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School of Medicine Rankings

Vanderbilt University School of Medicine ranks 13th 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 2022 edition of America’s Best Graduate Schools. Read more on Vanderbilt News.

Ranked programs include:

  • Anesthesiology, 10th
  • Internal Medicine, 9th
  • Pediatrics, 23rd (tie)
  • Radiology, 18th (tie)
  • Surgery, 17th (tie)
  • Medical Schools-Primary Care, 36th (tie)

Vanderbilt University School of Medicine ranks No. 8 in the nation among U.S. medical schools in total grant support provided through the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The new ranking raises VUSM’s standing two spots from the No. 10 position it held last year.

Among VUSM’s basic science departments, Biochemistry ranks third; Cell and Developmental Biology, first; Molecular Physiology & Biophysics, third; and Pharmacology, sixth. Six clinical departments ranked among the top 10, including: Internal Medicine, third; Ophthalmology, ninth; Otolaryngology and Hearing & Speech Sciences, sixth; Pediatrics, fourth; Radiology & Radiologic Sciences, eighth; and Surgery, eighth. Read more.

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.