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Caroline Abercrombie, M.D., Assistant Professor, Section of Medical Education
Anatomy Lab Director, Department of Biomedical Sciences

Serves as Co-Director of the Transitions to Clinical Clerkships Course, Director of the M3 OSCE Competency, and Co-Director of the online 4th year ethics electives Clinical Ethics and the Profession of Medicine and Physicians & End of Life Care.  Serves as a facilitator in the Case-Oriented Learning, Professions of Medicine, and Practice of Medicine Courses.  Holds appointments in the Department of Biomedical Sciences as Director of the Anatomy Teaching Lab, adjunct teaching faculty in Programs in Human Anatomy, and Technology Liaison. She also serves as Director of Social Media, develops faculty enrichment sessions for course directors in the first two years of the medical curriculum, and assists with the development and integration of basic and clinical science material within the first two years of medical school.  Working with the office of CME and educators in the region, she develops hands-on Educational Conferences and Skills Workshops to provide continuing educational opportunities for healthcare providers in the region. She received her M.D. from Mercer University School of Medicine.


Dana Bailey, Manager, Preceptorship Coordinator
Office of Academic Affairs

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.


Lisa Bare, Technical Clerk
Office of Academic Affairs

Provides secretarial support for The Profession of Medicine, Case Oriented Learning, Genetics, Cell and Tissue, Healer’s Art, and Keystone 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.


Stephen “Brock” Blankenship, M.D., F.A.A.E.M., Director
Section of Medical Education / 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. 


Lorena Burton, CAP, Medical Education Coordinator
Section of Medical Education

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 PGY-1 Residency Questionnaire; is an institutional administrator for evaluation and curriculum modules in New Innovations and the program coordinator for The Healer's Art and Keystone courses.

 Perry Ann Butler

Perry Butler, Standardized Patient Program Coordinator
Section of Medical Education / Standardized Patient (SP) Program / Center for Experiential Learning

Responsible for the coordination, selection and training of individuals to fulfill the need of "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 need for training and testing.

Jake Drumm

Jake Drumm, Manager, Patient Simulator Lab
Section of Medical Education / Human Patient Simulation Lab / Center for Experiential Learning

Works directly with simulator director to maintain and manage 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 and enabling of the anesthesia and monitoring systems; monitors patient simulator systems, providing or scheduling needed maintenance; establishes systems for documenting usage and collection of pertinent information.

Richard Alan Feit, M.D., FACS

Richard Alan Feit, M.D., F.A.C.S., Professor
Section of Medical Education

Holds faculty positions in Surgery, Cardiothoracic Surgery; Assistant Clinical Professor in Medical Education integrating basic sciences in the Human Patient Simulator Lab; Adjunct Professor, departments of Physiology and Anatomy; facilitator in The Practice of Medicine and Case-Oriented Learning courses; he received his M.D. degree from the Albany Medical College of Union University, New York; his Surgical Residency and Cardiothoracic Surgery Fellowship were completed at the Medical College of Virginia.

Sandy Greene

Sandy Greene, Secretary III
Office of Academic Affairs

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.

John Kalbfleisch, Ph.D., Professor

John Kalbfleisch, Ph.D., Professor / Director of the Division of Biometry and Medical Computing
Section of Medical Education

Serves as the Course Director for Biostatistics and Epidemiology, and Biometry and Medical Computing (I and II)  in the biomedical graduate program; provides statistical consultation to faculty, residents, students,  serves on graduate student program committees and is a co-investigator in NIH grants.

 David Linville MD

David Linville, M.D., Associate Dean for Graduate Medical Education / Designated Institutional Official / Associate Professor of Medical Education
Section of Medical Education

Serves as Co-Director for the Practice of Medicine course; holds faculty appointment in the departments of Obstetrics & Gynecology; assists with the operation of the Center for Experiential Learning, including the Human Patient Simulation Lab and standardized patient program; works with the development /  integration of basic and clinical science material within the first two years of medical school; he is an alumnus of the Quillen College of Medicine.

Jeannine Loum

Jeannine Loum, M.Ed., Information Research Technician II
Office of Academic Affairs

Coordinates "dean's interviews" and related photography appointments for rising fourth-year students, serving as liaison for students during interview process; coordinates, compiles and edits the Medical Student Performance Evaluation (Dean's) letters; coordinates award checks and plaques, and prepares certificates, programs and inserts for COM graduation; scans and compiles reports for graded tests; creates and manages templates and reports for online evaluations; works with content development and web publishing.

