University of Tennessee Medical: The Traditional Choice in Medicine

November 25, 2013
Jennifer Marsh

University of Tennessee Medical College is the oldest public graduate school in the nation. The school has two locations in Chattanooga and Memphis. The college aims to help students whose primary focus is surgery and internal medicine.File:Utmc heart hospital.jpg

  • University of Tennessee College of Medicine has 190 students enrolled in graduate programs.
  • The college has core clerkships for students interested in obstetrics, gynecology and surgery.
  • The cost for full-time students is $31, 432 for in-state transfers. For out-of-state prospective students, the costs are $62, 292.
  • The average GPA for accepted, enrolled students is 3.68 and the average MCAT graduate test score is 29.
  • Students enrolled in the graduate medical education program are paid through the university during internship, and the school pays for insurance and liability.

Student Culture and Campus Life

The University of Tennessee Medical School is a less competitive school 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.

What’s unique about this college is its Erlanger Health System. Finding your way around campus can be difficult for first year students. This system is an interactive, real-time map system that helps students find their way to class quickly and create an itinerary for class schedules.

Student’s Perspective

Even graduate students need some time off, and University of Tennessee is placed next to several good eats, coffee 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 the Tennessee Aquarium, Lookout Mountain, Rock City and Ruby Falls. Chattanooga also has 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.

Career Placement and Advising

Every doctor must find the right internship and residency program before he can officially practice. University of Tennessee’s career advising offers a way for students to find the right program in its clerkship placement. Clerkship starts in junior year, and students can continue their rotation throughout senior year.

Advisors also help place students in fellowship programs which include surgery, hospice medicine, neuro-sciences, vascular surgery and gynecology.


Jennifer Marsh I've personally taken the GRE and MCAT tests. I'm currently studying for the PCAT, because I am not sure if I want to go into a biotech graduate program (GRE) or pharmacy school (PCAT). Medical school is too expensive, so I have decided not to apply to medical schools. I'm familiar with the tests, preparation, the practice exams, and the preliminary courses one should study before taking the tests.

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