URM Stipend Program

The Vanderbilt Department of Orthopaedic Surgery is committed to professional development and recruitment of individuals under-represented in medicine as well as providing equal opportunity for applicants of all backgrounds. Specifically, our goal is to offer a program that supports the needs and growth of students from groups that have traditionally been underrepresented in orthopaedic surgery and who have the capacity to care for populations similar to our patients and community.

To facilitate participation in this program eligible participants will be granted up to $1000 in reimbursement to defray travel, housing and living expenses during a sub-internship in orthopaedic surgery in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at Vanderbilt. The program is available for select senior medical students from a group that is under-represented in medicine as defined by the AAMC based on our institutional mission driven strategies which encompass the community we serve.

As part of the program students will receive career advice including preparation for academic medicine, an interview for orthopaedic surgery residency program, and a letter of evaluation. Finally, the visiting scholar will have a chance to network with residents, faculty, students and have access to all lectures, grand rounds, seminars, and skills labs. 

Eligibility includes 3rd year medical students who attend US accredited medical schools or osteopathic schools and are from under-represented groups specifically Black/ African American, Hispanic/Latino/x, Native American/Alaska native, Pacific Islander/Native Hawaiian, Puerto Rican.  Applications will not be accepted from non-US medical schools or from groups not underrepresented in medicine.

The application process opens April 1, 2022 and closes April 13, 2022 at 5 PM CST for 3rd year medical students.

There is no application fee.

Students must adhere to the Vanderbilt block dates and must have completed their required core clerkships before starting the program rotation.

Accepted students may receive funding up to $1,000 as a stipend to defray living costs.

Applications may be received from email inquiry to shannon.mullens@vumc.org

Students must apply and be accepted through the VSLO program and meet all requirements for the Vanderbilt Orthopaedic Surgery rotation found on the AAMC/VSLO website.