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The Health Professions Advisory Office (HPAO) is here to assist Vanderbilt undergraduate students (and others with a Vanderbilt affiliation) interested in attending health professions graduate schools. We meet with students interested in medicine (both allopathic and osteopathic), dentistry, veterinary medicine, pharmacy, physical therapy, podiatric, etc. (Students interested in an advanced career in NURSING are encouraged to contact Dr. Jana Lauderdale at the Vanderbilt University School of Nursing for advice and counseling.)

Instructions for Scheduling Appointments:

Dr. Grundy and Mrs. Rains will have 20 minute GENERAL ADVISING MEETINGS throughout the fall semester, and those may be scheduled from the “book now” button below.  There will also be posted walk-in hours below.

Upcoming walk-in hours:

While our team will make every attempt to meet with all walk-ins, depending on the volume of students waiting, we cannot guarantee a walk-in meeting . If you have an urgent need, please relay that to Mrs. Craion, and our team will try our best to accommodate you.

     Dec 4 (Mon):        1:30-4:00 pm
     Dec 5 (Tues):       10:00-11:30 am
     Dec 6 (Wed):        12:30-2:00 pm
     Dec 7 (Thurs):      1:30-4:00  pm
     Dec 8 (Fri):           9:00-11:00 am
     Dec 11 (Mon):      1:30-4:00 pm
The website will be routinely updated with additional walk-in hours.

Review/approval of shadowing paperwork may be done during the following times (but CANNOT simply be “dropped off” since the approval process takes approx. 15 minutes).
1)      During walk-in hours posted on website
2)      During scheduled visits (The approval process takes approx. 15 minutes and could take the entire appointment slot.) 

We relay valuable information via email.  In order to be added to our ListServ email distribution list, students should send an email (from their Vanderbilt email address) to and request to be added.

Click here to view the 2016 HPAO Annual Report with ACCEPTANCE STATISTICS

HPAO Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)