The Endocrine Fellowship Program at Vanderbilt strives to accurately represent our country and metro Nashville. We never stop reflecting on our program, attempting to improve it by incorporating the widest possible range of perspectives into the program and our division. We overtly include everyone, and explicitly acknowledge that the hardships and injustices of life fall unequally heavily on some of us. We have taken action to improve how well we include everyone in our program and our division.


Our interview process includes Application-blinded interviews.  Just the fact that an applicant comes from a top medical school can bias an interview before it even begins. We fight this halo effect in applicant evaluations by including at least one interview in which the interviewer has no access to the application. Thus, the interview becomes a conversation about endocrinology and your lived experiences, not checkboxes on an evaluation form.


We provide Second Look Visits (In-person vs. Virtual format subject to COVID protocols). A work environment can look great on paper but be very different on the ground. If you self-identify as being from an under-appreciated background, we  will give you a tour of our lovely Vanderbilt campus  provide you additional time to get to know our endocrinology leadership, and introduce you to other faculty from around the Medical Center. You will also meet with leadership from our Office of Equity and Inclusion to better gauge Vanderbilt’s commitment to inclusion and justice in everything we do.


We support and encourage participation in the House Staff Diversity & Inclusion Alliance. Vanderbilt house staff started a grass-roots alliance in 2020 to help celebrate equity, inclusion and social justice. 


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This active group spans the entire Medical Center, organizing educational events and connecting our endocrine fellows with other groups on the adjacent University campus and throughout all departments and divisions at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.


Our Commitment. Our Fellowship Program leadership is utterly committed to maintaining and improving the inclusivity of our program. We will continue to work tirelessly to make everyone feel heard and at home in this program, improving our program constantly. We encourage applicants of all racial and ethnic backgrounds and sexual orientation and gender identities to apply. We welcome you to reach out to us with further questions:


Lindsay Bischoff, MD, Endocrinology Fellowship Program Director


Al Powers, MD, Chief of Diabetes, Endocrinology and Metabolism


Ray Blind, PhD, Endocrinology Diversity Liaison


Walter Clair, MD, MPH, Vice Chair Diversity and Inclusion



Ongoing inclusivity efforts at Vanderbilt


VUMC Diversity and Inclusion

This website is designed to provide employees and patients with information about VUMC's diversity and inclusion initiatives, programs, and resources.




Diversity and Inclusion Celebrations

Check in each month to find out what's going on at VUMC celebrating the diversity of our VUMC community and beyond!



Diversity Liaison Committee

In 2019, VUMC's Office of Diversity Affairs established a 40-members Diversity Liaison Committee to further entrench diversity and inclusion work in each major department of the medical center.


VUMC Black Lives Day of Commitment

Sponsored by the Office for Diversity Affairs and the Department of Dermatology at Vanderbilt Health One Hundred Oaks, the event was held to honor lives lost to racism, provide information about the health disparities facing the African American community and to compel participants to commit to taking a stand against racism.



"Dixie Place Renamed in Honor of Surgical Pioneer, Vivien Thomas"

Through a Vanderbilt University School of Medicine student-led effort, Dixie Place, the city street that runs between the Medical Center's Central Garage and the Oxford House building on 21st Avenue South, is being renamed Vivien Thomas Way.

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