Faculty and Staff
College of Medicine Academic Affairs
Kenneth E. Olive, MD, MACP
Executive Associate Dean for Academic & Faculty Affairs
Responsibilities include oversight and management of medical student education, ensuring the integrity of the medical student curriculum, administering academic support functions for the college and providing leadership for the development of medical education research.
Caroline Abercrombie, MD
Associate Professor, Section of Medical Education; Sr. Dir. of Experiential Learning; OSCE Dir., Dept. of Academic Affairs; Dir. of Community Engagement, Interprofessional Education Programs
Dr. Abercrombie received her MD from Mercer University School of Medicine, where she also did a year of general surgery residency training and served on faculty as an Instructor of Anatomy. Within ETSU Quillen's Dept. of Academic Affairs, she serves as OSCE Director, Transitions to Clinical Clerkships Course Director, M3 OSCE Competency Director, and Co-Director of the fourth-year ethics electives: Clinical Ethics and the Profession of Medicine, Physicians & End of Life Care, Anatomy Ultrasound elective. For the Academic Health Science Center, she serves as Director of Community Engagement for Interprofessional Education to place teams of interprofessional students in facilities to practice collaborative care. She also holds appointments in the Dept. of Biomedical Sciences and Dept. of Physical Therapy as an adjunct teaching faculty. She has overseen integration of technology into the anatomy laboratory and adoption of the soft embalmed teaching model for surgical and procedural training. Working with the Office of CME and educators in the region, she strives to develop interactive Educational Conferences and Skills Workshops in an effort to provide continuing educational opportunities for regional healthcare providers.
Patricia B. Amadio, MD
Assistant Professor of Family Medicine
Graduated from Jefferson Medical College; after two years of General Surgery training, completed Family Medicine residency at Mayo Clinic Jacksonville. Serves as Course Co-Director for Doctoring 2; Co-facilitates a Case-Based Learning Group in Doctoring 1; part-time precepting at Kingsport Family Medicine.
Ensures administrative support and coordination is available to implement the activities and operation of the Office of Academic Affairs; interacts daily with departments and organizations external to Academic Affairs and the university; oversees and implements the Clinical Preceptorship program for first- and second-year medical students; maintains the Academic Affairs' budget.
Provides secretarial support for The Profession of Medicine, Case Oriented Learning, Genetics, Cell and Tissue, and Healers Art courses; creates and edits course documents (syllabi, handouts, etc.) and maintains schedules within D2L; coordinates committee meetings and maintains minutes for those meetings; Maintains and processes records and database files; Compiles reports and studies of data analysis; Processes documents and forms for visiting students, fourth year student away rotations, etc.; Processes departmental communications and materials; Assists in small group events and exams; Serves as receptionist for Academic Affairs; back-up for facility scheduling of rooms in Building 178; secretarial support for coordinators and faculty
Manager, Section of Medical Education / Center for Experiential Learning
Works directly with simulation director to maintain and direct all aspects of the Simulation Laboratory; initiates use of patient simulator ensuring all systems are operable for the scheduled scenario, including programming the simulator experience through high fidelity simulation and medical task trainers; monitors patient simulator systems, providing or scheduling needed maintenance; assists in the scheduling of Simulation Laboratory space and simulators. Andy has a diverse background in EMS and was previously employed by the Bristol TN Fire Dept., where he performed duties in both fire and EMS.
Stephen ‘Brock’ Blankenship, MD, FAAEM
Director for the Center for Experiential Learning
Brock is a Tennessee native and veteran of the US Armed Forces. He trained and worked in the special operations community as a USAF Pararescueman. After graduating with honors from the University of Tennessee, he attended Quillen College of Medicine and graduated - AOA Class of 2004. Dr. Blankenship trained in emergency medicine at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center where he was recognized with teaching accolades. He is board-certified through the American Board of Emergency Physicians and Fellow - American Academy of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Blankenship continues to train medical students and resident physicians in his clinical practice at several sites in Virginia. While working as an attending emergency medicine physician, he has served in several capacities to include Chief of Staff at Johnston Memorial Hospital - Abingdon, VA. In 2016, Dr. Blankenship joined the QCOM/ETSU team as the Director for the Center for Experiential Learning which oversees inter-professional simulation and standardized patient medical education.
