 74

2011 National Institutes of Health (NIH) Research Grants

NIH funds granted to medical school and affiliated hospitals (in millions) $353.9
NIH-funded grants received by medical school and affiliated hospitals 942
Principal investigators (PIs) 511
Full-time faculty working on NIH research grants 1,203

Teaching Hospitals

Primary teaching hospitals affiliated with this medical school where clinical teaching or training is carried out.

Hospitals
Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital
Vanderbilt Psychiatric Hospital
Vanderbilt University Hospital
Veterans Administration Medical Center

Curricula Descriptions

(Data appear as originally submitted by this school.)

Four-year program curriculum
Vanderbilt’s curriculum provides students with the knowledge, skills and attitudes to become leaders and scholars in medicine. Students build a strong foundation in the biomedical and social sciences while developing clinical competence and a sustainable professional identity. A mentored scholarly project is required and electives throughout the program allow exploration of individual interests.

Medical School Ranking

#14 Best Research
#43 Best Primary Care

(2) Ranking by Specialties

#13 in Internal medicine
#18 in Pediatrics

Research Ranking Scores

Score 71
Peer assessment score (out of 5) 4.2
Residency directors assessment score (out of 5) 4.3
NIH funds granted to medical school and affiliated hospitals (in millions) $353.9
NIH research grant funds per faculty member (in thousands) $156.73

Primary Care Ranking Scores

Score 63
Peer assessment score (out of 5) 2.9
Residency directors assessment score (out of 5) 3.8
Graduates entering primary care specialties (2009-2011 average) 34.8% – Low

Ranking Admission Statistics

Average undergraduate GPA 3.80
MCAT composite score 11.6
Acceptance rate 5.6% – Medium
Full-time faculty-student ratio 5.2:1 – High
Total medical school enrollment 436

Medical School Student Body

Student Body

Total medical school enrollment 436
In-state students 14.9%
Minority students 33.9%
Underrepresented minority students 13.3%
International students 6.4%
Non-traditional students 36.0%

Medical School Cost

Financial Aid Contact Information

Financial aid director Vicky Cagle
Financial aid phone (615) 343-6310

Expenses

Tuition
Full-time: $41,300
Required fees $3,167
Room and board $15,120
Average indebtedness of 2010 graduates who incurred medical school debt $113,500

Financial Aid Availability

Students receiving any financial aid 92%
Students receiving loans 63%
Students receiving grants/scholarships 87%
Students receiving work study 0%

Medical School Residency

Residency Program Admissions (Class of 2011)

Graduates admitted to their first-choice residency program N/A
Graduates admitted to one of their top three choices of residency programs N/A
Most popular residency and specialty programs (2010 and 2011 classes)
anesthesiology pediatrics
emergency medicine psychiatry
internal medicine radiology – diagnostic
neurology surgery – general
orthopaedic surgery internal medicine/pediatrics

Primary Care and In-State Residencies

Graduates entering primary care specialties (2009-2011 average) 34.8% – Low
Graduates accepting in-state residencies (2010 and 2011 average) 21.6%