Physicians improve and maintain the overall health of their patients. They work both to diagnose and treat disease or injury and to prevent disease. They obtain a patient's case history, do physical exams and may order a wide range of medical tests in order for an accurate diagnosis to be made.
Allopathic medical schools in Tennessee:
- James H. Quillen College of Medicine at East Tennessee State University
- The University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC)
- Meharry Medical College
- Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
A book, entitled Medical School Admissions Requirements is available in the Biology, Geology and Environmental Sciences Department Office and lists requirements for all medical schools in the U.S. and Canada.
The basic entrance requirements of the College of Medicine of the University of Tennessee, Memphis are fairly representative of the majority of medical schools and consist of:
- 8 SH - General Biology (BIOL 1110/1110L, 1120/1120L)
- 8 SH - Inorganic Chemistry (CHEM 1110/1110L, 1120/1120L)
- 8 SH - Organic Chemistry (CHEM 3010/3010L, 3020/3020L)
- 8 SH - Physics (PHYS 1030/1030L, 1040/1040L)
- 6 SH - English Comp and Lit – (e.g. ENGL 1010, 1020)
- 52 SH - Electives
- 90 SH - Total hours f required courses in addition to hours required to complete a degree
Biology, Chemistry, and Physics must include laboratory hours. Non-laboratory classes do not count toward these requirements. It is recommended that students take several courses from the following: comparative anatomy, vertebrate embryology, vertebrate physiology, cell biology, genetics, and microbiology. Strongly recommended chemistry courses include analytical, physical, biochemistry, or chemical instrumentation. Calculus, behavioral and social sciences, as well as computer science courses, are highly recommended. It is desirable that elective hours be selected from philosophy, history, political science, literature, etymology, and foreign language. The latter are all important components of the B.S. degree in Biology. Students should complete their degrees before entrance into medical school.
Pre-medical students should apply to medical schools during the junior year. In addition, students should also plan on taking the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) in the spring of the junior year. Registration information is available online.
The MCAT is not an aptitude test, but rather an achievement test. Proper preparation for the test is extremely important. MCAT publications to help students include: See the MCAT website to purchase study materials. Additional publications are available at local bookstores.
To obtain a copy of the AAMC’s Medical School Admissions Requirements in the United States and Canada contact:
Pre-medical students should seek a balance between science and non-science courses. When medical schools evaluate applications, a candidate's extracurricular activities and communications skills are evaluated. Volunteer or work experience in the health field is also very important. While in premedical training, students should do some of the following: volunteer at a hospital or nursing home, shadow a physician, and gain some clinical experience. Students also need to be aware of current ethical and social issues. Problems that a physician may encounter when dealing with HMO's and Tenn Care should be carefully considered.
Medical Schools are now putting increased emphasis on you as a person in at least one interview. Often, one interview will be blind with reference to your academic background. You need to sell yourself as a person with a wide range of interests, hobbies and community activities.
American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS)
Association of American Medical Colleges
2450 N Street, N.W., Suite 201
Washington, DC 20037-1131
Phone: (202) 828-0600