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About the School

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The Vanderbilt University School of Medicine administers degree programs that provide students with the knowledge, skills, and attitudes they will need to practice safe, effective, ethical, evidence-based, and patient-centered health care in the 21st century, and to contribute to the knowledge base supporting it.


The mission of Vanderbilt University School of Medicine is to improve human health. To achieve this goal, we will:

  • Prepare physicians, scientists and educators for positions of worldwide leadership.
  • Discover and disseminate new knowledge that advances understanding of health and disease.
  • Provide compassionate, personalized patient care of the highest quality in service to our local, national and global communities.
  • Embrace a culture of lifelong learning, innovation and continuous improvement.
  • Create a diverse and broadly inclusive community of faculty, staff and students that enriches our learning environment and ensures excellence in research and patient care.
  • Nurture and protect Vanderbilt’s unique legacy of cooperation, collegiality, and mutual respect.
  • Foster the personal and professional growth of all members of the Vanderbilt community, as we continuously strive to realize full potential.

The school’s mission includes the education of physicians at all levels of their professional experience: medical school; postgraduate education, including basic science and clinical training; and continuing education and professional development for the practicing physician. In addition several master’s level and two additional doctoral degrees in health care professions are offered.

Faculty members teach the practice of exemplary patient care at all levels; model programs of health care delivery, at primary, secondary, and tertiary levels; and fulfill the school’s responsibility for community service.

In addition to teaching, members of the medical school faculty have a complementary responsibility to generate new knowledge through research. At Vanderbilt, research encompasses basic scientific questions, issues in clinical care, questions related to the health care system, and scholarship in the medical education process itself. Vanderbilt is recognized as one of the leaders in research among medical schools in the United States.