Hometown Dresden, TN
Undergraduate School and Major Rhodes College--Memphis, TN; Chemistry
Specialty / Career Plans
Undecided but thinking about Cardiology or Oncology.
Hiking, biking, swimming, cooking, traveling, reading, horseback riding.
Marital Status Single.
Quillen was a perfect fit for me for a number of reasons. I was attracted to the small class size. Going to a high school and an undergraduate institution at which I was able to receive one-on-one attention with my professors whenever I needed, I knew this would be a huge benefit to my learning experience. Also, I personally found Quillen professors to be the most caring and dedicated to teaching their students. I was impressed by Quillen's state of art facilities with the iPad technology in Anatomy lab and simulators in Human Patient Simulation lab. I love the mountains and outdoors so I knew Johnson City with the Appalachian Mountains would be the perfect place for me.
Being a Quillen Student
I have enjoyed every moment of my time at Quillen. The faculty, staff, and classmates are so welcoming, helpful, and have made me feel right at home. This environment has made medical school a very enjoyable experience for me thus far and a lot less stressful. The professors genuinely want every student to succeed and are always willing to help. Classmates are equally willing to help one another (share notes and useful information via Facebook, email, etc). There are many opportunities to get involved in the Quillen community such as interest groups in various medical fields, class officer positions, research with professors, and more.
Life Outside the Classroom
As a first year, I have been surprised with the amount of time I have to participate in extracurricular activities and social life. Right in the heart of the Appalachian Mountains, Quillen is the perfect place to enjoy outdoor activities such as hiking, biking, skiing, white water rafting, kayaking, etc. Quillen students also participate in intramural sports at the undergraduate campus across the street from the medical school campus. The Wayne Basler Center for Physical Activity on the undergraduate campus is open to medical students and offers various opportunities for fitness and wellness.
Living in Northeast Tennessee
Johnson City is a great place for people who enjoy mountains and outdoor activities. The town itself is small and not the place to experience city life. There are limited places for night life and ethnic food.
Words of Wisdom
It's no secret that medical school is challenging and requires a lot of studying. If you are genuinely passionate about medicine and treating people, however, then your medical school education will be 100% worthwhile and a very rewarding experience.