The dermatology training programs at Vanderbilt greatly value diversity. Our programs seek to foster an environment that is inclusive and supportive of racial, ethnic, religious and cultural diversity; disabilities; and gender, gender identity, gender expression, and sexual orientation.  The Department of Dermatology is committed to creating a medical community that reflects the community in which we practice and serve.

Resources for Underrepresented Minority (URM) house staff include:

URM House Staff Speak
MPH Program Diversity

Campus resources include:

Minority Housestaff for Academic and Medical Achievement (MHAMA)
VUMC/VUSM Office for Diversity Affairs
The Bishop Joseph Johnson Black Cultural Center
The Vanderbilt University Leadership Development and Intercultural Affairs Office
The Office of International Student and Scholar Services
The Margaret Cuninggim Women’s Center
The University’s Office of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Intersex Life
The Antoinette Brown Lectures at the Divinity School
The Carpenter Program in Religion, Gender, and Sexuality
The Center for Teaching

Social and professional groups include:

The Student National Medical Association
The American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin
The Asian-Pacific American Medical Student Association
The Global Health Committee
The Latino Medical Student Association
Physicians for Human Rights
Society of Saints Cosmas & Damian
Maimonides Jewish Student Organization
Vanderbilt University Women in Science and Engineering
The Vanderbilt Program for LGBTI Health


Vanderbilt Dermatology: 
Underrepresented in Medicine (URIM) Visiting Student Stipend

Vanderbilt Dermatology is committed to increasing diversity in the specialty of dermatology. We believe that having physicians that reflect the population that we serve results in better healthcare outcomes.

We offer one stipend of $2,000 to a qualified student to assist in reducing the cost of an away rotation.

Underrepresented groups include: Black (African/African American), Latino/Hispanic (Mexican American, Cuban, Puerto Rican, Central American, South American), Native American with tribal affiliation, Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islander, and LGBTQ.


  • Must be a U.S. Citizen or Permanent resident
  • Must be pursuing a medical degree at an LCME or AOA accredited medical school located outside of Nashville, TN
  • Must be a 4th year or rising 4th year medical student
  • Must be in good standing at their medical school
  • Must have completed core clerkships in Internal Medicine, Obstetrics/Gynecology, Pediatrics, and Surgery

Application Process

  1. Complete an application in VSLO for the Clinical Dermatology Advanced Clinical Elective at Vanderbilt University SOM (DERM-5790).
  2. Complete the Vanderbilt Dermatology URIM Visiting Student Stipend Application (
  3. Obtain one (1) letter of recommendation from a faculty member who can attest to your interest in dermatology. Clerkship directors, dermatology faculty advisors/mentors, and non-dermatology faculty advisors/mentors are acceptable. Provide the letter writer with the following link to upload their letter:

Please email Kristina Maynard with any questions.

Diversity Scholars Visiting Student Program

We here at Vanderbilt University Medical Center truly value diversity. The Diversity Scholars Visiting Student Program is designed to expose medical students from underrepresented in medicine (URM) backgrounds to our clinical departments and foster interest in Vanderbilt residency training programs.

This program would provide financial assistance for current fourth-year medical students to complete a four-week clerkship at Vanderbilt in one of our outstanding clinical departments. Eligible students must be in good standing at an accredited medical school in the US. Ultimate acceptance into this program is dependent upon acceptance for an away clerkship by the registrar and the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine Office of Enrollment Services. Accepted students will be provided with monies to offset application fees, travel to Nashville, and housing costs during their four-week clerkship. Any questions about this program should be directed to the Office for Diversity Affairs at (615) 343-8299.

We hope you decide to join us!