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Vanderbilt Early Medical Acceptance

TheregulatorTheregulator Registered User Posts: 94 Junior Member
edited April 2013 in Vanderbilt University
I recently read that it's possible for Vanderbilt sophomores to gain early admission to the medical school. To current Vandy students: How are candidates evaluated? Do they look at High School grades/ SATs? How stiff is the competition?

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Replies to: Vanderbilt Early Medical Acceptance

  • Faline2Faline2 Registered User Posts: 4,171 Senior Member
    I believe that this program was discontinued only a handful of years ago. I attended an "accepted students" hour on premed at Vandy two years ago and heard the premed advisor speak to people on their final decision making visits. Rice/Baylor used to have such an arrangement and there are a few at Brown who are accepted on this plan.
  • vandyyyyvandyyyy Registered User Posts: 1 New Member
    Yes, undergraduate students here can apply for early acceptance to the medical school in March of your sophomore year. Here is the link to the info: https://medschool.vanderbilt.edu/admissions/early-admission-early-decision

    I don't think high school grades and ACTs/SATs are a factor. If they look at them at all, I doubt they are very important.

    Other than obvious things they look at like your grades in the classes you've taken so far, I've heard that they like people who have gotten involved in research early. It is very competitive but not as impossible as some people think. Very few people are admitted, but given the number of people who apply your chances are not that bad. It's binding, but if you are accepted you avoid the whole MCAT/applying/interviewing stress-filled process...not to mention you are going to an amazing medical school :)
  • anotheraznanotherazn Registered User Posts: 96 Junior Member
    I've talked the the pre-medicine advisor. He says that the most important things are grades and GPA, the 2-3 faculty and research recommendations, and your career objectives statement. Also important is a statement of what you plan to do with the extra time you gain. Since Vandy ED means that you do not have to take the MCAT, Vandy wants to know what you will do with the extra time you have at Vandy.
    I'll be going through this process in a few months (wish me luck haha) and I'll definitely know a lot more about it in the months to come.
  • TheregulatorTheregulator Registered User Posts: 94 Junior Member
    Thanks for all the replies! Is it hard to get involved in research your freshman year? What kind of science classes should you be taking (Bio + Chem?)
  • Faline2Faline2 Registered User Posts: 4,171 Senior Member
    good luck anotherazn...I remember when you got into Vanderbilt with scholarship and hope that you have not regretted your decision and that you have found Vandy to be an excellent place to be for four years. Our son is a junior already and back from being abroad...time flies.
  • brooklynd13brooklynd13 Registered User Posts: 3 New Member
    IDK if this is the right thread for this but I was just wondering about highschool statistics just as ACT, SAT, GPA, Class Rank for anyone who is successfully making it through the vandy pre-med program. There is a lot of threads about grade deflation and weeding out and am curious if I would be competitive at this school and could make it through the pre-med track if I stayed focused and worked hard. I also am curious about the validity of grade deflation or if you put in the work you can earn an A.
  • TheregulatorTheregulator Registered User Posts: 94 Junior Member
    Yeah you would. The #1 reason people get weeded out is because they do not prioritize schoolwork over social life. You could probably get As and party hard every other weekend but you need to pick and choose your battles. BTW, the Vandy early med program has officially been discontinued.
  • speedyslothspeedysloth Registered User Posts: 12 New Member
    As Faline2 said, I don't think this program exists anymore. I've asked the Associate Dean of CAS recently and asked about it, but he said the program doesn't exist anymore. I can't remember clearly, but I think he said that it had been cancelled as of last year or so.
  • TheChanceTheChance Registered User Posts: 101 Junior Member
    The program was officially canceled this year (and based on rumors going around, it's because those who were accepted in the past just slacked, and didn't show the same performance as those at Vandy med school who were accepted the traditional way).

    As of now, juniors and seniors still have class members who are in the program, but sophomors and freshman (and everybody who comes after us) no longer have the option to apply.

    Kinda sucks, as I was really looking forward to this program (even left some other combined medical programs behind for vanD, with this being a potential factor in that reasoning).
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