Top Ten Award

Quillen Ranks in Top 10 for Number of Graduates Entering Family Medicine for Second Straight Year

Recieving top ten award For the second straight year, East Tennessee State University’s James H. Quillen College of Medicine has received a prestigious award that recognizes Quillen as one of the top 10 schools in the nation for producing family medicine physicians.

The Quillen College of Medicine received the “2010 Family Medicine Top Ten Award” from the American Academy of Family Physicians during the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine conference, held this week in Vancouver, British Columbia. ETSU also received the award in 2009.

The AAFP chose ETSU and nine other medical schools across the nation for its “Top Ten Award” based on the percentage of alumni entering an accredited family medicine residency training program from 2006-2009. Quillen’s three-year average was 15.5 percent.


“We’re honored again to receive an award that strikes to the heart of our mission at Quillen, to educate more primary care physicians,” said Dr. John Franko, chair of ETSU’s Department of Family Medicine. “Our college was built on the foundation that we need an increasing number of primary care doctors to improve our region’s health care, and that fact is more relevant now than ever.

“This reward is reflective of the continued commitment our college leadership, faculty, staff and resident physicians have to family medicine.”

Faculty members from the ETSU Department of Family Medicine who delivered presentations at the conference in Vancouver include Drs. Franko, Connie Hixson, Glenda Stockwell, Greg Clarity, Fred Tudiver, Bruce Bennard, Beth Fox, Jason Moore, Mike Floyd, Forrest Lang and Peter Bockhorst.

Quillen’s family medicine program was also recently recognized by U.S.News & World Report in the 2011 list of “America’s Best Graduate Schools” for ranking 20th in the nation for family medicine education. The ETSU rural programs division, which is housed in the Department of Family Medicine and emphasizes medical training and practice in rural areas, placed sixth in the nation for rural medicine education in the U.S. News rankings.

Quillen ETSU Physicians serves the family medicine needs for patients in the Tri-Cities through three practice offices that operate under the ETSU Department of Family Medicine: ETSU Family Medicine Associates in Johnson City, ETSU Family Physicians of Bristol and ETSU Family Physicians of Kingsport.

All three offices offer family medicine residency programs that are accredited by the American Council for Graduate Medical Education.

PHOTO CUTLINE: Pictured are Drs. Connie Hixson, Glenda Stockwell, Greg Clarity, Fred Tudiver, Bruce Bennard, John Franko, Beth Fox, Lori Heim, Jason Moore, Mike Floyd, Forrest Lang and Peter Bockhorst. All are faculty members with the ETSU Department of Family Medicine except for Heim, who, as president of the American Academy of Family Physicians, presented the “2010 Family Medicine Top Ten Award” to Franko, who is chair of the department.