In the Office of Medical Student Affairs, it is our mission to ensure the success of all medical students as they progress through their training. Medical student success is measured first and foremost in the classroom and clinics where students spend the majority of their time in the learning environment. Through our advising program within the Colleges, led by Dr. Amy Fleming, Associate Dean for Medical Student Affairs, as well as the Student Assistance Program, led by Dr. Cathy Pettepher, Assistant Dean for Assessment, we provide students with the tools they will need to thrive in Vanderbilt's rigorous curriculum. We also oversee the student-led Vanderbilt Careers in Medicine Program, which facilitates exploration and selection of specialties and prepares students to be highly competitive in the Match. Additionally, we attentively work with student leaders of the Student Wellness Program, a nationally-recognized organization that is designed to promote medical student well-being. We remain available to the entire student body should they ever need our assistance with any of the many wonderful projects that take place within the School of Medicine or the Nashville community.

If a student has questions or concerns related to personal, career, or academic issues, we welcome him/her to visit us at any time by dropping by or by making an appointment with the assistance of Susan Lewis, who can be reached at (615) 322-5007.



Learn more about academic, personal, and career advising available to every student.

Student Organizations

It's easy to find a student organization that is right for you. We encourage students to get involved and make a difference during their time at Vanderbilt.


Stay informed of upcoming School of Medicine student events.

Lecture Series

View the 2016-2017 schedule of speakers for the Flexner Deans’ Lecture Series and RSVP to attend.

Student Handbook

View the latest edition of the MD Degree Program Handbook and find important forms.

White Coat Ceremony

The traditional donning of the signature white garment marks the official entrance into medical school for the members of VUSM's new class.


Find answers to frequently asked questions from tutoring, to lockers, and transcripts.

Your Faculty

Upon matriculation each student is assigned a Portfolio Coach. Learn more about your coaches.

For Students

Find resources through the Student Life office supporting student engagement.