Letters of Evaluation. The Admissions Committee continues to recommend that you provide us with a pre-professional committee evaluation from your school if one is available to you, but we no longer require it. It is our opinion that a school committee evaluation is the most valuable to us in our deliberations but realize that this is not a viable option for all applicants. If you do not provide a committee evaluation we ask that you provide a minimum of three (3) evaluations from faculty members or advisors who are most familiar with you and who can and will add information about you as a student and a person. Those with information about your academic abilities (especially in the sciences), leadership, problem solving skills, altruism, communication skills or ability to function as a member of a team are most valuable to us.
Note about Letters of Evaluation: Quillen College of Medicine participates in the AMCAS letters process. AMCAS letters is a centralized service that enables medical schools to receive all letters of recommendation/evaluation electronically via the American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS), and enables applicants to have their authors send all letters of recommendation/evaluation to be considered by schools participating in this service to AMCAS rather than to each school. Applicants who have received a request to submit supplemental information should complete the Letters of Evaluation Section of their AMCAS application, print the AMCAS Letter Request Form(s) for their evaluators, assign letters for QCOM on the AMCAS Application Medical Schools tab and resubmit. For more information refer to http://www.aamc.org/students/amcas/faq/amcasletters.htm.
Screening for Interview
After supplemental is complete the committee screens the file again to determine if the applicant will be invited to interview. Invitations to interview are sent via e-mail.
The personal interview is an important part of the admission process. Well-qualified applicants may be invited to visit the college for personal interviews with members of the Admissions Committee. Interviews are held at the request of the Admissions Committee, and all related expenses are the sole responsibility of the applicant. Not all applicants are interviewed, and the invitation to interview does not guarantee or imply any specific action on the part of the Admissions Committee.
Admissions Committee Review
After interviews, complete applications are submitted to the admissions committee for further review. This review usually results in one of three actions: acceptance, termination, or hold for further consideration.
Notice of Acceptance
Acceptance offers are decided by the committee and sent over the Dean's signature.
Maximum Time for Applicant's Response to Accept Offer
Termination of Application
Termination of consideration may occur at any point during the application process. Termination of application letters are mailed.
Applicants who are neither accepted nor terminated by action of the Admissions Committee are placed on "hold" for further consideration. The applicant's information is added to the Hold List according to the ranking score determined by the committee. This list serves as a guide to the committee throughout the year as they work to fill the entering class. Those achieving "hold" status will either be accepted or terminated at a later time at the discretion of the committee.
Deposit to Hold Place in Class
$100 (due with acceptance response and applied to tuition)
Criminal Background Investigation (CBI)
All accepted applicants will be required to undergo a Criminal Background Investigation (CBI) as provided by AMCAS. All acceptances will be contingent on a a favorable evaluation of the results of this CBI. Complete information on this background check and its evaluation may be found in our catalog or at the following link. Criminal Background Investigation Policy.
Requests for Deferred Entrance
Accepted applicants may request deferred entrance into the College of Medicine for a period of one year. This may be accomplished by the applicant addressing a letter to the Admissions Committee requesting deferred matriculation and explaining the reason for the request for later admission. The request will be considered provided it is received at least 30 days prior to the beginning of classes. Such requests should be forwarded to the Office of Student Affairs at the address given under "Contact Information" on this site. Requests for deferred matriculation received less than 30 days before the beginning of classes will not be considered. Deferred applicants are required to complete the AMCAS web application as a deferred matriculant by August 1 for the next entering class. Deferred applicants must agree neither to seek nor accept admission at any other school for the deferred entering class year.
Out of State Applicants
The Quillen College of Medicine is a state-supported school and provides a very heavy preference for state residents. Applications from non-Tennessee residents are strongly discouraged except for those from the Appalachian region who desire a career in primary care medicine and those with outstanding credentials in every respect and a well-focused, documented career goal in the practice of primary care medicine. Well qualified minorities are encouraged to apply regardless of residency.
Residency status for admissions and fee payment purposes is determined at the time of application according to regulations established by the Tennessee Board of Regents (TBR).
A copy of the TBR guidelines for determining residency can be found at http://www.tbr.edu/policies/default.aspx?id=1532.
Advanced Standing Applications
Transfer applications to the Quillen College of Medicine may be accepted from qualified students for admission to the second or third year of the curriculum on a space available basis. The selection of transfer students is highly competitive. In order to qualify, an applicant must have met all requirements for a first-year applicant. In addition, applicants must have successfully completed a curriculum which is acceptable to the Admissions Committee and be "in good standing" with, or eligible to return to, their previous Liaison Committee on Medical Education accredited medical school. Preference for admission will be afforded to qualified residents of Tennessee who are U.S. citizens, and to veterans of U.S. military service. Transfer applicants must have their scores from Step 1 or the USMLE officially reported to the College of Medicine, when available. In order to receive the M.D. degree from East Tennessee State University, a student must complete, at a minimum, the last two full years of study at that institution. Transfer students who are accepted are subject to all rules and regulations of the college and university. Since transfer applications are available only on an extremely limited basis, interested parties are urged to contact the Admissions Office concerning the availability of positions and deadlines for applications.
Reconsideration of Admissions Committee Decisions
The Admissions Committee makes every effort to consider all available information in making any admissions decision. It is the policy of the committee that it will not review or reconsider any admissions decision unless significant new information is brought to light which was not available at the time of the original decision. The Admissions Committee also solely reserves the right to determine the significance of any new information presented. Requests for reconsideration are rarely granted.