Online Application for 2016-17 is Now Available

Vanderbilt and Meharry MD students interested in participating in the Vanderbilt Medical Scholar Program or other Year Out Research Programs for the 2016-17 year are welcome to apply now!  

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The Medical Scholars Program is a one year-in-depth research experience available to Vanderbilt Medical students. The goal of the program is to foster an interest in research among medical students that may eventually lead to the pursuit of a career in academic medicine.

Specifically, the Medical Scholars Program seeks to identify students who are interested in any type of biomedical research (clinical, basic, health services, public health, outcomes, etc.), place them in an appropriate research environment, allow them access to a group of peers and scientists who share common research interests, and support them with a stipend.

The duration of the program for each student is 12 months consecutively, and thus adds an additional year to the traditional medical school curriculum. For Vanderbilt students, the best placement for the experience is between the 3rd and 4th years.. Selection of applicants for the program is based on the following criteria: the medical student is in good standing at the medical school; the applicant has a recognized commitment to pursue research; the applicant has identified an appropriate research project; and the applicant has identified a mentor who will foster and support the applicant's research project. No prior research experience is required.

Program Dates

The program runs from July 1 to June 30.