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Inquiry Curriculum

The Vanderbilt Research Inquiry curriculum helps cultivate physicians with a knowledge and skill base crucial to the clinical practice of medicine, the conduct of biomedical research, and leadership in any area of medicine.

During their first two years, Vanderbilt medical students participate in research-focused coursework (CASE and DISCOVERY) and training. An intensive 1-month project planning course (PLAN) follows, after which students engage in 3 to 6 months of full-time mentored research (RESEARCH IMMERSION) during years 3 and/or 4. Students elect to work in one of the diverse methodological areas that sparks their clinical specialty and research interests.

Within the research curriculum, students:

  • learn the importance and relevance of biomedical research
  • gain direct exposure to research and faculty
  • receive training in the fundamentals of research and scientific communication
  • acquire hands-on experience conducting research in their chosen area
  • enhance their research, professional, and social skills – inquiry, observation, critical thinking, analysis, teamwork, leadership, communication, innovation