Kari Lauderback

Kari Lauderback
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Why Quillen
I chose Quillen for many reasons, and the rural track was a big part of my decision. The rural track gives students the opportunity to see patients during the first semester in rural communities every other week. But it's not only seeing patients, we learn about practicing medicine within a community and about the challenges and joys of practicing in a rural area. Even if you don't choose rural track, the curriculum is patient-centered, and Quillen gives students every opportunity not only to gain the knowledge needed in medicine but to experience what being a good physician for your patients and your community really means. The faculty members are accessible to students, and they often come to the study rooms after class to check on how we are doing and if we have any questions. Above all, I chose Quillen because it was the right place for me. I learned that through Quillen's website, visiting the school, and talking to students and alumni.

Being a Quillen Student
My favorite part about being a student at Quillen is the bond I have been able to form with my classmates. We all take care of each other and want everyone in our class to do well. Quillen encourages teamwork rather than competition, and I find I learn much better and have a more fulfilling experience when working, studying, and interacting with my colleagues. 

Prior Life


Living in Northeast Tennessee
I have always lived in Northeast Tennessee, so it is home to me. The most enjoyable aspect to me is living in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. There are countless opportunities for hiking, mountain biking, fishing, camping, hunting, rock climbing, and backpacking as well as beautiful waterfalls and lakes within an hour of Quillen. There are also decent skiing and snowboarding slopes nearby. Northeast Tennessee experiences all four seasons, and there is nothing like the rainbow of colors here in the fall. Johnson City is not a big City, but there is plenty to do, and there are some great locations just a short drive away.  

Program
MD Rural Primary Care Track (RPCT)


Hometown
J onesborough, TN


Undergraduate School and Major 

Emory & Henry College, Psychology


Specialty/Career Plans
Psychiatry, Pediatrics or Family Medicine


Extracurricular Activities
I am involved in church, and I like the outdoors - hiking, biking, camping, etc.


Marital Status
Married