Tuition, Fees and Estimated Cost of Attendance
The Bursar’s Office is a unit of the UTHSC Office of Finance and Administration. The mission of the Bursar’s Office is to serve the student community by providing assistance with receivable accounts and various other financial activities. The Bursar’s Office also functions as the central depository for the UTHSC. Information about tuition and fees for the individual programs in the College of Medicine may be found at https://www.uthsc.edu/finance/bursar/fees.php with additional information regarding estimated cost of attendance at http://www.uthsc.edu/finaid/coa.php.
Study Guides, Computers and Equipment Expenses
Outside of certain college expenses where cost is “fixed”, the single most expensive item that students face is the purchase of additional study guide materials, such as “Sketchy Micro”, Crush Step 1, First Aid, and UWorld Question Bank. The COM purchases some of these resources, such as an interactive question bank from Scholar Rx, for first and second year students. Others may be available at reduced costs through individual class group purchases, but other resources are purchased on an individual basis. Recommendations for incoming students include:
- Consult upperclassmen for advice for appropriate study guide resources.
- For textbooks, check the Health Sciences Library (HSL) website. The HSL offers a number of electronic resources, journal and textbooks at no charge (http://library.uthsc.edu/).
Students may access the required books for any and all the courses in their professional program by going to the following link to the Bookstore on the UTHSC website: www.uthsc.bncollege.com.
Students are required to purchase certain clinical equipment as outlined in the website for use in M1- M4 courses (http://www.uthsc.edu/Medicine/medicaleducation/students/instrument_list.php).
All incoming students to the UT Health Science Center College of Medicine are required to have a laptop computer that is capable of access to the Internet. The College of Medicine provides students with access to campus-based computer labs, but due to the use of technology in the teaching and clinical settings, it is necessary for students to have their own computers.
Students who plan to use their current laptop computers must ensure the equipment meets the minimum requirements outlined in the technical standards section in this bulletin to allow for adequate connectivity to UT systems. Newly-purchased laptop computers should meet the minimum recommendations. Computers must have programs capable of network connection to the Internet, and of performing basic functions in word processing, spreadsheet calculations, multimedia (imaging, video, and sound) and e-mail. Students are also advised to purchase a printer. An Audience Response device (clicker) is required for classroom use. Costs of a computer and software are included in financial aid budgets. In addition, we recommend students consider purchasing a tablet computer (iPad, Android, etc.). Computer specifications can be found at http://www.uthsc.edu/Medicine/medicaleducation/computer_requirement.php.
National Board Exams
All students are required to register passing scores on the United States Medical Licensure Exams (USMLE). Students will take USMLE Step 1, USMLE Step 2 CK (Clinical Knowledge), and USMLE Step 2 CS (Clinical Skills) exams. Step 1 and Step 2 CK exams currently cost $630 each. Step 2 CS costs $1,290, plus the cost for travel and overnight lodging at one of the five national Clinical Skills Evaluation Collaboration (CSEC) testing centers (http://www.usmle.org/step-2-cs/#testcenters).
Fourth-year medical students participate in the National Residency Match Program (NRMP) to secure a residency position. The National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) is a private, not-for-profit corporation established to provide a uniform date of appointment to positions in graduate medical education (GME) in the United States. Applying for residency consists of two fee-based components. The Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) charges $99 for the first 10 applications. The cost of additional applications follows a graded fee schedule (https://students-residents.aamc.org/financial-aid/article/cost-applying-medical-residency/). The NRMP allows for the submission of up to 20 ranked programs on the primary list for a fee of $85. Additional submissions are at a cost of $30 per program. Additional costs related to securing a residency are associated with interviewing. In addition to travel and accommodations, there are incidental expenses that will be incurred - everything from the cost of cabs to attire and meals.
Medical Student Medical Liability Insurance Coverage
Medical students enrolled in the UTHSC COM have liability insurance for clinical activities performed while under the direction of UT faculty (regular and clinical faculty) and/or residents. Medical students are also covered if enrolled in preapproved visiting electives at outside institutions. Medical students are not covered for clinical activities performed outside UTHSC or under the supervision of non-University faculty or residents.