This blog lists the medical schools in Tennessee including their course requirements and admission statistics. It also outlines some features of the state which you should consider if you are applying to a medical school in Tennessee.


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Tennessee's mild climate, unique geography, and combination of urban and rural areas provide a medical student with exposure to a diverse population and myriad clinical presentations. Tennessee's government has also focused its institutions of higher education on serving their local communities, making this state one to consider for your medical education if you are interested in community service. As a bonus, for all the medical students who also love the arts, Tennessee features vibrant and historic music venues, particularly in Nashville and Memphis.

Medical Schools in Tennessee:

East Tennessee State University James H. Quillen College of Medicine

Founded in 1974, the East Tennessee State University James H. Quillen College of Medicine's mission 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." Each year, approximately 2500 applicants compete for 160 interviews and 50 spots in the MD program. 

 Location: Johnson City, TN

Meharry Medical College - Phoenix

Location: Nashville, TN

Founded in 1876, Meharry Medical College is one of the oldest health science centers in the world and was the first medical school in the South for African Americans. Their mission is to "advance health equity through innovative research, transformative education, exceptional and compassionate health services and policy-influencing thought leadership. True to its legacy, Meharry empowers diverse populations to improve the well-being of humankind."

University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Medicine

Location: Memphis, TN 

The University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Medicine's mission is to "improve the health of Tennesseans and our society as a whole by providing an exceptional and nurturing environment for the education of students and physicians, by contributing to advances in medical science, and by providing health services of the highest quality." Each year, 2200 applicants compete for 450 interviews and 160 spots into the MD program.

Vanderbilt University School of Medicine - Phoenix

Established in 1874, the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine's mission is to "shape a future in which all persons reach their full health potential." Each year, approximately 5800 applicants compete for 650 interviews for 98 positions in the MD program making it extremely competitive.

Location: Nashville, TN

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