Vanderbilt University Medical Center has built a strong reputation as a leader in medical education, research and patient care throughout the Southeast and the nation over the course of its 135-year history. At its heart VUMC is driven by discovery and the translation of new knowledge into innovation in both patient care and graduate education for basic and clinical scientists.
The School of Medicine awarded its first Vanderbilt medical degrees in 1875 and now ranks 15th among 125 medical schools in U.S. News & World Report’s most recent survey. The School of Medicine claims two Nobel Laureates, Earl W. Sutherland Jr., in 1971, for his discovery of the metabolic regulating compound cyclic AMP, and Stanley Cohen, in 1986, for his discovery with colleague Rita Levi Montalcini of epidermal growth factor. Support for competitive research grants from all external sources has doubled since 2001 and exceeded $423 million for fiscal year 2009, and over 440 research investigators funded by the National Institutes of Health. These investigators mentor 589 graduate (Ph.D.) students and 530 postdoctoral fellows in programs, departments and divsions distributed across the entire Medical School.
VICTR, the Vanderbilt Institute for Clinical and Translational Research, is moving discoveries from the bench to the bedside and will transform health care and health care delivery. In partnership with Meharry Medical College, Vanderbilt has received a $50 million award from the NIH to support clinical and translational research infrastructure and to promote translation of discoveries in bench and clinical research to improved human health.
The School of Nursing, founded in 1908, has just completed its centenary decade as one of the country’s premier nursing schools, listed among the Top 20 by U.S. News & World Report. The School is a leader in technological innovation with our state-of-the-art nursing informatics lab and the application of evolving technologies such as patient simulators in the classroom. One outstanding example is a collaborative research project to develop simulation management software for nursing faculty using the virtual reality environment of Second Life. School of Nursing researchers accomplish their mission through studies that emphasize clinical and health services interventions. Examples of research programs include those related to the health workforce, quality and safety across the health care system, prevention and treatment of lymphadema, congestive heart failure symptom management, premature births, child health, death and dying, and acute and chronic pain. The School prepares future researchers primarily through its Ph.D. and post-doctoral education programs, and through its Center for Research Development and Scholarship.