Hometown Kingsport, TN
Undergraduate School and Major East Tennessee State University, B.S. Chemistry Minor in Humanities
Specialty / Career Plans As of now, I am interested in Internal Medicine/Interventional Cardiology, but I am keeping an open mind.
Marital Status Single
I could never imagine myself at any other medical school than Quillen. The very first day of class I felt like I had joined a new family. The intimacy of the small class size encourages interaction between professors/faculty and students. Professors know you by name and are available to assist with anything. Faculty and classmates lift students up and provide the support you need for success. I could not imagine studying medicine in a more supportive environment where everyone is engaged in your personal learning.
Being a Quillen Student
Life is great as a Quillen student. The small class size allows interaction and camaraderie between classmates and also with professors. A typical day consists of going to class at 8 am until 3-5 pm. The rest of the day depends on your priorities and how you manage your time. Some people will study as soon as we get out of class then take personal time for the rest of the night; others will take a break right after class for working out and other personal interests then study at night. We have access to the building 24/7; therefore, you can come and go as you please. Studying usually intensifies right before an exam, but right after exams, people spend time with family, friends, and classmates in order to decompress and get prepared for the next section.
Life Outside the Classoom
It is often difficult to find time to get involved outside the classroom, but you have to force yourself to step away and make time for other activities. There is always studying you could be doing; however, you have to have a life outside of school. Some students get involved in free health clinics, working out, spending time with loved ones, rock climbing, and doing activities that they personally enjoy. Interests groups are other common activities students participate in during the week.
Living in Northeast Tennessee
Northeast Tennessee is one of the most beautiful areas in the country. There are plenty of outdoor activities such as trail hiking, rafting, mountain biking, etc. Johnson City has a big town feel with small town Southern charm. There are plenty of restaurants, shopping, etc. without the traffic problems seen in "big cities". It is a relatively safe city with a good environment to raise a family.
Words of Wisdom
Make sure your heart is in it! Medical school can be overwhelming and frustrating but very exciting at the same time if it is the right career choice for you. Some people would compare medical school to taking a sip from a fire hose with the volume of information you have to learn; therefore, if you do not have the motivation and determination to persevere and push through, then you will drown. Make sure you go on a vacation, spend time with family and friends, relax, and do as many things as you love doing before starting medical school because free time is limited, and you need the break. Most importantly, enjoy each step in the process because you are about to start the most exciting process that lasts a lifetime!