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Vanderbilt University School of Medicine

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 in medicine. After review of AMCAS data, secondary essays and recommendations, 10% of applicants are invited to interview. A faculty-student committee then reviews all data in a holistic manner and offers rolling admissions.

Admissions Information

Director of admissions  Jennifer Kimble
Application fee  $50
AMCAS application accepted  Yes
AACOMAS application accepted  No
Applications accepted  June 1 (Begins)
November 1 (Ends)
Secondary application required  Yes
Personal interview required  Yes
Regular application acceptance notification  October 15 (Begins)
July 1 (Ends)
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 2015-2016)  July

MCAT Scores, GPA, and Course Work Requirements

Median undergraduate GPA  3.84
Oldest MCAT considered  2011
Median MCAT Scores  35 MCAT total score
11 verbal reasoning
12 physical sciences
12 biological sciences
Q writing
Required undergraduate course work
organic chemistry
inorganic (general) chemistry

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.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 Admissions details based on 2013 data

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?  Very frequently
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.)

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


Full-time faculty-student ratio  5.5:1
Full-time faculty  2,366
Part-time faculty  932
Full-time faculty in basic sciences  398
Part-time faculty in basic sciences  72
Full-time faculty in clinical program  1,968
Part-time faculty in clinical program  860

2013 National Institutes of Health (NIH) Research Grants

NIH funds granted to medical school and affiliated hospitals (in millions)  $322.2
NIH-funded grants received by medical school and affiliated hospitals  1,027
Principal investigators (PIs)  580
Full-time faculty working on NIH research grants  1,224

Teaching Hospitals

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

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

Curriculum 2.0 is an agile system of learning that embraces innovation and improvement, integrates formal learning with patient care, encourages individualization, and creates physician leaders. All students have continuity clinical experiences and undertake a mentored research project. Advisory Colleges create a supportive learning environment that nurtures professional identity formation.

United States Medical Licensing Exam (USMLE)

Step 1: Number of students examined  103
Step 1: Percent passing  98%
Step 1: Average score  238
Step 2 (Clinical Knowledge): Number of students examined  105
Step 2 (Clinical Knowledge): Percent passing  100%
Step 2 (Clinical Knowledge): Average score  243

Comprehensive Osteopathic Medical Licensing Examination (COMLEX-USA)

Level 1: Number examined  N/A
Level 1: Mean 3-digit score  N/A
Level 1: Mean 2-digit score  N/A
Level 2-CE: Number examined  N/A
Level 2-CE: Mean 3-digit score  N/A
Level 2-CE: Mean 2-digit score  N/A
Level 3: Number examined  N/A
Level 3: Mean 3-digit score  N/A
Level 3: Mean 2-digit score  N/A

* Medical School Academics details based on 2013 data

Medical School Ranking

Research Ranking Scores

Score  72
Peer assessment score (out of 5)  4.2
Residency directors assessment score (out of 5)  4.4
NIH funds granted to medical school and affiliated hospitals (in millions)  $322.2
NIH research grant funds per faculty member (in thousands)  $136.17

Primary Care Ranking Scores

Score  60
Peer assessment score (out of 5)  3.0
Residency directors assessment score (out of 5)  3.9
Graduates entering primary care specialties (2011-2013 average)  36.2%

Ranking Admission Statistics

Median undergraduate GPA  3.84
MCAT total score  35
Acceptance rate  5.1%
Full-time faculty-student ratio  5.5:1
Total medical school enrollment  429

* Medical School Ranking details based on 2013 data

Medical School Cost

Financial Aid Contact Information

Financial aid director  Sherry Stuart
Financial aid phone  (615) 343-6310



Full-time: $44,030

Required fees  $3,433
Room and board  $18,158
Average indebtedness of 2012 graduates who incurred medical school debt  $127,642

Financial Aid Availability

Students receiving any financial aid  79%
Students receiving loans  49%
Students receiving grants/scholarships  73%
Students receiving work study  0%



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