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Medical Scholars Program

Program Overview

The Vanderbilt University School of Medicine Medical Scholars Program is a one-year, in-depth research experience available to students at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and Meharry Medical College. The goal of the program is to train leaders in academic medicine, ultimately strengthening and expanding the nation’s pool of medically trained researchers.

Specifically, the Medical Scholars Program seeks to identify students who are interested in any type of biomedical research (clinical, basic, health services, public health, outcomes, etc.), place them in an appropriate research environment, allow them access to a group of peers and scientists who share common research interests, and support them with a stipend.

The duration of the program for each student is 12 months consecutively, and thus adds an additional year to the traditional medical school curriculum. For Vanderbilt students, the best placement for the experience is between the third and fourth years. Selection of applicants for the program is based on the following criteria: the medical student is in good standing at the medical school; the applicant has a recognized commitment to pursue research; the applicant has identified an appropriate research project; and the applicant has identified a mentor who will foster and support the applicant’s research project. No prior research experience is required.


Stipends are for the period of July 1-June 30. The amount of the stipend is $30,000 per year and subject to yearly change based on the current stipend salary structure. The fellowship also includes health, disability and personal liability insurance, and an allowance to support attendance at a national meeting to present data from the scholars research project.



Lorraine Ware, MD

Director, Medical Scholars Program