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Vanderbilt University School of Medicine

Howser, John

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Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, Tennessee

The Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, originally part of The University of Nashville, was merged into Vanderbilt University in 1874 and awarded its first medical degrees in 1875. The School of Medicine has a rich 133-year history of education, research, and patient care.

The School of Medicine attracts some of the most accomplished and talented students in the country, drawn by the quality of training, the excellence of the faculty, the collegial atmosphere between faculty and students, and the close personal attention that students receive. The diverse first-year class of 2010 was selected from a pool of 4,373 applicants. The Vanderbilt University School of Medicine placed 17th among 125 medical schools in U.S. News & World Report’s 2006 survey, “America’s Best Graduate Schools.”

Vanderbilt’s School of Medicine offers five different programs that lead to an MD degree: a four-year program, and alternate programs allowing for specialization—MD/PhD, MD/MBA, MD/JD, and an MD/MPH.

Vanderbilt’s School of Medicine is at the heart of Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC), one of the nation’s leading academic medical centers. Vanderbilt’s hospitals have a combined capacity of 832 inpatient beds. In fiscal year 2005, VUMC experienced 42,611 inpatient admissions and 940,018 outpatient visits, producing a net revenue of $987 million while providing $108,047 million in uncompensated care for Tennessee’s citizens.

Biomedical research at Vanderbilt has long been recognized for its contributions to the advancement of medicine. The School of Medicine claims two Nobel Laureates: Earl W. Sutherland Jr., MD, in 1971, for his discovery of cyclic AMP; and Stanley Cohen, PhD, in 1986, for his identification of epidermal growth factor.

The Vanderbilt School of Medicine ranks 15th overall in the receipt of funding from the National Institutes of Health, and eight of the school’s departments were ranked in the top 10 among comparable medical school departments in NIH funding in 2004. Support for competitive research grants was almost $300 million in 2004.

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