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East Tennessee State University James H. Quillen College of Medicine
East Tennessee State University James H. Quillen College of Medicine
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  • Year founded: 1974
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East Tennessee State University James H. Quillen College of Medicine (ETSU-QCOM)
Allopathic Medical School
Johnson City
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  • SDN RANKING 3
  • INTERVIEW FEEDBACK 4 81 Responses
  • SCHOOL REVIEWS - 0 Responses

Overview

Overview

School Stats

  • Resident Tuition $31,566
  • Non - Resident Tuition $32,776
  • Application Fee $50
  • AVG MCAT 505
  • AVG GPA 3.7
  • LIZZYM Score 65.2

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Admissions Information

  • Office of Admissions
  • PO Box 70580
  • Johnson City 37614
  • United States

School Overview

School Info

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.

Curriculum

In general, the core curriculum is the same for both tracks. With the exception of the rural track experiences (RPCT), all courses in the basic sciences years are at one site. Medical students apply and 25 percent are accepted to the RPCT. For these students, the RPCT offers the students one day a week of educational activities in a rural site but does not compromise the students' exposure to core curricular content.During the junior year, the RPCT students have a four-month clerkship experience anchored in one of two rural communities. The remaining eight months are composed of the same core clerkships offered to the non-RPCT students, although some are of shorter length. Medical students in both the PRCT and the non-RPCT (generalist) courses and clerkships receive equivalent experiences.

Facilities

Major Ambulatory Care Facilities: ETSU Physicians and Associates (includes over 40 specialties of medicine), ETSU Family Medicine (three regional sites), ETSU Cancer Center, St. Jude/Tri-Cities Affiliate, ETSU Heart, and ETSU Osteoporosis Center.

Interview Feedback

Interview Feedback

Results Overview

How did the interview impress you?

Response # Responders
Positively 71
Negatively 6
No change 0

What was the stress level of the interview?

Response Avg # Responders
3.06 80

0 = low, 10 = high

How you think you did?

Response Avg # Responders
7.76 63

0 = low, 10 = high

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What are your suggestions for the admissions office?

"More interaction with faculty would be appreciated. Not a deal breaker, but would love to have met more than 2 professors during a 0930-1600 interview day." More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing - the office clearly had their act together. Impressed." More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing. They made me feel completely comfortable and were open to any questions I asked. I absolutely loved the process." More from this Member | Report Response

"None. Y'all (still trying to use that word more frequently in every day conversation) did fantastic!!!" More from this Member | Report Response

"None. They did a perfect job of keeping us calm and made us feel like part of the ETSU family." More from this Member | Report Response

"Give students more notice. For those working, a 5-day notice of interview can be too short to be abl" More from this Member | Report Response

"Everything from the admissions office was great. They were friendly, responsive, and let us know wha" More from this Member | Report Response

"None really, they were great." More from this Member | Report Response

"None. The admissions office has been extremely helpful." More from this Member | Report Response

What is one of the specific questions they asked you (question 1)?

"As a father and husband, how will (do) you handle stress?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you like to do for fun?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Is there anything that scares about being a doctor?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you think is a big health issue today?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What are some of the greatest problems we are facing in healthcare today?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why you?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Is there anything that scares you about being a doctor?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What should I tell the admissions committee about you?" More from this Member | Report Response

"An ethical question all basically summed up in, "What will you do as a physician if the advice/treatment plan you give to a patient is not accepted or implemented?" That is, if you were to tell him to stop drinking and smoking, get more exercise, etc., and next time you see him he hasn't done any of it. How do you respond?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why did you choose medicine?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What are 5 words that describe you?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How do you feel about preventative medicine?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How will you balance the difficulty of medical school with your life outside of it?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How do you understand other people's values?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How will your research experience contribute to your work in medicine?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why do you want to become a doctor?" More from this Member | Report Response

"(Open file but only partial - no grades/ MCAT) Why ETSU?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why do physicians have twice the suicide and depression then the general population?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why do you want to go into medicine?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Biggest problem facing healthcare" More from this Member | Report Response

"What made you interested in Medicine? Tell me about your family. " More from this Member | Report Response

