Undergraduate School and Major
Middle Tennessee State University
Internal Medicine, MedPeds, Family Medicine, or
Vice President Class of 2010, Intramural sports,
Weight Lifting, Outdoor activities (hiking, swimming,
Married with two children (ages 8 and 5)
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There are several aspects of Quillen that
attracted me. Having a small class size is awesome. There
is great nurturing interaction between professors and
students here. Also, QCOM is constantly ranked in the top
ten medical school programs for Primary Care in the nation.
Not to mention, currently ranked number three nationally
for rural medicine. To be among the best programs in the
nation makes a powerful statement. Continual top ranking
year after year testifies to the level of training that the
students here receive. Another reason I desired to be a
student here was the school location. I wanted my family to
be in a safe area. Johnson City and the Tri-City area are
decent sized, but are no where as dangerous as other larger
Being a Quillen Student
Quillen attracts some of the best and brightest
people I’ve ever met. It is great to be able to
interact with such inspiring persons that are interested in
similar goals in life. I love being treated as an equal and
as a member of the family. I especially enjoy the
encouragement I get from the professors. They not only know
my name, they seem to care about what’s going on in
my life. The class bonded together quite early and within a
few weeks we all knew each other really well. This is
really cool because instead of competing against each
other, we all come together to help one another.
Juggling School and Family
I have heard it said that medical students have no life.
Well, my experience so far has demonstrated that one has as
much of a life as one wants. Every profession has certain
demands; medical school is no different. I have adjusted
certain schedules and priorities, but the most important
priority continues to be my family. We still go and enjoy
ourselves out on the town and I have not had to find a hole
and come up for air every so often either. My wife and
daughters bring me great joy and encouragement to continue
the pursuit of medicine. The love we share with each other
rewards me even when the demands increase.
Life Outside the Classroom
Is of value and is treasured. It is exciting being
trained to be a physician, but it is also enjoyable to
relax and unwind outside the classroom. Intramural games
are awesome times of further class bonding. I like to go
for a run and get a work out for about an hour a day. Also,
spending time with my family is always fun. There are also
a few parks close by and that is also really great as well.
Living In Northeast Tennessee
It is the most beautiful place to be. With the
mountains as the landscape, everyday is gorgeous. Even the
cloudy, rainy days will not get you down. Everyone is very
friendly and willing to help if you need it.
I exchanged a career in construction for one in medicine. I
grew up in the construction industry and it offered a
stable life, however, I found myself unsatisfied and
wanting to do more for others. I feel that there is nothing
more that one can do for someone than to help one through
sickness by being a vehicle of healing. I had weighed my
options and understood that my family could potentially
suffer the greatest impact from the decision(s) made.
Becoming a part of the Quillen family has been wonderful.
We feel blessed and know that this was the right decision
for us. The road to make the exchange was difficult, but
the journey has been amazing.
Words of Wisdom
If something is of value, it is worth fighting for. Pursue
your dreams today because tomorrow is uncertain. Not only
is life worth living, but live it to its fullest. You can
do anything that you set your mind and heart to do, but if
you lack one or the other you may not succeed.