However You Define Yourself, We Value YOU

As a residency program and academic emergency department, we desire to create an inclusive environment where all forms of diversity are welcomed and celebrated. 


We strive to recruit and train a diverse group of residents to reflect the diverse communities that we serve. We believe that every resident brings a unique perspective, and that a department and training program that is diverse in age, sex, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, religion, race, ethnicity, neurodiversity, disability status, national origin, and citizenship, is stronger because of these diverse perspectives.


Acknowledging the history of our nation, our city, and our institution, we vow to move forward and know that we CAN do better. And we WILL do better, becoming a more diverse and inclusive department to better serve our community.


URM Stipend for Visiting Medical Students

The Department of Emergency Medicine at Vanderbilt is pleased to offer a stipend for visiting URM students to complete a 4-week Emergency Medicine rotation at Vanderbilt. The selected student will receive a $2000 stipend to cover transportation, lodging, meals, and other necessary expenses.


Applications are due June 1st at 5 PM. The application can be found here (https://redcap.link/VandyEMURMstipend). Students can rotate at Vanderbilt in July, August, or September.

Mentorship Opportunities for Meharry Medical College Students

VUMC EM faculty and residents provide both mentorship and clinical opportunities for students from Meharry Medical College to help them prepare for a successful career in emergency medicine. Meharry students are paired with one-on-one EM resident mentors to provide additional guidance on applications and interviews, and the EM Undergraduate Medical Education faculty also serve as advisors. Each application cycle, invitations to participate in mock interviews, residency application panels, and casual networking events are also extended to MMC students.

Women in Academic Medicine

Women in Academic Emergency Medicine (WAM) was created by members of the VUMC EM faculty to support female EM residents, fellows, and faculty. The goal of WAM is to provide a support system through mentorship, education, and outreach. Over the course of each academic year, WAM hosts several events, including dinners with a round table format with designated discussion topics, formal career-development panels, and wellness hikes in our local, beautiful Percy Warner Park. WAM advocates for increased female physician representation on the department’s Physician Executive Leadership Group and preservation of dedicated lactation space in the emergency department, as well as creating a supportive group of female physicians in an academic emergency department.

Health Equity Opportunities

At Vanderbilt University Medical Center, we care for a very diverse patient population.  Understanding the needs of our patients and the challenges they face surrounding healthcare will help us more adequately address health disparities that exist and work toward achieving health equity. We are actively engaging with the VUMC Office of Health Equity on several projects, including offering a resident elective in health equity and identifying barriers to follow up care after ED discharge. We also offer a Fellowship in Health Equity. More information can be found here.



Vanderbilt University Medical Center believes that a workforce that is diverse and inclusive in nature is more effective at crafting innovative solutions to the major challenges of health care and executing those solutions as a team. Please visit the following pages for more information regarding VUMC’s commitment to Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives.