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Memphis, TN 38163

University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Medicine

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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 optional electives.

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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 are available.

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