Established in 1851, the University of Tennessee at
Memphis has a complete health science center that
includes the colleges of Medicine, Graduate School of
Health Sciences, Dentistry, Nursing, Pharmacy, and
Allied Health Sciences. The school originated from the
Medical Department of the University of Nashville,
which in 1909 consolidated with the Medical
Department of the University of Tennessee to form the
University of Tennessee Department of Medicine.
Further mergers took place with other institutions resulting in the formation of the present College of Medicine.
4-year semimodern. First and second years: Courses
are offered in prevention, community and culture,
doctoring (recognizing signs and symptoms), interprofessional health practice, molecular basis of disease,
physiology, gross anatomy, microbiology, pathology,
pathophysiology, pharmacology, neuro-sciences. Third
year: Consists of clerkships in family medicine, internal medicine, obstetrics and gynecology, pediatrics,
psychiatry, neurology, and surgery. Fourth year:
Ambulatory medicine, required clerkships in medicine
and surgical specialties, other specialty clerkships,
patient/safety quality improvement, clerkship in
Minority admissions:The school maintains a long-term
program for recruiting disadvantaged students. It also
sponsors 3 summer enrichment programs for undergraduate college as well as high school students.
Scholarships for African-American students are available. Other degree programs: Combined MD-PhD
programs are offered in the basic medical sciences.
The basic premedical science courses as well as courses
in English composition and literature (6 credits) are
required. Preference is given to state residents; very
few nonresidents are accepted. A minimum of 3 years
of college and taking the MCATare required, but securing the degree is generally expected. The major
selected is optional, but there should be some balance
between the science and nonscience coursework.
Applicants are considered from a region consisting of
Tennessee and its contiguous states. Nonresidents are
accepted in limited numbers (usually 10%) and most
have especially attractive records. Selection is based on
academic record, MCAT scores, preprofessional recommendations, and personal interviews. The latter
when granted allow for in-depth evaluation of the candidate. Transfer and advanced standing: Students are
accepted only into the third year of the curriculum.
They must be residents of Tennessee at the time they
enter medical school or be children of alumni, must
pass the USMLE Step 1, and must have completed the
biomedical science portion of the curriculum.
AnAto F grading policy is used. Students must achieve
a 2.0 GPA for promotion, and must record total passing scores on Step 1 of the USMLE for promotion to
the third year, and on Step 2 for graduation.
Teaching: The college is part of the University of
Tennessee Memphis Health Science Center. Students
may spend 10 of the 20 clinical months at the units in
Knoxville and Chattanooga. No more than 2 months
may be spent at other institutions. Library: The C.P.J.
Mooney Memorial Library holds more than 172,000
bound volumes. Housing: Two on-campus dormitories