"Who are you?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why do I want to practice medicine?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Do you know the origin of your hometown's name? (The interviewer had grown up in the same area that I was from, so we talked a little bit about common experiences and places that we knew. There seemed to be a heavy emphasis on making sure that I was connected to TN)" More from this Member | Report Response

"Use 5 adjectives to describe yourself." More from this Member | Report Response

"tell me about your volunteer experiences" More from this Member | Report Response

"How did your undergrad prepare you for med school?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why medicine?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you think are the pros and cons of medicine?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Situation; a colleague won't perform a necessary procedure (that you can't perform) because he's afraid he won't get paid. How do you handle this?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How do you make and difficult decision? Have you ever made one that you regret and how did you deal with it." More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you do to relieve stress?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you feel is your personal responsibility to other people?" More from this Member | Report Response

"USMLE practice question. If you get one of these questions (multiple choice question with about 8 answers), you won't know how to answer it, so just stay calm and talk about how you are reasoning though it. The interviewer just wants to see how you think through a practice question." More from this Member | Report Response

"It's been to long for me to remember" More from this Member | Report Response

"How did you get to this point in your life?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about yourself." More from this Member | Report Response

"How do you deal with conflict among a group of your peers?" More from this Member | Report Response

"why X specialty?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What is the mechanisim of HIV infection and describe specific treatments?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Give me an example of one your activities that demonstrates devotion and commitment." More from this Member | Report Response

"What experiences have you done in the medical field?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you like to do outside of medicine?" More from this Member | Report Response

"See the other SDN interview reports on this school." More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about yourself?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What book are you reading right now?" More from this Member | Report Response

"I am in my last year of law school, so i had lots of questions on why i wanted to go to med school and how my law degree could help me." More from this Member | Report Response

"Interview 1: Began with discussion of family history and TN. Jumped into the science, disease questions (see above). What about the immigrants, followed with a little politics, and discussions of the necessity of having a second language. At the end, the interviewer turned and said "I've really enjoyed spending this hour with you and getting to know you. I hope to see you here next Fall." That seemed very kind after the 30 minute science grilling. So, I must have done alright." More from this Member | Report Response

"What was the hardest class you had in college and how did you adjust in order to get through it?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why do you want to be a doctor?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about your family." More from this Member | Report Response

"(I had two seperate interviews) Give me a brief overview of yourself. What do you think of the war in Iraq? Women in the military? The job of the President? Do you believe in Euthanisia? Should it be legalized? Would you give a letal dose to a terminally ill patient? How will you pay for school? " More from this Member | Report Response

"What are your views on spirituality in medicine?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What type of physician do you want to be?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why do you want to attend ETSU? What draws you to be interested in primary care?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about an instance in which you overcame adversity." More from this Member | Report Response

"Why ETSU?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What is it about ETSU that makes you want to come here?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you believe is the biggest difference between your generation and past generations?" More from this Member | Report Response

"If there were 5 other students like you, why should we pick you to go here?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about yourself? (Both of my interviews started with this question. The rest of the questions were built off of the answer to the one above.)" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why this school? " More from this Member | Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"Fill in the blank: Thou shalt not __________ (completely open ended)" More from this Member | Report Response

"Finish this sentence: "Thou shalt not ________."" More from this Member | Report Response

"In your shadowing and volunteering experience, have you ever observed a physician do or say something that you didn't agree with?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What more do you want me to know about you?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you like to cook?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What will you NOT like about being a doctor?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Is there a disease that particularly interests you?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Have you read any good books lately?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What will be the greatest challenge you face as a doctor? What will be the greatest challenge you face as a medical student?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about your personal statement." More from this Member | Report Response

"Is there anything on your record you'd like to explain prior to me looking at your file? What role do you think doctors have in the community? Do we as doctors have other obligations?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How do you expect medicine to frustrate you?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What does curiosity lend to medicine?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Q3" More from this Member | Report Response

"A lot of ethical questions - what if patient was not compliant? what if your referring physician rejected your patient? what if your colleague physician stopped sending patients to you? etc... (at the end this interviewer asked me series of questions which took about 30 min total)" More from this Member | Report Response

"Role models?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Question 1." More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about your childhood and family relationships." More from this Member | Report Response

"Why do you want to go into medicine?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Freshman question above" More from this Member | Report Response

"If I had 10 of your friends here, what would they say about you?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you think about the political candidates?" More from this Member | Report Response

