The Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development predicts that demand for physicians and surgeons in the state will increase by 15 percent to 26 percent from 2006 through 2016. A small number of private and public universities in the state have medical schools that grant Medical Doctor (M.D.) degrees and qualify graduates for a license to practice medicine in Tennessee. Some of Tennessee's medical schools are among the top-rated medical colleges in the country.

Vanderbilt School of Medicine

The Vanderbilt School of Medicine's campus in Nashville is home to approximately 425 medical students. In 2010, "U.S. News & World Report" rated the private, nonsectarian institution 15th in research and 42nd in primary care among all medical schools in the United States. Each year, the college admits 5 percent to 9 percent of applicants, according to the school's website. Those admitted can spend their first two years participating in traditional coursework or can opt to pursue an independent study curriculum under the supervision of the medical school faculty. In addition to the traditional M.D. degree, the college offers joint programs that allow students to graduate with secondary graduate-level degrees, such as a doctorate in medical science, Doctor of Jurisprudence, Master's in Business Administration, Master of Public Health or Master of Divinity or Theological Sciences.

Vanderbilt School of Medicine 21st Avenue South and Garland Avenue Nashville, TN 37232 615-322-2145 medschool.vanderbilt.edu

University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Medicine

The University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Medicine has about 620 medical students. The public institution in Memphis received 78th place for research and 79th place for personal care in 2010 from "U.S. News." The college admits roughly 12 percent of applicants. The first two years of the program cover preventive medicine, community-based health care, science, anatomy and diagnoses. Students then spend two years completing clinical rotations in Memphis, Knoxville and Chattanooga in family medicine, obstetrics, pediatrics, surgery and patient safety. The college also offers a joint M.D. and doctorate in medical science.

University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Medicine 910 Madison Ave. Suite 1002 Memphis, TN 38163 901-448-5559 uthsc.edu/Medicine

East Tennessee State University James H. Quillen College of Medicine

The James H. Quillen College of Medicine at East Tennessee State University in Johnson City has an enrollment of about 250 medical students. In 2010, the public college ranked 46th in primary care and did not rank in terms of research in the "U.S. News" ratings. The college receives more than 1,000 applications annually, selects half for interviews and admits around 6 percent, explains the college's website. Tennessee residents receive preference and discounted rates. The program focuses on primary care and rural medicine with students completing many of their clinical placements working with patients in underserved areas.

East Tennessee State University James H. Quillen College of Medicine P.O. Box 70694 Johnson City, TN 37614 423-439-2033 com.etsu.edu