Perry Ann Butler
Standardized Patient Coordinator
Responsible for the coordination, selection and training of individuals to fulfill the need of standardized patients for the simulation of health problems for all levels of students and all departments of learning; handles all scheduling, training, tracking of hours, scheduling of facilities needed for training and testing.
Ivy A. Click, EdD
Assistant Dean for Curriculum
Technician, Section of Medical Education / Center for Experiential Learning
Megan comes from a background in Emergency Medical Services and holds a Marketing Degree from ETSU. Working directly with the simulation lab manager to maintain and operate all aspects of the simulation laboratory; duties include operation of high fidelity simulation mannequins and use of medical task trainers, maintaining supplies for the simulation laboratory, and scheduling for simulations and debriefing.
Joseph Florence, MD
Professor Family Medicine / Director of Rural Programs
Dr. Florence completed a Bachelor degree in Chemistry and Religion at Duke University, and a Master degree in Biology prior to medical school at the Medical College of Virginia. After completing his family practice residency at Roanoke Memorial Hospitals in Roanoke, Virginia, he practiced as a National Health Service Corps doctor in Central Appalachia, in and around Hazard, Kentucky, while also serving in several other capacities. He works closely with the rural programs at ETSU, including the medical school's Rural Primary Care Tract - community partnerships program, Rural Health Fairs, and the Rural Family Practice Fellowship. His scholarly interests include rural health, public policy, diabetes, advanced cardiac life support and the use of technology to enhance rural health.
For more information, please visit the RPCT sites: https://www.etsu.edu/com/ruralprograms/; https://www.etsu.edu/com/ruralprograms/people/florence.php
Sandy Greene, AS
Provides support to the Executive Associate Dean as needed and serves as secretary to the Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs; assists with the QCOM New Faculty Program and the Faculty Development Program; assists with scheduling faculty training workshops; conducts web-based and library research in support of Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs; compiles student data for analysis and survey purposes; maintains Faculty Development web pages. Provides secretarial support for the Career Explorations course and for coordinators as needed. Responsible for maintaining and purchasing supply inventory. Maintains departmental key inventory and issues keys for access to COM facilities.
Kortni Lindsay, MS
Clinical Medical Education Director
Serves as a member of the Medical Education administration team to support the management of the third- and fourth-year curriculum, and to ensure that all activities are in full compliance with AAMC and Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) accreditation requirements. Responsible for supporting and facilitating the design, development, implementation, management, and evaluation of the M3 and M4 undergraduate medical education program.
David Linville, Jr., MD, EdD
Executive Vice Provost for Academics and Health / Professor
Holds a faculty appointment in Medical Education, teaches in the M2 Doctoring II course; administratively serves as executive vice provost for academics and health for the university; he is an alumnus of the Quillen College of Medicine.
Jeannine Loum, MEd
Information Research Technician II
Coordinates Dean's Interviews and related photography appointments for rising fourth-year students; Serves as liaison for students during the interview process; Coordinates, compiles and edits the Medical Student Performance Evaluation (MSPE) letters; Quillen College of Medicine graduation - Prepares/orders graduation programs, inserts, invitations, and Dept. of Academic Affairs awards; Coordinates departmental website, working with content development and web publishing; Support for Doctoring IV course.
Heather Love, BFA
Provides secretarial support for The Practice of Medicine, Introduction to Physical Exam Skills and Clinical Transitions courses; assists with preparation / distribution of course material; serves as proctor for exams; coordinates meetings, arranges appointments; serves as contact for faculty / staff / students in tracking technology service requests; serves as secretary for the Human Patient Simulation Lab; serves as receptionist / contact person for the Office of Academic Affairs which includes providing secretarial support to various Academic Affairs' offices and designated Course Directors; Facility Scheduling web pages; schedules use of classrooms, auditoria, study rooms, teaching labs, computer lab and mezzanine areas.
Mariela McCandless, MPH
Pre-Clerkship Medical Education Director
Coordinates curriculum for all first and second year courses; coordinating the involvement of faculty and course directors in curriculum planning and annual course review; serving as Chief Proctor for administration of National Board of Medical Examiner Examinations; serving ex officio as a member of the College of Medicine curriculum committee and support to the M1M2 Curriculum Review Subcommittee.