"If ten of your friends were in this room, what would they said they liked about you? What would is something you do they would say makes them angry?" More from this Member | Report Response

"If I was a fruit what would I be?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Would you do some hiking in the mountains in this area if you attended this school? (A follow-up to what I had previously said about enjoying outdoor activities.)" More from this Member | Report Response

"Who is your mentor?" More from this Member | Report Response

"I defend you in front of the committee. What would you like me to make sure they DON'T see?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Ethical question about end of life situation and treatment." More from this Member | Report Response

"::Long description of the really awful parts of medicine:: What makes you think you can handle that? And why would you ever want to?" More from this Member | Report Response

"List the pros and cons of medicine." More from this Member | Report Response

"Lets imagine you are an ill patient at your current point in life, and at the same time you are a doctor (back from the future). Would you let the doctor you treat the ill patient you?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What are the best and worst things that have ever happened to you?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Are you in a relationship?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What would you do with the American health care system if you were queen for the day?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you feel is your personal responsibility to other people?" More from this Member | Report Response

"A doctor that interviewed me gave me an ethical situation that involved him and his family and asked if I thought that he had done the right thing." More from this Member | Report Response

"Was asked about my high school activities, which stumped me, being almost 4 years ago." More from this Member | Report Response

"1. What word would your close friends use to describe you? 2. What was the last book you read? " More from this Member | Report Response

"Has your family lived in Tennessee long?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Would you be willing to start a nonprofit healthcare organization here? (specific to my interests)" More from this Member | Report Response

"Should doctors be trusted as much as they are?" More from this Member | Report Response

"There wasn't any unusual questions asked, it was very conversational." More from this Member | Report Response

"Why do you want to do X specialty?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What is a racemic mixture?" More from this Member | Report Response

"My interviewer pulled out a question from a past step one exam and asked me to tell him the answer. It was multiple choice, but there were 10 choices so I crashed and burned. I felt such pressure that I had to read the question several times to comprehend it, but I still didn't know half of the vocabulary. The guy couldn't let it go, though. I struggled over that stupid question for 10 minutes." More from this Member | Report Response

"Where do you see yourself in 10 years? If a patient needed a test, but he was unable to pay for it and his insurance company would not cover the cost of the test, what would you do?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Where do you see yourself in ten years?" More from this Member | Report Response

"None really." More from this Member | Report Response

"Why did you choose Quillen College of Medicine?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Do you have a boyfriend?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Both interviews were just open conversations where the interviewers tried to learn if you could hold a conversation and look for your motivation to be a physician" More from this Member | Report Response

"For me, none were really bizarre or interesting. Then again, I like to talk so I'm used to "interesting" questions, so maybe I didn't notice. :)" More from this Member | Report Response

"Do you have a girlfriend?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you consider to be negligence in the medical profession?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you think about Johnson City being 97% W.A.S.P.?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How do you feel about memorizing things?" More from this Member | Report Response

"If you could go back in time and change any one event, what would it be?" More from this Member | Report Response

"what has been your most difficult life experince?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How do you think your MPH can be utilized as a physician? How about a primary care physician?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What types of books do you read?" More from this Member | Report Response

"We talked about spirituality and medicine and the hardships of being a doctor." More from this Member | Report Response

"I got a situational/cross-cultural question that was rather strange." More from this Member | Report Response

"If you were to walk in someone's shoes for one day who would you pick and why?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How did you start clogging?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Describe a situation in which you overcame adversity." More from this Member | Report Response

"Why do you want to ruin the next eight years of your life by going to medical school?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you believe is the biggest difference between your generation and past generations?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Case: An 88 year old Catholic woman is bleading to death. She is not conscious enough to make decisions. Her power of attorney is her daughter who is a Jehovah's witness. The pateient needs a blood transfusion. What she is aked about a blood transfusion, she says that the doctor should consult her daughter. The daughter says that she doesn't want her mother to go to hell. What would you do since the Catholic belief does not prohibit blood transfusions?" More from this Member | Report Response

"I had an accident a while back so they asked me a lot of questions about how that affected my decision to enter medicine." More from this Member | Report Response

""You say you aren't in this for the money. How will you feel about that in your residency when you realize you make about 3$ an hour?"" More from this Member | Report Response

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