Sewanee, ETSU Quillen College of Medicine Announce New Admissions Pathway

Reflective of a major commitment to give elite students the chance to study medicine, East Tennessee State University’s Quillen College of Medicine has established a new admissions pathway program that will give two qualified seniors from the University of the South in Sewanee guaranteed acceptance to the college.  


As part of the program, each year two graduating seniors from Sewanee who meet certain criteria will be guaranteed acceptance to Quillen. If more than two students meet the criteria, QCOM will select two students to accept, while the others will be guaranteed an interview and be considered for acceptance.  


This pathway will help attract highly qualified applicants to the college, which has invested significantly in increased opportunities for students through new programs and admissions pathways. In addition, students at Quillen are provided with hands-on learning experiences and are able to work in interprofessional teams with other health sciences students through ETSU’s Center for Interprofessional Collaboration.   


“Our college is rooted in training physicians to serve in rural and primary care settings, and this pathway between Quillen and Sewanee will create more opportunity for our graduates to practice in areas served by our institutions,” said Dr. Bill Block, ETSU’s vice president for Clinical Affairs and dean of the Quillen College of Medicine.    


“As an alumnus of the University of the South,” he continued, “I am excited about the potential for enhanced collaboration between our institutions to the betterment of health care in our region and beyond.”  


The Quillen College of Medicine currently has four students who are Sewanee graduates and has seen nine others graduate from Quillen in the last five years.  


Among the criteria students at Sewanee must meet are having a cumulative GPA of 3.6 or above, an MCAT (Medical College Admissions Test) score of 508 or higher, and a letter of recommendation from the Sewanee Pre-Health  Committee. Students must also participate in Sewanee’s Hippocrates Fellows program. 


The program will begin with applicants for the Class of 2028. 


“Our top pre-medical students who have the passion to make change and become leaders in health care are selected for Sewanee's Hippocrates Fellows program,” said Dr. Alyssa Summers, director of Sewanee’s Office of Medical and Health Programs. “I cannot imagine a better place for them to be training than at Quillen College of Medicine. I am excited to begin this partnership that aligns our mission to serve others so perfectly.”


Learn more about Sewanee's medical and health programs—including the Hippocrates Fellowship Programhere.