Daniel McLellan, BS
Manages the student computer labs; administers file server; evaluates/recommends hardware/software purchases for faculty, student computer labs, and project proposals; works on other projects as necessary to support the information technology needs of the College of Medicine.
Skylar Moore, HCMC, BSPH
Rural Medical Education Coordinator
Responsible for planning, implementing, and coordinating rural outreach health fairs for third- year medical students. Assist with developing data needed for LCME accreditation activities. Maintain and oversee budgets and accounts payable for Rural Programs and Community Medicine- Sevierville. Coordinates work of outcomes subcommittee of the Medical Student Education Committee. Responsible for coordinating the Junior Clinical Experience subspecialty rotation.
Media Production Coordinator
Responsible for assisting the College of Medicine faculty, staff, residents and students in the planning and production of educational and promotional materials requiring photography, video preparation and creation; performs all phases of darkroom work; creates video presentations by the use of recording media and prepares long-range plans for new services and equipment needs; assists with multi-media and computer installations and operations.
Aneida Skeens, BSIS, CAP-OM
Medical Education Director
Provides administrative support for the Medical Student Education Committee (MSEC), including summary reporting and coordinating aspects of curriculum review; maintains MSEC web pages; coordinates student evaluation of all courses, clerkships and senior selectives and electives; also the annual Program Director and PGY-1 Residency Questionnaire; is an institutional administrator for evaluation and curriculum modules in New Innovations.
Carolyn Sliger, MSEH
Rural Programs Coordinator
Has worked in public health and communicable disease venues. Has worked in Family Medicine/Rural Programs and the COM since 1997. Responsible for involving high school, college, medical students and residents in all areas of rural and underserved medicine in the Appalachian mountain area, including all ETSU Family Medicine rural programs.
For more information, please visit the RPCT sites: https://www.etsu.edu/com/ruralprograms/; https://www.etsu.edu/com/ruralprograms/people/sliger.php
J. Kelly Smith, MD
Served as former director of the second-year Practicing Medicine and Immunology courses, and currently mentors an elective in Advanced Physical Diagnosis for fourth-year medical students, and assists the Department of Physiology in teaching the relevance of clinical skills to basic physiology; he received his M.D. and residency training at Cornell University, and his research training at Walter Reed Army Institute of Research; since joining ETSU in 1979, he has served in a variety of administrative positions, including Chairman of Internal Medicine, Chief of the divisions of Infectious Diseases and Allergy-Immunology, and Chair of Excellence in Medicine; he is a Laureate of the American College of Physicians and a recipient of the American Association of Medical Colleges Humanism in Medicine Award.
Sharon Smith, AS, CAP
Provides administrative and coordination support to the Executive Associate Dean. Serves as liaison between the Executive Associate Dean, University departments, administrative offices and divisions, faculty, staff, students, alumni, and the general public. Manages the database and logistics for the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) accreditation survey visits. Monitors LCME Standards and Elements for changes in accreditation requirements. Participates in monthly LCME Connecting with the Secretariat Webinars. Manages the yearly faculty evaluation process for all QCOM faculty. Manages the medical student exchange program and the summer school for first-year medical students with the University of Rostock in Germany. Manages clinical affiliation agreements and professional service agreements for the Office of Academic Affairs ensuring LCME requirements are included in agreements. Serves as timekeeper for the Office of Academic Affairs.
Rural Programs Executive Aide
Provides procedural information and answers general inquiries related to operational matters. Processes incoming and outgoing mail and correspondence. Maintains professional staff calendars as needed. Answers incoming phone calls and routes appropriately. Maintains office files. Uses computer applications to generate a variety of materials including correspondence. Assists with processing checks, travel requests, and ordering supplies using EBUCS. Other duties as assigned.
For more information, please visit the RPCT site: https://www.etsu.edu/com/ruralprograms/
Provides guidance in the selection of and is responsible for purchasing, installation and maintenance of multimedia technology within classrooms and conference rooms; provides ongoing training for faculty and staff in the use of multimedia technology.