Heather Love

Heather Love, Secretary III
Office of Academic Affairs

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.


Theresa Lura, M.D., Associate Professor / Assistant Dean of Medical Education
Office of Academic Affairs

Serves as the Course Director for Profession of Medicine: Patients, Physicians & Society; the Keystone: Transition to Residency course; the Medical Humanities Senior Elective; and is a member of the Integrated Grand Rounds Planning Committee.  A QCOM alumna (Class of '84), she trained in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology at the Medical College of Virginia with a subspecialty in Cytopathology, practices Fine Needle Aspiration biopsies through the Quillen ETSU Physicians practice group, and is a diplomat of the American Board of Pathology.


Cindy Lybrand, M.Ed.

Cindy Lybrand, M.Ed., Medical Education Coordinator
Office of Academic Affairs

Coordinates first- and second-year medical curriculum and schedules; coordinates Basic Life Support (BLS)  certification course for first-year students; works with third- and fourth-year students in the preparation of documents for application to residency; serves as institutional administrator for student / residency programs use of Electronic Residency Application System (ERAS); coordinates students’ registration and entry of rank list with the National Residency Matching Program (NRMP), works with content development and web publishing.

Mariela McCandless

Mariela McCandless, M.P.H., Community Health Subspecialties Coordinator
Office of Academic Affairs

Coordinates the third-year Subspecialties Clerkship by implementing, scheduling, developing new elective rotation opportunities, and maintaining information in D2L and New Innovations; serves as liaison with Community Medical Clerkship in Sevierville; and coordinates the scheduling and logistics of the eight annual Rural Outreach Health Fairs by interacting with local communities, students, and Office of Rural & Community Health.

 Dr. Ramsey McGowen

K. Ramsey McGowen, Ph.D., Associate Dean for  Curriculum
Office of Academic Affairs

Responsibilities include chairing the Medical Student Education Committee, coordinating curriculum management and evaluation processes, addressing accreditation issues related to the curriculum, and providing administrative assistance related to the educational program.  Additional responsibilities include serving as course director for the M1 Lifespan Development course and participating as a faculty member in roles such as lecturer and small group leader in other courses.

Daniel McLellan, B.S.

Daniel McLellan, B.S., Data Manager
Office of Academic Affairs

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.

Kenneth Olive, M.D.

Kenneth Olive, M.D., M.A.C.P., Executive Associate Dean for Academic and Faculty Affairs
Office of Academic Affairs

Responsibilities include oversight and management of medical student education, assuring the integrity of the medical student curriculum, administering academic support functions for the college and providing leadership for the development of medical education research.

Cathy Peeples

Cathy Peeples, M.P.H., Medical Education Coordinator
Office of Academic Affairs

Coordinates third- and fourth-year medical curriculum and schedules; preparation of MSPE / Dean’s letters; Honors Convocation Ceremony and reception activities; serves as coordinator for the Student Promotions Committee; serves as liaison with the National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME) for subject examinations and USMLE Step 1 and Step 2 examination results.

 Gerry Philpott

Gerry Philpott, A.A.S, Media Production Coordinator
Office of Academic Affairs

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.

J. Kelly Smith, M.D., F.A.C.P.

J. Kelly Smith, M.D., F.A.C.P., Professor Emeritus of Medicine
Section of Medical Education

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 College’s Humanism in Medicine Award.

 Sharon Smith

Sharon Smith, A.S., Office Coordinator
Office of Academic Affairs

Serves as liaison between the Executive Associate Dean, University departments, administrative offices and divisions, various professional and civic groups and individuals, faculty, staff, students and alumni.  Research and/or interpret university policies and procedures for Executive Associate Dean.  Initiates reports and correspondence requiring Executive Associate Dean’s action, edits and assembles support reports and publications and ensures timely submission of paperwork to appropriate department or organization.  Coordinates Executive Associate Dean’s schedule and calendar for daily events including individual faculty and staff meetings.  Makes travel arrangements, serving as liaison for any arrangements for visiting dignitaries, speakers and others.  Handles all aspects of payroll for Academic Affairs and Section of Medical Education.  Coordinates Faculty Activities Plan, Faculty Activities Report and Faculty Activities Evaluation (FAP/FAR/FAE) and scholarly activities for the Quillen College of Medicine.

Kevin Vines

Kevin Vines, Multi-Media Manager
Office of Academic Affairs

Provides guidance in the selection of and is responsible for purchasing, installation and maintenance of multi-media technology within classrooms and conference rooms; provides ongoing training for faculty and staff in the use of multi-media technology.

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