East Tennessee State University (Quillen)

Address

Assistant Dean for Admissions and Records / James H. Quillen College of Medicine / P.O. Box 70580 / Johnson City, TN USA 37614

Overview

Savvy Rank
The Savvy Rank is a combination of admissions selectivity (MCAT, GPA, acceptance rate), research ranking, and primary care ranking.
111
School Type
Whether the school confers an MD or DO degree, is an international (Intl) school for Americans or is a Canadian (CA) school
MD
Public/Private
Public
Year Founded
1974
US News Rank - Research
94-122
US News Rank - Primary Care
75
Cost
Out-of-state tuition, from cheap ($) to obscenely expensive ($$$$$)
$$$$
Weather Rating
How nice is the weather, from crappy () to excellent ()
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City Size
< 500K

Getting In

Median GPA
3.8
Median MCAT
509
Research Rating
A combination of factors to show the school's research ranking and research opportunities, from very little research () to lots ()
Out-of-State Rating
Whether the school is very out-of-state friendly (), somewhat friendly (), not friendly (), or in-state only ()
International Friendly
How friendly the school is toward international applicants
No
Med School Class Size
Class sizes range from 40 students to 400
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Application
AMCAS
Letters of Rec Required
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Secondary Essays

Secondary Essay Difficulty
How many essays, how long, and how unusual the prompts, from easy () to brutal ()
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Screen Before Secondaries
Does the school read your primary before sending a secondary?
Yes
Typical Secondary Release Date
When does a school usually release its secondary relative to other med schools (though it may vary from year to year)?
Late
Secondary Fee
$50
Other Tests
CASPer

Interviews

Interview Type
Interview Invites Begin
Interview Format
MMI - Multiple Mini Interview; Traditional - two-way conversation
Traditional
Accepts Updates?
Does the school accept update letters?

Secondary Essay Prompts

Essay Topics ('22-'23)

1. What makes you interested in Quillen? Discuss your perceptions on how attending Quillen would align with your future goals and your hopes for how it will shape you into the physician you want to become. (1500 characters)

2. Social justice, systemic racism, and equity for all have been at the forefront of national conversations. Quillen College of Medicine recognizes that many barriers still exist for persons of color and those from historically underrepresented communities. As a physician you will have opportunities to foster an environment of change for your patients and community. Please share with us your reflections on how your life experiences have impacted the development of your values and attitudes toward others, particularly those with backgrounds or values different from your own. (1500 characters)

3. Applicant choice. Please select only one of the following questions to answer. Be sure to indicate your choice by starting with the number associated with the question: (1500 characters)

a. There is no doubt that the level of stress brought on by medical schools can impact a student's mental health and emotional well-being. Discuss the ways you plan to manage your own health and well-being during medical school.

b. Describe an experience you have had during your life that has given you a unique understanding of human suffering and what did you learn from this experience?

c. Use this space to tell the committee anything else about yourself that you have not had the opportunity to present elsewhere in your application

Essay Topics ('21-'22)

1. What obstacles have you faced gaining experiences important to your medical school application and what were your solutions? (1500 characters)

2. Social justice, systemic racism, and equity for all have been at the forefront of national conversations. Quillen College of Medicine recognizes that many barriers still exist for persons of color and those from historically underrepresented communities. As a physician you will have opportunities to foster an environment of change for your patients and community. Please share with us your reflections on how your life experiences have impacted the development of your values and attitudes toward others, particularly those with backgrounds or values different from your own. (3000 characters)

3. Discuss how your attitudes and perceptions will help foster a positive learning environment while in medical school and how they will benefit your future patients through the practice of medicine. (1500 characters)

Essay Topics (’20 – ’21)

1. What about Quillen makes it a good fit for you, and what makes you a good fit for Quillen? (750 characters)

2. How has the COVID-19 pandemic changed what you think medical school should prepare you to do? (750 characters)

3. Describe a personal challenge from which you learned something of enduring value. Explain how you think that will influence your medical education and career. (750 characters)

Essay Topics ('19-'20)

1. Why do you believe training at Quillen College of Medicine would be of particular benefit to you? (750 characters)

2. Why is the primary care physician important in today's world? (750 characters)

3. How will your background, life experiences, and so forth, affect the way you choose your future practice of medicine? (750 characters)

4. What do you view as the largest health issue(s) impacting rural or underserved communities? (750 characters)

5. Apart from treating patients, physicians play important roles in their community. What roles would you see yourself playing in the community you will eventually serve?


