Residency Application and Departmental Letters of Recommendation

Applications to internal medicine residency programs are usually made in late summer/early fall (August, September, October). Medicine programs now require applicants to use the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). Students should obtain information and access to this service through the Dean's office.

Nearly all residency programs will ask students applying in medicine to obtain one letter of recommendation from the department chairman or designee (core medicine clerkship director). At Vanderbilt these letters are provided by the Core Medicine Clerkship Director, Dr. Ed Vasilevskis. Letters are generally prepared in September and early October to meet the anticipated application deadline of early November.

Dr. Vasilevskis is available to discuss opportunities in internal medicine, career development, potential residency programs and application strategy with individual students interested in a career in internal medicine, medicine/pediatrics, or preliminary medicine training. To be most helpful, these should be scheduled sometime after the conclusion of the third year but before October 1. He may be reached at 322-6936, fax 343-4466, or e-mail:

For a detailed description of the Vanderbilt internal medicine training program please visit Training Program: Prospective Applicants.