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Thank you for your interest in our program. We participate in the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) and only accept applications in this manner. Our program number is 1702320C0. 

We require three letters of recommendation (but not specifically a Chairman’s letter). One letter from your pediatric clerkship or acting internship is recommended. We do not require any previous clinical experience. USMLE Step 1 is required at the time of interview; Step 2 is required prior to an intern's official start date.

Because of the number of applications we receive, interviews are by invitation after review of the application. We encourage you to apply early.

Physician-Scientist Training Program

The Vanderbilt Residency Program is committed to fostering the career development of talented child health scholars in the residency program who use the American Board of Pediatrics Research Pathways (Accelerated Research Pathway and Integrated Research Pathway) to optimize and individualize general pediatric, subspecialty, and research training. Our Physician Scientist Training Community provides mentoring and support to accelerate established research career trajectories for residents with MD/PhD or other significant research background. If you are interested in participating in this pathway for your training, please notify Brooke Austin ( at the time of your application. We will offer separate interview days to selected physician-scientist candidates.

International Medical Graduates

International medical graduates must contact the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) for their application materials and eligibility requirements. Go to to download the application kit.

Due to the vast amount of highly qualified applicants, only a small number of international medical graduates are invited to interview.  For international medical graduates we require:

  • "Hands-on" clinical experience in the United States (NOT an observership or research)
  • Two letters of recommendation from clinical supervisors in the United States
  • USMLE Steps 1 & 2 scores; Step 1 is required at the time of interview; Step 2 is required prior to an intern's official start date
  • Medical School graduation date of 2014 or later (maximum five years out of Medical School)
  • We sponsor J-1 and consider sponsoring H-1B Visas

The Interview Experience

Qualified applicants invited to visit will have an opportunity for dinner with a group of housestaff the evening prior to their interview. On the day of the interview, applicants will receive an overview of the program with the program director, attend resident conferences, join an inpatient team on rounds, and tour our hospital. In addition, they will interview with our residency program director and other members of our recruitment team, including the residency leadership, chief residents, and other key faculty members.

Visiting Clerkships/Electives

If you would like to arrange a visiting student rotation, please request more information from the Registrar's Office at the Vanderbilt School of Medicine. We do not offer any observerships.

Taking a "Second Look"

While we welcome applicants to return for a second look if they need more information about the program, we discourage a second look day for the purpose of demonstrating interest or increasing visibility. A second-look day can cause applicants to add additional expense and stress to an already busy interview season and is certainly not expected in order to match at Vanderbilt.

Equal Employment and Affirmative Action

"In compliance with federal law, including the provision of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendment of 1972, Sections 503 and 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990, the ADA Amendments Act of 2008, Executive Order 11246, and the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act, as amended, and the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008, Vanderbilt University does not discriminate against individuals on the basis of their race, sex, religion, color, national or ethnic origin, age, disability, or military service, or genetics information in its adminstration of educational policies, programs, or activities; admissions policies; scholarship and loan programs; athletic or other University-administered programs; or emplyment. In addition, the University does not discriminate against individuals on the basis of their sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression consistent with the University's nondiscrimination policy."

Contact Us

Brooke AustinWe hope you will look over our website and submit an application. Contact our program coordinator with questions.

Brooke Austin, C-TAGME
(615) 322-3023

Vanderbilt University School Of Medicine
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