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Quillen College of Medicine

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Johnson County, Tennessee
Each day, Johnson County receives the first rays of sunshine in Tennessee.

Traveling around beautiful Watauga Lake, Johnson County is approximately a one- hour drive from Johnson City. Mountain City is the largest town in Johnson County and the highest town in Tennessee. Other communities in Johnson County include Butler (the town that wouldn't drown), Trade (the oldest community in Tennessee), Laurel Bloomery (home of the Old Time Fiddlers Convention), and Shady Valley (location of the unique Southern Appalachian Mountain Bog habitat).

Besides having natural beauty and historical significance, Mountain City offers many opportunities for students to explore the wide spectrum of rural health care throughout the life cycle:

Mountain City

For more information, contact Linda Hipple at

Rogersville, Tennessee

The Rogersville Academic Center, located at 948 West Broadway, is the home to Rural Primary Care Track students in their first three years of medical school at Quillen College of Medicine. Rogersville is a small community located about 50 miles south of ETSU. It began in 1994 as the Kellogg Program and has continued providing hands-on education to medical students in Rogersville, TN. The purpose of the program is to provide clinical and community-based education. Two doctors from Rogersville are the assistant professors for these medical students, Dr. Jose Velasco and Dr. Mark Dalle-Ave. For more information, contact the coordinator, Jeanie Parrott at

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