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School of Medicine Rankings

Vanderbilt University School of Medicine ranks 5th among the nation’s elite programs, according to U.S. News and World Report‘s annual ranking of top medical schools for research, released in the 2023 edition of America’s Best Graduate Schools. Read more on Vanderbilt News.

Some of our ranked programs include:

  • Audiology, 1st
  • Speech-Language Pathology, 1st
  • Anesthesiology, 12th
  • Internal Medicine, 11th (tie)
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology, 14th
  • Pediatrics, 14th (tie)
  • Surgery, 12th (tie)

Vanderbilt University School of Medicine ranks No. 11 in the nation among U.S. medical schools in total grant support provided through the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

MD Incoming Class of 2022

The incoming class of 2022 included:

  • 96 students total
  • 78 MD
  • 15 Medical Scientist Training Program
  • Two Medical Innovator Development Program
  • One Oral Maxillofacial student
  • 25 represented states
  • Eight represented countries
  • Students from 31 different undergraduate majors
  • 48 female students
  • 46 male students
  • 2 genderqueer or gender non-conforming students
  • 26% underrepresented in medicine (URM)

Brief History

Vanderbilt University issued it first diplomas to 61 Doctors of Medicine in 1875, thanks to an arrangement that recognized the University of Nashville’s medical school as serving both institutions. After reorganization under the Vanderbilt Board of Trust in 1895, admission requirements were raised, the course was lengthened, and the system of instruction was changed to include laboratory work in the basic sciences. Read more on the history of Vanderbilt University School of Medicine.