Johnson City, TN
Undergraduate School and Major
Milligan College, Biology
Undecided, but leaning towards surgery or emergency medicine
Golf, working out, spending time with friends and family
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When I decided to go to medical school there was no question that Quillen was where I belonged. I was born and raised in the area and nearly all of my family (and my wife’s family) lives in Johnson City. The faculty and facilities here are top notch and the school has a great reputation. The faculty is truly interested in your success and always available to help in any way. Stanton-Gerber is a fantastic new building with great facilities where you won’t mind spending the next two years your life. Another great thing about Quillen is the small class size. I knew almost everyone’s name after orientation week and now that we are nearing the end of the first semester I consider my classmates a second family.
Words of Wisdom
Make sure to take some time off before you start if possible. Go on vacation, spend time with friends and family, and don't open a textbook for a few weeks. I spent the entire summer on the golf course and on vacation before starting and was rested and ready to go. Most importantly, don't forget about your own health! Exercise, eat well, get plenty of sleep, and do things you enjoy away from school because it is easy to get lost in a textbook or pile of notes and neglect yourself.
Juggling School and Family
Trying to maintain balance between family and school is tough, but possible. You will spend a lot of time studying, but if you manage your time well you will still be able to spend time with your family. The key for me has been to stay on top of the work and not get behind. I try to study hard during the week and relax on the weekends, unless there is an exam Monday of course.
I spent a year and a half in Physical Therapy school before deciding to pursue a career in medicine. I played college baseball and have always been involved in athletics so I thought a career in therapy where I could work with athletes would be a great fit for me. Before I started PT school I spent some time observing surgery and absolutely loved it. Once I began taking the PT classes and working with patients in the clinic I knew medicine was what I was meant to do. I sought the advice of a number of physicians I met while working as a personal trainer at the Wellness Center and each one said to go for it. My advice would be that it is never too late to pursue your dreams.
Being a Quillen Student
A typical day in my life during the first semester – Anatomy starts at 8am and begins with two hours of lecture followed by two hours of lab, run home to grab lunch and play with the dog, back to ‘hee bee gee bee’ from 1-3pm, Physical Exam from 3-4pm, home to relax for a bit, gym for about an hour, home for dinner, study for a few hours, sleep, and repeat. You get used to this pretty quickly and I soon found myself ‘bored’ if there was nothing I absolutely had to be studying or no tests coming up soon, weird.