University of Tennessee College of Medicine: The Traditional Choice

March 19, 2015
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University of Tennessee College of Medicine

Is UT College of Medicine your dream school?

Written by Jennifer Marsh

University of Tennessee College of Medicine is the oldest public graduate school in the nation. The school has four locations in Chattanooga, Knoxville, Nashville, and Memphis. Medical students spend the first two years on the Memphis campus and rotate on the other three campuses during the last two years for clinical training.

Vital Stats

♦ University of Tennessee College of Medicine has 656 medical students and over 1100 residents and fellows.

♦ The college has core clerkships for students interested in obstetrics, gynecology and surgery.

Tuition for full-time students is $34,007 for in-state students and $66,437 for out-of-state students.

♦ The average GPA for accepted, enrolled students in 2014 is 3.69 and the average MCAT score is 30.

Student Culture and Campus Life

The University of Tennessee Medical School fosters a less competitive environment than most peer, public schools. The UT Medical School is a part of several associations, so students are introduced to communities such as the AMSA Career Development program, the AAMC Medical Student Resource and MedFools, which helps match students with the right residency program. UT also hosts the Center for Advanced Medical Simulation, which is a state of the art simulation center that mimics a real clinical setting.

One of the assets of the University of Tennessee medical school is the Erlanger Health System. It’s a system of hospitals in Eastern Tennessee that are affiliated with the University and are renowned for their specialty in nephrology. They work with the University to provide a teaching environment for medical students and residents.

Student’s Perspective

Even medical students need some time off, and University of Tennessee is placed next to several good eats, coffee shops, and bars for entertainment. Memphis is known for its music and museums, and students who enjoy music can see Elvis’ Graceland and Orpheum Theatre. Students who enjoy sports can watch some baseball at AutoZone Park or basketball at Fedex Forum.

Chattanooga also has plenty of hotspots to take the student’s mind off of stress and studies. Students can visit tourist attractions like the Tennessee Aquarium, Lookout Mountain, Rock City and Ruby Falls, or escape to the city’s scenic areas and parks, such as Harrison Bay State Park and Missionary Ridge.

Tennessee is known for its good food, especially the BBQ scene. For nightlife, Chattanooga has Hair of the Dog Pub, Big River Grille and Black Inn Café. Memphis students can enjoy Silky O’Sullivans, Interim Restaurant, Huey’s Downtown and Celtic Crossing.

It does not snow as heavily and as frequently as it does in other states, so students will usually see mild winters. Summers are hot, so expect to spend time next to water to cool off or stay indoors.

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