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East Tennessee State University James H. Quillen College of Medicine

Medical School Admissions

Admissions Policies and Procedures

Details on the policies, preferences, criteria, factors, and procedures used in the admission process. Data appear as originally submitted by this school.

Quillen COM evaluates applicants on the basis of demonstrated academic achievement, MCAT scores, letters of recommendation, pertinent extracurricular work and research experience, non-scholastic accomplishment, motivation for the study and practice of medicine, and interest in a primary care practice in a rural or under served area. For more information, access web site

Admissions Information

Director of admissions  Edwin D. Taylor
Application fee  $50
AMCAS application accepted  Yes
AACOMAS application accepted  No
Applications accepted  June 1 (Begins)
November 15 (Ends)
Secondary application required  Yes
Personal interview required  Yes
Regular application acceptance notification  October 15 (Begins)
August 15 (Ends)
Students must respond to offer of admission within (weeks)  2
Deferred entrance available  Yes
Deposit to hold place in class due  at the time of offer
Early decision plan offered  Yes
Early decision application period  June 1 (Begins)
August 1 (Ends)
Early decision plan notification date  October 1
Starting month (class of 2015-2016)  July

MCAT Scores, GPA, and Course Work Requirements

Median undergraduate GPA  3.75
Oldest MCAT considered  2012
Median MCAT Scores  29 MCAT total score
10 verbal reasoning
9 physical sciences
10 biological sciences
O writing
Required undergraduate course work
organic chemistry
inorganic (general) chemistry

Combined Degree Programs

Combined degree programs offered  M.D./M.P.H.
Combined college/M.D. program offered  Yes
Number of years to complete combined college/M.D. program  5
Combined college/M.D. program URL

Medical School Academics

Program Offerings

AIDS internal medicine
drugs/alcohol abuse pediatrics
family medicine rural medicine
geriatrics women's health

Student/Patient Interaction

How often do first-year students come into contact with patients through the school curriculum?  Frequently
Are there opportunities for first- or second-year students to work in community health clinics?  Yes
Do all students spend time with community practicing physicians in community-based, ambulatory settings during the course that teaches basic clinical skills (e.g., history taking/physical diagnosis)?  Yes
Do all students spend time with community practicing physicians in community-based, ambulatory settings during an introductory course aimed at introducing students to medical practice?  Yes

Stress Relief Services Offered

expanded-hour gym access
peer counseling
professional counseling
religious support
support groups


Full-time faculty-student ratio  0.8:1
Full-time faculty  212
Part-time faculty  8
Full-time faculty in basic sciences  40
Part-time faculty in basic sciences  2
Full-time faculty in clinical program  172
Part-time faculty in clinical program  6

2013 National Institutes of Health (NIH) Research Grants

NIH funds granted to medical school and affiliated hospitals (in millions)  $2.1
NIH-funded grants received by medical school and affiliated hospitals  8
Principal investigators (PIs)  8
Full-time faculty working on NIH research grants  24

Teaching Hospitals

Primary teaching hospitals affiliated with this medical school where clinical teaching or training is carried out.

Bristol Regional Medical Center Johnson City Medical Center
Holston Valley Medical Center LeConte Medical Center
James H. Quillen Veterans Affairs Medical Center Woodridge Hospital

Curricula Descriptions

Four-year program curriculum

The College of Medicine curriculum is designed to assist students in gaining the fundamental knowledge, attitude, skills, and practice principles required to enter residency training while encouraging the acquisition of lifelong habits of intellectual activity, independent thought, critical evaluation, and professionalism. For more information,access the Quillen web site at

United States Medical Licensing Exam (USMLE)

Step 1: Number of students examined  72
Step 1: Percent passing  94%
Step 1: Average score  224
Step 2 (Clinical Knowledge): Number of students examined  61
Step 2 (Clinical Knowledge): Percent passing  98%
Step 2 (Clinical Knowledge): Average score  237

Comprehensive Osteopathic Medical Licensing Examination (COMLEX-USA)

Level 1: Number examined  N/A
Level 1: Mean 3-digit score  N/A
Level 1: Mean 2-digit score  N/A
Level 2-CE: Number examined  N/A
Level 2-CE: Mean 3-digit score  N/A
Level 2-CE: Mean 2-digit score  N/A
Level 3: Number examined  N/A
Level 3: Mean 3-digit score  N/A
Level 3: Mean 2-digit score  N/A

Medical School Ranking

Research Ranking Scores

Score  N/A
Peer assessment score (out of 5)  2.1
Residency directors assessment score (out of 5)  2.4
NIH funds granted to medical school and affiliated hospitals (in millions)  $2.1
NIH research grant funds per faculty member (in thousands)  $9.94

Primary Care Ranking Scores

Score  41
Peer assessment score (out of 5)  2.9
Residency directors assessment score (out of 5)  2.7
Graduates entering primary care specialties (2011-2013 average)  38.1%

Ranking Admission Statistics

Median undergraduate GPA  3.75
MCAT total score  29
Acceptance rate  6.1%
Full-time faculty-student ratio  0.8:1
Total medical school enrollment  282

Medical School Cost

Financial Aid Contact Information

Financial aid director  Joyce Underwood
Financial aid phone  (423) 439-2035



Full-time: $28,588 (in-state)
Full-time: $58,272 (out-of-state)

Required fees  $3,909
Room and board  $11,048
Average indebtedness of 2012 graduates who incurred medical school debt  $153,876

Financial Aid Availability

Students receiving any financial aid  N/A
Students receiving loans  N/A
Students receiving grants/scholarships  N/A
Students receiving work study  0%



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