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Mario Soto

Mario Soto
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Why Quillen
I chose Quillen because I love the atmosphere and interaction among students and faculty.  The Mountain Home Veterans Affairs campus is safe, beautiful, and provides the medical students with ample opportunities to learn medicine.  I also enjoy the people of Johnson City and think it is a great city in which to raise a family.

Being a Quillen Student
  Being a Quillen student has been rewarding thus far.  Medical school is tough no matter where you choose to attend, but the students and faculty at QCOM work closely together to optimize the learning experience.  There is a lot of camaraderie among the students and everybody is willing to lend a helping hand if you are struggling in a particular area of study.  I also appreciate that the faculty is approachable and willing to spend extra time after hours (nights and weekends) for one-on-one instruction if needed.  

Prior Life
Prior to entering QCOM, I spent the last 11 years in the U.S. Army.  I am attending medical school under the Health Professions Scholarship Program (HPSP) and upon graduation will re-commission as a Medical Corps officer.  I am fairly well knowledgeable about the Army and HPSP so please do not hesitate to ask me any questions.

Living in Northeast Tennessee
If you love the outdoors then you will absolutely love living in Northeast Tennessee.  The Appalachian Trail is easily accessible for short hikes in the mountains and there is an abundance of parks and recreation centers in the area.  There is a large cycling and running community in Johnson City for people of all levels and numerous events throughout the year.  In the winter months there are numerous skiing areas within a one hour drive from campus and you get a really nice discount at most places with your student ID.  Asheville, NC is 45 minutes away and Knoxville, TN is a 1 1/2 drive so you have easy access to larger cities.  In my opinion, northeast Tennessee is a great place to live and an excellent location to raise a family.

MD Generalist

Nashville, TN (raised in Snellville, GA)

Undergraduate School and Major 

United States Military Academy / Systems Engineering

Specialty/Career Plans
Emergency Medicine, Orthopedic Surgery or General Surgery / Army residency

Extracurricular Activities
Family, running, cycling, skiing, skydiving

Marital Status
Married with two children

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