Candace White

 

Program
M.D.

Hometown
Gray, TN

Undergraduate School and Major 
B.A., King College/ Psychology major w/Biology and Chemistry minors
M. A., Valparaiso University/ Ethics conc. International Law and Human Rights
Specialty/Career Plans
International medicine, Public Health, Internal medicine

Extracurricular Activities
AMA, Global Health interest group, Internal Medicine interest group, Family Medicine interest group, Ethics interest group, Remote Area Medical, Intramurals, traveling

Marital Status
Single

Candace White   
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Why Quillen
I completed a clinical internship through Quillen in the summer of 2005, and chose to come back for medical school because of the students and faculty that I had the opportunity to work with. The people at Quillen are extraordinarily friendly and being a student is like being part of a big family. The 60-person class size also allows for a lot of personal attention and access to professors and area clinicians. The rural healthcare program Quillen offers was also a big draw—as of first semester, I have already started seeing patients, working with interdisciplinary teams, and am getting great training for a future in international medicine.

Being a Quillen Student
Living the dream…
Med school is exhausting and I love it, but I could say that about anywhere. What makes Quillen stand out is that I know that I’m well taken care of here. Students, professors, and administration work together at all levels, and no one will hesitate to go out of their way for you.

Life Outside the Classroom
You can have a life outside of med school…if you plan your time well. We study—a lot, but we all have active lives outside of school. Intramurals are a personal favorite, as are Thursday night Grey’s Anatomy gatherings, post-test celebrations, and there’s always a new place to hike/camp in East TN.

Living In Northeast Tennessee
Northeast TN is gorgeous! For outdoor adventurers there’s unlimited hiking and camping, bike trails, seasonal rafting, and some rock climbing. Johnson City also offers quick access to the Appalachian and Creeper trails. If you prefer more indoor activities, Johnson City is a small city and it does not have all the offerings of a large city, but it does have enough to keep you entertained. And if you like road trips, Abingdon and Asheville are approximately 1 hour drives with Atlanta and Nashville being about 5 hours away.

Words of Wisdom
Med school is “do-able.” That is how med students described it to me coming in, and that is what I have come to believe. My best advice is to take some time off to relax and indulge yourself in your favorite things before starting classes, and take one night off a week where you just completely escape med school.

Also, make an effort to look beyond the science of medicine and be aware of social and political influences—you need to know the system before you work in it, and future patients will need your advocacy.