J ohnson City, TN
Undergraduate School and Major
East Tennessee State University, Biology
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I remember asking myself this exact question when it came time to apply to medical school. I wanted to attend a medical school that I would fit into perfectly and receive an excellent medical education while enjoying the entire experience. All it took was one visit to Quillen and I was instantly hooked. Quillen had everything I was looking for. The small class size, new facilities, and nationally ranked reputation were major contributors to my decision. I realized I could easily get individualized attention from the professors if I wanted, and that the long study days would be much more enjoyable in the new building.
I was amazed by the state of the art technology in the Sim Lab and the Anatomy Lab. It became apparent that these factors contributed to the national ranking Quillen receives year after year. I just knew Quillen was the place for me.
I made the right decision to attend this medical school and am reminded of it every day.
Being a Quillen Student
My experience as a medical student at Quillen has been beyond all expectations. Quillen is not just a medical school, it is a family. The faculty and staff care about each student’s success and well being. They truly do everything they can to ensure that we are receiving the best medical education and enjoying every second as medical students. The comradery between the students creates a supportive environment that makes everyday fun and something to look forward to. The friendships we have developed and the memories we have created are a direct result of the atmosphere here at Quillen. Success comes naturally when you are enjoying where you are at, what you are doing, and the people you are with. Simply put, I love it here.
Words of Wisdom
Where you decide to attend medical school really dictates the experience you will have as a student. Ask yourself what is important to you, and go to a school that has those things. For me, Quillen was the right choice. If you do not have a burning desire to serve others in their time of need as a physician, do something else. Every medical student, at some point or another, realizes the mountain they have to climb to become a physician and it is this desire that allows them to persevere and push through to success. As a student, be sure to make time for yourself. Medical school is just the beginning of a life long journey. If you love what you are doing, you will enjoy every second!
Living in Northeast Tennessee
I believe Northeast Tennessee is one of the greatest places in America. Having done a lot of traveling, I have seen many places around this great country and yet to find somewhere better to live. Johnson City is a small town, but big enough to have nearly everything a larger city does-without the rush hour or any worries that your car will get stolen. The cheap cost of living, slower paced lifestyle, and friendly people make this place a perfect setting for a medical school. Johnson City has grown to become the center of medicine for the Appalachian region and the medical facilities we attend during our clinical rotations are outstanding. This area is perfect for me to focus on my school work and also enjoy myself outside of the classroom. The mountains surrounding this town are picturesque and this area offers all four seasons- a beautiful spring and fall, mild summers, and snowy winters. One breath of fresh mountain air and you’ll find it hard to leave too.