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Taylor Bailey

 Taylor Bailey

Program MD

Hometown Murfreesboro, TN. 

Undergraduate School and Major Lee University, BS in Biochemistry

Specialty / Career Plans  Undecided

Extracurricular Activities Volunteer at One Acre Cafe, Intramural sports (Flag football, ultimate frisbee, Single tennis, double tennis), Secretary of Internal Medicine Interest Group 

Marital Status Single

Taylor Bailey
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Why Quillen  

It all came down to interview day for me. The surroundings are beautiful, everyone I saw at the school was smiling (including the students!), and I felt comfortable asking any questions and getting an honest answer. Small class size is also very important to me because it gives me the opportunity to know my professors and classmates better. This is key to surviving your basic science years.

Being a Quillen Student  

I don't have any family in the medical field, so I did not have a full understanding of the rigors of medical school and life in medicine in general. It is likely one of the most difficult tasks Ive ever taken on. Im studying more than I ever have in the past, learning more information than I ever thought possible, and preparing to take care of real people! All of this is enough to bring even the smartest student to their knees. However, Im not just a student; Im a QUILLEN student. I have resources to keep me sane, like Phil Steffey at the PARC House and caring faculty members like Dr. Thomas Kwasigroch who look out for me and make sure that Im doing ok emotionally. When I feel overwhelmed, I know my course directors are eagerly awaiting my email for help so that they can point me in the right direction and show me how to succeed in their course. Overall, yes, medical school is HARD. However, being a Quillen medical school student means that you have as much support as possible to make it through.

Living in Northeast Tennessee
This is my first time in Northeast Tennessee, and Im completely blown away by how beautiful this area is. In the spring and fall, I drive to school admiring the colorful mountains. Im constantly finding new hikes to go on or a new bike trail to ride. I was not an outdoors person before I moved here, but I have fully taken advantage of the opportunities.

Prior Life
I came directly from undergrad to Quillen. In some ways, this has definitely been a disadvantage. Many of my classmates already have prior clinical experience, and my background is strictly academic. However, this also means that I bring fresh, cutting edge ideas to the discussion table. No matter where you come from, its fairly easy to find a couple of other students who have walked a similar path to get to Quillen. 

Words of Wisdom
As you're working on your application, you might feel like not getting in is the worst thing that could happen. Yes, it is disappointing to not get in. However, some of my smartest, most caring classmates have been people who had to apply multiple times! As long as you're focused on making this into reality, there are endless resources that can help you improve your resume and get you into medical school. Let your focus be on preparing yourself to be the best physician you can be. Maybe a year off will make you better in the long run. No matter what, if this is the path that you think is the best fit for you, don't give up!

 

 

 

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