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I chose Quillen for many reasons, and the rural track was a big part of my decision.
The rural track gives students the opportunity to see patients during the first semester
in rural communities every other week. But it's not only seeing patients, we learn
about practicing medicine within a community and about the challenges and joys of
practicing in a rural area. Even if you don't choose rural track, the curriculum is
patient-centered, and Quillen gives students every opportunity not only to gain the
knowledge needed in medicine but to experience what being a good physician for your
patients and your community really means. The faculty members are accessible to students,
and they often come to the study rooms after class to check on how we are doing and
if we have any questions. Above all, I chose Quillen because it was the right place
for me. I learned that through Quillen's website, visiting the school, and talking
to students and alumni.
Being a Quillen Student
My favorite part about being a student at Quillen is the bond I have been able to
form with my classmates. We all take care of each other and want everyone in our class
to do well. Quillen encourages teamwork rather than competition, and I find I learn
much better and have a more fulfilling experience when working, studying, and interacting
with my colleagues.
Living in Northeast Tennessee
I have always lived in Northeast Tennessee, so it is home to me. The most enjoyable
aspect to me is living in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. There are countless
opportunities for hiking, mountain biking, fishing, camping, hunting, rock climbing,
and backpacking as well as beautiful waterfalls and lakes within an hour of Quillen.
There are also decent skiing and snowboarding slopes nearby. Northeast Tennessee experiences
all four seasons, and there is nothing like the rainbow of colors here in the fall.
Johnson City is not a big City, but there is plenty to do, and there are some great
locations just a short drive away.
MD Rural Primary Care Track (RPCT)
J onesborough, TN
Undergraduate School and Major
Emory & Henry College, Psychology
Psychiatry, Pediatrics or Family Medicine
I am involved in church, and I like the outdoors - hiking, biking, camping, etc.