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I chose Quillen for the small class size, supportive/accessible faculty, and its location. I knew that these features would be important contributors to my overall success as a medical student. The school's modern facilities were also an attractive component of the program.
Being a Quillen Student
As a Quillen student you are truly part of a family. This may sound cliché but it really is the case. As a family member you are motivated, supported, and cared for by the faculty and administration and more importantly your fellow students. However, this relationship is a two-way street. Being part of this family also means motivating, supporting and caring for your fellow classmates and various other "family" members. Medical training is notoriously difficult, but certainly more manageable when you have the extensive support of those around you.
Living in Northeast Tennessee
Northeast Tennessee is a fantastic place to live, particularly if you are an outdoor enthusiast! There is excellent cycling, climbing, kayaking, and fishing all within very close proximity to Johnson City. These opportunities are compounded exponentially by driving less than one hour over the mountain into Western North Carolina (Asheville).
Prior to entering medical school I worked for an International commodities firm in Latin America. After five years I shifted gears and went into business with a close friend in North Carolina conducting land brokerage/development.
Words of Wisdom
I have not been a medical student for long, but I already understand the critical importance of maintaining a healthy/balanced life during these challenging times. For me, this translates into regular exercise, quality time with family and friends and continuing to practice my hobbies (albeit on a limited basis). Medical school is demanding, but if you are disciplined and make efficient use of your time there is no reason that you cannot maintain a healthy lifestyle. The old adage certainly applies here: "You must learn to take care of yourself before you can effectively take care of others!"