Medical School Information
The primary mission of the Quillen College of Medicine is to educate future physicians, especially those with an interest in primary care, to practice in underserved rural communities. In addition, the College is committed to excellence in biomedical research and is dedicated to the improvement of health care in Northeast Tennessee and the surrounding Appalachian Region. It endeavors to meet community and regional health needs by identification, creation, and execution of the necessary programs through utilization of its diverse resources. The college is a major health care provider for East Tennessee. In view of this responsibility, the college emphasizes primary care as the focus of medical practice and training programs.
Rural health and interprofessional care are emphases of the educational program with all students participating in either the elective Rural Primary Care Track or the required Community Medicine Clerkship.
The first two years of the curriculum consists primarily of foundational sciences and basic clinical skills with limited clinical preceptorships.
The third year is comprised of seven required clerkships:
- Community Medicine (six weeks),
- Family Medicine (six weeks),
- Internal Medicine (eight weeks),
- Obstetrics and Gynecology (six weeks),
- Pediatrics(six weeks),
- Psychiatry (six weeks),
- Surgery (eight weeks),
- and Elective (2 weeks).
Students electing to participate in the Rural Primary Care Track substitute the Rural Primary Care Clerkship (twelve weeks) for Community Medicine and Family Medicine.
The fourth year includes three required selectives each of four weeks duration:
- ambulatory care,
- inpatient subinternship,
- and critical care
- along with eighteen weeks of elective and the required three week transition to residency course – the Keystone Course.
The school complies with AAMC “Guidelines for Medical Schools Regarding Academic Transcripts”.
Courses are grades on either an A/B/C/F graded scale or a pass/fail scale. Additionally each A/B/C/F graded course submits a grade on a 100 point scale. Class rank is based on the numeric grades and pass/fail grades do not contribute to class rank. Grades are awarded as follows: A > 90%, B >80%, C > 70%, F < 70%.
Taking and passing USMLE Step 1 and both components of USMLE Step 2 are graduation requirements. Students may not be promoted to the fourth year without a passing score on Step 1.
Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs) are included throughout the first three years of the curriculum. A competency OSCE is required at the beginning of the third year. Students failing this exam participate in an individualized remediation program during the third and must pass a repeat exam before promotion to the fourth year.
Narrative evaluation is provided in selected courses in the first two years and in all clinical clerkships.
The Medical School Performance Evaluation is developed based on student academic and professional performance and individual student interviews. Students are invited to submit information for inclusion in the noteworthy characteristics of the letter and are permitted to review the final version of the letter for correction of errors prior to transmission to ERAS.
Projected time to degree completion for the 71 students in graduating Class of 2018: 91.6% graduating in 4 years; 5.6% graduating in 5 years (includes those who completed an MPH program); 1.4% graduating in 6 years; 1.4% graduating in more than 6 years
Further information may be obtained by contacting
Office of Academic Affairs
Quillen College of Medicine
East Tennessee State University
East Tennessee State University
Johnson City, TN 37614
Phone – 423-49-8005
FAX – 423-439-8004