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COVID-19 Info For Future Applicants As Of April 14, 2020

Vanderbilt does not have any specific prerequisite course requirements for applicants; we have course recommendations instead. This allows us to accept Pass/Fail grades without an issue. While we prefer that applicants take in-person lab and lecture courses when possible, we understand that it is not always feasible due to time, financial constraints, and/or global pandemics.


Vanderbilt recognizes that some universities are unable to provide pre-med advisor or committee letters. We will accept individual letters of evaluation and encourage letter writers to cover the broad competencies outlined in the AAMC Guidelines. If your institution offers a letter service during this time, and you are eligible for that service, Vanderbilt kindly expects you to use it.


Regarding the timing of the MCAT, Vanderbilt knows this is a potentially stressful time for applicants.  Although Vanderbilt appreciates rolling admissions, we will not penalize candidates who had a delay in the opportunity to take the MCAT. We encourage candidates to consider submitting their AMCAS application for verification without the MCAT. No admissions decisions will be made without the MCAT. Please continue to check this website and the Medical School Admissions Requirement e-book for updates.

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Dean André L. Churchwell

“Living up to our true mission:” A conversation with Dr. André Churchwell on the history of diversity work at Vanderbilt

by Emma Mattson In the forty years since Dr. André Churchwell graduated from medical school, his contributions to diversity and inclusion work have changed the face of U.S. medical education. Since last July, Churchwell has served as the interim vice chancellor for equity, diversity and inclusion and the chief diversity officer for Vanderbilt University. On…

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MD Student Ambassadors

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Ben Osher

Hello! My name is Ben Osher, and I’m a third-year at Vanderbilt. I’m from Lexington, Massachusetts, and I graduated from Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine, in 2015. I spent two years working at Massachusetts General Hospital for the CEPAC (Cost-Effectiveness of Preventing AIDS Complications) research group before moving to Nashville. I chose to come to Vanderbilt for medical school because of its unique, tight-knit community. I came into Second Look hesitant about the idea of moving to a completely different part of the country for medical school, but over the course of the weekend, I saw Vanderbilt’s commitment to building a class that would grow into a family. At the end of the day, your peer network will have at least as much of an impact on who you become as a physician and a person as the name of the institution on your diploma or the clinical environment you learn in. The people I spent that weekend with were passionate, friendly, kind, and fascinating; they were overall of the caliber of classmate I wanted to go through the beginning of my formal medical education with. I moved to Nashville to join that community, and the bonds I have formed with my fellow students and the experiences we have had together have been more powerful and formative than I ever could have guessed coming out of that first weekend. I became a MD Admissions Ambassador to talk to potential students about this goofy, inspiring, and supportive family I’ve found in Nashville. Feel free to reach out to me at if you’d like to know more!

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