Vanderbilt University is a premier research facility that ranks among the top institutions in the country for receipt of federal research dollars. Individuals pursuing a PhD in the basic biomedical or biological science departments at Vanderbilt University join these departments through the Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in the Biomedical Sciences (IGP).

Students entering the IGP take two semesters of core coursework and rotate through four laboratories of their choosing. The main goal of the IGP year is not to absorb vast quantities of facts, but to learn how to be a creative and analytical thinker who can gain information as needed from the scientific literature. At the end of the IGP year, students select a training program in one of the participating programs.