Essay Topics ('18-'19)

1. The AMCAS application is not designed to capture unique, special, or unusual circumstances. With this in mind, what other information would help the Admissions Committee obtain a more comprehensive picture of your candidacy?

2. If there have been breaks in your school attendance since high school, or if you ever carried less than a full-time course load in college, or if you took more than four years to finish college, what did you choose to do with the time and why?

3. What endeavors other than medicine have you abandoned or postponed in order to pursue your current path, and how did you make those decisions?

4. Why would you be a good fit for Quillen?

Essay Topics ('17 - '18)
1. The AMCAS application is not designed to capture unique, special, or unusual circumstances. With this in mind, what other information would help the Admissions Committee obtain a more comprehensive picture of your candidacy?

2. If there have been breaks in your school attendance since high school, or if you ever carried less than a full-time course load in college, or if you took more than four years to finish college, what did you choose to do with the time and why?

3. What endeavors other than medicine have you abandoned or postponed in order to pursue your current path, and how did you make those decisions?

4. Why would you be a good fit for Quillen?


Essay Topics ('16 - '17)

1. The AMCAS application is not designed to capture unique, special, or unusual circumstances. With this in mind, what other information would help the Admissions Committee obtain a more comprehensive picture of your candidacy?

2. If there have been breaks in your school attendance since high school, or if you ever carried less than a full-time course load in college, or if you took more than four years to finish college, what did you choose to do with the time and why?

3. What endeavors other than medicine have you abandoned or postponed in order to pursue your current path, and how did you make those decisions?

4. Why would you be a good fit for Quillen?


Essay Topics ('15 - '16)

1. The AMCAS application is not designed to capture unique, special, or unusual circumstances. With this in mind, what other information would help the Admissions Committee obtain a more comprehensive picture of your candidacy?

2. If there have been breaks in your school attendance since high school, or if you ever carried less than a full-time course load in college, or if you took more than four years to finish college, what did you choose to do with the time and why?

3. What endeavors other than medicine have you abandoned or postponed in order to pursue your current path, and how did you make those decisions?

4. Why would you be a good fit for Quillen?


Essay Topics ('14 - '15)

1. The AMCAS application is not designed to capture unique, special, or unusual circumstances. With this in mind, what other information would help the Admissions Committee obtain a more comprehensive picture of your candidacy?

2. If there have been breaks in your school attendance since high school, or if you ever carried less than a full-time course load in college, or if you took more than four years to finish college, what did you choose to do with the time and why?

3. What endeavors other than medicine have you abandoned or postponed in order to pursue your current path, and how did you make those decisions?

4. Why would you be a good fit for Quillen?


Essay Topics ('13 - '14)

1. "I will remember that there is art to medicine as well as science, and that warmth, sympathy, and understanding may outweigh the surgeon's knife or the chemist's drug." Without summarizing the literal meaning of this statement, explain what it means to you personally.

2. Two 18 year old boys suffer a badly broken leg on the football field. One is the son of a well-insured businessman, and the other the son of a divorced, convenience store clerk with no health insurance. Both require orthopedic care and follow up. When the insured father calls for ortho appointments, they gladly schedule his son in the next day or so. When the uninsured mom calls for ortho appointments, the office tells her that the next "free clinic" visit they have open is in two weeks, or she could come to the office with $350.00 cash for the initial visit, which she does not have. As a future physician, how will you be a part of the solution to the problem highlighted by this scenario?

3. To which historical figure do you think would you relate well and why?

4. What, other than your faith, family, and career, do you value most and why?

5. People often respond to stress in very different ways based on past experiences and/or personality traits. Whether it be a single, devastating event or a lengthy battle, please describe a stressful experience you have endured and what measures you took to handle it.

6. If overwhelming tragedy were to fall on you today, how would you get through it? Upon whom do you lean when things get unbearably tough?

7. The Quillen College of Medicine routinely receives several hundred applications each year from well-qualified applicants. Please use this space to explain why we should consider you above these other applicants.

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