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University of Tennessee Health Science Center 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.

The criteria the Committee on Admissions uses in the selection process are the academic record, MCAT scores, preprofessional evaluations, and personal interviews. After review of the AMCAS application, a secondary application will be sent to applicants considered competitive for further review. Both cognitive and non-cognitive aspects are considered in applicant evaluation.

Admissions Information

Director of admissions  Nelson Strother
Application fee  $0
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)
April 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  No
Early decision application period  N/A
Early decision plan notification date  N/A
Starting month (class of 2015-2016)  August

MCAT Scores, GPA, and Course Work Requirements

Median undergraduate GPA  3.61
Oldest MCAT considered  2009
Median MCAT Scores  30 MCAT total score
10 verbal reasoning
10 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./Ph.D., M.D./M.S.
Combined college/M.D. program offered  No
Number of years to complete combined college/M.D. program  N/A
Combined college/M.D. program URL

Medical School Academics

Program Offerings

family medicine
internal medicine
women's health

Student/Patient Interaction

How often do first-year students come into contact with patients through the school curriculum?  Occasionally
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  1.2:1
Full-time faculty  821
Part-time faculty  168
Full-time faculty in basic sciences  98
Part-time faculty in basic sciences  8
Full-time faculty in clinical program  723
Part-time faculty in clinical program  160

2013 National Institutes of Health (NIH) Research Grants

NIH funds granted to medical school and affiliated hospitals (in millions) $27.5
NIH-funded grants received by medical school and affiliated hospitals  N/A
Principal investigators (PIs)  N/A
Full-time faculty working on NIH research grants  N/A

Teaching Hospitals

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

Baptist Hospital St. Francis Hospital
Baptist Memorial Hospital St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
Erlanger Memorial Hospital The Regional Medical Center
LeBonheur Children's Medical Center UT Medical Center Hospital
Memphis Mental Health Institute Veteran's Administration Hospital
Methodist University Hospital

Curricula Descriptions

Four-year program curriculum

The biomedical sciences are taught in an integrated way. Clinical exposure begins in the first semester. The third-year clerkships begin in early May featuring patient problem-solving and an increasing level of responsibility. The fourth year consists of six clerkships and four electives. Seniors are required to evaluate health care delivery focusing on patient safety and quality improvement.

United States Medical Licensing Exam (USMLE)

Step 1: Number of students examined  148
Step 1: Percent passing  93%
Step 1: Average score  222
Step 2 (Clinical Knowledge): Number of students examined  147
Step 2 (Clinical Knowledge): Percent passing  99%
Step 2 (Clinical Knowledge): Average score  236

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  34
Peer assessment score (out of 5)  2.7
Residency directors assessment score (out of 5)  3.2
NIH funds granted to medical school and affiliated hospitals (in millions) $27.5
NIH research grant funds per faculty member (in thousands) $33.48

Primary Care Ranking Scores

Score  53
Peer assessment score (out of 5)  2.6
Residency directors assessment score (out of 5)  3.1
Graduates entering primary care specialties (2011-2013 average)  54.3%

Ranking Admission Statistics

Median undergraduate GPA  3.61
MCAT total score  30
Acceptance rate  16.0%
Full-time faculty-student ratio  1.2:1
Total medical school enrollment  664

Medical School Cost

Financial Aid Contact Information

Financial aid director  Samuel Matheny
Financial aid phone  (901) 448-5568



Full-time: $33,030 (in-state)
Full-time: $65,460 (out-of-state)

Required fees  $4,219
Room and board  $21,516
Average indebtedness of 2012 graduates who incurred medical school debt  $153,669

Financial Aid Availability

Students receiving any financial aid  89%
Students receiving loans  79%
Students receiving grants/scholarships  43%
Students receiving work study  0%



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