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 http://www.uthsc.edu/finance/bursar/colleges_fee_information.php with additional information regarding estimated cost of attendance at http://www.uthsc.edu/finaid/coa.php.
Book, Computer and Equipment Expenses
Outside of certain college expenses where cost is “fixed,” the most expensive single item that students face is the purchase of books - required or recommended. Following are suggested guidelines regarding the purchase of textbooks:
- Wait to buy any textbook until the instructor has been consulted or has held a class.
- Consider buying used textbooks from bulletin board notices or the Medical Student Executive Council (MSEC) book sale at the beginning of each term.
- Consult upperclassmen for advice on textbooks and about the possibility of borrowing/buying their books.
- 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 $590 each. Step 2 CS costs $1,250, 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. Student should anticipate registration fees. Most of the costs related to securing a residency is 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.