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Welcome, Future Innovators!

COVID-19 Info for Future Applicants as of July 1, 2020

The Vanderbilt MIDP is a unique, four-year Ph.D. to MD training program at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine that seeks to matriculate an energetic cohort of students who wish to transform health and healthcare through medical innovation.

Successful applicants will have completed Ph.D. programs in engineering or applied science with a history of excellence, creativity, innovation, and perseverance. They will also have demonstrated exceptional maturity, leadership, and teamwork capabilities.

Please explore our website to learn more about the exciting, stimulating, and comprehensive training provided by the Vanderbilt MIDP. If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact us.

How to Apply

We invite you to consider applying for this exciting program. In order to begin the MIDP application process, you must change your AMCAS program to “Other Special Program”.

Please note that the MIDP admissions process is on an accelerated time scale to allow those MIDP candidates who are not accepted to our program the opportunity to move their application to the regular MD admissions process. Thank you for considering this exciting new program.

The Vanderbilt MIDP will generally follow the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine admissions process with a few specific requirements and a unique essay question.

Prerequisites and Course Recommendations

1. Completion of PhD or Doctoral-level program

Program in engineering (biomedical, bio-, electrical, mechanical, computer, industrial and systems, nuclear, chemical and biological) or applied sciences (physics, biophysics, medical physics, computer science, applied mathematics, materials science) with evidence of academic excellence. PhD program must be completed prior to matriculation. If the PhD degree wil not be conferred until after matriculation, a letter from the registrar or Dean stating that all degree requirements have been met (including approval of dissertation) is required before matriculation.

2. Completion of Medical College Application Test (MCAT)

For application for admission for Fall 2019, no MCAT scores earlier than January 2015 will be accepted.

3. Demonstrate competencies in biological, physical and social sciences, mathematics and written communications

Vanderbilt University School of Medicine recognizes that the undergraduate academic experience of applicants varies greatly. Therefore, we have made the decision to move away from “requirements” to “recommendations.” The expansive and ever-changing landscape of medicine and its practice necessitates that an applicant have demonstrated competencies in the natural and life sciences, social sciences, and mathematics. These competencies can be met through traditional and/or newly-established interdisciplinary courses of study in an accredited institution of higher learning. The use of AP or other credit is acceptable, but it is strongly encouraged to build stronger competencies through courses taken in college. Although there is no timeframe in which students must meet the above competencies, it is recommended that students have recent exposures to most or all of these areas.

Competitive applicants should demonstrate in-depth competency in each of the following areas of study, based on the AAMC-HHMI Scientific Foundations for Future Physicians and AAMC-Behavioral and Social Science Foundations for Future Physicians. Mastery of competencies is reflected by a strong performance in the classroom and on the MCAT, as well as in letters of evaluation.

Biology: Applicants should demonstrate competence in the understanding of molecular and cellular biology, genetics, and how they regulate organ and organismic structure and function. Fields of study analyzing diverse human properties are viewed in a strong, positive light.

Chemistry/Biochemistry: Applicants should demonstrate competence in the basic principles of chemistry as it pertains to living systems. Studies in biochemistry are an exemplary way to prepare students for training in medicine science.

Mathematics/Statistics and Physics: Applicants should demonstrate competence in the basic principles of physics and mathematics underlying living systems. Applicants should demonstrate basic competence in statistics or biostatistics, which is important to understand the quantitative aspects of medicine and biomedical research.

Social Sciences and Communication: It is imperative that the applicant demonstrate competence in the humanistic understanding of patients as human beings and as part of a familial and social structure. In this regard, studies in psychology and sociology are viewed favorably. It is required that the applicant speaks, writes, and reads English fluently.

4. Letters of Recommendation 

Three letters of recommendation, one of which should be from a research mentor or work supervisor who can describe the applicant’s potential for and commitment to success as an applied physician-scientist

5. Essays