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Heath Professions Advisory Office

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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 will be focusing primarily on COMMITTEE LETTER REVIEW MEETINGS this semester. (These are ONLY for 2018 Entering Cycle applicants who have attended the MANDATORY Info Session.) Students who qualify for those meetings may schedule them from the “book now” button below.  Although many slots have already been booked for the semester, summer and fall slots are still available.  There is no wait list, but cancellations do occur, and the openings will automatically appear in the online booking system.

Mrs. Rains will have GENERAL ADVISING MEETINGS , and those may be scheduled from the “book now” button below.

If you have questions specifically for Dr. Grundy, you may email Mrs. Rains at with:
          1)      Details about your meeting request
          2)      Days of the week and times you are typically available for a 20 minute meeting
She will assist you in arranging a 20 minute advising appointment with Dr. Grundy.

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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)

 *Appointments recommended*
(Very limited walk-in availability)

Typical Office Hours:
Monday – Friday 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
(Closed for lunch 12:00-1:00 pm
and occasionally for meetings and events)

Phone: (615) 322-2446


Michelle Grundy, Ph.D., Director

Lauren Rains, Advisor

Amber Craion, Administrative Asst.

 Quick Links

2016 Annual Report

Frequently Asked Questions

Upcoming Events

Feb 16  (Thurs) - Wayne State Univ. School of Medicine - 5:30-6:30 pm - Buttrick 309

Mar 22  (Wed) - Univ of Missouri - Kansas City - School of Dentistry - 5:00 pm - Stevenson 1120

Apr 12  (Wed) - Ohio State Univ. Medical School - Time and Location TBD

Apr 18  (Tues) - HPAO Annual Health Professions Graduate School Fair - 2:00 - 6:00 pm - Student Life Center Ballrooms

Apr 20  (Thurs) - Tufts Univ. Medical School - Time and Location TBD