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Quillen College of Medicine

Please see the COM Catalog for further details of general course information.

Below, you will find links to documents that provide a general overview of a semester (exams / weekly schedules).

The syllabus for each class is on ETSU’s Course Management / Learning Management system, the Desire2Learn (D2L) site.  Course meeting times, dates and exams are identified by the course directors within this system. All schedule information is subject to change and is superseded by information posted in D2L.


Academic Calendar

The DRAFT of each year's Academic Calendar is created in the fall and provides the begin/end/holiday dates as a framework to build the specific weekly/exam/rotation schedules.

Specific weekly/exam/rotation schedule information is available under the curriculum sections below, listed by year.  See also course information posted on the learning management system D2L.

Please Note:  Calendar dates are subject to change. (Approval of ETSU's calendar is pending review by the new ETSU governing board. Faculty, staff and students are strongly advised to delay purchase of any nonrefundable travel. A copy [and subsequent updates] will be posted as available.)

For previous calendar years click here.

Last Update: 07/11/2017

M-1 Curriculum & Schedule

Please refer to the M1 & M2 medical curriculum schematic (link above) for the semester course schedule and to the COM Catalog for the most recent list of courses offered in the M1 Curriculum.

Last Update: 08/22/2017

M-2 Curriculum & Schedule

[Note: Calendars / Holidays are under review by the new ETSU governing board and are subject to change.  Students are advised to not make purchasesof non-refundable reservations / tickets.]

  • USMLE Step 1 (At the end of the second year, students are required to take STEP 1 of the board exams.)

Please refer to the M1 & M2 medical curriculum schematic (link above) for the semester course schedule and to the COM Catalog for the most recent list of courses offered in the M2 Curriculum.

Last Update: 07/19/2017

M-3 Curriculum

Jr. Community Medicine Clerkship – 6 weeks

The Community Medicine Clerkship is designed to provide an opportunity to better understand community medicine and population health issues. This experience will expose students to how a smaller community addresses the healthcare needs of its citizens. Roughly half of the clerkship will be in the clinical care settings working with physicians and other health care professionals from a variety of specialties in both inpatient and outpatient settings. The other half will be spent in the community participating in a variety of experiences designed to create understanding of common health needs of the community, the impact of culture on health, health education, methods to reach underserved populations, and the nonclinical roles of physicians in the community. Each group of students will participate in a community project during the clerkship as well as a rural outreach health fair focused on delivering preventive services to rural underserved areas. This rotation is required for all students and will be conducted in Sevierville, Tennessee. Housing will be provided.

Jr. Family Medicine Clerkship – 6 weeks

All students will be assigned to either Bristol, Kingsport or Johnson City for their Family Medicine Clerkship. Students will be involved with outpatient activities at their assigned ETSU Family Medicine clinic and the inpatient service at the clinic’s associated hospital: Bristol Regional Medical Center, Holston Valley Medical Center in Kingsport or Johnson City Medical Center. Each clinical site will develop their students’ schedules for working in the clinic and in the hospital. All students will participate in a home visit arranged through the social worker at each clinic; make an EBM/PICO based presentation; complete a behavior change assignment; and a participate in preventative medicine project during the clerkship. Clinical location assignments will be made at the discretion of the coordinator and faculty, according to clinic and hospital scheduling needs before the academic year starts and changes cannot be accommodated. Student requests based on a specific “hardship” such as illness, difficult childcare circumstances, or extenuating circumstances submitted by March 1 will be considered.

Jr. Internal Medicine Clerkship – 8 weeks

The Junior Internal Medicine Clerkship experience is 8 weeks of inpatient medicine. Each student will spend 4 weeks at two of our three affiliate hospital facilities: Veteran's Administration Medical Center, Johnson City Medical Center and Holston Valley Medical Center in Kingsport, as part of the inpatient team. During this four-week period students will admit and follow patients. Students will learn to take a complete history, conduct a thorough and accurate physical exam, take into consideration complex psycho-social issues, formulate a problem list, construct a relevant differential diagnosis, and along with the care team students will begin to manage the daily details of the care of patients.

Medical students will accompany the lead/senior resident to their continuity clinic one-half day per week for the entire 8-week clerkship. During this clinic time the student will see the patient with the resident and actively participate in the discussion with the resident and preceptor. The student will be required to write a complete history and physical or a SOAP note for each patient.

