As a relatively new initiative to promote student involvement in the admissions process, student representatives have been selected to serve as members of the Admissions Committee. Their responsibilities include reviewing the files of applicants and discussing them when the committee meets to evaluate their status. In addition, they help to organize the “Second Look” weekend for prospective students. As a first-year student, you can get involved with Admissions by being a host or a tour guide.
Do you remember how stressful and expensive interviews were? And how much you appreciated getting to ask your host questions about med school? Keep up this Vanderbilt tradition, started by the American Medical Student Association (AMSA) and the American Medical Women’s Association (AMWA), to house prospective students. Just offer an interviewing student a bed or couch to sleep on for a night. Hosting is traditionally organized by first-years, so start thinking not just about hosting, but also about volunteering to coordinate hosts.
This group is composed of individuals interested in leading tours for admissions candidates who are here interviewing. Following an info session in the fall, the training is pretty simple—a couple of months living the life of a VMS and tagging along on about three tours as an apprentice. Tours start at noon, and it is almost always possible to get to a 1 o’clock class. At least two current VMS students lead every tour, although occasionally four or five students will participate. As an added perk, you can get a free lunch (something poor medical students are always looking for) when leading a tour. Once you become a tour guide, you can pick and choose which days work best for you.
Contact: Admissions Office