Residents and fellows in accredited programs at Vanderbilt are selected based on qualifications that meet or exceed the standards outlined below. Internal Medicine intern/resident recruitment follows the same standards as outlined by the GME office for all intern/resident selection at Vanderbilt as follows:

One of the following qualifications must be met to be eligible for appointment to a residency or fellowship program at Vanderbilt:

  1. Graduate of medical schools in the U.S. and Canada accredited by the LCME; OR,
  2. Graduate of osteopathic medicine in the U.S. accredited by AOA; OR,
  3. Graduate of medical schools outside the U.S. or Canada who have received a currently valid certificate from the ECFMG; OR,
  4. Graduate of medical schools outside the U.S. who have completed a Fifth Pathway program provided by an LCME-accredited medical school.

Programs will select only from among the pool of eligible applicants, evaluating each applicant on the basis of their preparedness, ability, aptitude, academic credentials, communication skills, and qualities such as motivation, honesty, and integrity. Residents/fellows must also qualify for licensure or exemption for licensure under the Tennessee Board of Medical Examiners requirements.

In compliance with federal law, including the provisions 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 genetic information in its administration of educational policies, programs, or activities; admissions policies; scholarship and loan programs; athletic or other University-administered programs; or employment. 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.

All requisite prior training must be successfully completed prior to beginning any residency or fellowship program.

All applicants that are granted interviews will be interviewed in person, or if extenuating circumstances make that impossible, by telephone. The program director evaluating residents or fellows attempting to transfer from other educational programs (prior to completion of training offered in that discipline in that institution) will directly contact the referring program director, chair, and/or other appropriate references to assess the educational qualifications of the resident or fellow prior to making any offer of employment. A final letter of evaluation and recommendation must be obtained from the referring program for all residents or fellows entering Vanderbilt programs after completing some phase of training in another institution.

Whenever possible, all accredited housestaff training programs at Vanderbilt will participate in an organized matching program, such as the National Residency Matching Program (NRMP).