Jr. Obstetrics/Gynecology Clerkship – 6 weeks

The OB/GYN Clerkship consists of a six week experience that will expose the student to the discipline of Obstetrics and Gynecology. During the six weeks of training, there are five (5) one-week rotations and one week of academic preparation for departmental testing and the nationally standardized NBME exam. The five one-week rotations are: Night Float; Inpatient OB Service; Outpatient OB Service; Ambulatory Clinic Service; and Gynecology Surgery Service. Students will be arbitrarily assigned to the one-week rotations and all students will rotate through all rotations. The Obstetrical Services include low risk OB evaluation; high risk clinical OB experience including High Risk Diabetic Clinic; Labor and Delivery assignment; and Ultrasound exposure. The Gynecology Service will expose students to the subspecialties of the discipline including Urogynecology; Reproductive Endocrinology; and Gynecological Oncology. The student will experience both inpatient and outpatient care in these subspecialties. Students will be assigned to the Labor & Delivery floor of Johnson City Medical Center; the Outpatient Clinics at the Palma Robinson Clinical Education Building; as well as Holston Valley Medical Center or Johnson City Medical Center Operating Room Suite. Night Float Rotation will include four (4) call nights starting at 5:00 PM and lasting until 7:00 AM and one 24-hour shift on a weekend day.

Jr. Pediatrics Clerkship - 6 weeks

The Department of Pediatrics utilizes the Niswonger Children’s Hospital at Johnson City Medical Center for all inpatient experiences. Students are assigned arbitrarily to ward and nursery rotations at Niswonger, and ambulatory clinics at ETSU Physicians and Associates Pediatrics clinic, First Choice Pediatrics & Kingsport Pediatrics. All students have a ward, nursery, NICU and multiple ambulatory experiences (general pediatrics and specialty pediatrics) during their 6 week rotation.

Jr. Psychiatry Clerkship – 6 weeks

The Psychiatry Clerkship is a six week rotation that provides a general overview to the experiences and knowledge that will form the basis for students’ clinical skills in psychiatric diagnosis and therapeutics. The majority of clinical training experiences are conducted at Woodridge Hospital (adult and child/adolescent inpatient services) and the Veterans Administration Medical Center. Additional training sites include the ETSU Psychiatry Clinic (outpatient).

Jr. Surgery Clerkship – 8 weeks

The Surgery Clerkship will be comprised of two, three-week rotations plus 2 weeks of elective time in a surgical subspecialty; focusing on experiences in both the General Surgery ambulatory and inpatient settings. All students will have either a three-week block at the VA Medical Center (VAMC), Holston Valley Medical Center (HVMC) in Kingsport, or the Johnson City Medical Center (JCMC). Hospital location assignments can be based on student requests, special needs, and/or space availability. Every attempt is made to assign each student to a specific surgery physician and/or surgery resident at each location that will facilitate feedback, both face-to-face and formally in writing. The student’s time during their 24-hour call assignments may involve time spent with the Trauma/Critical Care Medicine services.

Rural Primary Care Jr. Clerkship -12 weeks

In addition to the other required clerkships, Rural Primary Care Track Students are required to take this 12 week rural clerkship instead of both the Family Medicine and the Community Medicine Clerkships.  During this rotation students spend 12 weeks working in a rural primary care setting. The majority of this time occurs in one of the rural community partnership areas, either Mountain City or Rogersville. One week is devoted to a “health fair” community experiences with the generalist track students. There is an option to have from 2 – 4 weeks of rural clinical experience in another location where family medicine provides a high concentration of family oriented maternity care and gynecological care experiences. Students are responsible for following patients in one of several primary care sites, and for following patients in non-ambulatory care settings in the community, such as in the emergency room, EMS settings or nursing home. The objectives of the rural clerkship are congruent with those of the generalist Family Medicine and Community Medicine clerkships in the context of a rural setting. Additionally students are required to complete a community project. During this clerkship students learn the approach to the ambulatory diagnosis and management of common problems experienced by rural patients. Housing is provided.

Last Updated: 2/27/2017

M-4 Curriculum

Useful Links and Information

The AAMCs Away Electives Database allows you to search by school, see their home page and visiting student page/requirements, along with contact person and information.

AAMCs VSAS site: Electronic application system used by some schools for applying for visiting electives.

QCOM NBME / USMLE information page provides you with links and general information

Residency Information

BLS Renewal Contact: Certification Classes at Johnson City Medical Center.  Call Organizational Development Office Lana Poser, at 431-7159 to schedule a re-certification date and time.

Questions regarding fourth year scheduling:  Cathy Peeples, M.P.H., Medical Education Coordinator, 423-439-6311 or email

Questions regarding ERAS/NRMP:  Cindy Lybrand, M.Ed., Medical Education Coordinator, email .

Last Updated:  01/24/2017

Quillen College of Medicine's Institutional Educational Objectives serve as a foundation for our undergraduate medical education program and can be found on the Medical Student Education Committee (MSEC) site.

For more information:  423-439-6327.


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